Of all the great resurrection stories this is perhaps one of the greatest. It is a story for the imagination where those who tell it try and place us in a situation where we can feel what it must have been like. In this way it tells us more truly about resurrection than an evidence based factual story. Emmaus is like that surely.
To leave it as a historical encounter is fine but limiting. To treat it as an invitation of the imagination opens up the truth that Emmaus isn't a place; it is every place and Emmaus is no where; Emmaus is everywhere.
Can we not hear the words of the travellers as our own: 'did you not feel the burning within us...'; and can we not recognise the moment of breaking bread where we recognise Jesus among us...?
To tell this story as Emmaus, the 'every place' and the table as 'every table' and the journey as 'every journey' is to confirm resurrection as the experience of Jesus alive among us. That experience is no longer bodily because it can't be but the power of resurrection is not limited to a body. Emmaus surely says resurrection is far more than a body coming back to life but a whole community newly alive and whole future newly alive and whole faith newly alive that takes us into tomorrow now full of the possibility of new life too.