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November 29th 2006
Published: December 14th 2006
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Where's Stevie???
I-10 leaving NOLA is like a roller coaster. There is also a lot of construction. I stopped by Congress Bridge to see if I would be able to see their famous bats take flight for the night, but much to my dismay, I found out that most of the bats had already headed to Mexico for the winter. I did see the rotating bat sculpture, which, beside the hostel, is about all I saw of Austin. I arrived at the hostel around 6 pm. $19 plus $1 for wi-fi. While I was cooking my dinner (Pad Thai) in the hostel I spotted 3 of the 5 Travel Journalists from “5 Takes USA” on the Travel Channel. Before I left home I watched several of the episodes but I missed the one (Memphis) right before Austin, so I had no idea they would be here. I woke up in the middle of the night to a huge thunderstorm. I immediately thought there was a shuttle landing (I guess that is the kind of conditioning I have from living in Central Florida), then I realized it was thunder since I could hear the rain falling outside. Hopefully, it would cool things down. It
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Down by the river, Congress Bridge in the background
was kind of hot and humid when I arrived. Then next morning I went outside to load up my stuff into the truck with the intention of coming back in to get photos of the hostel. Stepping outside, I totally lost my breath. It was so cold and windy and I did not have a jacket on. It had to be in the low 30’s with a big, big wind chill factor. I don’t think I have felt this cold since I lived in Denver. It was down to my bones. I got to the truck and put on a jacket, gloves and hat but was still freezing, so I just climbed in and took off. No inside pictures of the hostel. Oh well. I did attempt to go to Town Lake to see the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, but once I got there, I couldn’t find it. There was something covered, maybe that was it. I took a few pictures of the park and watch crazy people out running, one was even in shorts and a t-shirt! I then headed out toward San Antonio to see The Alamo, which I drove by and took pictures. I didn’t even get
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Leaving Austin with morning rush hour traffic in opposite direction
out of the car. I had a long drive ahead of me to Truth or Consequences, NM, which I was totally looking forward to. I was actually going to be spending half a day checking out the town. My drive toward this destination was long, long, long. I-10 between San Antonio and El Paso is forever long, fast and VAST. The speed limit was 80 mph and it seemed endless. As I was approaching Van Horn, TX, to see the famous Van Horn Van Gogh, it was such a change of scenery to mountains in the distance. When I pulled off to see the Van Horn Van Gogh, I was disappointed to find that despite the sign reading “OPEN”, the store was locked up, so I snapped a few outside shots and took off on my way to T or C.




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