‘Challenge’ is what makes a person great. Character and grit are forged in the fire of adversity.

You really get to see what you are made of when you are three-quarters a way through a monstrous pizza or steak or ice cream sundae, and every fiber of your being is screaming, “Stop this madness, you’ve eaten enough, run to the bathroom!” and the clock is ticking and the crowd are shouting your name. Do you have what it takes? Can you locate the reserves of steel that are hidden deep in your soul? Can you overcome? Can you go that extra mile?

A Man v. Food challenge is an experience that will teach you a lot about yourself. Oh, and it may even win you a cool t-shirt!

We at BUCKiTDREAM have prepared for you a suggested inventory for a Man v. Food tour across the US. On this tour, you start in Atlanta, GA in the east and eat your way across the country to Walnut Creek, CA (just outside San Francisco) in the west. Have fun!

Declare War on an 11 lb. Carnivore Pizza at Big Pie in the Sky (Atlanta, GA) If you and a friend (this is a two person challenge) want to test your giant pizza-eating credentials, then undertaking the Carnivore Pizza Challenge may well be a very smart financial investment. It is $50 to enter, but if you polish off the 11 lb. cheese, meat and dough behemoth, you win $250 – quadrupling your initial investment! (Hell, if you did a Carnivore Pizza Challenge five days a week, every week, you could settle in Atlanta and make it your full-time job! Although you would surely hit a point of diminishing returns when the medical bills you are storing up for yourself in the future begin to overshadow the profits your day job as a giant-pizza-eater take in.)

The truth is, only seven teams have so far managed to win this challenge, which means it must be pretty darn tough! So, start your Man v. Food tour in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia and see if you and your most prodigiously gifted pizza-eating friend can become winning team number eight!

Address: 2090 Baker Rd A-103, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Attempt to Join the Exclusive ‘15 Dozen Club’ at Acme Oyster (New Orleans, LA) The Acme Oyster ‘15 Dozen Club’ Challenge leaderboard is a veritable who’s-who of oyster eating super freaks. The No. 1 spot is currently proudly occupied by Pat ‘The Terminator’ Bertoletti (fighting out of Palos Heights, IL). Pat polished off 44 dozen oysters last time he sat at a table in Acme Oyster, New Orleans. That’s 528 oysters! (Mrs. Bertoletti was in for a treat that night!)

But you, as a mere mortal, do not need to reach those great heights to compete respectably and join the ‘15 Dozen Club’. If you can manage 180 oysters in one sitting you get a free meal and a t-shirt, and the honor of telling everyone you ever meet that you are a proud member of the ‘15 Dozen Club’.

Address: 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Tackle a 72oz Steak (and Sides) at The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery (Amarillo, TX) Next, you mosey on across to Texas, where the local cowboys pride themselves on being able to pound down giant quantities of intestine-blocking red meat. Colon cancer does not scare these tough country carnivores! Raucous meat-eating contests have been happening in The Big Texan since shortly after it opened its original Route 66 restaurant in 1960.

The winner of the first-ever contest, a mysterious (giant) cowboy with no name, managed to polish off a gut-busting 72 ounces of steak, as well as a baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad, and bread roll. This feat so amazed The Big Texan’s owner Bob RJ Lee that he leaped up onto a table and declared that from that day forth, any man (and yes he did say “man”… it was 1962) who could match the heroic feat of meat munching would get their dinner for free!

So, why not go on a water-fast for a few days and then head to The Big Texan in Amarillo and get busy bursting blood vessels and capillaries in the lining of your gut and intestines!

Address: 7701 Interstate 40 Access Rd, Amarillo, TX 79118

Prove Your Ice-Cream Eating Credentials in a Kitchen Sink Sundae Contest at San Francisco Creamery Co. (Walnut Creek, CA) If ever there was a prize that is destined to remain unclaimed, it is surely the ‘Free Ice-Cream For a Year’ that you win if you manage to prevail in a Kitchen Sink Sundae Contest. In the same way that (legend has it) some (irresponsible?) parents get their young teenage child smoke a box of cigarettes until they feel so awful that they are turned off smoking for life, eating the eight scoops of ice-cream, eight servings of topping, multiple Everest-sized mountains of whipped cream, piles of almonds and cherries and three bananas (all served in a specially made kitchen sink!) in less than 30 minutes, is likely to turn you off ice-cream for life!

Still, if you manage to prevail, you get the monster sundae for free, and if you do even better and beat the current fastest time, you get your (ready to vomit) face photographed. Then the (surely unflattering) picture will be hung on the wall for all to see! Walnut Creek, CA is where the Man v. Food tour ends. (And now it’s time to head into San Francisco for some salad and sparkling water!)

Address: 1370 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

So, that was our BUCKiTDREAM guide to a Man v. Food US tour. You now have some great recommendations of where to stop off on a gut-busting road trip from Atlanta in the east all the way across the South to Walnut Creek in the west. And whether you are vomiting partly digested pizza in Atlanta, oysters in New Orleans, steak in Amarillo, or ice-cream mixed with bile in San Francisco, don’t forget to get some cool selfies to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!