wanted to submit this sunday, but 10 min to wed will work too, right?!
Mileage to CT: 1650
7 tanks of gas
Cities: Tampa, Holiday, Gainesville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Asheville, Richmond, Baltimore, Shelton
We hadn’t made it a mile when it dawned on us that Dunkin Donuts should be our first food stop of many.
Have you had the lox and bagels at Einstein? Fantastic stuff. The last time we were there in Tampa we flipped up the lip on our coffee cups and won a free bagel sandwich so of course, Agnes being the thrifty shopper that she is, was hell bent on redeeming our winnings. Thus began the search through all of Gainesville to satisfy our palettes and our wallets. Mary led us all over gator country. We hopped a curb, added about 50 miles to the trip and I’m pretty sure we parked the Budget truck on a student or two.
Our good friend Jacob, who is notorious for his love of nachos, took a step away from his standard and recommended a joint called The Porter in the Little Five Points hood. The Porter had just about every beer you could imagine (and many you couldn’t), inventive food and amazing garlic, herb fries.
After a drive down the main drag, checking into the Holiday Inn Knoxville, and consulting a helpful concierge, we ended up in the Downtown Grill and Brewery. The food was…eh. I ordered what I thought would be a Greek salad (turned out to be a weird ass pizza…basically a soggy tortilla with cheese….which coincidentally is our new band name) and Agnes snagged a portabella burger. Who knew that after 11PM they changed the menu to what only can be referred to as bar(f)ood!? On a more positive note, they brewed their own beer that came in “free” commemorative glasses. If you’re in town be sure to try their microbrews. We went for the IPA and the White Mule Ale. Tasty!
To reiterate, Asheville is incredible. It’s where dreams come true. It’s where the streets are paved in gold. It’s better than fu*king Disneyland. It’s as if the mountains, the air, the trees, the plants, the people, and the Biltmores had one big artistic love child. We love it. Can’t you just picture Leonard and Agnes sitting on a porch, sipping lemonade, blogging and whiling away the hours? We can!! Back to the food though! A quick google search turned up a gem! It’s a vegetarian/vegan spot called The Green Light Cafe. It was a light, refreshing, and fulfilling treat. Check this out…they had chlorophyll water. No shit! We sucked it down by the eerie green gallon. For lunch we split vegetable spring rolls and a tempeh blt . Both were better than the other…figure that out.
We strutted across the Best Western parking lot at 2am, plastic cups of Riesling in hand, to the local gas station and were thrilled with our find. Sandwiches made to order! What a prize after we stared a dead whore in the face only an hour earlier.
Early on in our adventure we decided it would be cool to indulge our inner foodies. Agnes whipped out her iPhone, hopped on the app store and within seconds found Flavortown, an app that showed every location featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. After a couple failed attempts and near misses with cities we landed in Baltimore on our last travel day at a joint call BOP (brick oven pizza). We had the white clam pizza (garlic sauce, mozzarella, parmigiana, fontina and ocean clams for $11.65) Wow!
On Monday, April 25th we set out on an adventure. No, not an adventure…a lifestyle! We started in Holiday, FL and ended in Shelton, CT, taking in some must see sights along the way. Armed with a fully packed 15’ Budget truck (which was completely rearranged by Agnes’ dad), a GPS affectionately named Mary, 2 iPhone 4’s (thank god because Mary was telling lies), and some Easter Candy, we woke before sunrise and hopped in the big rig that would be our home away from home for the next 72 hours. Some of you even saw the sign on our truck and wrote in. Thanks for not criticizing my driving. That thing was a bitch!
We’d had the idea for some time to broaden our horizons beyond the sunshine state and experience the country…then the continent…then the world. That’s right! This is just the beginning. Neither of us are huge fans of convention, so this is the transition from the stress of the corporate world to the documenting of our travels, our food, our laughs, our family, our old friends/new…ouraugust!
In hindsight, we went took just about the most back-assed route possible, adding roughly 550 miles to an 1100 mile trip. You know what!? It was worth it. We got lost on the University of Florida campus. We navigated Knoxville after a storm surge knocked out the power and all the back windows in our hotel. We traversed the Smoky Mountains on a shit and a prayer (as we descended, my knuckles white, Agnes delighted in snapping photos of runaway truck ramps). We fell in love with Asheville, N.C. (It’s rich with art, music, food and wonderful views! Shout out to the wonderful, friendly people we met.) We aimed for Greensboro and completely missed. We were terrorized by an extremely high off ramp and a scary hotel in Richmond, VA. We drove through our nation’s capital. We were very happily surprised by the Fell’s Point neighborhood in Baltimore. We saw the gorgeous NYC skyline from New Jersey (Agnes was beside herself). We arrived in CT, 4 hours later than planned in the pitch black dark and the worst fog I’ve ever seen– and 7 tanks of gas in the friggin’ truck…. The best part though? We said we were gonna do it and we did. High five!
Thanks for tuning in,