“What you take from here is map less.”
So it’s been awhile since my last post and for this I sincerely apologize. I know how much reading this blog means to you and your everyday life. Frankly, I don’t know how you have survived this summer with only a couple of my hilarious and incredibly interesting posts to read… But (somehow) you have made it through and here we are. So why have I been such a slacker in the blogging department? Well, it certainly hasn’t been because of a lack of eating, that’s for sure. The real reason is because I have been insanely busy planning our MOVE ACROSS AMERICA. That’s right. Ryan and I have quit our jobs, packed up, and are currently en route to San Diego, CA. Please don’t ask me why unless you consider “because we felt like it” a valid answer.
We are taking about 8 days to get out there and since the majority of our sight-seeing is most likely going to be visiting places that can be seen on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, I decided I’m going to blog about our ROAD TRIP!
Here’s our planned route:
8/23: Boston – DC
8/24: DC – Asheville, NC
8/25: Asheville – Memphis, TN
8/26: Memphis – Dallas, TX
8/27: Dallas – Amarillo? (This is tentative, depending on how rampant the West Nile virus is at this point because that WOULD happen to me)
8/28-8/30: Santa Fe, NM
8/30-9/1: Grand Canyon, AZ
After 9/1 (if he hasn’t murdered me and disposed of my body somewhere in Arkansas or New Mexico or the like) we’ll either head right to San Diego or maybe stop in LA… or dare I say… Vegas?
We are currently driving from Memphis, TN to Dallas, TX which should be about 8 hours but since I insist on drinking approximately 100 bottles of water every time we get in the car and thus need a restroom every 100 miles it will probably be more like 9. So far we have driven about 1500 miles through 9 states, spent about $237 on gas, and eaten about 93,839,993 calories collectively.
Some of the more notable meals include the cheesesteak and roast pork sandwiches we had at Carmen’s – a deli we came across in a LOVELY little town called Bellmawr off the highway in NJ on day one. Dinner at Cava on 8th St. in DC. Lunch at the Tupelo Honey Café in Asheville, NC, and Ribs and Brisket at Rendezvous in Memphis, TN (We unfortunately did no “Walking in Memphis” in our time there, we opted to take a Trolley after the hotel bellhop asked if we had a weapon to defend ourselves when we told him we were walking to the restaurant).
So now off to Texas… I think I see a giant steak in our future. Any suggestions on where to stop are welcomed, as are job offers in San Diego and tips on how to keep yourself entertained for 3,300 miles of highway.