Cowboys and 2 Indians
Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
26Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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Was meant to be a 22 hour trip to Dallas but was delayed by 5 hours because a Tornado damaged part of the track, a passenger was arrested, Amtrak had some admin issue and some other bits. Being my third visit to USA I had yet to see the stereotypical American (i.e. Cletus from the Simpson's), they had all been kind of normal until Chicago, this train trip and Dallas. The following all done in the voice of Cletus - A dude hit his elbow in a restaurant in Chicago and he shouted out "Ahhhhhhh I hit my funny bone". A girl wanted to go in the restaurant section in the train the mother goes "You can't go in there that's for bidness people". Another guy on the train telling his girl "I lu u darlin, I lu u". and "We in St Louis baby, wooooo". There were several others as this train was full of characters. Read the second hunger games book, and have to admit I saw those twists coming a mile off.
Got into Dallas late afternoon, before picking up the car and heading to hotel. Dallas has a few skyscrapers, but the area is massive and points of interest are spread out so defo need a car to get around. After a bite to eat we went to McKinney Avenue which has a lot of bars and being 33C a lot of people were drinking outside. We went to the most busy bar but were both shattered after the long journey so headed back, but could see this road being a great spot on a Fri and Sat night.
Early start as we were going to the Southfork Ranch which is where the TV show "Dallas" was filmed. Got there and got that authentic Texas feeling, once I saw the might JR Ewing. Did a tour of the ranch and got a few pics of the Ewing mansion. Apparently there is gonna be a new series, I bet it will all be a dream again. Went to the store and got some cowboy hat pics yeehaa. After this we went to some lakes to have a look around as we had the car before heading to the Fort Worth Stockyards. This is a historical site which preserves the cowboy tradition, so this was gonna be the real Texas experience. Had a wonder round and saw some cattle, went into a saloon where the lady loved our accents before we headed onto Billy Bob Honky Tonky which has a pub, restaurant, dancing, stages and bull riding on weekends. Did some line dancing which was not as easy as it looks and was really tiring but good fun
Did a bit of skype action before heading to downtown Dallas. I went to the 6th floor museum which is a museum to JFK and is in the building Lee Harvey Oswald shot him from. No cameras allowed so no pics below. Museum was really well down detailing JFK's history, then the shooting and the aftermath. Showed a lot of photos and movies from different angles of the shooting. They had one series of pic's 2 seconds apart showing JFK just before and after the shots, which made my jaw drop. They showed the film of how LHO was shot and how it was caught on live TV. When I first saw it, it looked like an old black and white comedy movie, didn't feel like someone has been shot so had to watch it again a few times as was so surreal. Spent a good few hours here and would recommend a visit. I took some pics of the building and the road where the shooting happened. An American guy h did ask me where I come from, I said UK, he goes do they speak English there. He was like oh I didn't realise that's what they spoke I thought it was another language. I smiled and walked away slowly maintaining eye contact.
Had a look around the relatively small downtown area and saw a memorial to JFK, the skyscrapers up close and the restaurant district. Headed back to the hotel and had a look around North of the hotel where I found some more outdoor pubs. Had a bite in a diner, and yes the portions were massive.
Skyscrapers at night light up in various colours and designs which look really nice. Unlike Chicago I would like to come Dallas again as reckon there is more still to do.