Hot! Hot! Hot!
It’s crazy hot here. Too hot. It was 105 degrees at 5pm tonight. Camping is out – aircon motels are in!
We are dealing with the heat quite well considering all the gear we have to wear……except if we hit traffic or stay still for longer than a minute! (Think the temp gauge has gone crazy)
When we arrived in Texas, we hit some storms on the way to Austin. It was strange going from blue sky to riding through a storm and back into sunshine again. The full size of the storm could be seen in the distance as we headed towards it and we rode through 3 of them in one day, the bike hammered by strong side winds and heavy rain – but finished the day with some sunshine 🙂
We checked out a couple of the sights in Austin, including the Capital Building (it had air-con)
Headed north from Austin towards Fort Worth and stopped the night in Arlington – home to the Texas Rangers.
After checking into a motel, we heard that the Rangers were playing a game against Colorado Rockies that night so took the free shuttle bus to Arlington Stadium hoping we could get tickets at the gate.
They only had VIP tickets left which were a few hundred bucks each so thought our luck was out until we spoke to a guy who was hanging around outside the gates and had 2 spare tickets. He offered them for less than face value which would normally set alarm bells ringing but as he was part of a church group it seemed fine. We paid what it cost him.
Didn’t really understand the rules – I think baseball is a bit like rounders but with cheerleaders. The game lasted 3 hours so it’s pretty slow but when you have the warm sun on your face and a cold beer in your hand – who cares!
Texas Rangers played a good game and beat the visitors easily. They finished with fireworks and timed Country Western music. Terrific evening and baseball game ticked off the to-do list!
Only rode about 20 miles to Fort Worth the next day but we really started to feel the heat. It’s never a good thing when you check into a motel and hand back a soggy piece of signed paper to the receptionist after sweating all over it.
Stockyards in Fort Worth is the old part of town which still has the old western buildings.
You could walk out of a shop looking every bit a cowboy (or cowgirl) for a few hundred bucks. They have every accessory including custom leather boots, spurs and belt buckles.
I don’t think I have the right look…
To go with the outfit….
We bought tickets to the rodeo later that evening so that we could see some real cowboys in action.
It’s a proper competition that locals take part in (I’m not sure if they do it for the money, glory or girls) but you would need to be a little bit crazy to get on one of those bulls. They started the night with a cowgirl riding round the arena with a huge US flag in hand followed by a prayer to God and then the national anthem.
God Bless America!
Time to hit the road again and the temperatures seem too be getting higher. The faster you ride, the hotter the air hitting your face is – you can’t win!
Arrived in Amarillo so that we could join historic Route 66. Most of the original road has been replaced with Interstates but there is still some of the original road left along with some quirky sights.
Some guy has sunk 10 Cadillacs in the ground just outside of Amarillo and its tradition to leave your mark with spray paint on the cars. Looks pretty cool!
Further along the highway, another guy copied the first guy and did the same with VW Beetles. Probably the best place for them!
We heard about a “World Famous” steak house that offers a free 72oz steak for anyone willing to take up the challenge of finishing it along with a baked potato, salad, prawn cocktail and bread roll within 1 hour!
Three big Americans took the challenge while we were there and had to sit under the spotlight while being timed. All failed….
The score board had only one recent winner who is a Brit – God Save the Queen!
If you ever come to Amarillo – this place is a must. Hands down it is the best steak I have ever eaten! (sorry old favorite steakhouse in Witney)
Where next? Heading towards Colorado Springs and Yellowstone. Already 9000kms on the clock and will need to get the bike serviced and some new tyres as they are looking pretty square after miles of straight roads. Bring on the mountains 🙂