Road Trip: Part II – Even More Cabela’s!

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Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen

Road Trip, Part II

I never expected to get so many comments about Cabela’s but we sure did. The fact is, Hui-chen and I didn’t get enough of the place so we went back there on our way out of town!

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They have one of the biggest parking lots I have ever seen….

Road Trip, Part II

Road Trip, Part II

More fan photos outside!

But inside is where the action is.

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Real Bushmen© don’t use these, but it looks a lot more comfortable than a rock!

Road Trip, Part II

This is an interesting camp kitchen setup that I had to show you.

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This is the second floor camping section. I could have spent all day there!

Road Trip, Part II

The main store as viewed from the 2nd floor. Yes, we bought even more stuff on the second day!

Road Trip, Part II

Road Trip, Part II

Road Trip, Part II

I thought I would show you more of the animals represented in the store. There are several hundred guns of various types, including my favorite replica of a Civil War black powder pistol. Bushman was in his element!

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Ah, but then it was time to get back on the road. Hui-chen laughs whenever she sees these road signs that have the word “run” in the name. She says she things about people actually running down the road, hehe.

Road Trip, Part II

We went through Steubenville, OH, hometown of celebrity:

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Dean Martin, a fact I did not know. I think the portrait is terrible, btw. Steubenville has a reconstructed fort too but we didn’t get a chance to see it (except from the road).

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This area of the country relies on coal for electricity and factory processes. You can smell coal in the air too.

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Of course, industry is always looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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I couldn’t help notice how deserted the roads are in comparison to how they were several years ago. It would appear that the planned destruction of the US middle class is well underway. Look for oil prices topping US$200/barrel in the near future. There’s no good reason for fuel prices to be this high. One reason that I don’t talk about issues like this is because there isn’t anything you can do about it, so discussion is pointless.

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We could have been driving on the other lane but it was all blocked off – for miles. Lots of places were blocked off for “construction” but no workers were in sight.

Road Trip, Part II

This tunnel reminded me of Taiwan for some reason.

Road Trip, Part II

As evening approached we found ourselves in the rolling hills of western Virginia. We got back to North Carolina around midnight.

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One more funny sign to end this article.

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16 comments

  1. once again, awesome pics! karen and i had been planning on a month-long road trip across the usa before olivia came along. the plan is not dead yet, just on-hold until olivia gets a little older, so maybe in a couple years. perhaps we can all go together???

    andress last blog post..party through the eyes of a kid

  2. Not sure when you were left this area or when you were last in this area… but I’m going to guess that you left before the tunnels for “The Big Dig” were opened up. Feels strange to travel for about 1.7 miles (about 2.75km) underground (from the FleetCenter to the Mass Pike). The old elevated highway is all torn down.

    If Hui-chen laughs when she sees the highway signs with the word “run” in it for roads… what do you think she would say about the signs on Rt 128 for that town… No. Reading 🙂

    1. mike01905 » about the time i left, the Big Dig had been open for a short time. i remember riding through there and it was dripping water everywhere, lol. i can’t image how good looking the surface must be now that the ugly elevated monster is gone!

      HC would find that sign very humorous!

      we’re looking forward to your field report on the BBQ!

      1. The next time I’m over in that area… I’ll have to try and get a picture of the “No. Reading” highway sign 🙂

        Hmmm… BBQ Beach Party field report. Not sure there will be a lot of writing… but hopefully there will b a lot of eating 😀

  3. Another great report. The deserted roads are kind of strange, because for all the talk about high fuel prices, the US is still a lot lower than the rest of the developed world. At current prices, a gallon of fuel in Australia would go for about $6 (assuming my math is correct – it’s $1.60/liter) and $9.50 (1.16pound/l) in the UK.

    I personally think that fuel prices in general are still way too low globally.

    1. cfimages » but the whole deal about gas is that Americans never had to pay such high prices before. europeans have been paying that much for decades.

  4. MJ great post again. I had never heard of Cabela’s before. It reminds me of some great camping shops in Australia, I really liked anaconda, 2 floors of everything and anything related to camping.

    My friend Evan and myself would go there and bug the hell out of shop assistants looking at anything that took our fancy. We would walk the floors but our favourite spot was the fishing area. We could spend hours there looking at fly reels, baitcasters, rods, lures and on and on.

    We bought a lot of stuff from there but mostly camping equipment and cool gadgets, nearly all of our fishing gear we bought from Complete Angler as Evan’s dad has worked there for over 40 years. We used to get the best discounts, Evan’s dad would go on fishing trips with the owner Jim Allen to his trout cabin in New Zealand and other locations.

    I have never seen a guy cast a fly like him, he makes double hauling look a breeze. Man I am rambling, sorry just brought back some great memories.

    Thaks MJ

    Bruntys last blog post..Wai Kru Day Ceremony, Isaan Thailand.

    1. Brunty » feel free to ramble my friend! those memories are great and we all enjoy hearing them. Cabela’s claims to be the “World’s Foremost Outfitters” and apparently they are a lot bigger than one might realize at first glance. They offer overseas hunting packages where everything is taken care of down to the last detail. they can also handle the taxidermy tasks after your successful hunt. amazing company. take care Brunty.

    1. Sandy » yes, the Bass Shop stores are interesting too. as you said, even if you aren’t an outdoors person, those places have all kinds of gadgets you can use.

    1. Fili » your comment made me go back and take another look. it says “county” actually. good thing the smell is localized because it’s not pleasant!

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