Austin- music and heat
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Today we went to Austin, the live music capital of the world.
Getting out of Houston took some time because....you guessed it......it's huge. It also has massive highway interchanges which look like a pile of discarded electrical cables.....and at first glance they look about the same width as those cables. We drive in one side feeling like a child’s toy car on a Hot Wheels and after doing some somersaults and figure eights we get spat out the other side, somehow, on the right road. On our way to Austin we drove through La Grange. Yep, as in the song by ZZTop....a song I might add, that hasn’t left my head since driving through that town . The Texans are very proud of their music hero’s ie ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan
Austin is awesome
That night we experienced the Austin nightlife. Once you get past the hyped up college boys it’s very cool with some very cool live bars. We did get to see a guitarist play that was by far the best live guitarist I have ever seen. He walked around the bar while he was playing using random peoples drink containers to make his guitar sing. He even served drinks while playing and climbed up onto the bar at one stage
I would like to spend more time in Austin but I think coming back in Autumn might be better as we had to endure 44.5 degree temperatures. That is not a typo, 44.5 degrees, crazy hot. What’s crazier is that those temperatures are only achieved around 4 pm when you’d expect it to be cooling off. I won’t complain about the weather too much though because according to the weather people there are some tropical storms brewing further South where we plan to go next week.
Driving back today was also very interesting. We passed many "dead towns". They were probably once popular places that had been “killed” by the construction of ten lane highways and endless interstates which make it easy for people to just drive straight through to their destination without stopping in these little towns for fuel or food. They make great photographic material but ya wouldn’t want to live there.
There are a lot of guns in Texas and taxidermists, it’s frightening. Especially in the small towns, they have great names though. One that was particularly funny and equally disconcerting was Blast and Cast...Your One Stop Hunting and Fishing Shop. Another one was more to the point but no less deadly....GunWorld ! I guess you really have to laugh....but only if you’re travelling in a car at 70 miles an hour heading the hell outta there.
There are a few signs along the interstate that leave a lot to the imagination as well....my favourite and what I’ll end this instalment with has to be “ Bucky’s Beaver Nuggets”
Good Night Texas.