Tire in the Pits

Trip Start Mar 31, 2012
Trip End Apr 07, 2012

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

You'd gone off to fight the war when I returned from school
And I traded in my innocence when the springtime came in bloom
And I married for my family; one night I dreamed of you
And you were running from me in the rain down on Congress Avenue                                                              -Nancy Griffith
 Writing you today from Hooters in Beaumont, Texas. There's a reason. Rear tire on Lefty's bike about to go. Twice in a calendar year I have stopped for a tire in Texas. Hooters just happened to be the only place to eat in the vicinity other than the five or six other places.

Had a great time in Austin. Patti found us a great room on 6th street, the heart of the Austin music scene. We stopped by Antones. Stevie Ray Vaughan fans will recognize this as the place he got his start. I have photo of interior for you

Left Antones and had dinner and a beer or two at Stubbs Bar-be-que...the briscit falls off the fork. I remember listening to a band in Stubbs with my brother-in-law 14 years years ago. Quite the venue. I'm a fan of Stubbs. That I remembered it at all is somewhat amazing because they used to have really good beer-but that's another series of stories...

One of the traditions in Austin is watching the bats come out of the Congress Avenue bridge at twilight. We made a beeline over to the bridge to check it out. Had to wait almost an hour and at one point I turned to my traveling companion and said "Golly, (yes, I say golly...dont judge me!) I wonder if Robin remembered to set the Bat-alarm?

Lance just looked at me.

Trying to make I to Baton Rouge this evening for my personal favorite, Cajun Food.

Later, Y'all.
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Patti on

Should I be on the lookout for my postcard from Hooters? It is a Howell family tradition, you know.....

emmylou1 on

The waitress asked me if i was Nate's father.

emmylou1 on

The waitress asked me if I was Nathan's father

GRW on

If you have a little time, the Naval Aviation Museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (home of the Blue Angels) is worth a stop. It's Exit 6 off I-10 when entering Florida which is before you cross the Escambia Bay Bridge. Follow the signs. As a bonus, there is a Gulf Islands National Seashore stamp and a Lighthouse stamp at the Fort (Barrackus sp?) around the corner from the Aviation Museum. There is a Presidential Marine One helicopter on display that you can tour which is pretty interesting as well as some F/A 18 simulators that you can try and fit into. As an aside, it took us two hours and twenty minutes to get home from Lakeland FL. a new personal best. Ride safe.

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