On the road again.

Trip Start Jun 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 23, 2010

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

The amazing dreamlike couple of days in Austin has now come to an end. It's going to take me a while to figure out what that was all about. Either way I have a fantastic time, didnt do anything that I thought I would.

Megan and I had a nice morning, saying goodbyes. Made promises to keep in touch and I asked her as I left if she could be interested in flying up to Chicago to meet up again. If not there I had confirmed dates in Boston and NYC next week. She actually gave me a look along the lines of "You know, I could possibly do that...."

A huge hug then we both drove off in separate cars. Lost each other on the freeway. Felt a little sad to be honest. Put on some Willy Nelson (he is from these parts) and headed north.

Not wanting to sound macarbre here but there were a couple of spots just out of Austin I wanted to see. There have been some horrible recent events in this area that actually shaped my choice of career. One of those was the what happened in 1966 at the University Tower in Austin. Had already visited that site last time I was here.

My next stop was Killeen.

Got there for an early lunch. Found the site I had been looking for. Out of respect for the locals I wont go too much into it, as it was the scene of a massacre just under 20 years ago. I studied the gunman, wrote a paper on him in my university days. Businesses in this building have struggled since then for obvious reasons. Its now a Chinese restaurant, wanting to spend some quiet time here reflecting (and to support the new owners) stayed for lunch. To be on this site was a little unnerving, but it was good to be somewhere which I was completely familiar with. Nice to see it in the flesh as it were.

I did leave there feeling a little ghoulish and disrespectful though. I needed to shake it out somehow, went to the building next door for a beer. That building just happened to be a Hooters!

On the road again a few miles north to Waco. Once again, I wrote a paper on events that took place in Mount Carmel in 1993. There's nothing to see of the site, but I did pull over and contemplate what happened back then.

Not surprisingly I felt a bit flat now. Having a small connection to these places from my tertiary days brought back a few memories for me. Coupling that with missing Megans company, and then the featureless (almost boring) surrounds of this area....

Decided to get a nice hotel room in Dallas and regroup from there. On the highway again, didnt take too long before I hit the city limits. Without a room booked I had the idea to drive downtown and just turn up somewhere nice. I really have to say though, nothing looked appealing. Its not exactly like downtown Austin, I didnt see anywhere I really wanted to walk around let alone spend the night.

Very disappointed I hit the highway north, only drove a short while before seeing a Crowne Plaza on the side of the freeway. That would have to do. Time to get some Priority Club points.

Stayed in had dinner in the hotel. Megan had given me some good recommendations for dinner in a place called Deep Ellum, asked the staff and they confirmed it was area well worth visiting. Eating my cannelloni and fries I thought maybe tomorrow for breakfast. Did have a short walk before retiring but this area is totally and utterly non descript. Office towers, no street life, busy road, vacant blocks. Certainly felt safe, but no shops, absolutely nothing to see. Debated going for a drive but no, this is a huge city, I dont know any areas, last thing I want is to get lost.

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