This is the way to Amarillo.....
Trip Start May 01, 2013
22Trip End May 24, 2013
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This was the day we could actually drive a lot of R66, where we headed to Clinton, passing though El Reno, which because the roads were empty meant we could do some more photography with the tripod (which makes interesting viewing)
The scenery in Texas is much more arid, and you can see the start of the desert beginning, whilst still being farmable. It's all very beautiful when you drive through it and a little mesmerising how far off the distance the flat land goes.
After crossing the border we hit the interstate down to Amarillo, purely for ease as R66 was never more than a couple of meters away, however it saved the continual hopping over and under the interstate. We arrived in Amarillo about 4, and it was siesta time. I had a laid down while Tanya arranged for the Big Texan's complimentary limo to collect us at 5.15 for some home brewed beers and big steaks, very keen to get out no sit in any sun we can find.
Until we got there I had been considering the big 72oz steak challenge, however when I saw the size of the piece of meat, and considered that new born babies don't even always weight 4.5lbs I decided to enjoy the beer instead with a moderate steak; 20oz
We sampled the 10 different beers on offer, along with some local delicacies known as mountain oysters, which guess what? Were battered and deep fried! Now for those who don't know, mountain oysters are thinly sliced cows testicles, taste great until you get a chewy one. Thanks to Peeps and Marie, with all the Rugby Beer Fests we though you might appreciate our sampling of the entire menu!
Following dinner we went back to the beer garden, to listen to Sargent Retro, aka Bobbie Sanders, an ex-US Drill Sargent who had a talent for singing and story telling. It was pretty much a private showing, expect for two outspoken Dutch people, who refused to let the guy get on with it, they just wanted him to drink his beer. Turned out they got married four weeks before us though.
From there we watched him sing the night away, and enjoyed a late night Gentleman Jack and Coke. Bobbie, it turns out, has lived everywhere, including Hawaii, LA, San Diego to name. Fr, and is on his 5th wife. Infact it turns out he knows a lot of famous country western singers, and his band wrote Spanish Harlem and another song about a girl, but we forget the name, however it was covered by Pearl Jam
Bobbie joined us for a drink and we sat and put the world to rights until late, when we then had to get the Big Texan limo home. We shared the limo with a guy and his son who were from Somerset of all places! Far too small of a world. They were also doing R66, it seems everyone you meet is.
We planned to go and finish off a Lime-a-Rita in bed, but turns out we were too full and drunk to do it, and woke up to the opened bottles this morning. However those that know us would say this is normal for us, and for that reason we like to think Liam and Gemma contributed to tonight!