Old friends, Good times!

Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
Trip End Nov 08, 2008

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Austin & Round Rock
We were driving into Austin on Saturday and instantly noticed the busy traffic and everybody being dressed in orange (Go Longhorns!!) and tailgating around the stadium. We decided to hit the Interstate again and make our way to Round Rock where we would be staying with Cathy & Bill. Philipp knows Cathy from 7 years ago when she was his host mom for two months in Spokane, WA (writer changed).
 So, we finally arrive in Round Rock check in with a gas station to find a place that sells flowers( I swear she blushed when I asked her, but I don't know why, well it is Texas, maybe a question like that is ...inappropriate?!)  Her answer sounded like "Tshibi", since she seemed to be a little embarrassed I left it with that and we looked for a store that sounded similar, and we found H.E.B. Boy, what a twang she had. After driving around Round Rock for another 30 min, we finally called Cathy again and she guided us, on the phone, through the "vast suburbs" of Round Rock. It was really nice to see her again, and her husband Bill is really nice, too. We had a great dinner, sweet potatoes, beans and NY Strips from the BBQ. We chatted along the whole evening about what happened during the last 7 years. We then got invited to a Sunday-BBQ at her daughter, Michelle's place the next day.  
So, on Sunday, we left Bill and Cathy for a few hours and headed for Austin to check out downtown, the Capitol (bigger than the one in D.C) and the main road "Congress". Nice town, but since it is the capital from Texas I would have expected more...show, show-off and drama...you know: Everything is bigger in Texas.
That night we met Michelle, which was awesome because I haven't seen here since she was thirteen and now we could have a beer together and meet her longtime Boyfriend Collin, very nice guy even though a cop, (; and a few of their friends Tom, Chris and Rachel. All really nice people.
The next Day, Cathy and Bill were so gracious to let us stay another night...plus 1 more, we checked out the Premium Mall in Round Rock and made the super duper purchase: I have good Flip-flops again! It is like being new born.  After that exhausting shopping trip Klompjes and Krautz invited C&B for an early Dinner at a great Brazilian restaurant Sampaios! Try the coffee rubbed pork with cherry sauce or the Orrechiette with the salmon from the dinner menu and while you are there have a great Caipirinha or Mojito with Basil....I mean while you are there! Delicious!
We then went home and enjoyed a homey evening and said good bye since Cathy had to leave the next morning very early.  We had a last night in Round Rock in the house of old and new friends, who took us in as we all would know each other for way longer.
The next morning we said good bye to Billy Z - if anybody needs a Tube amplifier, he is the man! - And left towards El Paso via a few back roads with spectacular views.
We needed an oil change and we got one, not by Morris but THE LINCOLN seems to be fine. The guy told us that something is not perfect with the Alternator but it doesn't need to be fixed right away, could be good for another 3000 miles or more...everybody keep your fingers cross in 3...2...1..now! Thank you!
Klompjes and Krautz
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