This is the way to Amarillo.....

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 24, 2013

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Knowing we had another long day ahead we to some spending money for today and used some from Mel and James to go to the IHOP for breakfast and get lunch and coffee later. the IHOP is another of the bug pancake chains here in the states, but when you ordered food you get two courses, savoury and sweet, so much food. Tanya continues to outdo me on the eating front by ordering a full breakfast which was followed by French toast with bananas and syrup, while I stuck to pancakes, eggs and bacon with the best hash brown I think I have ever had, though to you and I it is more a potato rosti. For a chain it was bloody good, nothing like a Little Chef!

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). When we got to Clinton we headed to the first National Route 66 museum, where they had rooms detailing the history of R66 and the plight of the Oki's, as they tried to get to the Orange County. Enroute to the Texas-Oklahoma boarder there was a coffee shop advertised as the most unique in Oklahoma, The Brick Cafe in Sayre; there was nothing unique about this shop, only that they serve good coffee. Being now 82 we opted for iced coffees instead and sat in the sun where Tanya read The Cat in the Hat for the first time.

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. He has also got his own cd success which includes, the apparently very famous, There Ain't Enough Tequila in Texas to take the Ugly out of You. We have to see if we can find it on u-tube.

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!
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