Friday, May 28, 2010

Annapolis or Bust, Day 1

We're at a Rodeway Inn, Sweet Springs, MO.  Put in 705 miles today, leaving Longmont, CO at 8 am, just a scant ½ hour behind schedule. We would have been fine if not for that one sprinkler zone not doing its due duty. Had to be adjusted. The Engineer wasn't about to come home to a dead lawn! So we sat in the idling car while he tinkered, adjusted, got soaked, and I must admit, a bit cranky. We were about to FINALLY leave when the light on the inverter (which was powering the TV, Wii, DVD player, laptop, all while recharging the DS batteries) turned RED. Not good. This took another 20 minutes of inventor engineering to make that light green again. But green it was, eventually. Off we went!

And as I wrote before in my love of road trips, we enjoyed the country unfolding in front of us as the miles disappeared from under us. It's been about four years since we've done this, and it shows. The kids are pretty independent now and I spend less of my time in, “Mom! I need_______” mode. This is a welcome change. The Engineer and I had some great conversations while watching the country change from flat plain to grass prairie to wooded hills. We enjoyed the spying on small towns and big cities, noticing how much of Kansas City boasts historic, renovated old brick buildings. And we found barbeque.

Fans of both America's Test Kitchen and Guy Fieri's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” we knew plenty about Kansas City's claim to fame. However, I was somewhat skeptical that we'd find true BBQ,  just a few, convenient miles off I-70. I should have known that The Engineer would come through, as he always does. Arthur Bryant's  was a 1/2 mile from the exit.  Once we entered, we knew immediately that we were in the right place.  There was a long line.  As we snaked our way to the front, studying the menu, we watched the interaction between customers and servers.  I'm not exaggerating when I compare this to the "Soup Nazi" of Seinfeld fame.  If you don't give your order fast enough or accurately enough, watch out.

Our family enjoyed a marvelous slab of ribs, and the one order of fries would have been  enough to feed my entire cross country team.  The people watching was amazing, and by the time we left, security guards were patrolling the parking lot.  I'm thinking they run pretty brisk business.  

So on our way home, I do believe another stop is in order.  Finding hometown gems like this is part of the whole allure of the road warrior.  We're looking forward to what great eats we might find tomorrow.

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

oh good stuff...thats on of the things i love about road trips...finding good local food places that you cant experience any where else...

My name is PJ. said...

When we used to travel, we always looked for diners and mom and pop places to have a good breakfast.

steveroni said...

Just give me a "Big Mac"--HEY! I'm KIDDING! I LOVE to eat away from home, but still resist picking out the place--usually rely on the locals to guide me.

I love reference to the Engineer. I am known as "that computer peripheral which has arms and legs".

Aging Mommy said...

Oh, as you know I am just dying to get on the road so this post has me itching to get going. Over 700 miles though in one day is incredibly impressive. Yes, we have learned that here in the US if there is a long queue for food then it must be really good - we have yet to taste the delights of a really good roadside BBQ.

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

Chatty Crone said...

I agree - finding new places and restaurants on a road trip is awesome. sandie

otin said...

Eating at different places is the best part about being on the road!

Jenny said...

I need a road trip! Now! What fun!

little eskimo said...

I'm impressed you were only a 1/2 hour behind schedule. I figure we're good if we leave 2 hours late. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

Pondside said...

Trip details, please!

Jingle said...

road trip is fun to fine tune your body and relax your brain..
cool post!