• Chris Strub

36 Lessons Learned On A 90-Day, 48-State Road Trip


This summer, Chris Strub quit his job to take a wild, 90-day, 48-state, 15,484-mile solo road trip. Here are 35 lessons he learned:

1) The best cheeseburger in the country can be found in downtown Milwaukee, at AJ Bombers.

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2) Baseball fans in Fargo never scream at umpires during Red Hawks games ... even if they deserve it.

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3) If three girls at a bar in Wrigleyville, Chicago, ask if you want to go on a boat -- GO.

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4) Downtown Portland, Oregon, has an awesome, diverse selection of awesome local beers.

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5) It never rains in Oakland. Ever. Ever.

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6) Tinder is the greatest iPhone app of all time. (No explanation necessary.)

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7) There is nothing -- NOTHING -- like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time.

Instagram - Unquestionably the most magnificent sight I've ever seen. #TeamStrub

8) When trying to navigate the traffic hell that is downtown Houston, not even Waze can save you.

Facebook - Fill 'er up.

9) Cat’s Meow Karaoke Bar on Bourbon Street only has two Britney Spears songs to pick from.

Instagram - One more from #BourbonStreet yesterday. #TeamStrub #Day74 #NewOrlean

10) Heading southbound in California, If you have a choice between the 1 and the 101, always take the 1, or you’ll regret it later.

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11) Hooters in Bloomington, Ill., has Guitar Hero, and Shannon is very, very good at it.

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12) ​Never trust a hotel’s guest laundry machine.

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13) Hash House A Go-Go in Las Vegas is absolutely worth the wait.

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13a) Saving money with a hotel off of the strip seems like a good idea, but it’s not. Spend the extra to stay on the strip, and save yourself the cab rides. (There’s no Uber/Lyft!)

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14) The larger-than-life television screen at AT&T Stadium (take a video tour with me!) has its own elevator INSIDE.

Facebook - Where's the "Signs of Choking" info? #TonyRomo #TeamStrub #Day62 #Cow
Facebook - Welcome to Jerry World. #TeamStrub #Day62 #CowboysTour #Cowboys #ATTS

15) Hostels are an inexpensive, awesome way to travel without busting your budget …

Instagram - I love how excited hostel managers get by the #TeamStrub shirts. Mar

15a) … but sometimes, you get what you pay for.

Instagram - Super thrilled to be at the #Denver Int'l #Hostel tonight ... #TeamS

16) Almost every continental breakfast in the south offers biscuits and gravy.

Instagram - I may not have a job, but I did stay in a @HIExpress last night. #Te

17) The worst baseball stadium food in the country might just be in center field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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18) The best baseball stadium food in the country might just be the cantina tacos at Safeco Field in Seattle. (See video!)

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19) If you visit the Liberty Bell and there’s a line out the door, stand in it. It moves very quickly and it's totally worth the wait.

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20) When planning a 48-state road trip with the itinerary printed on the back of your t-shirt, don't forget about Rhode Island.

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21a) Actually, Rhode Island really wasn’t too bad after all.

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22) Invest in a GoPro. It’s unbelievably worth it.

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22) If you take a guided tour of Beauvoir -- the retirement home of Jefferson Davis -- ask if you can sit up front during the horse-drawn carriage portion ...

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22a) ... then go down the road to Shaggy's and order the crab cakes.

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23) No cross-country trip on Route 80 is complete without a stop at the Cozy Inn in Salina, Kansas.

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24) People everywhere are really nice, but it’s hard to top the good folks of Wisconsin.

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25) For all the crap it gets, there’s really a lot to like about Cleveland.

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26) The best beer in the country? Heady Topper, out of Burlington, Vermont.

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27) Presidential birthplaces are super cool, quick tastes of American history.

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28) Junkman’s Daughter in Atlanta is a true hipster’s paradise.

Instagram - In the heart of, as my friends call it, "Hipster Central," Junkman's

29) Yes, altitude makes running a half marathon way, way, way harder.

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30) If you find the real-life Los Pollos Hermanos (Twisters in Albuquerque), for the love of god, make sure you order the green chile on the side.

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30a) If you do the Breaking Bad tour, skip Rio Rancho High School (Walt’s school) -- it’s way out of the way and there’s nothing photogenic about the exterior.

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31) I still have no idea what’s so great about Waffle House.

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32) Great American Ballpark might be the best stadium in the U.S.

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33) Jack Kerouac’s favorite bar, Vesuvio’s in North Beach, Cali., does not serve food. If you ask for a menu, they will laugh (politely) at you.

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34) Pulling off for a picture with every “Welcome To" state sign sounds like a really great idea, but in reality it can be super dangerous. States in the northwest are the easiest -- some even have clear pull-off areas.

Facebook - STATE NUMBER FORTY EIGHT. #TeamStrub #Day88 #Delaware

35) If you have a dream, and put your mind to it, you can do anything.

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36) America is the greatest country in the world …

Facebook - This country really ain't that big after all. #TeamStrub #LittleAmeri

36a) … but there’s no place like home.

Instagram - True life: my Mom is the third of five sisters raised by this incred

-- Check out Chris on Instagram to see photos from all 48 states --

-- Buy the official #TeamStrub t-shirt and help Chris get back out on the road --

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