Day 8: New Orleans, Houston, & San Marcos, Texas

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
Trip End Sep 05, 2008

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Downgraded to a Tropical Depression, Fey swept into Louisiana this morning. Some gusty winds and rain, nothing worse than a typical New England storm. We drove through the surrounding area of New Orleans, taking some photos of Katrina destroyed houses and businesses, as well as some beautiful large mansions. We really had no idea where to go, so we just drive in specific directions for a while, then turned and drove another direction for some time. We received a recommendation for lunch, Jacque Imo's in uptown, but unfortunately it was closed; thanks anyway Lauren! We settled on a roadside Po-Boy joint. I ordered the shrimp, Evan the catfish, each stuffed with lettuce, tomato, and pickles. These were standard, not really that good at all, but we were in a bit of a rush and couldn't wander around looking for other options.

After lunch we hit the highway to Houston, our first stop on our way to our eventual destination, Lockhart Texas. We have to be in Las Vegas by Thursday night, and with sights to see each day until then (or in other words, food to eat) we have to make significant progress West each day. Technically, if we drove straight from Boston to Los Angeles, we would have made it today with the milage we have achieved, 2900+ miles.

Houston was about 360 miles, 5.5 hours. At the recommendation of our friend and local Houston ambassador of fine foods, we headed to Bubba's Texas Burger Shack, located somewhere beneath the highway, home to real Buffalo burgers. It took us a couple extra minutes to find it, but we did, and a good thing too, because it was delicious. For those of you who don't know the nutritional value of buffalo as compared to beef, allow me to enlighten.

50% less fat
40% less calories
40% more protein
leaner than both turkey and chicken
but 50% more stomach ache

We each ordered a buffalo burger; Evan added bacon and a bottle of water, I added mushrooms, jack cheese, grabbed a bag of spicy creole tomato potato chips (spiked with tabasco) and a Dr. Pepper (recommended by the Don). I ended up with a slight ache in my belly. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the buffalo, but the fact that I ended up mixing 4 different hot sauces during the course of the meal......nothing a few tums can't fix. Great shack, good food, great time, overall rating 8.8; Thanks Kuba. 200 more miles to Lockhart, which is just outside Austin....although we might stop at Waffle house for a late night fried chicken and waffle snack...

Update: So we did indeed need a snack at about 11:15PM, and luckily Sonic was only .3 miles away from the fabulous Comfort Inn, according to the GPS. A couple more burgers, fries, and shakes, and we should be able to hold out until tomorrows lunch date with bbq meats.

We did reach the milestone of 3,000 miles, but we settled for a picture instead of a video this time.

Best Radio Slogan: Rock 106.3 FM - We don't play Christina Aguilera.......but we'd still do her.
Best Road Billboard: It's a small world....I know...I made it. - God
Honorable Mention: Laser Hair Removal 1-800-R-U-HAIRY
New Top Speed set in Texas: 102MPH (I don't think we can go any faster with all the extra weight........My stuff, you jerks, not our fat asses...)
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