Round America Trip – Road Food

The trip ‘Round America covered 50 states and over 2,500 towns.
We’ll report on each and every roadfood experience right here, and even provide a few photos as we go:

Day — Date Meal City State Restaurant Description
           
1 – April 1 Breakfast Atlanta GA    
1 – April 1 Lunch Madison GA The Madison Gift Mart & Cafe Very good; Ginger was a fun waitress.  Loved the 1/2 tea 1/2 lemonade.
1 – April 1 Dinner Savannah GA Shrimp Factory Great pie — White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie.
2 – April 2 Breakfast        
2 – April 2 Lunch Savannah GA Soda Pop Shoppe Your basic dog,
2 – April 2 Dinner Savannah GA Lady & Sons Spectacular country cookin’ meal and a singing waitress, too.
3 – April 3 Breakfast        
3 – April 3 Lunch Brunswick GA The Georgia Pig Disappointing, and the world’s nastiest rest rooms.
3 – April 3 Dinner St. Augustine FL Subway We were so bummed that we couldn’t get a hotel room that we broke on of our Rules of the Road and ate at Subway!
4 – April 4 Breakfast        
4 – April 4 Lunch Daytona Beach FL Starlite Diner Stereotypical diner waitresses.
4 – April 4 Dinner Jensen Beach FL Villa Parma Excellent Italian food and Chocolate Bomb Cake.
5 – April 5 Breakfast        
5 – April 5 Lunch Hobe Sound FL Harry and the Natives Simply fantastic — what a wacky, fun place…and the Key Lime Pie was the best!
5 – April 5 Dinner Miami Beach FL Chinese Tired…take-out.
6 – April 6 Breakfast        
6 – April 6 Lunch Miami Beach FL News Cafe Great people watching.
6 – April 6 Dinner Miami FL Chili’s Always good; couldn’t find a local place near our hotel, and it was washing night.
7 – April 7 Breakfast        
7 – April 7 Lunch Key Largo FL Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen Great local spot, and excellent frozen Key Lime Pie.
7 – April 7 Dinner Key West FL    
8 – April 8 Breakfast        
8 – April 8 Lunch Key West FL Blue Heaven Really fun place and the Banana Heaven dessert was amazing!
8 – April 8 Dinner Key West FL Billie’s Bar & Restaurant Good pizza.
9 – April 9 Breakfast        
9 – April 9 Lunch Key Largo FL Harriette’s Classic small-town cafe, and the Dolphin sandwich was fantastic.
9 – April 9 Dinner Bonita Springs FL Mel’s Diner Best hot dog ever, and Rebecca was a great waitress.
10 – April 10 Breakfast        
10 – April 10 Lunch Sarasota FL Big Dogg’s Tiny little place where a tourist would never stop.  Excellent Philly Cheese Steak.
10 – April 10 Dinner Weeki Wachee FL Circle K Fritos and Ginger Ale.
11 – April 11 Breakfast Carrabelle FL Carrabelle Junction Two relatively tough bagels.  One should know better than to buy bagels in a tiny town.
11 – April 11 Lunch Panama City FL The Treasure Ship Fantastic, huge hamburger and great Cocha Mocha pie for dessert.  Jessica nominated for Best Waitress!
11 – April 11 Dinner Foley AL Lambert’s Cafe Fabulous place and incredible meal.  Best so far!
12 – April 12 Breakfast New Orleans LA Papa Joe’s The muffalletta sandwich was good.  Our waiter had no personality.
12 – April 12 Lunch        
12 – April 12 Dinner New Orleans LA Fairmont Hotel The pecan pie was very disappointing — like you’d get at a grocery store.
13 – April 13 Breakfast New Orleans LA Fairmont Hotel I loved the beignets.
13 – April 13 Lunch Morgan City LA The Donut Shop Nothing special except Amber and her hair net.
13 – April 13 Dinner Beaumont TX Rio Rita’s Excellent Mexican food.
14 – April 14 Breakfast Houston TX Mary Lee’s Donuts Very good donuts.  The owner thought I was there to make all his dreams come true by buying him out.
14 – April 14 Lunch El Campo TX The Duson cafe Wonderful Chocolate Pecan Pie.  Elizabeth was an excellent waitress and tour guide.
14 – April 14 Dinner Corpus Christi TX Roadhouse Not great, but not bad.
15 – April 15 Breakfast        
15 – April 15 Lunch Riviera TX The Barn Door Fabulous barbecue in a true local small town cafe.
15 – April 15 Dinner        
16 – April 16 Breakfast Pharr TX The Great Donut Excellent Mexican donuts.  No idea what they were except good.
16 – April 16 Lunch Hidalgo TX Rosita’s Cafe Excellent Mexican food.  Different.  Best Mexican food so far.
16 – April 16 Dinner        
17 – April 17 Breakfast        
17 – April 17 Lunch        
17 – April 17 Dinner Del Rio TX Don Marcelinos Excellent Mexican food.
18 – April 18 Breakfast        
18 – April 18 Lunch Sanderson TX Gas Stateion Goodarts Peanut Patty.
18 – April 18 Dinner Terlingua TX Starlight Theater Good chili with Desert Nachos for dessert.  Yvette was one of my favorite waitresses so far.
19 – April 19 Breakfast        
19 – April 19 Lunch Marfa TX Thunderbird Restaurant   Very good sandwich.  Rose was a wonderful waitress and a superb undercover surveillance assistant.
19 – April 19 Dinner Carlsbad NM Casa de Cortez Excellent Mexican food.  Would be the nominee for the Best but I didn’t like their salsa enough.
20 – April 20 Breakfast        
20 – April 20 Lunch Roswell NM Crash Down Diner Very tasty Alien Pancakes.
20 – April 20 Dinner Pietown NM Pie-O-Neer cafe Very good Peach Pie and equally good Apple Walnut Raisin Pie.
21 – April 21 Breakfast Lordsburg NM Taco Loco Wonderful Breakfast Burrito.  I really liked Phyllis.
21 – April 21 Lunch Bisbee AZ Dot’s Diner Fantastic Rhubarb Pie.  Mary was a very good waitress.
21 – April 21 Dinner        
22 – April 22 Breakfast        
22 – April 22 Lunch Tucson AZ Der Weinerschnitzel Great hot dogs.  Fond memories of late night college relief from the munchies.
22 – April 22 Dinner        
23 – April 23 Breakfast        
23 – April 23 Lunch Tucson AZ Cafe Poca Cosa Very good Mexican food — huge servings — just a little fancier Mexican food than I prefer.
23 – April 23 Dinner Tucson AZ Little Anthony’s Diner Mud Pie was okay, but the servers were great.
24 – April 24 Breakfast Tucson AZ Donut Wheel Extremely good donuts.
24 – April 24 Lunch Dateland AZ Dateland Restaurant Date Shake was extremely good.  Date Pie was so-so.
24 – April 24 Dinner San Diego CA In-N-Out Burger Exceptional food.  Exceptional service.
25 – April 25 Breakfast        
25 – April 25 Lunch Coronado CA Island Pasta We prefer Domino’s Pizza.
25 – April 25 Dinner San Diego CA In-N-Out Burger Exceptional food.  Exceptional service.
26 – April 26 Breakfast Leucadia CA Leucadia Donut Shop Okay.  Not special, but okay.
26 – April 26 Lunch        
26 – April 26 Dinner Rancho Palos Verdes CA Arturo’s Outstanding Mexican food and great company!
27 – April 27 Breakfast        
27 – April 27 Lunch Long Beach CA Hof’s Hot The Cheddar Burger is awesome, and the Banana Cream Pie was huge and delicious!
27 – April 27 Dinner Los Angeles CA Randy’ Donut Shop Surprisingly good donuts; we thought the world’s largest donut sign may be all they had to offer.
28 – April 28 Breakfast Santa Monica CA DK’s Donuts Extremely good donuts.
28 – April 28 Lunch Hollywood CA Skooby’s Best hot dogs, even better fries, and best lemonade ever.
28 – April 28 Dinner Hollywood CA Skooby’s Best hot dogs, even better fries, and best lemonade ever.
29 – April 29 Breakfast        
29 – April 29 Lunch Devore CA Peek’s Cafe The only disappointing meal we’ve had.  Not bad – just plain cafeteria-like food.
29 – April 29 Dinner Needles CA Royal Garden The Chinese food was very good, and Winnie and Gwenny were even better.
30 – April 30 Breakfast        
30 – April 30 Lunch Oatman AZ Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon Our Navajo Nachos were huge and good.  Interesting entertainment.
30 – April 30 Dinner        
31 – May 1 Breakfast        
31 – May 1 Lunch        
31 – May 1 Dinner Williams AZ Pine Tree Restaurant Wonderful homestyle dinner followed by four delicious pieces of pie!
32 – May 2 Breakfast        
32 – May 2 Lunch Jerome AZ Jerome Grill Very good Mexican food for lunch.
32 – May 2 Dinner Sedona AZ Black Cow Cafe Banana Split was good.
33 – May 3 Breakfast        
33 – May 3 Lunch Winslow AZ La Posada Hotel Good lunch, special place.
33 – May 3 Dinner Gallup NM Ranch Kitchen Very good barbecue dinner.
34 – May 4 Breakfast        
34 – May 4 Lunch Albuquerque NM La Placita Excellent Mexican food.
34 – May 4 Dinner Santa Fe NM Eldorado Hotel Club Sandwich was quite good, but room service was horrible.
35 – May 5 Breakfast        
35 – May 5 Lunch Santa Fe NM Plaza Restaurant Meal was excellent, but the Caramel Apple Pecan Pie was about the best pie we’ve ever eaten.
35 – May 5 Dinner Albuquerque NM Candlewood Hotel Vending Area Microwaved Lean Cuisine’s.
36 – May 6 Breakfast        
36 – May 6 Lunch Santa Rosa NM Joseph’s Restaurant Excellent Mexican food.
36 – May 6 Dinner        
37 – May 7 Breakfast        
37 – May 7 Lunch Amarillo TX Big Texan Steak Ranch Delicious barbeque, and Lesley is a top nominee for Best Waiter.
37 – May 7 Dinner Lubbock TX Flatlanders The food was so-so, but we loved being with the Shanklins.
38 – May 8 Breakfast Lubbock TX Berlinda’s Kitchen Wonderful home-cooked breakfast.
38 – May 8 Lunch Floydada TX Dixie Dog Delicious, hot, fresh Corny Dogs.
38 – May 8 Dinner Canute OK Ali’s Snow Cone Stand Excellent snow cone.  Nice people!
39 – May 9 Breakfast        
39 – May 9 Lunch Clinton OK Jiggs Smoke House Triple Pig Sickle Sandwich is my nominee for Best Sandwich.
39 – May 9 Dinner Stroud OK Rock Cafe Fabulous Peach Cobbler.  Neat people.  Great old place.
40 – May 10 Breakfast Tulsa OK Clicks Steakhouse via George Robertson Wonderful Toll House Pie
40 – May 10 Lunch Claremore OK Hammett House Good sandwich and very good Lemon Pecan Pie.  Extremely nice folks.
40 – May 10 Dinner        
41 – May 11 Breakfast        
41 – May 11 Lunch St. Robert MO Sonic I got desperate on Mother’s Day, but unlike other franchise chains, Sonic is always good.
41 – May 11 Dinner Chesterfield MO Wild Horse Grill Nicest (aka Uptown) meal yet, and it was wonderful to be with family and friends.  And Uncle Ward paid!!!
42 – May 12 Breakfast        
42 – May 12 Lunch St. Louis  MO Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Caramel Concrete is really tasty.  Always fun to eat at an “institution.”
42 – May 12 Dinner Cape Girardeau MO Dexter Bar-B-Que My barbecue sandwich was outstanding — cole slaw on the bun with the brisket and sauce.
43 – May 13 Breakfast        
43 – May 13 Lunch        
43 – May 13 Dinner Memphis TN Blues City Cafe The ribs were the best I can remember eating anywhere, and the Apple Dumpling dessert was incredible.  The staff treated me like a VIP.
44 – May 14 Breakfast        
44 – May 14 Lunch Memphis TN Cottage Restaurant Fudge Pie and Nana Puddin were very good, but the ladies who work there made it truly special.
44 – May 14 Dinner Nashville TN Jack’s Barbeque Best barbeque overall so far.  Recommended by policemen.
45 – May 15 Breakfast        
45 – May 15 Lunch        
45 – May 15 Dinner Atlanta GA Bozzie Jane’s Kitchen  
57 – May 27 Breakfast        
57 – May 27 Lunch Atlanta GA Bozzie Jane’s Kitchen  
57 – May 27 Dinner        
58 – May 28 Breakfast        
58 – May 28 Lunch Sevierville TN Applewood Grill  
58 – May 28 Dinner        
59 – May 29 Breakfast        
59 – May 29 Lunch Lexington KY Rogers Restaurant  
59 – May 29 Dinner Shelbyville KY Mark’s Feed Store  
60 – May 30 Breakfast Louisville KY Lynn’s Paradise Cafe An absolute hoot, and the breakfast was exceptional.  Great lamps.
60 – May 30 Lunch
60 – May 30 Dinner Indianapolis IN Union Jack Great deep dish pizza — as I remembered it from 16 years ago.
61 – May 31 Breakfast        
61 – May 31 Lunch Greenup IL Stockyards Restaurant Wonderful Rib-Eye Sandwich and good pie, too.  Great waitress = Jenny
61 – May 31 Dinner Highland IL Blue Springs Cafe SIX pieces of pie.  This place does foot high pie!
62 – June 1 Breakfast        
62 – June 1 Lunch        
62 – June 1 Dinner Ottumwa IA Mr. Quick Hamburgers Worst service I’ve ever experienced in a restaurant.
63 – June 2 Breakfast Oskaloosa IA Wes’ Family Restaurant Great cafe; wonderful staff; and mighty good pie.
63 – June 2 Lunch Winterset IA Northside Cafe Worst pie of the trip.  Hamburger was good, but the service was very blah.
63 – June 2 Dinner Lincoln NE Misty’s Restaurant Fabulous steak and exceptional service from waitress Toni.
64 – June 3 Breakfast        
64 – June 3 Lunch Minden NE Southfork Drive Inn Poor meal.  Not a personality in the place.
64 – June 3 Dinner        
65 – June 4 Breakfast        
65 – June 4 Lunch Great Bend KS Granny’s Kitchen Great cafe; wonderful staff; and mighty good pie.
65 – June 4 Dinner Garden City KS Comfort Inn Free soup — not bad at all.
66 – June 5 Breakfast        
66 – June 5 Lunch Pueblo CO Sonic I was in a hurry, so I hit a chain (against the Rules of the Road).  Sonic is almost always good, but not today.  Antacid time.
66 – June 5 Dinner        
67 – June 6 Breakfast        
67 – June 6 Lunch        
67 – June 6 Dinner Salt Lake City UT Candlewood Suites Long day of driving, so I had a bowl of Campbell’s Soup about 1 am.
68 – June 7 Breakfast        
68 – June 7 Lunch Salt Lake City UT Hires Big H Great drive-in car hop service.  Fantastic hamburger and the fries were second to only Skooby’s in Hollywood.  A winner!
68 – June 7 Dinner        
69 – June 8 Breakfast        
69 – June 8 Lunch Las Vegas NV Harley Davidson Cafe Very good meal, but our waitress Amanda was the best part.
69 – June 8 Dinner        
70 – June 9 Breakfast        
70 – June 9 Lunch Las Vegas NV In-N-Out Burger Always good.
70 – June 9 Dinner Las Vegas NV Marriott Suites Sandwich was good.  Cobbler was poor.
71 – June 10 Breakfast        
71 – June 10 Lunch        
71 – June 10 Dinner Monrovia CA Rudy’s Mexican Food Excellent California-style Mexican food.  Fired ice cream wasn’t very good though.  Rudy was great.
72 – June 11 Breakfast        
72 – June 11 Lunch        
72 – June 11 Dinner Santa Barbara CA Rudy’s Cafe Not bad, just not great.
73 – June 12 Breakfast Solvang CA Olsen’s Danish Bakery Excellent pastries!
73 – June 12 Lunch San Luis Obispo CA Linn’s Bakery & Eatery Best lunch and the Olallieberry Pie ranks as one of the best of the trip.  Owner Patty was delightful.
73 – June 12 Dinner        
74 – June 13 Breakfast        
74 – June 13 Lunch Sausalito CA Sausalito Gourmet Deli Great sandwiches, and the Carrot cake was also mighty good.  Really nice people own and operate.
74 – June 13 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.
75 – June 14 Breakfast        
75 – June 14 Lunch El Cerrito CA Circus Chimera Great circus nachos, popcorn, and peanuts.
75 – June 14 Dinner San Rafael CA Celia’s Mexican Food Excellent.  Ryan’s favorite spot.
76 – June 15 Breakfast San Francisco CA Krispy Kreme Not hot, but excellent donuts.
76 – June 15 Lunch        
76 – June 15 Dinner Carmel CA Hog’s Breath Inn Very good — one of the best cheeseburgers anywhere served on a unique bun.
77 – June 16 Breakfast        
77 – June 16 Lunch        
77 – June 16 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.
77 – June 16 Breakfast        
77 – June 16 Lunch        
77 – June 16 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.

Round America Trip – Rules of the Road

The trip ‘Round America covered 50 states and over 2,500 towns. We wanted to make the trip special, and we established Rules of the Road.

These are the Rules of the Road:

Rule #1 See the real world.  Stay off the interstate highways.
Rule #2 Eat pie.  Eat where the locals eat.  Avoid franchised restaurants.  “Slow food” rather than fast food.
Rule #3 See the sights that others miss.  Don’t visit many theme parks.
Rule #4 Plan to enjoy the unexpected.  When something catches your eye, check it out.
Rule #5 Try new things — new places, new people, new food, new experiences.
Rule #6 Stop and smell the roses…or whatever.  No need to rush; enjoy the journey.
Rule #7 Think local.  Listen to local radio stations; read local papers; and watch local TV.
Rule #8 Make the best of every situation,  If it seems boring or ugly or wrong, look again.
Rule #9 Be smart.  Be safe.  Be prepared.  Exercise every day.  Keep the gas tank full.
Rule #10 Preserve the experience.  Maintain a journal; keep records; and take a lot of photos.

Round America Trip – The Travelers

Bill Windsor

Bill Windsor; age 54; brother of three; husband of one; father of two; grandfather of one; serial entrepreneur –has started 44 businesses in the last 33 years; publisher for much of his career; author of numerous magazine articles and business publications; record collector with one of the world’s largest collections of 45-rpm records; owner of 1955 Chevrolet Police Car; likes doing things that others might never think to do.

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor; much younger than Bill; sister of three; wife of one; mother of two; grandmother of three; has worked with Bill in many of his businesses over the last 33 years; great interior decorator; doll collector; can’t even believe the crazy stuff Bill comes up with; hesitant about the trip “Round America at first, but became enthusiastic once she got to fly home a few times to see Brittany and Miss Madison.

Round America Trip Scorecard

The trip ‘Round America covered 50 states and over 2,500 towns.
This is the Trip Scorecard — tracking important statistics throughout the trip.

Category Planned Actual
Duration 100 days 148 days
Mileage 19,631 29,450
Countries Visited 3 3
States Visited 50 + DC 50 + DC
Cities Visited 2,538 over 2,500
People Met 1,000 over 2,000
Attractions Seen 1,000 need to tally
Photos Taken 5,000 14,341
Meals Eaten 300 need to tally
Pies Eaten 100 177
Antacids Consumed 150 45
Gallons of Gas 1,309 1,733
Flat Tires 1 1
New Tires 4 9*
Oil Changes 7 6
Speeding Tickets 0 1 — disputed
Cars Passed 0 33
Times Lost 0 many
Chapters Written 51 ?
Enjoyment Massive Massive

* One tire was for friends in need.

Round America Trip Overview

On April 1, my wife and I left on a long-anticipated trip that we have affectionately referred to for several years as “The Pie Trip.”  The trip covered all 50 states, over 2,500 towns, and over 29,000 miles.  The trip ended on August 26.  We wrote about the trip each night in our Daily Journal.

The idea for this trip originated in 2000.  I proposed to Barbara that we go on “The Pie Trip” — just take off and travel the country and “eat pie.”  We would go on the backroads and eat in cafes and diners where the locals eat (where they always have pie) and just learn about the places we go and the people we meet.  We would write a book about the experience.

We became busy with other things, and the trip was postponed.  I was more than a little disappointed when I discovered a book titled American Pie published in 2002 that had a strikingly similar concept and a great name.

But the idea for the trip was bolstered by my experience driving a 1955 Chevy Police Car from Dallas to Atlanta and on to Orlando.  I spotted the car on eBay, and I was the winning bidder.  The seller, Steve Jobe of Southlake, Texas, told me that I would be missing out if I had an auto transporter ship the police car from Dallas to Atlanta.  He convinced me to drive the car, and I did.  People everywhere smiled, pointed, and waved.  I got literally hundreds upon hundreds of thumbs up and honks as I drove down the highway.  One lady even took a picture at 60 miles-an-hour as we drove side-by-side down the Interstate in Louisiana.  In Ruston, Louisiana, two police officers pulled me over.  I knew I wasn’t speeding.  They smiled and offered to trade cars.  I always drew a crowd at every gas station and fast food stop; many people took pictures.  I had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of people who I would have never met.  And best of all, I saw THOUSANDS of smiles from people passing by.  It was such a happy experience that I felt we had to get serious about planning the trip.

We wanted to do something unique, so we decided to visit all 50 states in one trip.  Barbara vetoed making the trip in the 55 Chevy Police Car.  I knew we would meet tens of thousands of people in that car, but the risk of a breakdown on remote two-lane roads was too great.  Visiting all 50 states in one trip was to be unique enough!

The new plan was to go entirely around the country with a well-planned route.  We would visit all 50 states.  I mapped an itinerary that took us from Atlanta to Savannah to Daytona Beach to Miami to Key West to New Orleans to Brownsville to Tucson to San Diego to Los Angeles to Flagstaff to Santa Fe to St. Louis to Nashville to Atlanta to Louisville to Des Moines, to Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to San Francisco to Seattle to Anchorage to Minot to Duluth to Mackinac Island to Toledo to Cleveland to Buffalo to Burlington to Fort Kent Maine to Calais to Providence to New York to Washington DC to Norfolk to Myrtle Beach to Charleston to Savannah to Atlanta and all spots in between.  Last stop was Hawaii to complete our trip Round American.  If you look at a map, you’ll see that we essentially outlined the USA and then completed one circle through the non-border states.  We visited all 50 states and passed through at least 2,500 towns.  We logged over 29,000 miles by car.

We saw major sights, including Mount Rushmore, Alcatraz, Niagara Falls, and Hollywood, but we also saw other attractions such as the world’s largest ball of twine, the smallest church in America, the Forrest Gump bus bench, a house built entirely out of one log, the spinach capital of the world, the Roswell UFO Museum, the underground missile silos in North Dakota, the Judy Garland Museum, the James Dean Memorial, the Ben & Jerry’s factory, and assorted roadside attractions.  We made special detours to visit some highly-regarded pie places.

We tried to eat where the locals ate…unless the locals ate at franchised restaurants…as we sought to concentrate on good, independent local places and “slow food.”  Nothing too fancy; diners and cafes were our #1 choice.  We tracked each restaurant we visited and the roadfood we ate, and we have preserved that for posterity on our Road Food page.

A few people have asked what prompted the trip.  We wanted to relax, enjoy life, and see more of the USA.  We miss the kinder and gentler days of our youth.  Our parents took us on wonderful driving vacations as children, and we both miss that.  Most of our vacations with our children were airplane trips rather than car trips, and when we did drive, we drove on the interstates.

You don’t see much of anything on the interstates, so the decision to drive primarily on two-lane roads was essential for us to see and experience what was important to us.  We’ve been to most of the big cities, so we concentrated on smaller towns and areas where we’ve never been.  We saw the trip as a real celebration of the many wonderful things that our great country has to offer.  We looked forward to seeing and photographing patriotic displays that we saw along the way.

We were at a point in our lives where we could devote several months to take a trip of this magnitude, so the timing was right.  I always enjoy doing things that others haven’t done, so traveling to all 50 states in one trip would be a very satisfying accomplishment.  And, we hope our book will encourage others to truly SEE the USA!

We wanted a memorable experience.  We wanted to do something unique.  And we did!

We carefully planned the trip.  We established these Rules of the Road.

We are writing books about our experiences.  We are writing about “the places we go, the sights we see, the people we meet, and the pie we eat.”

A family tradition has been to end our vacations by creating a list of the best and worst of the trip.  Best meal, worst meal, best city, worst city, best excuse, worst expenditure — some serious and some funny.  As we approached the trip, we compiled a master list of bests and worsts to consider as we traveled, and we ended our trip by naming our bests and worsts.

We wrote daily, and we have provided a daily account and photos on the web site.  We tracked our experiences with a Scorecard as well — tracking various and sundry “vital statistics.”

As we take future trips, we will continue to add information and photos.  We hope you will check in on us occasionally by visiting the web site — www.roundamerica.com.

Bill Windsor