08/08/2014 11:32 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2014

This Is How You Do Route 66 Like a Badass American Hero

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Been on the road three days, and so far I’ve driven over 770 miles, eaten 12 chicken wings, two fried chicken breasts, a half slab of ribs, one corn dog, two frozen custards, three slices of deep dish pizza and three orders of french fries. I’m feeling more American than I ever have in my entire life.

As a new mom to a fantastic little boy, it's my duty to raise him to be a man that has fortitude, drive, passion and other manly stuff like that. So, on our road trip down Route 66, I'm focused on exposing him to as many awesome American places I can, and at each place I've been explaining to him why it's important and how it will help shape him into the man I know he'll become. He's been quite receptive and his enthusiasm is encouraging.

Railsplitter Covered Wagon: Where Bruce learns about Honest Abe and his big wagon (size may not always matter, but the biggest baddesses have the biggest wagons, there's a lesson there somewhere, I'm sure).

Sugar Creek Covered BridgeWhere I teach Bruce to get in touch with his softer side (think Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County).

Ted Drewes Frozen CustardWhere Bruce gets his first taste of frozen custard (you know what they say about sharks that get their first taste of human blood? Same concept.).

Bunyon With a Hotdog: Here's where I teach Bruce to beware strangers bearing gifts, especially those carrying huge hot dogs.


If you wanna follow along at home here's our full trip:

First leg: 775 miles

Second leg: 945 miles

Third leg: 1195 miles

I'll be Instagramming and Tweeting along the way! :)