When he gets west,say Colorado, take back roads. Weave through the Rockies, Navajoland and New Mexico.
At some point he’s gonna encounter I-40. Take exit 311, check out the painted desert, the petrified forest, take hwy 180 south, then 61 to Show Low, then 60 through Salt River Canyon, and Globe then weave the trail to Phoenix.
I have driven from NY via the "Southern Route" (I-40). Some good thru-stops: NY to PA Tpke to I-87 via Harrisburg/York PA/MD/VA and then on the Bristol TN, Knoxville, Tn to pick up I-40.
Cross TN, Memphis (Ribs&Blues), Little Rock, OKLA, Texas, NM/Albuquerque.
That’s as far as I went but there’s lots of ways to pick up a Route to AZ.
I checked it and it way even be a bit faster than the Northern Rt. Lits of good eatin’ and stories this way.
Why after Indianapolis? Is he planning to drive straight through with his first stopover in Indianapolis? That is doable but tough as I have done it. So if he is stopping in Indianapolis I suggest he sample the representative food of choice of last year’s Super Bowl winner – the Hoosier deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich because I know most the people in Massachusetts either have never heard of it or have no opportunity to try one there so it would be something new to them. It could be a good start out tie in to the Super Bowl. You can research my web site for more info or check out this Roadfood.com thread starting on this page…
How about stories about what the fan’s in the cities that "didn’t make the cut" are doing for the game… any or all of these-
Maybe find a couple rural stops in the Kansas Farm/Ranch country to talk to folks who can only see the game via Sat. Dish.
Then a Navejo Sheepherder in the 4 corners area to add some "cultural integration" to the "Universal Sport of Football".
Add a couple of C.W. McCall type 18 wheeler drivers at a truck stop to hear their perspective on the game-watching at one of those remote outposts.
Maybe when he gets to Phoenix, he can interview the "Pink-Jail’ Sheriff to see who gets to watch the game in his domain?
Yeah that’s enough to get his mind working on possible directions.[8D]
My buddy Dave is a local TV reporter here in Boston. He’s been assigned to travel by car over a 5 or 6-day period from Boston to Phoenix, beginning next weekend (SAT 1/26/08) and leading up to the Super Bowl in Glendale AZ. He’ll be filming stories eacch day during his travels for the 11pm news, and will be accompanied by his cameraman.
He’s looking for story ideas, especially after he gets past Indianapolis. While the stories could be football-related, they don’t necessarily have to be.
Many of Dave’s stories are in the vein of Bill Geist from CBS Sunday Morning – offbeat, quirky, etc. If anybody has some unusual ideas or destinations, particularly between Indy & Phoenix, I’d love to hear them & pass them along.
Cross-country trip ideas?
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