This was originally posted on August 11, 2010 as Marcus and I roadtripped across the US to our new home in Los Angeles. I will be reposting our roadtrip posts all week as we vacation in Mexico, and will be back with our best roadtripping tips next week. See you soon!
- Miles traveled: 650 miles
- Time traveling: 12 hours
- Average speed: 54 mph
- States traveled: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia*, Ohio, Indiana
* Neither of us had any idea that we would be traveling through the state of West Virginia, so when we passed by the “Welcome to West Virginia” sign, we both cracked up laughing. You can see on the map above, we went through about 10 miles of the northern tip of West Virginia.
Not too much to report about the first leg of our trip. We decided to drive west in pretty much a straight route, which we found pretty easy to do because there’s apparently not much to see between New Jersey and Indiana.
Immediately after we set out, we stopped for gas. This confused Marcus because in New Jersey, all gas stations are full-service. I actually only learned how to pump my own gas about a year ago when I started driving in Massachusetts, and there’s really nothing good about it. Clearly a win for NJ.
We stopped at our friend Mark’s favorite gas station/convenience store/fast food joint, Sheetz as we passed through Pennsylvania. We’ve been hearing about this place for the past five years, so we had to stop, and it did not disappoint. But I have to say, it’s a lot like Wawa.
This pic is pretty hard to see, but apparently there is a California in Pennsylvania. I was all, “Wow, we made it already! That drive wasn’t bad at all!” Sigh, I crack myself up..
We haven’t gotten to check out any truly unusual “great American” sites yet, but the most interesting things we spotted today were: a disassembled ferris wheel on a truck, a truck cab towing three identical truck cabs, and this giant candle, which I wasn’t able to snap a picture of, but later located on the internet.
If you’ve spent any amount of time traveling anywhere in this country, you have probably noticed that anywhere you go, you’re never far from a Cracker Barrel. All day we laughed at the number of billboards advertising “Cracker Barrel, Country home cooking, Next exit!,” which left us wondering just how many Cracker Barrels we passed..
Luckily, Cracker Barrel’s website has a feature where you can input your route and they will show you the location of each and every Cracker Barrel along the way! We passed thirteen just today! And then we finally gave in and stopped at one for dinner. And it was exactly the same as every single other Cracker Barrel I’ve ever been to, exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
We are presently in the process of planning the next leg of our route – we decided to cut Chicago out in order to save time. You can stay updated on our travels throughout the day by following me on Twitter!