“You've just won a NEW CAR!”
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a Price is Right moment. But it sure felt like one when the Ford Motor Company offered Coca-Cola Journey a new 2017 Ford Escape for JourneyxJourney, our epic three-week, 4,000-plus-mile storytelling road trip across America. The trip might have never happened without Ford. That’s the power of partnerships. Teamwork really does make the dream work.
The pie-in-the-sky dream that started
When you think of a classic American road trip, you think of Route 66.
So when it came time to map out our JourneyxJourney quest across the U.S., this kitschy-but-historic highway was an absolute must.
It didn’t disappoint. In fact, it exceeded our wildest, wackiest and wanderlust-est expectations.
We expected to see eerie abandoned gas stations with outdated signs advertising a gallon of gas for less than a dollar (#TBT to the good ole' days),
6:30 a.m. Good morning, Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s time to fly!
“Good” and “morning” don’t usually go in the same sentence when you’re a night owl. That’s until you throw “hot-air balloon ride” into the mix. Then you have yourself a perfect morning.
Our JourneyxJourney 2017 Ford Escape arrived in a quaint neighborhood just outside Denver, right as the sun began to rise over the Rocky Mountain skyline. Surrounded by picturesque homes in every direction,
#JourneyxJourney was a unique experience made up of cities explored, challenges surmounted, people met, and stories told. But importantly, it was also an amazing opportunity for Meagan and I to learn about our own company, and the people and processes behind it, in a very personal way – which is no small feat when you work for the world’s largest beverage company!
Our bottlers are an essential part of the Coca-Cola system, so we visited several
“Country music made Nashville what it is today... Music City USA,” explains Brenda Warren, visitor service representative at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “It’s the stories behind the songs, the stories that pull at your heart strings, that make country music.”
Our adventures in Nashville, Tenn. began with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame, or CMHOF. It was here that we first noticed a reoccurring tune – like any good country
The #JourneyxJourney team is currently making its way across America, discovering and telling Coca-Cola stories on a three-week road trip stretching 20+ stops and 4,000+ miles. Check out some of what we've been sharing along the way so far!
JourneyxJourney: The Coca-Cola Company Embarks on Cross-Country Storytelling Road Trip
Two brand journalists from the Coca-Cola Journey team are taking a road trip to discover, capture and amplify stories about
Kalimotxo (pronounced Calee-mo-cho) may not roll off the tongue, but this unexpected drink is incredibly popular in the Basque region of Spain and across South America. The drink – a simple a mix of one part red wine, one part Coca-Cola – is a patio sipper in the same realm of Sangria that has gained a following among the younger set in San Sebastian and beyond.
Coca-Cola has a cooling effect on the wine, turning what is often a colder-weather drink
American post-war culture comes alive in a 1973 film classic, bathed in the lights of Mel's Drive-in. The setting, all buzzing neon and classic cars, hearkens to an era when the drive-in restaurant was everything.
The classic eateries came of age in a time when cars symbolized post-war economic recovery. There was a certain freedom in hitting the road after years of belt-tightening. People were settling in for a period of relative indulgence,
Terre Haute, Indiana, is the birthplace of the Coca-Cola contour bottle.
And if you didn't know that until now, there’s a community movement here that wants to make sure you do — and that anyone who ever passes through town knows, too.
When you work at The Coca-Cola Company, the history of the iconic bottle is one you assume you know well, especially right after said company spent a year celebrating the bottle’s 100th birthday. The Coca-Cola contour
We’ve been planning and working on #JourneyxJourney for months. Routes, hotels, interviews, insurance, car washes, filming releases, a thousand things that are necessary to make sure this trip is as amazing as it has the potential to be. Now the trip is happening, and I’ve been following Meagan and Emily as they’ve hit the road, meeting incredible people and telling incredible stories. The pace they and the whole crew is keeping is incredible, and