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Day 1
Los Angeles to Atlanta

Day 2
Atlanta to Savannah

Day 3
Savannah to Charleston

Day 4
Charleston to Myrtle Beach

Day 5
Myrtle Beach to Asheville

Day 6
Asheville to Knoxville

Day 7
Knoxville to Lexington

Day 8
Lexington to Louisville

Day 9
Louisville to Chattanooga

Day 10
Chattanooga to Atlanta

Day 11
Atlanta to Los Angeles

    The Plucky Shall Rise Again!

    Plucky Survivors' Third Annual Road Trip

    Los Angeles, CA -- This fall, travel writers Mary Herczog (Frommer's, Dummies) and Rick Garman (Moon Handbooks,, best friends for 19 years, will once again be taking to the open road for the third annual "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.

    In 2007, Mary and Rick embarked on “The Midwest Express,” covering more than 2,500 miles across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Another eclectic itinerary included 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. There was more barbeque consumption, more donuts and, of course, a rematch of the PSSA official road game, Cow.

    This year's trip is bigger and better than ever as we head back to the South for more than 2,300 miles through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennesse. Oh, and then there's the part where we'll be driving to West Virginia for a hot dog. But mostly we'll be in those other states seeing the sights both odd and uplifting including an acre of land owned by God, the South Carolina Barbecue Championships, The Colonel Sanders Museum, The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Scopes Monkey Trial Museum, a 54-hole bible themed golf course, and the World's Largest Bats (baseball and vampire). We couldn't find a World's Largest Ball of something but thematically, bats aren't too far off.

    Once again, Mary and Rick will be uploading daily updates and posting pictures from the road for this 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 or sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

    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 3: The Plucky Shall Rise Again starts August 27, 2008.

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