Big Road Trip


Big Road Trip Day 38

Posted on July 1st, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Well this is it, the last day of the journey. The goal today is to see Niagara Falls, drive through Canada to Michigan, and then make my way back to Cleveland. I stopped last night in Syracuse, which was a bit further from Niagara Falls than I would have liked, but still manageable and I woke up a bit early to make sure I’d make it in at a reasonable hour.

In my previous entry into Canada from Minnesota into Manitoba to get to the Northwest Angle, the customs agents weren’t buying my 50 start road trip story at all and I was searched going in and coming out of Canada. This time it I didn’t have any trouble at … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 37

Posted on July 1st, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today the goal was to get to Niagara Falls by way of northern New York.

I started off towards New Hampshire on the same road that I took before on the test trip. I drove on these roads at night then, and they seemed much more out in the middle of nowhere than today in the day time. For today’s first meal of the day I stopped at Porfido’s Deli in Littleton, NH and ordered a meatball grinder. It was pretty good, and was priced about the same as Subway or Quizno’s. I think I’d definitely eat here over either of those if I lived in the area.

After New Hampshire I was quickly in Vermont, the 49th state of the … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 36

Posted on July 1st, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today started off in Providence, Rhose Island at Chi Chi’s Italian Deli. I ordered a roast beef sandwich, and while I was waiting for my order I noticed a picture that I am very familiar with, however this was different. If you are a crazy Ohio State fan, I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of a probably 4 year old kid giving a one finger “salute” to Michigan, however in this picture the kid was wearing Red Sox stuff instead of Buckeye stuff, and was saluting the Yankees. Now I’m wondering if the one I’m familiar with is a fraud or if this one is (or maybe both). After a chuckle, I had my roast beef sandwich that was … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 34

Posted on July 1st, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today I was in New York City all day. I wasn’t able to get to eat at the Hello Deli yesterday because it was closed, so I went back up town, and none other than Rupert Jee was at the cash register! Rupert Jee has been involved in all sorts of David Letterman bits over the years in which usually Letterman tells him to annoy random people. I ordered the “Letterman” which was a tuckey and ham sandwich and was very good.

For the rest of the day I walked around NYC making my way from the Hello Deli on 53rd Street down to Battery Park looking out to the Statue of Liberty. I went by Times Square, the Empire … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 33

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today I needed to get to New York City, and I needed to be at the Ed Sullivan Theatre by 3pm to pickup my David Letterman tickets. However, I needed to eat in Delaware at least and hopefully also in New Jersey.

For breakfast I went to the European Bistro in Wilmington, Delaware and I had an omelet. It was really excellent, and if you knew my fondness for McDonald’s breakfast you would know that this is a huge compliment, if I lived in Wilmington I might get an omelet here over an Egg McMuffin sometimes. After eating the traffic was a little heavy and so I decided to put off New Jersey until later and went right into New … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 32

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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So far I’ve not had a single day without hiking up mountains, driving hundreds of miles, or flying over oceans and tundra, so I had penciled in today as a “rest day,” and this was not what I had in mind for resting My hotel was just a few blocks south of the US Capitol Building, and so I though well I’ll just walk around DC.

I started off pretty well sing the Capitol Building, the House offices, the Museum of Natural History, the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Korean War Memorial. The I started to head over to the Jefferson Memorial and I think it was then that I managed to tear a … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 31

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today the goal was to get to Washington DC, but in a roundabout way, by first going west into West Virginia, then through southern Pennsylvania and finally south through Maryland.

The day started off by going through the mountains of West Virginia which provided many amazing views, although after seeing mountains in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and elsewhere, I have to say West Virginia seemed to have just big hills Regardless, it was still great to see. I then drove to the college town of Morgantown and Foodio54 recommended Mountaineer Pizza. The pizza was pretty good, which is probably easy to expect of pizza place with competition for lots of hungry college students. After eating I headed through a bit … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 30

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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I started today in Santee, South Carolina and my goal was to make into West Virginia or at least get fairly close. Additionally I wanted to swing by the Yorktown battlefield site (where George Washington trapped Cornwallis with the aid of French troops and a French fleet in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War).

First things first, I needed to eat in South Carolina. I had Foodio54 give me a recommendation for Florence, SC and the site sent me to Shooki’s Deli. I got a hot turkey sandwich and it was perfect for an early lunch meal.

Back in Helena, Montana I had a lot of difficulty finding places open during lunchtime and I ran into the same problem … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 29

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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The goal today was to go from Key West to as far into South Carolina as I could.

Going south down to the Florida Keys I took the toll road almost the entire way because my Garmin told me to After looking at my backup paper road atlas it seemed as though I-95 went parallel to the toll highway for a significant chuck of the way. While I normally leave the directions planning mostly up to Garmin I decided that I would try to get over to I-95.

My Garmin was not pleased. Everyone who has one of these things has missed a turn and heard it say in an increasingly annoyed tone “recalculating” when it determines how to get … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 28

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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The plan today was to get to Key West.

The idea for today was that I would have already been in Key West and I could rest today, but instead I started off driving about 450 miles. I took Florida’s toll road down and I managed to accidentally go past one of the toll lanes, which according to the sign is a $100 fine. The issue was that the divider separating the cash lanes from the Sunpass lanes was way too far up so by the time I realized I was in the wrong lane there was nothing I could do. I called the number on the ticket and they said just to mail in the $13.70 for the toll … Read More »





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