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TWISTOLOMEW Posts: 2,021
7/12/09 3:51 P

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I'm waiting for ya, Calen!

Actually, right now I'm waiting for Dee to arrive from her road trip ;-) Last msg I got from yesterdat her said she was in Idaho...

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7/11/09 11:09 A

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Let me just say that the trip to DC (we did a road trip in the middle of that one) AND the trip to Santa Fe (13 hours in the car!) dern near killed me! That is NOT my idea of a road trip! Gonna have to haul Captain Amy's butt into the car and show her what a "leisurely pace" looks like! LOL! Watch out, Twist! Hopefully we're comin' your way!

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7/9/09 2:35 P

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Anarie,

Huddle House is similar to the Waffle House. I saw a ton of them in Alabama and Mississippi. There were fewer in Tennessee and none by the time we hit Virginia.

Take Dunkin Donuts. It's HUGE here in the Northeast, but practically non existent in the South. Well, we were just outside of Washington, DC when I saw my first Dunkin Donuts sign. All I could think was,"CIVILIZATION."

LOL !!!!

We saw Starbucks when we were on exits closer to big cities. It's interesting that I saw very few Italian places in the South. Waffle House and Cracker Barrel seemed to be the two most popular chain restaurants not including places like McDonalds, Burger King or Arby's.

Arby's was big on the interstates. There are none anywhere near me. Which I am grateful for. My friend loves Arby's. I could take it or leave it. He likes Popeye's too.

You know, I didn't even think of eating frozen dinners while on the road. Of course, of the places we stayed, only one had a microwave and fridge. two had a fridge. one had neither.

Anarie, at the hotels/motels you stayed, did you notice that the continental breakfast deteriorated as you drove North ? I noticed that.

I did over indulge in the waffles. I do enjoy a good waffle now and then.

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7/8/09 11:26 P

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3548 miles. From almost the Mexican border to the Canadian border and back. Does that count as a road trip?
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I go ahead and get off the interstate for meals. Any town big enough to have more than two exits will have a WalMart Supercenter close to one of them and a big supermarket near the others, so I cruise in and get some fruit, yogurt, etc. It's also a chance to get out of the car and move around so the driver won't be quite so fatigued.

Also, a lot of the cheap motels have little fridge/microwave units in the room, so you can get a frozen meal and cook it. I did that twice.

And I have to admit that when I had a little more time on the way back, I went for some food tourism. There are these two food writers who for years have written about "road food" and now have a web site, and I looked up a few places near my route. I tried two and they were fantastic. Not healthy by any means, but if I'm going to eat junk, I'd rather take an extra ten minutes to find the favorite local rib joint instead of stopping at Wendy's. I try to make a rule of "no junk food that I could get at home," and I followed it at least half the time. You can't do it all the time, and it's probably harder if the person you're traveling with isn't a foodie, but still it's a good thing to keep in mind. I did eat fast/chain food twice, but it was at franchises we don't have around here and I hadn't tried before.

By the way, what's Huddle House? I saw signs and was curious, but not curious enough to fight my way to the exit.

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6/26/09 6:31 P

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6/26/09 5:48 P

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Thanks! all taken by yours truly!

btw, you're really rockin' out with that blonde do! Nice!

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6/26/09 11:42 A

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Love the photos, Twist! (And your Mom's garden rocks!!!)

And I love road trips! We frequently drive out to the desert or the mountains to camp. We rented a Prius to green our road trip to Sedona. And several years ago we spent two months driving up the west coast into Canada, touring Alaska, and driving back through a bunch of National Parks. Map and photos on our website:
www.thebearlair.com

I feel really guilty driving when it's not absolutely necessary, but I try to make up for it by making extra donations to environmental groups.
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As for food, we try to stop at grocery stores for sandwiches and healthy snacks, but it's fun to try out some of the local flavor too!

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6/23/09 4:34 P

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Actually I've seen a number of airports that have those... Chicago does. There was another.. hmm.. where was I? Memphis? I forget- I go thru so many airports that I can tell you which ones have which concession stands.

I do enjoy road trips, but only when the driving can be shared! Travelling with one's own food is about the only way to go.

A few years ago my mom and I did the CA coast, vegas, south rim of the Grand Canyon, Tehachapi (in the mojave) and then Yosemite National Park. We threw a cooler in the back seat and hit up costco for granola, dried fruit, grapes, and protein bars and water!

Awesome trip. You can see those photos here if you like (amongst others...) www.flickr.com/photos/twistolomew2/s
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6/23/09 1:26 P

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Joey,

I really don't know how vegans and vegetarians manage road trips. Try to find a veggie that hasn't been deep fried on the interstates. although, I will say that on average, the bathrooms were pretty clean.

Now, you know what I found interesting ? No laughing. At the New Orleans Airport, they had toilets with electronic rotating hygenic plastic seat covers.

FOR REAL ! I have the picture at home to prove it.

It's a plastic seat cover over the toilet. You push a button and a clean sheet of plastic replaces the old pieces. I've never seen anything like it.

What a country ! LOL !


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6/23/09 11:45 A

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Ha! I remember a trip across the country and back in the 80s when we stopped at (W)awful House every night. At the time you could get all-you-could-eat waffles after 10 p.m.

Now, when we take road trips, we try to carry food with us. We bring healthy snacks and sandwich makings. It can be really hard to pass the garbage in the convenience stores, so we stop at rest areas, and pay-at-the-pump for gas.

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Twist, I haven't had a chance to sit and blog. I'll try to do that this weekend. Of course, I'll have all sorts of time this weekend since I blew out my KNEE !

Yep, I'm on the disabled list. ugh...





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6/22/09 11:30 P

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I love road trips - just don't get to go often. I agree that it's hard to find healthy food while traveling!



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6/22/09 5:46 P

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Sounds like a waffle of a good time!!! So when do we get to hear all about it & see photos?!?!

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ROAD TRIP ! I'm back form mine. Let me tell you, I LOVE seeing the country from a car. There are some really beautiful areas of the Deep South. It was great to be able to see parts of the country I've never seen before.

Now, what I don't like... ROAD FOOD. road food SUCKS. pardon my French.

OMG, try to find a healthy restaurant on the interstates, they don't exist ! It was Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, Huddle House, Arby's, McDonalds, Burger King, Shoneys for miles... and miles... and miles...

Yeah, try to find a veggie that isn't fried. I don't know how vegans and vegetarians do it. I love traveling, but the food, something has to be done about road food.

Fortunately, I was able to find some fruit. Fruit was my savior. I didn't have a green veggie til I got to Philly and had a salad.

Although, I will say, the fresh made waffles at the hotels were tasty.

The Waffle House was everywhere !



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6/15/09 9:24 P

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ROOOOAD TRIP!

Road trip, road trip, road trip, road trip!

I loves me some road trippin'. What qualifies? Driving across the state? Driving to another city? One day, three days, all summer? Five people in minivan with $65 in cash and a little baggie of some unknown herb?

A couple weeks ago some friends and I made a road trip to Chicago (whoop de doo, two hours away) for a long and festive weekend. I have two more trips planned to the Twin Cities (four hours), then one to Columbus (nine hours) later in the summer.

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Only work or doctor related now.

I use to take a little trip or mini-vacation years ago and loved it. Maybe a three dayer just to see something new with my daughter. I never had the extra funds to really travel too far.



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6/15/09 6:25 P

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Seeing as Calen just came back from a road trip, Karen is on one now and Anarie is planning one, I figured this was a timely topic!

So - do you take road trips?
Love 'em?
Hate 'em?

Dish! Dish!

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