MA Road Trip: Headed on the Highway
By the time you read this, I'll be headed west on Interstate 70, stopping off for lunch in Pittsburgh and hopefully arriving in Toledo, Ohio by suppertime.
It's Day One of the Mighty Appetite road trip, a coast-to-coast eating blog-stravaganza from Washington (D.C.) to Washington (Seattle). For the next 19 days in this space, I'll be sharing my edible and roadside adventures through text, photos and video. Hang onto your hats because you're in store for a ride!
For the first leg, my navigator and traveling companion will be Jules Shepard, a gluten-free baker from Catonsville, Md. whom I profiled last year in the Food section. She's the reason we're headed to Hillman, Mich., a teeny town in the northeast corner of the state, just 20 miles west of Lake Huron. While she does some gluten-free wheeling and dealing, I'll be busying myself in elk country, sipping on blueberry wine.
Speaking of blueberries, on Thursday, Jules and I will be making a u-turn in a southwesterly direction in pursuit of the National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, Mich.
By Saturday morning, I'll be in Madison, Wis., home to the largest producer-only farmer's market in the country, and I must confess, I cannot wait! I've had this market on my to-do list for several years. The rest of the weekend will be spent with my pal Jo on her farm in nearby Boscobel, Wis., and it looks like I might get a road companion for the second leg. Those details are still coming together, but I'll keep you posted.
On Monday, Aug. 11, I'll be making my virgin voyage into the state of Iowa, where I'll take a look at post-flood conditions of hard-hit cities such as Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and spend a few nights in Des Moines. The Iowa State Fair is at the top of my list, and check this out: Tuesday the 12th, I'm teaching a cooking class at a Des Moines church, organized by MA reader Erin Coleman.
By Wednesday suppertime, I'll be in Lincoln, Neb., where MA reader Sara Gilliam has promised to give me a tour of the Lincoln's ethnic restaurant community. Denver and Boulder will be my weekend project, where I'll share my drinking and eating notes for all you Democrats who will be coming into town Aug. 25 for the convention.
After a few days taking in the Rocky Mountains, I'm headed due north to Buffalo, Wyo., where I'll channel the spirits of famous 19th century troublemakers such as Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane and spend the night in a hotel that was once a bordello.
Next up is Montana, where after six weeks, I'll reunite with Mister MA in the cute little town of Red Lodge, just an hour west of Billings. We'll motor towards Bozeman taking in the big skies that I've heard so much about, and for my birthday, we'll sup in Missoula and yip it up.
Our final night on the road will be spent in Yakima, Wash. just a few hours east of Seattle, an area rich in agriculture, wine and strong Native American ties.
I'll hope you'll come along for the ride, as I'll show up here every day on my journey, leaving virtual breadcrumbs and inevitably a good story to chew on. Stay tuned!
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