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- If the waitress asks, “Do you want gravy on that?” the answer is always yes.
- Skip Starbucks. You’ll get more local color, and valuable intel, buying coffee at the diner.
- If you pass a guy sitting on the side of the road tending a smoker, circle back. There’s a good chance it’ll be the best barbecue you’ll ever eat.
- Same goes for roadside pie stands.
- There is a limit on the number of energy drinks you should consume. You’ll know you hit it when the streetlights start leaving vapor trails.
- Always reach for a local soda if the gas station stocks them. Favorites include: Cheerwine (North Carolina), Big Red (Texas), Fitz’s (Missouri), and Moxie (Massachusetts).
- Never buy a gas-station hot dog past 5 p.m.
- If you must settle for a restaurant that looks only O.K., order a burger and fries. It’s hard to mess that up.
- It’s a proven fact: Mini doughnuts (chocolate-frosted, naturally) for breakfast bring good luck during the morning bite.
- Summer sausage, a brick of sharp cheddar, and crackers qualifies as a perfectly acceptable dinner on a road trip.
- Bring twice as much jerky as you think you’ll need.
- Same goes for antacids.
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