Jim, I love to read your posts. I haven't missed one.
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Can you make it west of Bourbon country? It seems you are sticking to places you already 'know' geographically/foodwise. Any chance you'll make it near or west of the mississippi? I'd love to read a report about a remote, utterly unknown chow landscape....not eastern tourist destinations. In almost every locale you mention previous notes(granted, sometimes from years ago).
I hear North Dakota is nice this time of year :-)
To repeat: I love the blog, and am happy to eat vicariously until I can make it to these places you've visited. Thanks for making this available to all of us.