Day 1: Rain, foam, beef outlets and a humble cathedral

I’m currently on a 5,000 mile road trip through 15 states with Cecily. The following is an excerpt from today’s post on our blog,

As far as we could tell, the town of Natural Bridge boasted a few houses, a hotel and maybe one or two stop signs. But what they lacked in infrastructure, they more than made up for in tourist attractions. Besides Foamhenge, they had a zoo (where you could get your picture taken with a real live baby tiger!), a safari park, a wax museum, a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park – and this was all within about a two mile stretch of road.

After we reveled in life-size foam replicas of prehistoric monuments for a while, we found ourselves on what could very well be the windiest, curviest, most car-sickness inducing roads in all of Virginia. While there were more than a few harrowing moments with semis whipping around 90 degree curves at 50 mph, these backwood roads also offered some seriously entertaining signs. First there was the one that let travelers know about the payphone 1/2 mile ahead that made both of us do a triple take. Then there was the one that warned of congestion at the only stoplight in town, which was congested with about four cars. The best might have been the sign that caught Cecily’s eye with the word “outlet.” Turns out it was an outlet of the beef variety. Instead of clothing straight from the factory, they promised beef “from our pasture to your plate.”

See here for the complete post!

About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.
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