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.


From Waco to San Antonio… and an Oasis

The I Can’t Believe It Didn’t Rain Yet Tour continues today with leaving Waco Texas after breakfast and heading down to Austin.  Oasis2We debated about taking the extra 30 minutes off course to visit the Oasis on Lake Travis.  But I convinced them to go.  I think they thought it was worth it.  The ride up there was pretty and hilly, with hills being something we haven’t seen much of so far on this trip.  They’re in the middle of a major expansion at the Oasis.  Building more shops and restaurants and lofts.  The view is spectacular.  We had lunch, but I was there about 8 or 9 years ago for a sunset dinner and it was spectacular.  Our food today was good and the service was good too.Oasis1 Click pics to enlarge.

Alamo1After leaving Lake Travis we headed for San Antonio.  Scattered storms were predicted for this afternoon and evening, so I kept my eye out on the sky waiting.  I don’t like riding in the rain.  We were hoping we’d stay ahead of the rain, and I guess we did, because we didn’t hit it…. yet.

Once we hit San Antonio we headed straight for the Alamo downtown.

The River Walk is just a couple of blocks from the Alamo.  So we called around and got a reasonable rate at a downtown hotel, so we parked the bikes and headed out on foot to explore the River Walk.  The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath downtown San Antonio, Texas. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

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After dinner and drinks we decided to walk back to our hotel and call it a night.  After getting lost and walking around in a complete 4 block circle we DID walk back to our hotel and call it a night.

Tomorrow we’re off to Galveston.  We’re passing thru Houston and stopping at Bubba’s Burger Shack about 1:00–1:30 pm.  Charlie, are you gonna be there?


Open Mic Saturday

Open_mic_Saturday ride

Well, we’re off on an eight day, 2,600 mile motorcycle ride.  Here’s a map of our ride.  It is subject to change at whim.  We left at 6:30 this morning.  Temperature was supposed to be 49 overnight., so it’ll be chilly for the first few hours, but the weather should warm up and be sunny.  As of now it looks like we might hit some rain on Tuesday in Texas.

With a little luck we should end up near Oklahoma City tonight.  I’ll post if I can.


The night before Texas

MotorcyclesWell, actually, the night before the ride to Texas via Oklahoma and then on to New Orleans and back home.  Nine days and about 1,600 miles, give or take a few.

We got my wife’s motorcycle back last night.  They really couldn’t get it to replicate the problem after they put a new fuse in.  The guy said he took the wiring harness completely out and didn’t see anything that could be a problem.  So he put it all back together and it was still working.  It’s possible that just moving the wires around could solve the problem.

I rode it home last night and the lights kept working.  This afternoon we went for a ride for a couple of hours with a lot of stop and go and some highway driving and no problems.  So we’re taking the bikes.  We go them all packed up and ready to head out first thing in the morning. 

I’ve pre-posted a few things for each day we’re gone.  I plan to post updates during the trip.