Road Trip 2010 – On the road again

The I’m Getting Too Old For This Tour continues.  We’re nearing the end of the tour as we’re heading home.  We left Bay St. Louis Mississippi this morning and ended the day in Memphis Tennessee.  Total mileage today 390. 

Shdow rider

When we got to Memphis we headed for The Commissary in Germantown (a suburb of Memphis) for the best BBQ ribs and chicken.  Absolutely delicious!  It took us a while to find the place, but the quest was worth it.


Tomorrow we head out on the final leg of our journey –  the 300 miles from Memphis to St. Louis.


Road Trip 2010 – WWII Museum to Bourbon Street

The I Can Not Believe It Hasn’t Rained Yet Tour continues…

German air raid bunkerThis morning started at 8 am for breakfast at the Waffle House.  Then we were off to New Orleans and the World War II Museum. It’s also known as the D-Day Museum.  I’m not a big history buff but I really like this museum.  I was here about 10 years ago and took a brief tour of it them.  It’s been expanded since then and will undergo another expansion in the next couple of years.

They’ve added a really good movie in the theater across the street.  If you ever go here, make sure you see the movie too.

After staying longer than we anticipated we headed to Bourbon Street and Pat O’Brien’s for a light lunch of alligator bites and chicken wings.  We had planned to go to Mandina’s, but the timing just didn’t work out.

Pat obriens Beer house NO baby

Bourbon street

After our late lunch and some brief shopping we got caught in some rush hour traffic getting out of town.  We headed down highway 90 from Bay St. Louis through Biloxi, Gulfport and into Ocean Springs where we met Mike’s niece and her husband.  They led us to Aunt Jenny’s, a local favorite, where we dined on fried chicken, catfish and shrimp.  We also had some fried green tomatoes and fried pickles.  We then headed back to our hotel in Bay St. Louis –  arriving at 10:45.  Another long day!

Tomorrow we’re off at 8 am heading for home.  We plan to stop at the Commissary in Memphis Tennessee for BBQ and spend the night there.


Road Trip 2010 – From Galveston to Bay St. Louis

The 12 Hours and Sore in the Saddle Tour continues…

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Dawn’s crack as seen at 7:15 this morning from our balcony in Galveston.

We were up at the crack of dawn and on the road by 8 am.  We took the ferry from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula and then over through Beaumont, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Orleans and ended up in Bay St. Louis Mississippi a little after 8 pm.

Place of Remembrance
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In memory of the victims lost at sea during the Galveston hurricane of September 8, 1900, Galveston artist David Moore created this sculpture to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the hurricane that claimed 90 children and 10 nuns at St. Mary’s Orphan Asylum in Galveston.

Today was a long day on the road – 12 hours covering 421 miles, but the weather was pretty good.  It wasn’t too hot for most of the trip.  The sun was setting as we went through New Orleans.  Bay St. Louis is about an hour beyond New Orleans.

Tomorrow we’re heading into New Orleans to visit the World War II Museum and Bourbon Street.  We’ll hopefully be out of there before rush hour.  We’re going to meet up with Mike’s niece for dinner tomorrow night.


Road Trip 2010 – Dirty Laundry and the Space Center

The Space Laundry Tour continues as we had a light day today. We slept in and then walked the beach this morning.  Then after breakfast we headed to the Washeteria (laundrymat) to do some laundry.  After doing laundry we headed to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, about  40 minute ride.

Saturn 5 rocket

ISS1 Cockpit

2nd stage Main engines

Memorial Grove

All in all I wasn’t that impressed with the center, having been to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center there.  But we didn’t get there until about 1:30 and they closed at 5, so we didn’t get to see too much.  We took the tram tour and it was OK.  We did get to see Mission Control room where all of the Gemini and Apollo missions were controlled from.  We saw mockups of the Space Shuttle and parts of the International Space Station.

After leaving the Space Center we headed for The Spot, an eating and drinking establishment near out hotel that was recommended by our friend Charlie.  Another excellent reference.  Excellent food, great view from the upper deck and good atmosphere.

The spot

Tomorrow we head out early towards New Orleans.  We’re hoping to get to Ocean Springs Mississippi which is about an hour beyond New Orleans.   We might not make it that far in one day.  Time will tell.  Off to bed for now.


Road Trip 2010 – San Antonio to Galveston plus one burger

The Best Burger in Texas Tour continues…

Bubbas1The day started out in San Antonio.  After breakfast we got on the road about 9 am.  First destination:  Bubba’s Texas burger Shack in downtown Houston.  We arrived right at 1 pm.  The ‘Shack’ in the name of the place isn’t just a catchy phrase… Bubba’s is a shack, sitting in the shadows of a highway viaduct.  we ordered our food and sat outside to eat.

I had the buffalo burger.  It was absolutely great.  As a matter of fact I can unequivocally say it was the best burger I’ve had in Texas.  The fact that it is the only burger I’ve had in Texas doesn’t diminish how good it was.  It was excellent.

B&P reader and Trading Station contributor, Charlie joined us for lunch.

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After about an hour and a half we left and headed for Galveston.  Galveston is on the Gulf of Mexico.  We found a hotel on the seawall road with rooms facing the gulf at a very reasonable price.  We’re going to spend two nights here.

This is the view from our balcony.

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Looking for a place to eat.          Relaxing at the pool after dinner.

The view from a jetty looking back at the seawall and Galveston.

Tomorrow we headed to the Johnson Space Center and then just kind of hang out in Galveston.