Johnny Iuzzini makes it to California with a wrist brace and no motorcycle. Photo courtesy Johnny Iuzzini.
Pastry genius and Top Chef Just Desserts judge Johnny Iuzzini is on a food-hunting road trip, riding his motorcycle from California to New York looking for some of America's best places to eat. Follow along with his travel journal here at foodandwine.com, and help Iuzzini find incredible food along the way by connecting with him through Twitter @Johnny_Iuzzini and @fandw using the hashtag #JIfoodride.
I have been mentally preparing for this trip for some time, along with tying up loose ends, finishing up professional obligations and, most of all, buying equipment. With this came a lot of traveling. Unfortunately, while doing a food festival in Cabo a few weeks ago, I tripped, fell and screwed up my wrist. After having X-rays, it turned out to be a chipped bone, not a fracture. That is a good thing, but I still have to wear a brace and ice it every night. I feel like a physical mess! But I will power through. This has been a life’s dream for me, so nothing will stop me (or will it?).
Back to the preparation: Imagine being on the road for a month with the equivalent of one suitcase. I had to pack smart. I had to get a GPS to find my way across the country, and that also allows me to listen to music and audio books through bluetooth on a special helmet communicator. I also had to have the bike wired to attach and charge my donated GoPro cameras, which will document the trip. Additional gear: clothes, tools, first aid, toiletries, books, vitamins, a journal, laptop.