Leaving Austin

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

On my way out of town, I stopped by Flip Happy Crepes, one of those cool roadside trailer stands so common here. Just a peaceful little place full of picnic tables and friendly people! The cuban crepe was so good, and I took a lemon curd and blueberry sauce crepe for later. I even took a photo of the menu board so I can try doing some of these at home! Gee, I'll need some volunteers to taste test...   :-)   www.fliphappycrepes.blogspot.com

I also ran into the only bit of rudeness I'd experienced in Austin, but I definitely understand the sentiment. (Again, comparing what's happening in Austin to Nashville.) Just take a look at the truck.

I zagged over to Taylor to visit the famous Louie Mueller Barbecue. Wow! Forgive me while I repeat myself: Wow!  You know, I'm just going to quit ordering sides. The beans, slaw and potato salad were good, but they take up too much tummy room when I could be eating meat. The pork ribs and sausage are now in the #1 spot on my list, and the brisket is a close #2 to Mt. Zion in Huntsville. I love me some yummy 'cue (as folks call it here), but I'm just not big on all that smoke; both Louie's and Mt. Zion's had enough for flavor, but I didn't taste it for days afterward. Ick.

But the most wonderful part of my trip to Louie's was meeting Lin, who motorcycles the hill country (and everywhere else) with his wife. He was so generous with tips on places to visit and pretty roads to drive. Thank you, Lin!  www.louiemuellerbarbecue.com

I stopped in a few towns, intending to visit the post office but, yet again, only one clerk at the window and a line out the door. In fact, the clerk at the Taylor post office just stood around waiting for two women to pack up multiple overseas boxes, and clearly expected everyone else to wait, too! I muttered something nasty and drove on. Other than Taylor, the little towns I passed were mostly boarded up. I'm guessing they're too close to Austin to compete, and not far enough away for people to want to shop at home. Sad.

The drive north was pretty, with field after field of corn. It was just high enough to block the view of the farm houses, like roofs floating over waving green corn. Many of these farms use every bit of land they have: the driveways are barely wide enough for a compact car, and the corn seems to grow within just a few feet of the homes, with no yard to speak of. And the sky was china blue, with just a few fluffy clouds way up there. I know there are places to see huge sky in Tennessee and Kentucky, but it really looks different here.

At some point I had to make a sharp U-ey, for I spied a watermelon stand! At $9, not cheap, but it was grown in McAllen, TX, and it was huge! Of course, that necessitated another stop to find a comparably huge knife. My camp knife just wouldn't cut it. Literally.  ha  I tickle myself!
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