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Favorite Convenience Stores?

Okay, some of you won't have a clue what I am talking about.  But one of the joys of driving west to Kansas City, which I have to do on Sunday, is seeing the first QTs.  QTs - for the unintiated - are "QuikTrips."   These are bright, snazzy, flashy gas station convenience stores with a choice of every snack or beverage to help whittle away a long, boring journey.  I know, it's pretty sad when the highlight of my journey is a convenience store, but there isn't much to do when driving other than eat, drink and talking on the phone.  So when I see the first flashy QTs I 1) know I am getting closer to my ultimate destination, Kansas City and 2)  I have an unlimited array of snacks, newspapers, and sodas to choose from.  Usually Pilot Gas stations, Flying J Truck Stops, and Travel Americas are my "highway oases", but not when I am in QT country.

Comparable convenience stores elsewhere in the country would would be Sheetz and Wawa out east and Thorton's in Ohio and Indiana.     Casey's is a common convenience store in the Midwest, but they lack the pizzaz of a QT, tending to be sleepy, tired-looking outposts in smaller towns.

Sheetz stores are awesome because you can buy made-to-order food by using little computer kiosks.  Those are awesome.  The same concept is used at Thorton's.   Okay, what this has to do with anything Amish, I haven't a clue, but I'll be excited to see my first QT. 

Re: Favorite Convenience Stores?

Our favorite thing about long car trips is to go to the public library and check out books on tape. Helps fill in the time especially when traveling in a area that there isn't much to choose from on the radio. When our sons were young, we would get the old time radio show tapes at Cracker Barrel (they had/have a tape exchange program). Learned a lot about Fibber McGee and Molly, the Lone Ranger, and many more.  Our favorite was Mystery/Suspence Theater.  We would save this tape for the night time drive when we were trying to 'settle' the boys down.  They found it fun as the 'car version' of ghost stories.  Of course thanks to modern techology, they now watch movies, play video games, etc.  Have to laugh that now at Cracker Barrel, they have DVD's of tv shows that I grew up with and my youngest thinks these shows are a hoot! Gillian's Island, Beverly Hillbillies, Twilite Zone, but it's not the same as listening to the plotsUndecided

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Re: Favorite Convenience Stores?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

 Around here, there is mainly a lot of Casey's and BP/Ayerco gas stations.  Ayerco is good because it is one of the only ones open 24 hours, which comes in handy.  Casey's has the good Bacon Cheeseburger pizza I mentioned another time.  My husband enjoys Casey's doughnuts, and they have a decent slice of breakfast pizza in the am (hopefully you get lucky enough to get a fresh piece :P).

When you get into MO, you will start seeing Kum'n'Go gas stations (which as a HS traveling band student, we all thought were hilarious) and down by STL, there is a lot of Dirt Cheap stores.  Apparently, their commericals are very funny with a guy dressed up in a chicken costume going "Cheap, Cheap, Dirt Cheap!".  LOL

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