I think I get where your feeling is coming from with this shot. I spent a lot of time on the road when I was younger (and wish I could spend more time there now) and I think that certain elements presented here really call to those memories. The old Pegasus is one for certain - it was a ubiquitous image on the road in the 70's, at least for me. The other thing that draws me is the old Air stream - another icon of the past.
I also like the lighting here, as you mentioned. That time of day is so fleeting that it always seems magical. Without these background experiences though, I can see why it would not impart the same feelings in others.