Houston, TX to OKC, OK

Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

It was a very punishing day today! Up at 5am, on the road by 6:15am. Drove all day in 100F temperatures but had no idea because the winds were 23 mph!! Unfortunately, those winds were not behind us, which means that the gas is going thru Blue like green corn thru the new maid! Anyway, we drove around OKC and headed west to the campground I *wanted* to stay at but did not necessarily have a reservation to stay at... oops. No room at the inn. So we had to drive 30 miles back the way we came. It had been a looooooooooong day on the road, with only 3 stops for petrol. We were sweaty, hungry, exhausted, and, um, cranky... REALLY cranky in fact... I am positive Chris wanted to fire me on the spot. There I was, trying to be spontaneous and carefree... at the absolutely worst moment.

Being on the road all day yielded a few bizarre sightings and some interesting food for thought... for example:

The World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero as photographed by yours truly at 55mph:

How much would you charge someone if they wanted to put your picture on a billboard on a major highway next to the words "UTERINE FIBROIDS?"

What about the coconut says, "Eat me"?

Who looked at the cotton plant and said, "I'm going to weave you..."

Shopping Center Marquee sign we saw in Denton, TX, north of Dallas:

Planned Parenthood
Animal Hospital

Are we talking about a spay and neuter clinic for people and pets??? How awesome would that be???

In Texas, all buildings look like architectural scaled models... they just sit in the middle of expansive nothingness. It's kinda surreal.

Why is it the only things that get snatched are babies and purses/wallets? You never hear about cars getting snatched, and babies are never kidnapped - they're snatched. Children and women get kidnapped, never men. Babies are never abducted, men and sometimes women, get abducted, but usually only when aliens are involved...

What the hell is a "sooner"???

Best missed photo-op of the day (if we didn't have a trailer behind us, Chris might have gotten it):

Leaving a Walmart/Starbucks pit stop, we crawl up the on-ramp, and this puts us overlooking the Walmart parking lot...

The scene unfolds slowly... (because we're moving so slowly)
First we see the brand new cherry red Ford F150
...with "chiken" spray-painted across the side of it in huge white letters
We see the owner of the truck, approaching his vehicle for the first time since "the incident"
He stops.
He looks.
It's early (or late, given he's just gotten off work).
He literally put both hands on his ball-capped head.
His shoulders slumped...
and then we merged onto the highway, missing the rest of the story...
but it was AWESOME!!!


Adventure Foods Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
6 out of 10
We've finally figured out the secret to the breakfast casseroles - do NOT overcook! We cooked this for 12 minutes exactly, putting the bag in the pot with the bakepacker *after* the water is already boiling. The only problem is that this one was pretty tasteless. Fine for a bad diner with a hung-over cook in a small town. Edible but not tasty...

Alpine Aire Chicken and Almond Salad
9 out of 10
Tasty, not too much dark meat, but watery. Again, I prepared this the night before and ate it the following day, so I can't comment on the speed of hydration. It comes with crackers that are pretty thick. I decided to try it with other crackers we had, but they were too thin - the thick ones can handle the watery-ness of the chicken salad and not get soggy.

Things we LOVE
Having the freedom to do this trip - not being forced by "the man" to be in Memphis on Monday... (if you know the joke ;-)

Things we HATE
Ugly cities (Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City)
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