Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Five teams selected for Best of the Road contest and @the_wynns is one of the teams -

The five competing teams in the Best of the Road contest, sponsored by USA TODAY and Rand McNally, have been selected and are eager to take off on a cross-country jaunt aimed at ferreting out the best towns along the way.

The teams will take off from New York on June 23 armed with directions to six towns each and suggestions for stops en route at standout barbecue joints, fishing holes, oddball sites and other notable attractions.

The towns were selected by popular vote in five categories: most beautiful, most patriotic, friendliest, most fun and best for food. Each team will visit towns in a themed category, but they won't know which one until they're about to depart.

You can follow their progress on the Best of the Road, where they'll be blogging about the trip and posting photos and videos of their adventures.

After the teams arrive in Los Angeles on July 15, a panel of judges will name a top town in each of the five categories, along with a winning team, which gets a $10,000 prize. Winners will be announced July 22.

Gone with the Wynns: Jason and Nikki Wynn of Dallas traded in their urban lifestyle, bought an RV, and hit the road in February to tour the country for a year. He's a photographer. She's a make-up artist. They both love road tripping.

Their road-trip philosophy: It's more about the exploration than the destination

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