Miles driven: 131
After 11 days on the road, there's not much that would've taken us off course when we were so close to home. Fortunately for Ryan, his love for the show Survivor was enough reason for us to veer off I-20. When Ryan first saw our route, he contacted Coby Archa (from Survivor Palau, season 10) and made plans to meet up with him in Tyler, where Coby owns a hair salon.
Coby has set up one of the styling stations there as a Survivor shrine.
We got to see his canteen, his buff, an autographed T-shirt, and a bunch of his passes from Survivor-related events. As for Coby himself, he was incredibly gracious, answering our questions about the show and posing for plenty of pix.
Although Ryan has interacted with many Survivor contestants online, this was his first time to meet one in person. What a thrill!
Our stop in Tyler may have added a few hours to our already long road trip, but it was a great way to end this epic vacation.
(Posted June 30, 2013. For all the 2012 vacation recaps, click here.)