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It should have been a short day. The drive from Des Moines, Iowa (where we ended up on day 1 of our ten-day road trip) to Omaha, Nebraska, via I-80 should only take about 2 hours. It's a short drive. An easy drive. But I had made the itinerary. And, when you're with me, no trip is ever short or easy. You see, I had made, what Tim and I came to dub, a "clipboard of fun." After scouring Roadside America to find every roadside attraction on our route, I had mapped out 230 potential stops across the ten-day, ten-state trip. I...

Originally the plan was to go to Idaho so that we could stay in the potato AirBNB in Boise. The potato AirBNB is exactly what it sounds like. A giant potato turned into an AirBNB. I saw articles about it online and posted one to my Facebook timeline. He commented on it, something about wanting to road trip there because Idaho and Wyoming were two of his last three states to check off. I said, "let's go!" and, somehow, we turned it into a real trip. I'd been itching to take a road trip for a while (it was even on...

Joey Chestnut chomps through his hot dogs with such ferocity that particles of wet bun hang in the air like dust in front of a sunny crack of window. That is what I most crave to capture. Over the years I've honed my own method for competitive eating photography: slightly overexpose to account for shadows and to add brightness (it's a personal preference), high shutter speed (which often comes with bumping up the ISO) to suspend the debris in an isolated moment. In photographs, throughout years, throughout contests, throughout types of food, patterns emerge in how some eaters choose to eat. Bob Shoudt, AKA...

Seriously, when did "it's only a three hour drive" enter my vocabulary? Saturday morning I hopped into my car and took off to Bettendorf, Iowa. It's about a three hour drive from Chicago to the Quad cities but considering I drove over 3,000 miles on my last road trip it really was nothing. And what would I drive three hours on a Saturday morning to get to? A Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich contest of course! I got to the Isle of Capri about an hour before the eating contest was to begin...

Over Labor Day weekend Emily and I took a Chicago to Mount Rushmore road trip through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. This is a recap of the long weekend trip and all of the roadside attractions we saw.   Friday: Labor Day Chicago to Mount Rushmore Road Trip Friday morning I ditched work for the last time all summer, woke up even earlier than I would have if I had gone to work, cut myself shaving, bled all over the place, cleaned up the blood that got all over everything, packed up black pickle (AKA my car) with way too...