2011 Spring Break WhoOooOOoO!
Disclaimer: I only read this book for points north of San Francisco.
Usually we plan our vacations with the use of websites like maps.google.com, yelp.com, and roadsideamerica.com and word of mouth from roadtripping pals. And we do fairly well. Yelp & Roadside America are good for the types of things we like to see and eat. Krista and I have driven 8,223 vacation road trip miles together, and we have this down to a science. One thing I can tell you for sure is that the best laid plans of google maps, AAA and your GPS cannot tell you where to get some organic vegetarian burritos in a small town on a coastal highway when you are Suddenly Starving, everyone's blood sugar is crashing, there's no cell phone reception and the last gas station didn't even have cheetos.
A Lonely Planet guidebook can save your butt in that situation.
So, while we plan from non-guidebook sources to keep our lives more off-the-beaten, we try to always carry a recently-published book with vegetarian food considerations. I found at least one establishment with a glowing review in the LP that was actually closed, but after reading Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism I know that these books are not as thoroughly researched as you would hope. Use common sense when you're traveling, duh. I did say a little prayer of thanks to the Lonely Planet gods while I ate vegetarian nachos in Garberville, CA successfully, thanks to this book. It's six of one, half dozen of the other with regards to quality of recommendations, but I like random trivia about the places we are passing through and it gives me an idea of whether my vegetarian, two-gay-moms family should stop there for dinner or keep driving.
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