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I walked two miles to get to Waffle House yesterday while my car was getting worked on. It was worth it. Okay, so maybe not everybody sees Waffle House quite the way I do. I imagine you can substitute your own ideal travel restaurant, be it Cracker Barrel or the Golden Arches, or whatever. Thing is, growing up my family took me on a lot of road trips. My mother almost always cooked at home. She even made lunch. So going out to eat AT ALL was always a treat for me as a kid. While traveling, we ALWAYS stopped at Waffle House. It was imperative, not only because it was quick and cheap, but because we …

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As an addendum to my “Amarillo is kind of a nice play to stay a few days, if you’re into weird Texas culture and 72oz steaks” I will add my trip to Palo Duro Canyon, which is 30 miles south from here. This is what Texas looks like, okay? It’s big, extremely flat, brown, with almost no trees and you can see for miles in every direction. You can bet then, that I was surprised to find this: Seriously, you just drive for a long time through the flat-nothingness and then suddenly a gorgeous, desert canyon happens. Monty and Niko and I hiked all day here. Unlike the Oklahoma version, this canyon is the REAL DEAL. They …

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Amarillo, Texas is a city in the middle of nowhere. It is a necessary city, one that cuts the grueling interstate drive across the nothingness into halves. I’ve been through before, but I’ve never stayed for more than an hour, because, why would I? There are far more interesting places west and even east of here. Plus, it’s Texas. In my mind it’s the home of cowboy-republicans who drink too much, talk too much and carry a gun, right? Believe it or not, Amarillo has been kinda fun. Okay, I was FORCED to stay because I was having work done on Sacajewea, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve had a nice time and found Texas …

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Route 66, known as the Main Street of America, was once a bustling highway full of classic cars, drive ins, and motels with kitchy furnishings. Now, to be honest, it’s full of potholes and, in places, difficult to recognize as a road, let alone a highway. I’m headed west on Historic Route 66, which parallels Interstate 40 across Missouri, Oklahoma, the top of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It’s been some time since I’ve posted, and I apologize, but there simply is no internet here. The internet lives and breathes in the 21st century, but it is solidly 20th century in these parts. In fact, I’m pretty sure I entered a live-action version of the movie Footloose …

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When I was growing up, my family always spent Thanksgiving with my “grandmother” Gladys. She wasn’t actually my grandmother, but that’s not the point. The point was that she lived in Murphesboro, Tennessee (pronounced MUR-fis-burrrr-ah, Tin-EH-see) and I got to spend a day or three wandering 200 acres of farm land complete with cows, goats and hedge apples. I have vivid memories of my father and I using hedge apples for lawn bowling when we were bored and waiting for the turkey to cook. I have no other memories of the use of this strange plant. What is a hedge apple you say? Why let me tell you all about them! Traveling through the Ozarks I was …

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So I’ve been gone a month. That’s starting to settle in. I’ll be honest, the time has passed very quickly, especially since I spent two weeks with family. I’ve come what looks pretty far on a map, though I’ve definitely stayed ON the map. And I haven’t found what I’m looking for yet. Okay, so I don’t actually KNOW what I’m looking for, I’ll admit. I like old stuff and pie and I thought I might seek some of that out. I like traveling and road trips, so I thought I might do some of that. I thought I’d have been tripping over neat and inspiring stuff. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, you have to look …

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I’ve been across the Mississippi many times, but I haven’t spent much time along its banks. I’ll be honest, the only thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Mississippi is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. The fact that it traverses the entire country, snaking along the borders of 10 different states, should mean that more springs to mind than that. However, every story has to start someplace, and to be honest, there’s virtually a statue of Twain or Finn every ten feet down here. Mississippi culture is a kind of cliched, but it’s a charming cliche, one that recognizes that you have ideas about what it should be and it doesn’t want to disappoint you. …

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  Dear Wisconsin, Your state has nice beer and lovely cheese. Your people are generally friendly, and your sports teams are not detestable. However, you are not very tourist-friendly. Here are my complaints in order: 1. YOUR HORRIBLE ROADS. 2. YOUR EXPENSIVE, NICKLE-AND-DIMING, SHITTY CAMPGROUNDS. Please consider improving these situations, so that people can further enjoy your beer and cheese. Sincerely, Sarah Okay, so I don’t HATE Wisconsin. I just had an awful time, which probably had a lot to do with the season and the weather. A ton of the campgrounds were closed for the winter, which was a problem. Some of them left me no way of knowing they were closed until I had already …

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