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Amarillo, TX - Big Texan Restaurant

Up early and pulled out of site before 8:00 AM.

It has been at least four days since we have dumped our tanks. With four days without hookups in Albuquerque coming up, it was important that we dump soon. When we got to the dump station, Gary found the flush water not operating.

Our plan for tonight was to boondock at a Wal-Mart so we would usually travel a few more hours. Now however, we needed to get into a real campground to empty the tanks. We reached Amarillo, TX around 2:30 PM.

Even though it was early in the afternoon, there was no need to continue to travel. Albuquerque, NM is only 300 miles away and we cannot check into the Balloon Fiesta RV lot until tomorrow. Marty found the Overnite RV Park in the Trailer Life Directory. It was rated in the 8’s and located just outside Amarillo. She called from the road but a reservation was not needed. At check-in we could see that the sites were very nice - pull thrus, gravel pads, grassy, tables, and grills. In addition, the office manager was friendly and helpful.

Another reason for us to stop in Amarillo, TX was a National Monument outside Amarillo – the Alibates Flint Quarry that we missed on previous trips that we wanted to see. It was a short drive from the RV Park. When we got there we discovered that the last ranger-led tour was already over and you are not allowed to tour the facility alone. We were able to see the film and talk to several of the rangers. This gave us a very good picture of the quarry. Since there are only two tours daily, we decided we would only be able to take one if Amarillo, TX was ever a multi-days destination.

As we traveled I40 to Amarillo, TX, we noticed many signs advertising a restaurant called The Big Texan. In fact there were so many signs that we were actually curious about the place. At the RV park office, there were more flyers for the restaurant and the office manager told us that it was definitely a fun place. The restaurant was very large. As you might expect, the menu consisted mostly of steak or beef items. The meals came with several sides, the steaks were pretty good and the atmosphere became Texas electric. We were seated right away and our meal came fast too. We liked The Big Texan and will probably stop again if we need to spend a night in Amarillo, TX.

Distance Traveled: 231 Miles

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