Yertle the Turtle hates us.

New Year’s Day meant, if nothing else, zero traffic for our drive from D.C. to Springfields 12 (Penn.), 13 (N.J.), and 14 (Mass.).

A slight detour in the wrong direction on the way to our first stop in Pennsylvania added an extra 9 minutes to our trip, along with a wonderful (and brief) tour of the town of Media. Totally different from Springfield. For starters, it’s name didn’t rhyme with “Bringfield.” It was a quick stop, as we had exciting business to attend to in New Jersey.

We were met at the Springfield, N.J., municipal building by three exciting new players: 16 Springfields Sarah’s pre-school-era friend (also) Sara (and also with a gracious donation), a producer from WWOR-TV, and the Sherwood family — parents of Billy, a 19-month old with neuroblastoma. After eight days and 12 Sringfields, it was incredible to meet Billy, his sister Sydney, and parents Dena and Billy, Sr.

Our final stop of the day was Springfield, Mass. which was beautifully blanketed in snow, yet disappointingly absent of Dr. Seuss; who closes an outdoor sculpture garden on New Year’s Day?! Also, it was really cold. An overnight low of -3°F!

At night, on our way to a relaxing evening out, we got very exciting news – our story on WWOR aired around 10:30 P.M. and apparently it was a really good piece. We were already in Vermont, and were unable to see it live ourselves, but Sara (Sarah’s pre-school-era friend) was able to record it, so we may be able to share it with you soon.

And now, on to our final Springfields of the trip: Vermont (15) and New Hampshire (16). Thanks for all your support so far. Continue reading Yertle the Turtle hates us.

Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

Avi again. We’ve come into our very first snow of the trip which, given that we started on the 25th in Nebraska and spent time in South Dakota, is pretty remarkable.

Columbus, Ohio last night made a good waypoint from which to launch today’s push to Washington, D.C. for New Year’s Eve, with two Springfields on tap before the night’s festivities: West Virginia (10) and Virginia (11).

No major updates, except to note that the Longaberger corporate headquarters in Newark, Ohio, actually is a seven-story tall picnic basket which we all found incredibly cool. Or creepy. As always, thanks for your support, and thanks for your support. (Get those donations in today, and beat the IRS out of some money, or something.) Continue reading Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

My [Springfields] aren’t designed for your enjoyment.

Left Chicago at 8:15 this morning, and made it to our next Springfield, an hour away in Indiana, at about 10:15. Welcome back to Eastern time.

Pics will post later, but the Springfield Township, La Porte County Volunteer Fire Department made an excellent backdrop for our first stop with the banner of the day, and then, about 1.5 miles up the road, we spent another bit of time at the Springfield School. Exciting? No, but it is a Springfield, and it moves us one closer to 16.

GPS tells me we’re 60.8 miles from our next stop — Springfield, Michigan — which will probably be another quick one. Then the long haul down to Ohio, with, time-permitting, some stops at roadside attractions on the way.

Hopefully yesterday’s stories will get folks to donate and join the facebook group. If you’re already on top of both, check out our tweets.

Six sixteenths down, and a visit to the City of Broad Shoulders

Avi again. Long day today, but action-packed….

Our last post marked our departure from unincorporated Springfield, Wisconsin, and the beginning of our journey to the Land of Lincoln city perhaps most proud of the 16th president — and our sixth Springfield of the trip.

But we couldn’t go straight there. Just off the route in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, we stopped at the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean warehouse tour and factory. Time was tight, but we climbed aboard the bean-bedecked tram, put on our paper hats (FDA mandated), and saw a series of videos describing how Ronald Reagan’s favorite candies are made.

10 pounds of Belly Flops (and $28.80) later, we were out the door, and back on the road to our second intermediate stop: the Gemini Giant, alongside historic Route 66.

At last, the final push to Springfield, Illinois and the (!!) wating camera of WICS-TV 20. We stopped outside the historic state capitol, showed off our banner, and did a quick interview with producer Adam explaining our trip, the cause, and [hint, hint] how easy it is to donate just $10 and make a real difference in helping find a cure for neuroblastoma.

From the car, we also did interviews (and frantic twittering) with media in Springfields yet-to-come, and tomorrow’s final destination already has a great write-up of our trip online. We can’t wait to get there, and we promised it’d be by 5:00. Should’ve remembered that we’re leaving Central time; it’ll be an early morning. Continue reading Six sixteenths down, and a visit to the City of Broad Shoulders

Unincorporated, shmunincorporated…

Got a bit of a late start this morning, leaving Madison, Wisconsin for our Springfields of the day, Wisconsin and Illinois.

After 4 Springfields, we thought that the next one couldn’t still be unique. It was. The “Springfield/Unincorporated” sign at the entrance to not-town made a perfect spot to display our banner and spread the word about neuroblastoma, and we waved to a whole bunch of cars as they drove past. A quick stop in front of the post office, and we’re back on our way to Illinois.

It’s a long haul downstate to the capital, but we’re excited to hit a city that is certain to be our most bustling yet. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us so far! Continue reading Unincorporated, shmunincorporated…

Green? Check. Giant? Check? Jolly? Hard to tell…

Stopped by the Blue Earth, Minnesota, statue of the Jolly Green Giant just a bit ago, on the way from Springfield (Minn.) to Springfield, Iowa.

It was probably the hopping-est place we’ve been yet, the pictures are below. Two carloads of fellow road-travelers piled out from their similarly mud-encrusted rides to stretch their legs and take pictures. Truth be told, it was probably more fun to shoe-skate on the large, flat sheets of ice around the Giant than to actually climb between his legs and find out that he’s, well, neither he nor she…

You can also see some great pictures of the two Springfields, too: sporting the Band of Parents banner in front of the Minnesota town’s sign, and smack in the center of Iowa’s.

Stop by Google Maps to check out Springfield, Iowa, and then head over to Network for Good to support neuroblastoma research.

Continue reading Green? Check. Giant? Check? Jolly? Hard to tell…

Little car on the prairie

It’s Avi again. We’re on our way to the first Springfield of the day, Minnesota.

The countryside here is, as expected, broad and flat. But it’s also surprisingly beautiful. The snow from early last week has left everything covered in a thin blanket of white — enough to make things pretty, but not so much as to have any effect on our travel. In fact, it was only late last night that we found out there’d been bad weather in the midwest, but to the south of us.

Where we are? 20° F and sunny. Gorgeous. Particularly with the wind turbines spinning off in the distance.

[Also, for Shoshanah’s parents: it’s not a little car. It’s big and safe, we promise.]

Northbound, I-29: We’re not doing 76 miles per hour.

Another quick update from the road, but this one is actually from the road.

Got the internet connection set up, GPS is going, and we’re about an hour and a half from today’s first stop, in Springfield, S. Dak.

Roads are clear, though there’s some chance of wintry mix. If this holds up, we’ll not have needed the weather category at all…

1 Down…

Wow. Day one has been an absolute success. We converged on Omaha without incident, avoiding the flight delays that seem to inevitably plague the Chicago airports in winter and summer (also: autumn and spring). Picked up the rental car, and headed off to Springfield, Nebraska.

Standing at the Springfield Library on Main Street, Springfield, Nebraska
Standing at the Springfield Library on Main Street, Springfield, Nebraska

Our first official stop was everything we could have hoped for. We stopped at the public library, on Main St, to unfurl our banner before hopping back in the car to do a bit of exploring. A minute or two later, back on the road for real.

We’re spending the night in Sioux City, Iowa, before heading up to Springfield, S.D. in the morning. Hoping to hit at least one exciting attraction tomorrow (the Corn Palace is relatively nearby in Mitchell) before arriving in Sioux Falls in the afternoon.

And they’re off…

[Avi] A quick note from the road.

First, it’s not really the road yet. I’m sitting here at O’Hare, looking out on the snow-covered airfield and getting impatient: An hour and 45 minutes until my flight? But I’m ready now!

As I write, Sarah and Shoshanah are in the air on their PHL-MDW segment and then have another hop, MDW-OMA before we can hit our first Springfield this afternoon. But then the fun begins.

Weather at Eppley Airfield, though, looks nice: a balmy 26° F.

Should have more this afternoon or evening — along with some exciting pictures. Until then, leave us a note at the Facebook group and swing by Network for Good to throw the folks at Band of Parents some of your Chanukah gelt or Christmas Cash.