Trans America Trail: Gas Stations, Gustatory Delights, and Surprise!

Oct 17, 2013 View Comments by

Trans America Trail: Gas Stations, Gustatory Delights, and Surprise!I must admit, as a kid I ingested a lot of television. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that fact is now proved by my ability to quickly answer obscure questions like, what was the Brady Bunch Kid’s Dog’s name (Tiger) or who replaced Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) on M*A*S*H when he went AWOL after the love of his life, Major Margaret (Hot Lips) Houlihan went off and married Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscot. That was, of course, Charles Emerson Winchester III played by David Ogden Stiers, who was really just the precursor to Kelsey Grammar’s Frasier Crane of Cheers fame before getting his own show. You see, I am a geek with a helmet full of useless information; unless you are looking for a partner on a “Geeks Who Drink” night at your local watering hole. Then . . . well, I am one in-demand geek!

Now what does this have to do with this week’s post? Well, not much, except that it all came flooding back to me when I was trying to come up with a title. I heard about a traveling/eating show and I was trying to recall its name. The advent of reality television was the end of my close relationship with TV. Which really has been a blessing. However, when the time came to pull a clever title out of my helmet, I was at a loss. I was forced to use my lifeline and phone a friend. (The truth is I just Googled something close, but I’m going with a metaphor here, so bear with me.) It turns out I was trying to remember a show called Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives by a “guy” named Guy Fieri something called the FOOD NETWORK. Yep apparently when MTV forgot how to play music videos and started focusing on pregnant teens as a form of entertainment, “food” got together and decided, “if that is what passes as showbiz—then get me a frying pan and let’s start our own network.”

So . . . the point of this week’s blog is simply this, the South has some amazing gas station food stops. Betchya didn’t see that one coming! They’re so good, in fact, locals pull in at lunch and eat at tables situated between the aisles of roadside necessities, such as straw hats, Jeff Foxworthy t-shirts, and, of course, beer koozies with sayings I can’t repeat here. In the interest of making good time, I was thrilled to be able to make one stop for gas and grub and not have to gear up twice. Often, the folks serving were more courteous than those at sit-down restaurants. Never once was I asked to kiss anyone’s grits and the heaps of catfish and ribs always overflowed the cardboard baskets at just 3 bucks per serving! I highly recommend checking out the gas station option when you are riding. While they aren’t all winners, in most cases, I enjoyed the experience so much that I’m thinking about making a “you might be a redneck if” t-shirt to commemorate it!

What about you? Do you have any Gas Station Gustatory Surprises you can share?

To be continued . . .


To read the previous Trans America Trail episode, click here.

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I am an introvert posing as an extrovert. I love travel in all forms, but prefer 2-wheels. I created AdventureHermit as a way to share my adventures and inspire others to find joy through discovery; writing for RoadRUNNER is a dream come true!