Everything is Big in Texas
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Blasted through Oklahoma staying last night at a 'Flying J' truck stop. Took off this morning figuring we would find a State Park to settle into but.........temperatures hit 99 degrees so staying anywhere but in airconditioning or on a lake was OUT. Route 40 took us over many bodies of water that did not intrigue us as all the waters are muddy brown. We did some Post Office work and checked out Red Rock Canyon State Park that did have some great red rocks but no water for us to soak in while waiting out this heat wave.
The views all through Oklahoma and now Texas are fantastic!!! Texas welcomed us with a gorgeous and artsy visitor's rest center with amazing vistas. We picked up a book on CD at Cracker Barrell before striking out across Oklahoma, about Billy the Kid
Getting hungry and always on the "Ultimate BBQ Quest" we were lured into "Big Texan Steak Ranch Restaurant" advertising a 72 ounce steak with all the trimmings that if eaten inside an hour, you get for FREE! Otherwise you pay $72 for it! Also the signs boast "KILLER RIBS".
This restaurant is a small version of an old western town complete with hotel, bars, bank and sidewalks imprinted with branding iron logos. The restaurant is styled after a saloon with upstairs dripping with velvet and beaded stained glass lights. The downstairs is appointed with long, heavy, dark, wooden tables and carved chairs. The Balcony runs around the entire place adorned with mounted animal heads looming over the guests heads as they dine. They pulled out the stopper when they made this place. It was fun and friendly and had very decent ribs and salads. Shane's still #1 beating them in the tender, sweet and succulent categories!
The restaurant has stretch limos with horns from long horn steer attached to their hoods, ready to pick you up and take you home for free! One of the drivers ambled on over to talk 'friendly like' when Andy struck up a conversation with him. He told us about a canyon only about 30 minutes south of Amarillo that claims to be second only to The Grand Canyon! So, here we are staying in Walmarts to rest up and be ready to jump on the southern route to see his suggestion. Apparently there is RV camping and the works! I will report tomorrow!