The destination: Times Square

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Once they made it across the bridge in one piece, Gayle took out her contacts, put on her glasses and continued driving.

When they reached Times Square, Oprah and Gayle's picture flashed on the ABC television network's marquee.

"In those final moments, Gayle and I couldn't help but reflect on our 11 days across the country," Oprah says. "Just seeing people live their lives to the best of their ability—the cowboys in Oklahoma and the weddings that we were able to crash. I loved seeing how America really lives. I love the country, and what I realized is it doesn't matter where you live, it doesn't matter how you live—we are all one heart."