Jack and I are driving across the US in May and we want advice from US food bloggers (or anyone who has made a similar drive across the US) about places we shouldn't miss along our route. This all started when my Mom, who lives in Arizona, recently decided to let go of some precious pieces of furniture handed down to her by my grandmother. When we looked into what it would cost to have it trucked out to east coast we were astounded, so it all went into storage until we could figure out what to do with it. This isn't the sort of stuff you give away if there's any choice in the matter.
I wrote a little about my grandparents for the first Apples & Thyme event, describing their lives as cattle ranchers. Integral to raising beef cattle was a massive old Boos butcher block (the work surface is about three feet thick) that always stood in their kitchen. There is a little oak secretary, an old chair with a needlepoint seat cover made by my grandmother, and a game table with matching chairs she always played bridge on. There are a few other pieces, as well as some boxed kitchen items. Not surprising that my sister and I want to make sure these things stay in the family.
I've always wanted to find the time to drive across the country with Jack. During his time here in the US he's seen a fair amount of the east and west coasts, but very little else. So the Epic Road Trip came into being.
We plan to fly into San Francisco and rent a car with a brief run up to Sonoma to pick up some cases of wine from two or three of our favorite wineries, and then to drive across Nevada via The Loneliest Road, dropping down to The Grand Canyon and then to Tucson, where we'll swap the car for a small truck, visiting my parents for a few days and loading in the furniture. We've got this piece pretty well planned.
From Arizona we have no real itinerary and we want advice! If you know the area along any of the following legs of our journey, we'd love to hear about it. great roadside diners, things to see and do, the must-not-miss oddities... please tell us! We're avoiding large cities, as we'll have the hassle of needing to park a truck, so we don't need advice on what to see in Saint Louis or Chicago, please.
Here is the tentative plan, organized by major routes, stops to sleep not included:
Route 10 from Tucson to Las Cruces, New Mexico
Route 25 to Albuquerque (with a side trip to Santa Fe)
Route 40 through Amarillo, Texas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Route 44 through Tulsa and into Missouri, all the way up to Stanton
Route 70 to Joliet, Illinois (we plan to skip Chicago)
I 80 to Sandusky, Ohio at the bottom of Lake Erie
Then we'll hug the Lake Erie shore through Ohio and Pennsylvania, before heading east to the Finger Lakes area of New York
From there we'll abandon the major highways in favor of small roads into Vermont (and a stop in Bennington to see my daughter)
Finally, we wind our way across Vermont to New Hampshire, stopping in Nashua to deliver my sister's share of the furniture
So what do you know? What's your advice? Where is that fabulous little cafe? How about goat farms producing cheese? We want to know about all of it!