Road Foodie

Some people drive simply to arrive.

What Happens in Vegas

Posted By on September 28, 2009

Green Valley, Utah to Las Vegas: 410 miles. Three states: Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Stella and I are up early because, although it may be a perfect morning, this day promises to be a scorcher; in spite of the costly last-minute repairs, I have little faith in the air-conditioning of the trusty but about-to-cross-115,000-mile car. […]

The Far Horizon

Posted By on September 26, 2009

Paxton, NE to Denver: 291 miles. Two states: Nebraska and Colorado. and Denver to Green River, Utah: 346 miles. Two states: Colorado and Utah. The news from Los Angeles is not good, and I must brush aside the thinly-veiled pretense that this is a pleasure trip. My goal is to get across the country as […]

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge

Posted By on September 24, 2009

Plans change. That’s the beauty of driving. Instead of laying my weary head down in Des Moines and Kearney, NE the last two nights, as planned, Stella and I bunked down in Council Bluffs, and then Paxton. There were various reasons for the change of plan (which necessitated several on-the-fly reservation changes); one of them […]

Rules of The Road

Posted By on September 23, 2009

Chicago to Council Bluffs, Iowa: 463 miles. Two states: Illinois and Iowa and Council Bluffs to Paxton, Nebraska: 312 miles. Two states: Iowa and Nebraska Check it out! Two days and almost 800 miles flew by while you weren’t looking. But I was. Looking, that is. Out through the windshield. At corn. There is a […]


Posted By on September 22, 2009

Toledo to Chicago: 220 miles. Three states: Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois I have slept well, because the most comfortable bed in the world is at my sister-in-law’s house in Toledo. Not to mention the loving, warm feeling of I get when pulling into a real home instead of an impersonal hotel. In this case, there […]

Lake-Effect Veggies

Posted By on September 21, 2009

Erie, PA to Toledo, OH: 218 miles Two States: Pennsylvania and Ohio Today is a short day because I’m headed to C’s family in Toledo for the night. Stella was disgusted with the 400-mile day yesterday, so I hope to butter her up with a lackadaisical day today. And I have a surprise in store […]

A Chatty Charlie

Posted By on September 20, 2009

I imagine that Erie, Pennsylvania is not considered the Jewel in the Crown of the Great Lakes region, because to do so would imply something too terrible to contemplate. I’ve elected to spend my first night here purely because it is 400 miles from home. In searching—last minute, so unlike me—for a dining option, I […]

Ready or Not

Posted By on September 18, 2009

Catskill, NY to Erie, PA: 401 miles Two states: New York and Pennsylvania My heart is breaking. For the past few weeks, our hands have been like heat-seeking missiles, snaking out to find one another whenever the rest of us was close enough for access. Just like when the yellow pages required your fingers to […]

What’s the Question?

Posted By on September 9, 2009

In less than two weeks, I will hop in my trusty Toyota, trundle down the rutted driveway of my Hudson Valley (New York) home, and drive to California. Driving three thousand miles across the country is fairly common for me, as long-time Roadfoodie readers know—this will be my tenth drive in five years. Driving solo—with […]