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Well, Neil Ravin and I have finally made it. The hardest part of the whole seven-hour trip was convincing our friend in New Jersey that we wanted bacon on our breakfast sandwich instead of “Taylor ham.” The sandwich courtesy of Augie in Sparta, N.J., was delicious.

Over the next couple of days we will do our best to highlight the great establishments along our journey. As we continued our journey last night through New Jersey, there is no doubt that Sneaky Pete’s Pub and Grille is among America’s finest eateries. We didn’t eat there, but based on the name, how could you go wrong?

As we were driving through the Pennsylvania rolling hills, we were talking about why we made this trip. In today’s world of rising gas prices and continued pressure to always be on your phone or computer, there is little chance to get out and see the country. What the Frozen Four does is allow fans to get in the car, see eight hours of road and then three games worth of hockey at some of its highest levels.

While the National Hockey League is great, the Stanley Cup Playoffs lack a chance for any fan to see the trophy raised. In two days we’ll be able to see a team realize a dream that has taken more than six months to accomplish.

After a clean shower, we feel just as good as either team raising a national championship trophy.

Next stop: Consol Energy Center.