In Boston answering Truckie FAQs

Do not fear… the TRUCKIES are here! I know everyone has been on edge since we hadn’t posted these past two days, so let me put your minds at ease. Wednesday was our official break day of the week. John and I simply slept-in a bit and walked around Main Street of Hyannis in Cape Cod, eating a good portion of the seafood delights that New England has to offer.

Now you might be asking yourself in utter disbelief of our lethargy, why didn’t you voyage to Nantucket Island or ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard to hang out with the Kennedy family? Perhaps you should have spent a day on the sandy beaches that Cape Cod is known for!

In response, all I have to say is… blame the Truckster. Yup, that’s right. The metallic pea trickster of a Truckster wore me out. I was tired. We had such an incredible night at the Wellfleet Drive-In movie theater seeing Toy Story 3 the night before, that by the time we got home it was WAY passed my bed time, AND we had to drop the Truckster off at the shop for some regular maintenance.

I use that term loosely because the only thing regular about the maintenance the Queen ended up requiring was the kind you get for driving the 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster over 5,000 miles in 5 weeks… with no ‘final destination’ in sight! Needless-to-say, she took a little longer than expected in the shop, which gave John and I an extra day away from the Truckster – just enough time to realize how much we missed her.  Those guys at Morrison Motorworks in Hyannis worked their magic and the Truckster we picked-up this morning drove like new.

It just goes to show, sometimes all you need is some time apart, some good ol’ fashioned R&R and maybe even some personal pampering (the Wagon Queen’s facelift has done wonders) to remember how good it feels to have asphalt under your tires.

Which brings me to the present. We made it to BOSTON! I could not be more excited about the next few days of looming fun that’s waiting for us! Tonight we will be joined by travel writer extraordinaire, mastermind of TBEX, and one of the lovely hosts you can watch in the Web travel series on www.galavanting.tv, Kim Mance. She and her family will be joining HomeAway’s Great American Road Trip for two days – including (but not limited to) the 4th of July! John is one of America’s loudest and proudest (male) cheerleaders and I love all things gaudy that sparkle.  =) Did some one say baseball and fireworks??? If you’re in town, stop by the Mercantile Bank across from the green monster to get your photo with the Family Truckster on your way into Fenway this Sunday. We’ll be there all morning, parked and ready for our close-up, while hanging out with Boston’s Sports Radio Network WEEI-FM.

I’ll leave you with this short video John and I recorded…

Truckster vacations in Cape Cod

Today was my first full day in Cape Cod–ever! What a place! There’s so much variety of things to do that we couldn’t decide which was best. Should we take a local’s advice and go to Main Street Hyannis, go to the ports or take a factory tour of Cape Cod Chips? I can understand why HomeAway has over 4,000 vacation rentals here, it’s beautiful and full of activity.

Steph amazed at the Common Ground homemade selection

Steph amazed at the Common Ground homemade selection

After weighing our options, we decided to start our adventure by hitting Main Street for some lunch. We were recommended by a local to go to a place called Common Ground. On the outside, this looks like a normal building, but on the inside it’s a squirrel’s eye view of inside a tree! Seriously, there are branches everywhere and all the chairs and tables are made of wood. The food is all homemade, including fruit smoothies, which are made entirely of fruit (no additives). I had the Baked Haddock sandwich on a freshly made and steamed roll. No haddock will ever top it.

Inside Common Ground

Inside Common Ground

After Main Street, we were so overwhelmed by where to go next, we decided to drive until we could drive no

Must remain alert on the streets of Provincetown!

Must remain alert on the streets of Provincetown!

more. Our “drive of destiny” took us all the way to the tip of the peninsula to a city called Provincetown, better known as “P-town” by locals and now, ourselves. This place has the look of a small fishing town but the energy of a Mexican street market alive with activity.  You can imagine how much we stood out while driving through town.

It was in P-town that I ate my first lobster roll, which holds as much cultural importance in the northeast as a cheesesteak does in Philly.

Philly Cheesesteak, whoops, I mean lobster roll!

Philly Cheesesteak, whoops, I mean lobster roll!

My palm begged me to be read

My palm begged me to be read

Since we had no more land to drive but still couldn’t decide where to go next, I decided to perform a self-palm reading (I read my own palm, no need for the help of a professional) and my palm was telling me to go see Toy Story 3 from inside the Truckster…

Edna had the best seat in the house at the Wellfleet Drive-In

Edna had the best seat in the house at the Wellfleet Drive-In

Without hesitation, we went to the Wellfleet Cinema, Cape Cod’s ONLY drive in theater! We arrived, dying for my palm reading to come true and guess what was playing tonight…Toy Story 3!! (don’t worry, no spoilers!). The Truckster was a hit here because clearly people who go to drive-ins like both cars and movies—we became instant celebrities.

Tomorrow we’ll hang around in Hyannis while the Truckster gets a manicure from the garage.

Finally, I can’t resist showing you what I turned and looked at right before backing out of our space…

This dog, Marley, came out of nowhere on me...seriously!

This dog, Marley, came out of nowhere on me...seriously!

-John

Truckster Hits New York for TBEX!

The last two days we have been at TBEX ’10, which is a travel blogger conference.  I never knew there were so many things to learn about blogging!  Everything from podcasting to storyboarding was discussed…and then some.  One of the personal highlights of the conference was a speaker named Robert Reid.  He has a travel blog and also posts a video every Tuesday called the “76-Second Travel Show” (SSSTS).  This man is hilarious and has a really brief, yet creative take on creating travel videos that people want to watch.

Another large part of the conference is the parties each evening.  The first night’s party had different types of drink and appetizers from around the world scattered throughout it.  My favorite one was called the “Singapore Sling” because the title also suggested a crafty way to down it. At the parties, you can also meet a ton of fellow bloggers and travelers. Most of them know of eachother from their own tweets or blogs, but only on the internet so it’s fun to meet face-to-face with your favorite blog authors. It was great to reunite with Mara Gorman again, The Mother of All Trips. We’re told that her son Tommy misses us and wants Steph and me to apartment shop in their area when we’re done driving the Truckster.

On the final day of the conference I was heavily reminded that it was Pride Week in NYC.  I was taking the subway into the city to TBEX and I noticed that there were a lot of people dressed…hmmm, how do I say this…in rainbow underwear?  Does that clearly describe what I’m trying to say?  I had completely forgotten it was Pride Week so I just figured maybe I just wandered onto a train of very outspoken individuals.  I got off the train though and was greeted awesomely by one of the most interesting parades I’d ever seen!  It was the Gay Pride Parade!  What a grand experience—If you watch this video closely, you can see me almost getting smacked in the face with flying ice cream sandwiches while having Daft Punk blast in the background as a mobile soundtrack—I’ll give you a moment to absorb that.  But seriously, I’m really happy I captured this moment on tape.  This was just something I encountered on my trek into the city today, completely unexpected.  New York City-where you’re allowed to be a man, dressed as a woman, sitting on a convertible, parading through the most spectacular city on planet earth, dancing to a song you love, hurling ice-cream into onlookers who are cheering your powerful freedom expression.  What a place.

Tomorrow we’re off to Cape Cod!  Whenever I tell New Yorker’s we’re going to Cape Cod next the classic response is, “Cape Cod, nawt baaad!”  It will be tough to leave our NYC rental though, the house has original art by the owner all over it and definitely captures the feel of the city : (

Side note-I’ve been pulled over twice in NYC in the last 3 days.  Once because Aunt Edna was looking a little too “alive” and the other because you can’t make a right on red in Manhattan. Now you’ve been warned! Don’t carry something resembling a fictional dead Aunt in your backseat and no right turns on red in Manhattan! No tickets though!

-John

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