Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | December 24, 2009

The End, But Not Good-Bye

Okay.

So the trip is coming to a close. This is it. As I talked about in the previous post, I’ve met some wonderful people.

But I want to point out something important: when I decided to set on this journey, the goal wasn’t just to visit every Bojangles in the continental US (one day I’ll visit Honduras), it was to get famous.

It was all about me and my craveometer.

But a funny thing happen on the way to fame. I began working out, I began talking to people, and I began meeting people. People from all walks of life, not just people working in Bojangles’ (although I did meet a lot of them).

And what I realized is this: people are good. The best people are in the south eastern part of the US, and they are good people. They’re equally willing to talk to a stranger over a biscuit or a beer.

If you tell them you’re new in their town, they’ll take the time to tell you about their town. Like the time I was in Dothan, Alabama (named for Genesis 37:17: “let us go to Dothan”), and the people proudly told me that it was the Peanut Capital of the World. Apparently, a quarter of the peanuts grown in the US are grown around Dothan.

See, who knew?

Or the time I was in Athens, Tennessee, and I learned about the famous “Battle of Athens”. I’ll bet you didn’t know about the battle of Athens. I didn’t. But it was a battle let by the citizens to take back the corrupt local government. And old-timer named Bill told me what it meant to his town over a 2 piece meal.

There was also the 74th annual Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia. (http://www.oldfiddlersconvention.com/info.htm). Missed that by a couple of weeks, but if you ever want to hear Blue Grass played, just find yourself in Galax one day. It’s not on the menu, but that day one of my sides was Blue Grass.

So what now?

I don’t know. Like I said, when this started, it was all about me. Now, it’s all about the people. I think over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll look through my notes and offer some other highlights of the hundreds of towns I visited in this great nation.

Thanks Bojangles’. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have had this adventure.

I leave you with these parting words of wisdom about Bojangles’.

Until next time…..

The Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | December 3, 2009

Happy Trails

In the words of Homer Simpson, “Woo Hoo!”

Earlier this year I received a calling. A calling or maybe a craving to visit every single Bojangles’ in the US. After months of travel and meeting fantastic people I am DONE!

I will do a recap blog later that will give all the vital stats of my trip but in the mean time I put together a video of one of my last stops. I will always be  thankful for all the great people I met. From Bojangles’ employees, to the customers, to all the well wishers. Without all of you I would not have been able to do this. Oh and how can I forget to thank Bojangles’ for making such cravable food. I mean c’mon, where else can you get a biscuit that was made in heaven? Oh, and I tried something the other day that I had never had before,  Bojangles’ fried turkey. The fried turkey will be a staple for years to come during the holiday season.

Best Thanksgiving ever......

Anyway, enjoy the video I put together. Like I said, I’ll be putting together a blog later with all my travel stats.

BT-

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | October 29, 2009

BOOOOjangles’

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love scary movies, candy corn and dressing up. But since I am out on the road visiting every Bojangles’ in the country I won’t have that opportunity this year. But I have an idea on how to keep the spirit of Halloween alive but I will need some help.

While I have been traveling around the past week or so I have seen a ton of great jack-o-lanterns on peoples porches. I also saw It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown last night that help inspire this idea.

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All this has me thinking about designing a Bojangles’ jack-o-lanter. But I am on the road so I was wondering if anyone would be willing to carve one up. If you do, please email me your pics and I will post them on my blog.

If you are wondering what my costume would have been this year just think of a Large Bojangles’ Sweet Tea and you will get the idea 🙂
Happy Halloween everyone!!

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | October 21, 2009

Gotta wanna needa Woodstock

On one of my stops this summer I hit a town named Woodstock just north of Atlanta, GA. The Bojangles’ there was awesome, they even had a porch.

Enjoy!!

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | October 14, 2009

Thirsty?

I woke up this morning with a thirsty that could not be quenched by the normal morning beverages. I tried drinking coffee, juice (three kinds) and milk (chocolate of course). But nothing I had satisfied my thirst. Then I thought about tea. I hadn’t tried tea yet. But I don’t just like any tea. There was only one place I could go to quench my thirst. Give up? Well, you probably guessed that the only thing that could do the trick is Bojangles’ Sweet Tea. I bought two half gallons of the sweet nectar of the gods this morning. The proof is below.

Thirsty?

Thirsty?

I’d also like to give a special shout out to @hungrysisters and @hokiefez for their suggestions on Twitter regarding  places to go while I am in the Carolina’s.

BT-

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | October 5, 2009

AWOL

Some of you might have noticed that I have been less than prompt with giving updates on my travels to all the Bojangles’ in the country. I admit, I did get a bit side tracked. I had to go home to recharge for a couple of weeks. I did however hit the Atlanta Bojangles’ a ton while I was home. But now I am charge up again and ready to finish up my quest.

See ya on the road….
Bojangles’ Traveler

Updated…..

Kick start my heart

Nothing like a box of Bojangles' biscuits to start the day off right!

Nothing like a box of Bojangles' biscuits to start the day off right!

GottawannaneedagettahavaBojangles'

GottawannaneedagettahavaBojangles'

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | September 9, 2009

A Box of Chops

I am crazy about the Bojangles’ Pork Chop Biscuit. I know they’ve only been out for a couple of days but I can’t get enough. I actually ordered a whole box of them this morning. I actually add a little BBQ sauce to mine to give it an added kick. I might try and add some cheese the next time around.


Anyway, go out and try them you won’t be sorry……….

Ordering....A box of chopsEnjoying.....

Next up, the quest for the Egg Bo Biscuit.

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | September 5, 2009

Updated – Pork Chop Biscuit!!!

Updated…..

I can’t get enough of the pork chop biscuit! I had two this morning already.

Also, I hear there is an Egg-Bo biscuits in certain parts of NC. I think someone told me it’s in Greeville. I am heading that way to see what it’s all about.

BT

I need to confirm this but I think the “classic” biscuit that’s coming out is the Pork Chop Biscuit!!

I need to see if I can find a Bojangles’ tomorrow that has one!!

First sleep, then it’s Pork Chop Biscuit!

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | September 1, 2009

Something Big is Coming!

I’ve been going on about my business this week like usual. Hitting Bojangles’ after Bojangles’ in my quest to visit every single one in the country. But I am getting a funny vibe this week. Some thing big is getting ready to hit Bojangles’. There is a new or “classic” Bojangles’ item making a come back in the next couple of weeks. I have been trying to get some information out of the different Bojangles’ employees but I can’t get anyone to confirm or deny the news.

What's Next!

What's Next!

I have put on my best detective gear and I will get to the bottom of this mystery. If anyone hears anything please let me know.

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | August 18, 2009

The long road

This is the road. It’s lonely, and beautiful, and energizing and sad at the same time. Take the last set of homes. I was in this small town, it can be any town, and I drove through the main street.

The main street was bustling with action. The sun was out, and this seemed to bring people out. I half expected someone to pull out a hula hoop or something. As I drove through that town, people waved to me. They didn’t know me, or know about my quest. But they waved. That’s the beautiful thing about this country. The people. They are great. So are the people inside of the Bojangles’ I’ve been visiting. The smiles of the people behind the counter areas full as the bellies of the people in the store. And that reminds me of the town.

The people in that town are like the people in Bojangles’. They sing with me, they smile. They wave. I laugh with them, have some fun with them, and every time, I say I gottawannaneedagettahava combo. Usually I ask them to give me their favorite combo. Here are some memorable examples:

Breakfast: Egg, Cajun Filet and Cheese Biscuit, coffee. Sausage, Ham and Bo’round Biscuit, iced tea Egg, Seasond Fry and Ham, coffee. Triple Sausage Biscuit, Botato Rounds, coffee

The best sandwich ever!

The best sandwich ever!

Lunch: (all combos come with Sweet Iced Tea!) Cajun filet and Mac and Cheese Biscuit. 4pc Chicken Supremes with a Bacon Biscuit Cajun Filet Sandwich, Seasoned Fries Cajun Filet, Country Ham, Steak Biscuit Rob combo

I need some good ideas for dinner.

What do you have?

Bojangles’ Traveler

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | August 10, 2009

The most interesting people

I’ve  met a ton of great people on my travels so far. Most people I meet look at me funny when I tell them I am visiting to every single Bojangles’ in the country.

In the spirit of meeting new people I put together a small video of a particular person I met not so long ago.

Oh, also I just tried a new combination of biscuit. I had a cajun filet, ham and egg biscuit. That was one of the best biscuit I have ever had! I think I will try some new combination that I saw on the Bojangles’ Facebook page the other day. This gives me a great idea for a post.

Well until next time. If you have any Bojangles’ Traveler stories of your own send them to me and I will share them here.

Happy Travels!

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | July 14, 2009

Day 15 (Updated)

So I am hitting the beach today and I am really looking forward to it. My Bojangles’ tour takes me into the Myrtle Beach area today. I think I can take an hour or two to relax in the sun and sand.

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while and there is a reason. I’ve been working on putting together a short video of my travels so far. Take a look!

Bojangles’ Traveler

(Update)

Check out my new YouTube channel

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | July 9, 2009

Guest Blog

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Aruba - beautiful Caribbean island
Image by Travelling Pooh via Flickr

Rob,

I just became a fellow Bojangles’ Traveler too – by accident! Returning from our honeymoon in Curacao last Saturday, my new bride and I were supposed to fly to Aruba, then to Charlotte en route to home, which is Rochester, NY.

Four power outages at the Aruba airport held us up there, and we missed our connecting flight to Charlotte. We weren’t going to make it home until some point on Sunday, and we needed a hotel, transportation, etc. The whole ordeal was not an ideal way to end a honeymoon.

We passed up the gross-looking airline food, so we were starving when we arrived in Charlotte at 9 PM, after an hour in the Curacao airport, the hour flight from Curacao to Aruba, three hours waiting in lines in the Aruba airport and the four hour flight.

We got off the plane in the B terminal, not sure where we were staying for the night, or how/when we’d make it home the next day. But we were right next to the airport Bojangles’ – that sign was like a beacon of fried hope! Starving like crazy, the hotel reservations and travel arrangements quickly dropped down our priority list.

We had fried chicken, seasoned fries, biscuits and, we agreed, the best sweet tea we’ve ever tasted. Then we took a deep breath. We weren’t home, but it felt like a close second! Ended up being a nice treat, since we don’t have a Bojangles’ in Rochester – actually, kind of a tease, now that I think of it!

The airline helped us find a hotel and a flight home the next morning, and we went downstairs to wait for the hotel shuttle to pick us up. That’s where we saw the “Bojangles’ Biscuit Oven” in the baggage claim area! That was awesome – I sent you some pictures of it.

Bojangles’ definitely helped turn our travel nightmare into a sweet (tea) story! I don’t know if the Charlotte Airport Bojangles’ is on your itinerary, but it definitely should be. They were very gracious and even hooked us up with some extra hot sauce!!

Thanks, and good luck in your journey!

Pete

Bojangles' at the Charlotte AirportBiscuits! Who wants biscuits?

Thanks Pete. This is a great story. Next time you will have to borrow my cravometer:) Now I will have to figure out how to hit the Charlotte Airport Bojangles’!

Pete gives me a great idea. There is a little Bojangles’ Traveler in all of us. If you have a Bojangles’ Traveler story send it to me and I will post it on the blog. Oh, and send pics as well. Send your story to my email address: rbillinson@yahoo.com

Well, I am off to Augusta and Savannah, GA today. Catch ya’ll later.

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | July 7, 2009

Hello from Jacksonville!

Hello from Jacksonville, FL!

Where do I begin. When I last left off I was just heading into Tennessee. Fast forward and I’m in Jacksonville, FL. I’ve had just about everything on the menu more than once. I actually started experimenting and ordering off the menu stuff. I changed things up and ordered a Cajun Filet biscuit with ham and cheese. I call it the Cajun Filet Cordon Bleu! LOL… It was really good! I think today I’ll try it with egg!

Over the holiday weekend I was in Dothan, AL. I went to the Dothan Bojangles’ and after that I hit the big 4th of July party. It was so cool! After the fireworks they actually had Elvis live in concert! Well, ok it wasn’t really Elvis. But it was a great impersonator! When he sang “Love me tender” I don’t know why but I couldn’t help but think about Bojangles’ Chicken Supremes. Maybe because they’re so tender and do love them so!

4th of July in Dothan, AL

Well, after a day of food, fun and Elvis, I headed down to Florida and hit the new Bojangles’ restaurants down there around noon and got me some Bojangles’ Chicken Supremes with barbecue sauce. They had been on my mind ever since I heard that Elvis song!

Until next time!

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | July 2, 2009

Day 3

Great day yesterday. I met a lot of great people and ate a lot of great Bojangles’ food. I started out day 2 in Rockmart, GA and ended in Dalton, GA. Today (Day 3) I am heading up into Tennessee. I should hit Athens, TN this evening. Looking forward to seeing parts of the country that I’ve never seen before.

More to come later.

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | July 1, 2009

Day 1 (Updated) (Updated with Google map)

Captains Log: 6/30/09 🙂 Always wanted to do that.

Good first day!

I visited a bunch of Bojangles’ today. I ended up finishing around Cartersville, GA this evening.  I ate a lot of great food. I am really tired right now so I hope to get some sleep tonight and wake up refreshed in the morning. I will try and give everyone a better update in the morning.

Thanks for all the support.
Bojangles’ Traveler

(Updated)

Just woke up. I had a great night sleep. I dreamt about Bojangles’ (what a surprise). Today I am heading out the rest of the GA locations. The one store I am looking forward to is Rome, GA. I wonder if there will be any Gladiators:)

(Updated)

I wanted to finish up my thoughts on my travels yesterday before I forgot them.

I traveled roughly 131 miles on Tuesday. Now that would have been a pretty big gas bill if I didn’t have my cravometer. My cravings for Bojangles’ coupled with every other Bojangles’ fan’s cravings help me fuel my car. I started my day in Atlanta and ended up in Cartersville, GA. I had a ton of great Bojangles’ food along the way. As usual the Cajun Filet Biscuit didn’t disappoint. I wanted to keep lunch lite so I had a Supreme’s salad. Who knew Bojangles’ could make salads taste so good. I drank a lot of sweet tea and cherry soda during the afternoon which didn’t help my travel time:). For dinner I had the 2pc dinner (breast and a leg w/green beans). Along the way I met some really interesting people and Bojangles’ employees. I think I will work on a post on the more fascinating people I meet later on.
Anyway, if you are interested in following my route I have posted my first couple of days here.

That about sums up my first day. On to day 2!

Cajun Filet goodness!

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | June 30, 2009

FREE TEA at Bojangles’!

Check this out! I told Bojangles’ on facebook that I was hitting up their restaurant on Fulton Industrial Blvd. in Atlanta first and they said because of that they’ll be giving away FREE iced tea at that location between 12pm-2pm to anyone that says “Bojangles’ Traveler!” How cool is that??

Enjoy!

Pics from my first visit!

Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | June 30, 2009

It worked!

“Never underestimate the power of a Bojangles’ craving.”

As you know I’ve been talking about a way to get around the high gas prices during my journey. Well, I’m pleased to say, problem solved! I created Bojangles’ craving to fuel converter. It converts my craving for Bojangles’ into useable energy that’ll in turn fuel my car! Genius, I know…  All I have to do is think and crave Bojangles’ and the converter does the rest. The more I crave it, the faster I go! And the way I crave Bojangles’, you can bet I’ll be breaking the sound barrier…

Considering that’s been squared away, I hit the road today. And how fitting is this? Today is my birthday. And of course that means it’s also Bojangles’ birthday! June 30. The day the first Bojangles’ opened. Well, to celebrate I’m hitting the road. And the first stop on my journey… drum roll please!

The Bojangles’ on Fulton Industrial Blvd. in Atlanta, GA!

Not sure what I’ll have when I get there, but I’m sure it’ll be good! Probably just gonna zoom in and zoom out but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on my progress!

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | June 26, 2009

Almost go time!

I’m just about ready to hit the road. Still working on a way to get around the high gas prices issue, but I think I got it figured out. Gonna test it out over the weekend. I’ll post the details after I make sure it’s gonna work! After that, the journey begins. I’ll let you all know which Bojangles’ I’ll be hitting up first. As well as the route I’ll be taking.

In the meantime, I thought I’d post a video of my route mapping process! Enjoy!

Researching my route

Researching my route

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | June 21, 2009

A Star is Born?

Night Sky through Trees
Image by Billy A via Flickr

As I lie under the hot summer night sky, I’m contemplating what my life will be like after I make this remarkable journey. You see, I’ve dreamt about visiting every Bojangles’ in America for some time now. I’ve always felt a certain connection to Bojangles’. I didn’t know why until I did a little research and discovered it was founded on June 30, 1977. That’s when the first Bojangles’ restaurant opened and that also happens to be my birthday. As I look out into the stars, I can’t help but feel like maybe we’re cosmically intertwined or something. I don’t know… But for some reason, I have to do this.

Will I be famous? Not sure… Does it really matter? In the grand scheme of things, probably not. But just to be clear, fame isn’t what I’m truly after. I just have a passion for Bojangles’. And I want to look back on this 30 years down the road and tell my future grandkids, while we’re sipping on Bojangles iced tea, “yep…I visited every Bojangles’ in America back in 2009.” And when they ask why. I’ll just say, “why not?”

Sorry, if this entry got a little too philosophical. I guess the night sky can do that to a person. But, time to get back to business! The logistics of my travels…

I’ve got my travel route down. Check out my first post for a picture. My only concern is gas prices. As you know, they’re on the rise. But I came across something that will help me get around this. If it works, gas will not be in issue. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Well, unless I’m eating a box of Bojangles’ chicken or something. Not sure if I can navigate a thigh, drumstick, dirty rice and iced tea with crossed fingers…

But everything else is good to go. Got my map, I’m almost packed up, washed the car and got my running shoes.

I’ll be hitting the road very soon. Happy trails……

Bojangles’ Traveler

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Posted by: Bojangles Traveler | June 12, 2009

Prep Time!

“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity to eat Bojangles’…”

Thanks for all kind words and support for my upcoming journey. Right now I’m getting mentally and physically ready for the trip. You know, stretching out my gas pedal foot and ankle. (Don’t want to be cramping up on the road…) And doing my Bojangles’ chicken meditation routine. (That’s where I visualize eating two Cajun Filet biscuits, then go out and eat two Cajun Filet biscuits, then go into a food coma where I visualize eating more Cajun Filet biscuits.)

Here I am doing my door exercise

Here I am doing my door exercise

A couple of people have asked about how I plan on keeping my weight down. Well don’t worry… I run 3 – 5 miles a day. Supposedly there’s a Nike shoe that’ll track your runs. I think I’ll check that out this weekend.

Also, I’ve been doing this new aerobics routine I created. I call it Chicken Dancercise. It’s based on that chicken dance that’s popular at weddings. But I throw in a little Cajun dance flavor in it. Really gets the heart pumping. I’m thinking about putting out a DVD or something. We’ll see…

Anyway, stay tuned for more updates!

Rob a.k.a. Bojangles’ Traveler

P.S. How awesome is this. I got my Facebook Vanity url facebook.com/bojanglestraveler

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