Today is day 21 on my coast-to-coast road trip with my dog. So far, I’ve stopped in: Springfield, (IL) Chicago, Holy Toledo!; Youngstown, OH; Philadelphia; NYC; Washington, DC; Waynesboro and Culpeper, VA; and tonight, I’m in Winston-Salem, a lovely little city in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, which places it conveniently about an hour and a half to the mountains, four hours to the blessed Carolina coast. Yes, this is a real photo below.
I genuinely love it here. I’m staying with my good friends, the Dease’s, where I was feted with steak on the grill, potatoes, salad, the whole bit, and last night, at the Davis’, ceviche — a delightful, cold fish dish, kind of like a shrimp cocktail, only with fish, scallops, shrimp, cilantro and lime. It’s wonderful to reunite with folks I’d not been in touch with for over a decade AND have fabulous food along with it.
On the road, not so much. It’s slim pickin’s for anything healthy. I ask you, what in the Sam Hill is a bacon, cheddar, ranch, tender crisp? Somebody, anybody? In Waysneboro, Virginia, where I holed up for 2 days because the room was cheap, food, real food was as scarce as hen’s teeth. At one intersection alone, there was, and I’m not kidding, a Mickey D’s, Burger King, A&W, Arby’s, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Subway and of course, the perennial favorite, Starbucks. I have seen 9,245 Starbucks on this trip to date, 9,243 McDonald’s and six produce stands. And we wonder, why is our country so fat?
While I munch on granola bars, and loaded up the ice chest with really good peaches, Libby will have no interruption to her diet because the fine folks at IAMS dog food found out about our journey on Facebook.
(I’d snapped this shot with the Dennis kids in Philly)
And now, IAMS is providing Libby with free food for the whole trip! Isn’t that cool? It’s particularly convenient since the MiniChunks ProActive Health is what she really eats, (she prefers the small kibble, very lady like that way..) anyway, this is what she’s been eating since she got off the IAMS puppy food and it’s what she and King Louie both eat now.
The IAMS folks, (shout out to Sarah Costano, THANK YOU) called a few towns back, but it took a little coordination for me to be in one place long enough to get our care package. We received it the other day.
Libby digs her new duds and we got a cute new bowl and enough food and coupons to last us from here to California and back again! One less thing for me to worry about, thank you Sarah and Bev at IAMS.
(And for the record, it’s really helped….cause, I don’t know if you know this, a consistent diet of a premium dog good, makes for less poop, always a good thing when one is on an 8400-mile journey.) You can take that to the bank.
As for me, today’s my last day in Winston-Salem. Mitzi, Tyler and I are on our way to find a Carolina BBQ sandwich and some sweet tea.