Day 6

Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Dublin, TX!  So even though I have some Irish in my family tree, it's not exactly like I'm off the boat.  But still, who doesn't like to claim Irish heritage if they can, especially this close to St. Patrick's Day?!  We sorta had an extra day on our hands since we decided not to interview with the church we visited last weekend.  So we could show up a day early on our friend's porch, or use the day to add something cool to our journey...  off to Dublin I say!  And not just because the town has an Irish name, but because it is the birthplace of bottled Dr. Pepper!  Which we do enjoy, but more, we have friends who are kind of loco over this drink.  We thought it would be fun to bring back some souvenirs.  Like 6-packs of ORIGINAL RECIPE bottled Dr. Peppers.  Turns out that the drink that you've all been enjoying isn't the real deal.  
The story goes like this:  back in 1885 in Waco, TX a local drugstore owner with a soda fountain tried out a drink with all 23 flavored syrups he had in the store (for all of you who make fun of my mixed concoctions - pfooey on you now!)  People loved it, 'Shoot me a Waco' was how they'd ask for it at the store.  But you couldn't get it anywhere else.  Then in 1891 a guy named Sam Prim bought the recipe and bottling rights.  He moved to Dublin and started the original bottling company.  He was the one who wound up re-naming it Dr. Pepper after a friend of his.  Mr. Prim determined his distribution area by how far he could travel in 1 day, all these years later & it's only changed by a few miles.  It's now a 44 square mile area.  
A few years later in Waco they started bottling it as well, keeping the name that had become so popular.  I believe that's the chain from which the Dr. Pepper Corporation eventually sprung.  Fast forward to the 1960's due to the Cuban Missile Crisis the price of sugar skyrocketed.  That's when most cola makers switched over to high fructose corn syrup, including the Dr. Pepper Corporation.  The current owner of the original bottling company (Sam Prim's daughter) tried it though, and she hated it!  She said that no matter what the price pure cane sugar rose to, she wasn't EVER going to switch.  And they haven't.  So this little bottling distribution center has become a soda fountain/sandwich shop/gift shot/museum/still working bottling distribution center.  They are the only makers of Dr. Pepper with the original recipe, and let me tell you - it is GOOD!!!  Very different from the stuff we normally get, the sugar really makes a difference.  One of their old ads says 'Drink a bite to eat', it's really filling when you drink a bottle full of sugar syrup & carbonated water!
Anyways, random story I know, but that's sort of what this trip is all about for us.  Finding cool things that we'd never come across without making this journey.  Moseying along slowly enough to see these things in our path, instead of just rushing from one place to another.  I posted on twitter earlier that I loved that on 2 lane highways here the speed limit is 70mph.  And I do love it, when we're ready to just get somewhere... But for most of this trip, what we've really loved is that neither of us are interested in speeding along.  It feels right to be driving 55 along Route 66, able to stop the car and pull over whenever something catches our eyes.  We are so grateful for this opportunity.
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