They started in Ely, Minn., a town Kuralt particularly favored and frequently mentioned, and in two months, drove 12,000 miles before returning home to North Carolina.
Scoggins still loves to hit the road and considers travel one of the nice extras that comes with being a standup comedian. Occasionally, her husband will come along.
She said, "He likes to go to Florida with me in January. I used to go to the Bahamas every year, and he liked going for that one. He usually wants to go to the cool gigs. He doesn't want to go to Toledo, necessarily."
It might take a particular kind of person to appreciate Toledo, perhaps, but Scoggins doesn't mind. Different cities mean different people and different ideas. She likes traveling by motorcycle and by car. Flying is fine, too, but she's less enthusiastic about cruise ships.
"A lot of my friends who've been doing comedy as long as I have, who don't have television [exposure] get frustrated and do them," she said. "They think their career isn't moving fast enough and they turn to the cruise ships."
It's not all bad, she acknowledged.
"They pay a lot," Scoggins said. "They take care of everything. They fly you to the boat. They feed you. You have no expenses and you do, like, three shows a day. Easy."
The problem is cruises are vacations. The audiences aren't necessarily there to see the performers. It's a nice extra, but probably not the reason why they booked the trip.
"So people come home from the cruise, and they say that comedian was hysterical."
Their friends ask, "Well, who was it?" And the people from the cruise say, "I don't know."
The joys and pains of travel figure into Scoggins' comedy. She frequently talks about getting to wherever she's performing, where she's staying and sometimes what happened the last time she was in town.
Over the phone, she tried to remember something about West Virginia.
"I went to Jesco White's house once," she said. "Yeah, I went up in the holler."
She groaned, remembering.
"But that's not really funny." She laughed. "That was kind of serious."
And mostly off the record.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.