23.04.2013 - 23.04.2013
We are now two weeks into our US adventure, and Asia already feels like a million miles away. We have covered five states, well over 1000 miles and gone through two cars!
We arrived in LA on Monday 8th but headed straight for a night in Palm Springs, as we will be staying in LA at the end of the trip in July. After an In and Out burger (really good) and our first US airbnb experience with two very lovely stoners (who were just about to work Coachella), we went on into Arizona for a night in RimRock - the middle of nowhere. The driving then started to get really amazing as we headed up towards the Utah border and Monument Valley. It's hard to explain in words, but hopefully some of the pics on Facebook (Rob has uploaded) will show just how awesome it is. We stayed in a tiny town called Mexican Hat in a lodge with wagon wheels leaning outside and ran by a cowboy. There was another cowboy who cooked you steaks on a big grill swinging over an open fire - totally wild west!
From Utah we drove down to New Mexico and spent two nights in Albuquerque on a self made Breaking Bad tour. After visiting the chicken shop, Walt's house and Saul Goodman's office we had our car cleaned at the car wash! It was then onto Roswell to check out the aliens and a one night stopover before it was time to hit Texas.
We changed plans last minute and opted for two nights in Fort Worth, next to Dallas. We headed straight for Coopers BBQ as recommend by Aussie Dan (and George Bush apparently) and the BBQ eating was off to a good start - thanks Dan! The area around Coopers is the old Stockyards and we went back the next morning to watch a cattle drive before stopping off for more BBQ and a tour of the Dallas Cowboy's Stadium - very impressive.
Dallas itself wasn't as cool as Fort Worth but it was really interesting to go to the Sixth Floor museum in the depositary overlooking the grassy knoll, and learn more about JFK and what happened that day. It was also a nice surprise to find Stef, Colleen and the Reward Style team in town for a few cheeky cocktails!
It was then southbound to Austin. SouthXSouthWest has helped put this town on the map, and we had very high expectations that weren't disappointed. It's really, really cool and we spent four days drinking in old residential houses turned into bars, and eating tex mex from food trucks. We broke this routine on our final day where we swapped East 6th and Rainey streets for a pool side cabana at the W with the Vouchercodes gang .
The only downside of Austin was the day we went to set off on our BBQ tour (to Lockheart, world capital of BBQ) and found someone had backed into our beautiful mustang crushing the passenger side front wheel arch. Alamo sorted us out, towing it and letting us swap it in, however all the Austin branch had was a white Chrysler; still convertible but no way as cool
After Rob had got over his disappointment we were back on the road and had one night in Houston where we squeezed in a trip to NASA. It was then time to say goodbye to Texas and move on to our next stop, Louisiana and New Orleans!
States - California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas.
Food - we have eaten our body weight in BBQ
Accommodation - we have used airbnb for every night bar one so far. Definitely recommended
Weather - the desert can be cold! But it is warming up now we are further south