As the second day of our Foodie Adventures Road Trip was also the second day of battling the scourge that is Giardia, the day was high on mileage but low on food consumption.
Early in the day, another member of our tribe was felled by the virulent bug when my son started to complain of stomach cramps and diarrhea. It was a minor setback to the road trip as we easily picked up the medication at a pharmacy near the hotel, but now there were two of us with no desire to eat.
Instead of eating, I drove, and drove, from Chautauqua Lake in New York to Davenport, Iowa. A distance of 630 miles, across the heartland of America, we could have covered it in 10.5 hours. But we did stop a couple of times.
Our first stop was at Oberlin College. We hadn’t planned this stop, but on spotting it off the highway, it seemed like a good idea to give it a lookover as my oldest will be headed to college in a few short years.
Just six miles from the main highway, it’s a great place to stretch your legs and recharge. There’s a central park area surrounded by architecturally interesting campus buildings, as well as a bookstore and burrito restaurant.
But we didn’t eat in Oberlin. We kept on driving, not stopping to eat until arriving in Chicago, the home of the deep dish pizza.
I thought I knew what to expect of a deep dish pizza, thinking it would be like the one at Pizzeria Uno. I was wrong.
The deep dish pizza at Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza is a technological wonder, a feat of culinary engineering that has to be seen to be believed. Imagine a humongous mozzarella stick slathered in tomato sauce, only better.
It was worth risking severe gastric distress to nibble on a slice.
Where To Stay
Our second overnight stop was in Davenport, Iowa where we’ve been advised to try the Cinnamon Rolls. We didn’t have a hotel booked, but using the Expedia and TripAdvisor apps, my traveling companions were able to find an incredibly clean and moderately priced Quality Inn where I’m looking forward to a good night’s rest.
I need to regain my strength for what promises to be a day of extraordinary culinary treats in Iowa.
Sandra Foyt | Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @SandraFoyt.