On his way to Maine he notices a commonality between most of the “summer” stores. Antique shops, that border a lot of the roads up North, sell old “junk” that Steinbeck would buy if he thought he had room for it.
During his trip, he stops at a little restaurant just outside the town of Bangor.
In the first chapter of Part Two, Steinbeck begins his trip, traveling by ferry (boat) from Long Island to Connecticut.
Whilst on a ferry, Steinbeck cautiously watches a group of submarines surface, and discusses the new atomic submarines with a sailor as they approach the Naval Submarine Base New London where many of the new nuclear submarines are stationed.
He wrote that he was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level, since he made his living writing about it.
He had many questions going into his journey, the main one being "What are Americans like today".
He decides to go to Deer Isle because a friend of his went every time he traveled to Maine.
His friend always raved about Deer Isle, Maine, but could never describe exactly what about it was so captivating.
He goes on to say that he would rather not settle down. He also brings up that as we grow old, and aren’t able to do as much as we would like it, we tend to get sympathy and concern from a lot of people.
This makes the oldest of the family almost become baby like.