Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Moose in the Road Trip

Over the course of six days I drove 2591.3 miles and visited eleven states. That's more than 20% of all 50 United States. Here's what I did:

  1. Left Illinois.

  2. Drove the entire width of Indiana.

  3. Spent the night in a cheap motel in Ohio. (A few days later I got an email from Priceline: Please tell us about your stay in Vandalia, OH. My answer: it was short. There was a bed and a shower, which was the only reason I stopped.)

  4. Traveled 12 miles through a sliver of West Virginia.

  5. Traversed the entire length of the Keystone State on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which cost $18.05, cash only please. Got stuck in Philadelphia rush hour.

  6. Had a picnic in a rest area in New York State. It was the only rest area I've ever seen that had a parking garage. (And mused that New York is probably the only state where they have to add the word "state" on official highway signs, otherwise people think you mean the city.)

  7. Vermont! Spent four days/three nights there:

    Custom-made granola bars for the trip

    • Had maple chicken, maple salad dressing, maple candy, a sandwich with maple sauce, maple cheese, maple sausage, and of course, maple syrup.
    • Hiked a gorge in Quechee.

    • Played tourist at the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.

    • Visited a maple and cheese farm in Woodstock. Saw a chipmunk, a bunny, goats, a calf, horse butts, and cows.

    • Sampled lots of cheese.
    • Climbed to top of a mountain and saw an amazing view.

    • Ate at a farmer's diner that only served locally-grown food.

    • Visited a bread shop and farmer's market in Norwich.
    • Bought lots of souvenirs.

    Karen and Monty the Vermont moose

    • Took lots of pictures.

    wooden moose, stuffed moose, Karen, Tim

  8. Took four trips over the river to New Hampshire (only one was intentional, the other three times we were lost.) Saw a gaggle of VT high school students having a prom on the campus of Dartmouth in Hanover.

  9. Had grilled cheese and an ice cream cone in Western Massachusetts. Also browsed a quirky dollar store where they sold, among other things, random baby doll parts.

  10. Karen, doll parts

  11. Shopped at a Target in Connecticut.
  12. Got pizza in an Italian restaurant in New Jersey. Also had my gas pumped for me, since state law allows full-service refueling only.

It was the best 2591.3 miles I've ever spent.


Jolene said...

Great pics, looks like a total blast!! And um, where can you make your own custom granola bars?! WAY cool.

Tim said...

Thanks. It was! Here's where you can order your own granola bars:

chocolatechip said...

It hadn't occurred to me until I read this that we actually never saw the horses' heads!

(I created this blogger account a long time ago and wondered if you'd know who it was if I posted anonymously. But my comment gives it away!)