Addendum… Road Trip…

…California 2.0…

We went from New York out to California and back to New York. On the last leg of our trip we hopped back on a plane and made (what took us 10 days each way to drive) it back to California for a wedding on the beautiful Northern California coast…

Our first stop however was to see a preseason Raiders game at the Coliseum…
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… it wasn’t a great game.. but Elvis was there so it made it all worthwhile…
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Our drive up to Gualala, CA (partially along Highway 1) was breathtaking…

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… we also were lucky enough to have a beautiful full moon during our visit.. which looked surreal over the ocean…

… on a side note it was also the August meteor shower and because of the full moon.. we didn’t see as many shooting stars as we would have liked… although we did get to see plenty 🙂

Our drive back did involve a bit of…

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… we decided to detour from there to the Marin Headlands and Fort Cronkite for a walk along the cliffs…

… check out this fisherman fishing from the side of the cliff all the way to the ocean below… although he didn’t catch anything it was still quite the sight…

As our summer comes to a close.. we both are so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel together and see so many great sights this country has to offer. Although we are both ready to sleep in our bed without having to unpack :)… it was an amazing experience that neither one of us will ever forget…!

We hope that you enjoyed all the photos (and following our adventures) as much as we enjoyed being in the places that they were taken in.

-r. & j.

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… The NUMBERS…

Our Epic Roadtrip by the numbers….

  • 7387 miles driven
  • 22 states traveled through
  • 47 license plates seen (did not see Mississppi, Rhode Island or Washington DC)
  • 4 international plates seen (3 from Canada, 1 from Mexico)
  • 10 the number of hotels we slept in
  • 4 national parks visited out of 58 (not including 1 national memorial)
  • 3 nights camped  (2 in a tent)
  • 110 the fastest mph reached
  • 3 nights was our longest stay in one place (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • 27 days on the “epic road trip”
  • 2 number of rental cars we drove
  • 5 different sets of friends and family that put us up in their homes
  • 13 friend stops made
  • 3 the number of times we did laundry
  • 4 breweries visited
  • 7 number of doggie friends Capone got to play with along the way
  • 5 places Capone got to swim across the country
  • 3 the number of new time zones Capone got to experience
  • 11,158 ft highest elevation reached (the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 in Colorado)
  • 21 the number of times the car was unpacked/repacked
  • 7 campfires (3 with s’mores…yum!)

Thanks for following our TRIP 🙂

-r. & j. (&c.)

… New Jersey, New York… HOME!

…After a fun day at Hershey Park we made our way out in cloudy, rainy weather back towards New York City…

But before we headed out we visited our friends the Whiddens and met their little guy, Ryan…

… who took to Joe …


Despite all the cuteness that Ryan gave us we did have get on the road…



…Brooklyn in our sight!

… and on to Smith Street…

It was a great cross country drive… we (Capone included) had alot of fun!

Now to relax a few days (in reality a day and a half – and really we our just doing our laundry and repacking) before our journey back to California for another friend’s wedding (although this time it won’t take 10 days ;))!

-r. & j. (&c.)

…Hershey, PA…

Our final overnight stop brought us to Hershey, PA…


…we decided the best way to celebrate the end of our Epic Road Trip would be a trip to an amusement park :)…

Our favorite roller coaster was Storm Runner…

…check out the 90 degree drop – It was so much fun!! We rode it twice :):)

From their it was on to the Hershey Factory…

…to make our own chocolate bars…

It was a hair free environment so we had to wear hair nets AND (if need be) beard nets…



The process of making our chocolate bars was cool to watch…


…and the final product was personalized (and yummy too!)…

-r. &j. (&c.)

…Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania…

The last drive before we hit NYC :(… took us out of the midwest…
and into the northeast…
And straight into… Amish Country….

… this is why they have this sign…

*note.. the boy behind the Amish wagon lost his hat and was not being left behind

The rest of the ride through Pennsylvania was pretty uneventful… but a really pretty sunset…
Until we got to our hotel.. where we experienced our first false alarm fire emergency… so out to the street we went as they checked to see if there was a fire…

After the whole “false alarm” episode Capone and I were both pretty tired… thankfully Joe took my camera and captured us fast asleep…

-r. & j. (&c.)

…Gambier, Ohio (Kenyon College)…

Our visit with Rebecca (her pup Hailey) and a walk to the quarry…

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– r. & j. (&c.)

…Kentucky, Ohio…

Since we stayed in Louisville, Kentucky for the night it was only fitting that we swing (yes pun intended) by the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum in downtown Louisville…
SF Giants World Series bats…
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Josh Hamilton bat for my Rangers (and Hamilton) loving sister…

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Posing in front of the gigantic bat in front of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory…

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After that we decided to take a walk and check out architecture in Old Louisiville but we actually found…
The Google street views car!

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So cool! And Capone was obviously happy about it as well!
From there we were back on the road and heading towards Ohio…

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We arrived in Columbus…

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… But continued on to a little town called Gambier, Ohio.
(This is a pretty tree in nice light after a rainstorm)….

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… To meet up with Joe’s Cousin Rebecca! (stay tuned…fun doggie photos 🙂 )
-r.&j. (&c.)

…Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky…

Well we made it back to the eastern time zone …. Don’t believe our roadtrip is drawing to an end.
We made a quick lunchtime break in St. Louis…

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… Where we had lunch with my high school friend Bree 🙂 – it was great seeing her and now I wished her and her husband, Curt, lived in NYC rather than St. Louis… Guess we’ll just have to come back for a visit!
During our lunch in St. Louis a storm passed through that blew us, Capone and everyone sitting outside away from their tables. We caught up with it later…

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…. During our drive through…

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We were happy to be past the storm…

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…And Capone is getting so comfortable in the car – this is his version of fast food…

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When we made it to…

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And we made it in time to catch authentic Kentucky style meal…

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(at the blind pig restaurant 🙂 )
As well as take in a few of the Louisville sights…

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(largest bug we have EVER seen this photo does not do it justice – it looks like a branch but flew around and must have been 6″ long!)

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-r. & j. (&c.)

…Colorado, Kansas, Missouri…

The last of our long haul drives – From Fort Collins to Columbia, Missouri… Total distance 774 miles!
We covered the entire state of Kansas…

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Which was REALLY flat…

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We found ways to stay busy since the scenery didn’t change much… Like watching a movie…

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*disclaimer: I watched the movie Joe drove but we did have the movie in surround sound in the car.
After much driving….

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…we made it to Kansas City…

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…Missouri…

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On our way to Louisville, Kentucky today with a quick stop in St. Louis!
-r. & j. (&c.)

…Fort Collins, CO and the NEW BELGIUM brewery :)…

Finally we made it to, our much anticipated stop, at the New Belgium Brewery aka home of Fat Tire beer!

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The tour of the brewery was awesome…

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By far one of the BEST brewery tours we have ever been on.. Here are some highlights…
…personalized fat tire bikes…

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…funny beer mirror…

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…beer…

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…the chance to pour draft beer – 1554 – which is New Belgium’s unique Belgium-style dark beer. Which we learned was resurrected from a 450 year old Belgium beer recipe…

… AND a chance to go down the spiral slide in the brew house…

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Obviously after the brew tour we went on the second part of our Fort Collins adventure which meant we bought as much Fat Tire as we could to transport back to New York (because they don’t distribute in the Northeast)…

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After watching Joe pack the car I began to wonder if the car swap in Las Vegas was really a well orchestrated plan to get a car with a larger trunk.
-r. & j. (&c.)