Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog


Today's route took us through the narrowest part of Texas - the panhandle. Even so it took us about three hours to drive across. Ken had hoped to stop at the Big Texan in Amarillo where you can watch gluttons trying to eat a 72 oz. steak dinner in an hour so they can get it free, while you eat a more realistically sized piece of Texan prime beef. But it was 10am when we went by. Better planning next time...

The Texas panhandle is beef country. Many herds were grazing along the expressway although the "grass" looked dried out and brown. We passed one feed lot almost a mile long where many steers were gathered shoulder to shoulder. Perhaps they were heading toward the Big Texan.

Although today was another long driving day, Ken hoped to listen to his beloved Bears play what might well be their last game of the season. He researched the channels the game would be broadcast on SiriusXM, but was disappointed to discover that those channels were part of an extra sports package we do not pay for. Bummer! As he drove I kept an eye on the score on my phone and gave him periodic updates. Not a satisfying substitute.

We planned to stay for free boondocked at a casino just south of town and have dinner at their buffet, but the parking lot was on a fairly steep hillside and the buffet was closed for remodeling. So we are camped in a nice but $$ campground and we had to eat my cooking one more night. And then we watched the Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers which meant that the Bears game we did not see today is the last one of the season. Double bummer!

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