So I’m planning a road trip. But not just any road trip. This is gonna be a multi-day, 2,600+, cigar-smokin’, sight-seeing, exotic-beer drinking extravaganza! You read that right, 2,600 miles or more! Just how far will that take Brian? Well, the plan is to drive from Portland, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia and hit a bunch of interesting sights along the way. And you know that no road trip is complete without a good crew. The current roster consists of my wife (who thinks this might be a waste of time and money), my good friend, and recent cigarillo aficionado “Monkey Poo” Harris (MPH for short) and myself.
Anyway, the reason for the vague number of miles is that we haven’t yet figured out exactly where we’re going to stop along the way. The simple door to door trip is 2,596 miles. Of course, detours rack up mileage quickly. (Memo to myself, use trip odometer to figure out just how far we go.)
I’ve compiled a list of things I’d like to see, but I have a feeling that I’m forgetting some stuff. As these things go, once you’ve gone on a trip, somebody invariably asks you if you stopped at some amazing, can’t-miss attraction you either forgot about or didn’t know about in the first place. In an attempt to prevent as much of that as possible, I’m looking to you, dear reader, to give me some suggestions. So this is the chance you’ve been waiting for, tell Brian where to go! (Keeping in mind that my car is not fitted with a drill bit.) ;)
Oh yeah, I guess you might find it handy to know a bit about the destinations we’re already considering for this trip. You’re in luck, there is a list. A very, very optimistic list. We’ve got a week (and change) to do this thing, so there’s quite a few places that won’t make the cut due to time constraints. But it’s good to have a list. Lists are fun.
High Priority Sights
A combinations of places I haven’t been, and a few off-the-wall places that should make for some good pictures and funny stories.
- Mount Rushmore
- The Grand Canyon
- Washington D.C.
- The Golden Gate Bridge/San Francisco
- Branson, MO
- Graceland – Not because I’m a big Elvis fan, it just seems like something I should do. If for no other reason than to say “Hail to the King, baby!” in a geographically correct location.
- The Gateway Arch
Booze or Cigar Related
Yeah, this list is pretty small still. I think we’re going to wing it once we’re on the road. I’m sure there’ll be a ton of interesting pubs and cigar shops we’ll bump into on the way. Feel free to recommend one!
- Flying Dog Brewery – Makers of one of my favorite beers, Old Scratch Amber.
- New Belgium Brewery – Makers of one of my other favorite beers, Fat Tire.
- Jack Daniels Distillery
- Jim Beam Distillery
- The Kentucky Bourbon Trail – Recommended by a friend of mine.
- Ybor City, FL – Yeah, that’s overshooting the mark just a bit, but it may be worth it to see the one-time cigar capitol of the U.S.
Places I’ve either been to, or places far enough out of the way we just may not have the time to see.
- Crater Lake, OR
- Las Vegas
- Yellowstone National Park
- Nashville, TN
- Asheville/The Biltmore Estate (official website)
- The Great Salt Lake
- The Alamo
- The Forbidden Gardens, Katy, TX – Apparently a random scale replica of the Forbidden City in China. In Texas. Yep, that’s random.
A thought occurred to me the other night as I was compiling this list. Wouldn’t it be fun (and possibly cost effective) to have sponsors for a trip like this? As long as we’re going to be sipping bourbon, swilling ale and herfing across the U.S. why not make it a dual purpose trip? I could see us having the names of respected coffee, cigar and alcohol establishments (or websites) prominently displayed in the windows, or temporarily affixed to the doors of my car. I know we probably couldn’t give away alcohol, but we probably could hand out some cigars, kinda like honorary cigar reps. I’d be fun, but I have no idea who you’d talk to about something like that. If you happen to be somebody who knows something about that sort of thing, feel free to let me know. :)
Want to sponsor our roadtrip? Here are some ideas:
- Send us some shirts, we can either wear them or give them out along the way.
- Send us a bunch of cigars. We’ll smoke some of them and hand out the rest.
- Send us some cash for gas and accommodation.
Anybody who does, will have name, brand and/or website displayed prominently on Brian’s chariot for at least a week! Is this a great idea or what? :)