Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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New England Roadtrip: wrapup and pointless statistics

9 days on the road.
29 Roadfood-listed places visited.
10 ice cream stops (plus another if you count Lori's gelato). 3 farm stands.
5 places with "Diner" in the name. 5 places with metal walls. 4 places in the intersection of those two sets.

Foods I'd never tried before:
Cheerwine
Mealie from Charlies Pool Room.
Ichi yaki chicken
Girlsenberry ice cream
Maple soda
Dandelion/burdock soda
Ice cider
Potato bacon pancake
Lobster roll
Indian pudding
Whole-belly clams
Squash pie
Gingersnap molasses ice cream
Grape nut with raisin ice cream
Moxie
Loukaniko sausage
Mee Siem au Poulet
Ginger ice cream
Johnnycakes
Broth clam chowder
Doughnut bread pudding
Old Forge pizza

Outstanding restaurant visits which I yearn to repeat:
Herrell's
Dorset Inn (twice)
Maine Diner
Rancatore's
Dottie's Diner
Dr. Mike's

Places that weren't listed in Roadfood that I'd recommend for Roadfood consideration:
Scotty's American Grill at Eddie's Drive-In
Herrell's in Northampton (another Herrell's is listed in Roadfood)
Libby's Italian Cookies

Random conclusions and observations:
• I don't know what music is right for driving through Vermont in the way that listening to bluegrass just feels right for driving through Kentucky. Country music feels a little off; sea chanties might be suitable for Maine and some other states in New England, but not for states without coastline.
• I like seafood about as much as I like, say, chicken. But even in New England, seafood costs substantially more than chicken.
• The New England accent is prominent in a way that the Pittsburgh accent is not.
• Route 1 is not an effective way to see ocean views while driving.
• I'm not good at noticing distinctions in hot dogs or ice cream.

And now I'm off to New Mexico. (This year has involved a lot of trips to places named "New Whatever". New Orleans, New England, and two trips to New Mexico.)
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