Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Travels with Baggy

Two days, two time zones and 1,000-plus miles east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, my dog Baggy and I have pulled in to Terre Haute, Indiana, for the night. In addition to Cuba, Missouri's boast about having the World's Largest Rocking Chair(!), we witnessed two different places laying claim to the title of "World's Largest Cross": From what I read, Groom, Texas's is 190 feet tall, while Effingham, Illinois's is 198. I will leave the dispute between them and God. For the record, I also did not stop at the Jesse James Wax Museum (I hate wax museums), nor did I accept any of the many kind billboard offers for "FRIED PIES" along the way. Mmmm. Pie.

Tomorrow takes us through Indiana, so John Cougar/John Mellencamp/John Cougar Mellencamp will be on the playlist, and maybe Devo for Ohio. Wikipedia doesn't have any western PA bands listed that are also on my iPod, so perhaps Hall & Oates from Philly? I'm open to suggestions.

The title of this blog is an homage to Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, who took three months to wander the country with his dog and a pickup truck rather than speeding across it.


  1. If you end up more in the NE corner of the state (we're near Fort Wayne, in the oh-so-not-happenin' Huntington), come and visit us! Fable and Figbert would be only too happy to have a buddy. Plenty of room.

  2. Oh! I just finished reading Travels with Charlie. Terrific book. I can't believe how much has changed in the world just 50 years later. The trust he displayed to all the strangers he met just isn't so forthcoming anymore...