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Better than Alive.

My apologies, but I’ve had no real time to write or edit photos — Headed to Baltimore in a few!

Isn’t this always the conundrum of someone who wants to write about travel?

When you’re traveling, where is the time for writing?

But I can tell you this — I feel great.  Alive.  Better than alive.  The road is better than any rejuvenating facial cleanser sold at the local drug store.

In the meantime, check out this killer crab cake sandwich I stopped and ate on the drive at a place called Java Jack’s Coffee House:

Taken with my iPhone.

In a last-minute decision to take Hwy 301 North from Williamsburg, VA to Annapolis, MD so I could avoid the ever-terrifying experience of I-95 around D.C. (though sadly bypassing the IKEA there as well), I passed through a little town called Tappahannock.

No, I don’t know how to pronounce that.

It’s perched along the southern edge of the Rappahannock River.

No, I’m not making this up.

Anyway.  I saw this little white house once I passed the inevitable slew of fast food and American family style restaurants and entered the older part of town.  I was greeted with a smile and told to seat my self.  I was, by far, the youngest patron there on a Monday morning at 11:15.  Sadly, I’d just missed breakfast, which I’m convinced now would have been spectacular.  I was just about to ask whether they’d make an exception to their 11:00 lunch rule when the waitress informed me that one of their specials for the day was a crab cake sandwich.

Well.

I hadn’t technically crossed the Maryland border yet, but I figured my 15 minutes late for breakfast was a sign I should partake an hour early in some famous Maryland crab.

For all of my culinary expertise, this may have come from a can.

Taken with my iPhone.

But I can tell you this:  It certainly didn’t taste like it had.

With a full belly and more solitary scenic driving ahead, Java Jack’s proved an excellent Virginia sendoff.

Oh, and the bathroom was spectacular.

Taken with my iPhone.

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Solitary Diner
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Love the exposed brick in the bathroom, and I love that you took the time to take a picture of it! I’m very jealous of you for getting to travel. I have a few trips (sadly all work-related) coming up, and I can’t wait.

Katie
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Well. If it’d had multiple stalls, I can’t say I would’ve pulled out the camera, lest I scare away some shy patron and get kicked out of the restaurant before I had a chance to finish my crab cake. But since it was just lil’ ol’ me in there, I figured what the hell.

And hey! Even work-related trips can be great if you can manage to work in some fun! :)

Katie
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It WAS delicious!

Tracy
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You have just inspired me to never again stop at a chain for lunch when I road trip… and I road trip often enough… plus my upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach will necessitate MANY road trip meals. So thank you! Hope you’re having fun. :)

Katie
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DEFINITELY work time into your itinerary — and I know you have an itinerary — to stop at real restaurants. Sure, it’s more expensive, but if you’re driving a long distance, you’re missing a prime trip experience by opting for fast food the entire way. Plus, I find it just makes me feel all nasty when I arrive at my destination. Pack a cooler of sandwiches and snacks too for the times you don’t feel like stopping. SO much better than fast food! :)

Tracy
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haha, I actually don’t have an itinerary… yet. I have a packing list (I mean, I leave in less than a month so it’s essential, right? though – the first thing on the list is WINE…). I will definitely be driving for awhile so taking some time and experiencing some better food will be a huge benefit. Thanks again for the inspiration!

Katie
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Ha, don’t forget you can get regional wine on the way, as well! :)

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