Two Chowhounds' Road Trip, the Conclusion
In April (school spring break), Scargod and I each flew independently to Las Vegas to my brothers home. There I bought his 1990 Miata and Scar and I began a riotous, gluttonous and Scotch soaked trip through Arizona, NM to Austin where we both have children in school. We then hit NOLA, rural Georgia, Savannah, the outer banks and Cape May, New J. If interested check out the respective boards.
I woke up early April 26th near New Haven and still had a seven hour drive home to Ellsworth. I snuck out quietly at 5:30 and made tracks to Middletown and O'Rourke's Diner before it got mobbed. I had the nova lox omelet. First arrived some cranberry bread and black coffee. The omelet arrived w a good portion of lox, raw onion, capers and sour cream w/ a side of home fries and puried turnip. The omelet was excellent, as was the turnip. The home fries were ok. A young man brought another slice of lemon bread and then hot brownies. There was a group of Wes students, and as my son is an alum, chatted w/ them.
Next stop, I needed to stretch, was Fat Boys in Brunswick, Me for a couple of $6.95 lobster rolls. They are not big, but sure are tasty and hit the spot. Good welcome back to Maine.
Got home and after greetings w/ my better half, cooked some lamb chops, garden frozen green beans and baked potato w/ a bottle of pinot. Good to be home!
In conclusion, Scargod and I met on Chowhound, and when I asked him to accompany me on this trip, I prefaced that afterward we would either never speak again, or become the best of friends. The latter has happened. We were, I feel, really well matched complementary travel companions. What one lacked, the other supplied and both were gracious in giving in to the other. The only disappointment I feel is that the trip is over and I am looking for excuses for another. I just want to thank Chowhound, without this forum, I would never have had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful man that we know as Scargod. Aw shucks.
Aw shucks is right. kattyeyes has accused me of having a "chowcrush" on you and now she knows why. I've enjoyed reading the journal of your adventures. My better half and I probably fight more than y'all did but we love those roadtrips also. Thanks to both of you for sharing.
I want to thank you and everyone for your kind words. I hope everyone has vicariously enjoyed the adventure or that it brings back good memories.
While Mark, AKA Passadumkeg is very well educated and extremely well-traveled, I’m not that erudite; I’ve learned more from curiosity and persistence. It has been a fun project to chronicle the trip with Mark. I’ve enjoyed it as a writing exercise. I intend to enter some of my trip photos in future CT photography shows. Chow does not do photos justice since they are reduced down to 35-40 kb!
For those finding this chronicle later on, here are the links to all the different boards postings:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618143#4664094 (Nevada through New Mexico
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619409#4678544 (South-Lafayette to Savannah, excluding NOLA
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619409#4688274 (Savannah posts start here
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620370#4689786 (SC & NC after Savannah
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621553#4691192 (New Jersey: the Cape
)http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620539#4691565 (New England/conclusion
)I’ve updated some of the placemarks on our road trip map (Google Maps) and organized them in chronological order:
I'm looking forward to a new trip!
I actually thought about the two of you yesterday. I met my son at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry for lunch where we enjoyed soft-shell crab sandwiches outside with a view of the Delaware Bay.
I enjoyed reading your blogs. Thank you. I feel like I know you both. Food and place have a unique and special way of bringing people together.