As bummed as I was to not drive through Utah and see all my favorite peeps on my way to DC, Route 40 offers a world of gems, starting at about Oklahoma.
This is why the South is so great:
Highway Patrol officers will pull you over just to chat.
Your restaurant waiter will treat you like you've been friends for 20 years.
There are things on the menu like okra, fried green tomatoes, sweet tea, hush puppies, and biscuits & jam.
There are towns named "Lottawatta" situated conveniently by a lake.
And this is why Asheville, NC is my favorite city in the South:
All the men look like Scott Avett and all the women look like Scott Avett.
This works tremendously in my favor.