Texas however seems a little different, very nice and we would have liked to take in Dallas and Houston but they are having severe storms and flooding ( does that sound familiar)? We did drive through some of the towns just off the 66 and all looks well, clean, laid back and full of cowboys
. Chris tried on a real Stetson but didn't look like John Wayne, he did however look a right Shirley!!! So a just 7 goes for Texas and it certainly a place we would like to visit again.
We have started to experience slight rainfall now, the heat is quite humid and you can feel a thunder storm brewing. We have been lucky so far, no twisters as yet to photo or hide from, but we have seen a shelter.
So we are clocking up the miles again. From one big town to another there is little in between, and once you get on the road it is hard to come off without running up a few more miles towards the next destination. We headed towards Oklahoma. July 4th is approaching and we thought we might experience a true American celebration.
Oklahoma is really nice, in places it is almost like Beverley Hills without all the security and pomp. It is laid back, clean and easy to find places. I dragged Chris to the Cowboy and Indian museum, which we both enjoyed, we went to look around the downtown area, which was quiet as it was their holiday. The business section looks fairly new, maybe from the bombing, and the town area really is built around the baseball ground and a canal, from which trips are run
. Shopping is in malls out of the town area ( a great idea) and the main road seems to run around all this. We stayed for a few nights. Chris dragged me to a true, blue motorbike bar, there were motorbikes everywhere, thick smoke as you walked in and it was full of men and women in leathers, denim and with tattoos on their tattoos. I have to say they were very nice and we felt very welcome (but i did not use the loo's)!!! I saw fireworks the night before the 4th and we saw fireworks for sale that have been banned from our country, but on July 4th we didn't see anything!. The biker bar had something going on (I don't know what, but Chris tells me it was a meet) but we saw nothing else. We were told it is a family day thing. So disappointed, we are heading towards Memphis to see you know who and towards New Orleans if the weather allows.
Alberquerque, Texas and Amarillo have a cowboy, Mexican and Native Indian influence, some of the houses are hacienda type buildings. We went to visit a Native Indian village but it was mainly shops. The countryside is plains lots of cattle and ranches. The clocks have changed twice now so we are in front of ourselves and the weather is much cooler, which is better for driving in, when I say cooler we are still anywhere from 78 - 98 degrees. We had a little dilema, we were half way between Santa Fe and the Rio Grande and Roswell, home of the UFO's it would have been about a 800 mile round trip and we couldn't decide what to do, so we kept going on the 66 heading towards Oklahoma and missed them both. We link both Alberquerque and Amarillo together because, although the citizen's might not agree, they are very similar. We would have to give them both a 6 because they have history and if you like the cowboy and Indian movies , you'll like it here.