And he’s packed some good tunes for the ride.
Benton is driving his 2008 Mustang Bullitt along Route 66 from Chicago to Malibu.
His goal? To explore expectations Americans in the heartland have about education, especially higher education.
Benton is board chairman of the American Council on Education, an advocacy group that hopes to influence both government and public opinion.
He’s bound to get lots of opinion on this trip. About education, about Route 66, about his car and certainly about his eclectic choice of music. Songs include “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts, the musical score from the movie Gettysburg and “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream.
Here’s hoping he finds lots of sunshine on his way through Oklahoma tomorrow. I’ll be talking to him as he heads into Oklahoma City for a reception at the Skirvin Hotel with Pepperdine alumni.
In the meantime, you can check out his travel blog at http://www.pepperdine.edu/route66
Susan Simpson, Education Writer