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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Notes from the Road

Blogger friend ( and HS buddy) Old Bikerider suggested Louis Lunch in New Haven for a lunch stop. Unfortunately Louis' seems to be on a school holiday schedule (or is really the Easter Bunny and closed the week before and the week after Easter). Yes, they were closed yesterday, they are now just 'on the list'.
The 6 hour trip turned into a 10 hour adventure. The shortcut over the GW Bridge which should have SAVED us an hour added 1.5 hours, but we got a really great view(slowly) of the famous Bronx. And we learned that over 100 different roads all merged into 3 lanes to cross the bridge. Now I'm not sure but it seems that merging in NYC is either done at a crawl or lightning speed.
When we finally got to NJ (a scary thought in itself) I decided that since we lost so much time on a travel decision I made, we should take the advice of Mandy, our GPS and take the NJ Turnpike. Something I the back of my head said "turn at 287", but after the GWB disaster I dismissed the thought. WRONG!!!!!!! Remember all those nice folks we merged with at the GW bridge????? Well we met again on the Turnpike. By now we were committed to our route, and soon would be on the PA Turnpike.
Somehow we ended up on Rt 202, and (you guessed it) another MERGE!!!! I'm wondering if there is some cosmic connection between merge and emergency???? Did I mention that Mandy lost her mind during this???? Ten hours later we turned into our favorite (?) Days Inn.
Hungry and tired I decided (really not the time for decisions) that since we missed Louis Lunch we should give Five Guys a try, and pass along our thoughts on whether you should make a stop.......... DON'T!!!!!!
The dream of a nice fat juicy burger will remain just that, a dream, as you leave 5 Guys. Two thin, over cooked things (possibly held together with a Pink Slime derivative) on a bun (even with bacon and American cheese??) did not fulfill the dream. But the fries were pretty good. Unfortunately I left still dreaming (and drooling) for that big juicy burger. Fudruckers, you have nothing to worry about here.

10 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Traffic and thin burgers...ugh! I've never eaten at Five Guys; so sorry you had a bad experience. Hope today is a better day! Mildred

Out on the prairie said...

There is a King Kong in Omaha that serves a 1/2 pounder as their single patty, and even goes to a heart stopping triple burger I would enjoy watching someone eat.I go there for gyros.

Country Gal said...

Never had Five Guys I cant eat fast fried foods its a good thing by the sounds of it ! Sorry to hear ya had a tuff time and a YUKKY meal ! Hope the rest of your trip goes down smoothly !

Doris said...

Even though I heard this travel experience from you in person this morning, I still laughed out loud as I read =) Thanks for the delightful visit today....it was a pleasure to meet both you and Bea! Maybe we can meet up again sometime...I won't suggest Five Guys!

Wishing you safe travels for your journey tomorrow.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Too bad. You never know how a place will turn out to dine! Hope your next adventure will be better!

Anvilcloud said...

T'weren't a good day, eh? I hate traffic snarls of any kind but one after another is too much.

Mellodee said...

I have heard people rave about 5 Guys....no earthly idea why!!! They aren't even close to good!
(Mighty Fine isn't much better, don't bother trying.) Most "chain" restaurants focus on cost/price/profit and not on taste!

And if you are ever in Austin, don't even think about a good burger....they do not exist in this town! :)

A Quiet Corner said...

you should have asked me!!...:)JP

Daisy said...

Sounds like a rough trip. I've never been to Five Guys. I won't plan any visits there now either. Thanks for the tip.

Elaine said...

Not a good travel day at all! I don't believe I've ever had a good experience on a turnpike. The day last fall that we were on the turnpike outside of Boston I was wishing for a GPS to help us find our way, but obviously that is not always the best option. I much prefer to just stay on the backroads as much as possible! I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

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