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Plucky 2007

About The Trip

Day 1
Los Angeles to Bettendorf

Day 2
Bettendorf to Cedar Rapids

Day 3
Cedar Rapids to Peoria

Day 4
Peoria to St. Louis

Day 5
St. Louis to Kansas City

Day 6
Kansas City to Council Bluffs

Day 7
Council Bluffs to Mason City

Day 8
Mason City to La Crosse

Day 9
La Crosse to Chicago

Day 10
Chicago to LA

    On the Road Again!

    Plucky Survivors Returns with an All-New Road Trip

    Los Angeles, CA -- This fall, travel writers Mary Herczog (Frommer's, Dummies) and Rick Garman (Moon Handbooks,, best friends for 18 years, will be hitting the road for the second edition of "Plucky Survivors See America."

    In 2006 the first Plucky Survivors road trip covered more than 2,300 miles in 10 days across the southern part of the United States including Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. From the halls of Graceland to the Britney Spears Museum, from the Bonnie & Clyde death site to the place where four little girls were killed by a racist's bomb in 1963, from giant statues of Christ to crumbling statues of dinosaurs, from the library of a president to the library of a woman who wouldn't sit at the back of a bus, and, of course, the spiritual impetus for the trip, the Biggest Ball of Twine, Mary and Rick saw parts of the country that delighted them in ways both big and small, opening their eyes to the people, passions, and pastimes that make us uniquely American. Along the way, they ate a lot of barbeque and not enough pie.

    This year’s trip is dubbed “The Midwest Express” as Mary and Rick cover more than 2,000 miles across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Another eclectic itinerary includes Hog Fest 2007, billed as the biggest outdoor pork barbecue in the world; the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library; the Hobo Museum; the Spam Museum; the Negro League Baseball Museum; the Museum of Funeral Customs; and the biggest ball of popcorn because they have decided every PSSA trip needs to have a stop to see the biggest ball of something. Expect more barbeque consumption, both pie and donuts and, of course, a rematch of the PSSA official road game, Cow. This time, Cow is for keeps. Or just a good way to pass the time between stops for barbeque. And pie.

    Once again, Mary and Rick will be uploading daily updates and posting pictures from the road for Mary’s website, allowing readers to travel with them as cyberspace passengers. From the first packing meltdown to the final Cow score, ratings for barbeque and meditations on fame and fate, readers are involved in every step of the PSSA odyssey. Visitors to the site can subscribe to a free RSS feed to get alerts on services like My Yahoo! when updates have been posted.

    Mary and Rick’s road trip series started as a lark when he was staring down the barrel of his 40th birthday and they both needed something to distract themselves from ongoing serious health issues. Mary has been dealing with breast cancer on and off for the last decade (currently on) and Rick is facing two potentially life-threatening illnesses (because he’s competitive that way) but both view their conditions more as inconveniences than matters of central concern. There is too much to see and too much to eat and too make jokes to make. Hence the at once self deprecating and self-revealing moniker Plucky Survivors.

    Plucky Survivors See America 2: The Midwest Express will begin on August 30, 2007.

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