Day 9: Lockhart, Texas and driving to Amarillo
Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
19Trip End Sep 05, 2008
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The only reason we drove to Lockhart Texas was because this is Mecca of BBQ in Texas. If there was one destination to travel too for the best BBQ possible, Lockhart is it. There are 4 different main locations that have some claim to fame, but we chose the seemingly most popular, Smitty's market. You enter the building and the smokey smell permeates your skin. You walk down a dark hall, passing a butchers room to the left, then into a large sitting room full of benches.
One more set of doors takes you literally into the cooker, where you order your meats...by the pound, number (ribs), or basically by using some term of hand motion indicating size
Our destination today is Amarillo, TX, more a stopping point than anything else, but we do have a place in mind for lunch tomorrow, which sadly will most likely be our last actual BBQ restaurant......tragic...... It is 550 miles, a nice 7-8 drive thru absolutely nothing.....Texas is truly full of nothing for 100's of miles. Did I mention that there is nothing. Don't get me wrong, the cities like Houston, San Antonio, etc are all nice I'm sure, but everywhere else is flat, grassy, and empty. There were stretches of time where we didn't even see another car for at least 30 to 40 minutes.
We arrived in Amarillo at around 9:30, too late for any decent food, so we grabbed some A&W sandwiches, and a Sonic ice-cream blast (can you tell that we love Sonic), and went to figure out where were going to travel too next. Our motel smelled liked the french fry that you find in between your car seat 3 weeks after you thought you ate it.....pretty good.....no it actually smelled like cigarettes and fart (like it had been kept in a jar and released every time you open the door).