Here’s a thought. Schoepf’s BBQ in Belton TX (near Ft Hood) has been featured as President Bush II’s favorite BBQ stop. We included it in our trip report last winter when we did the Austin circle tour. At the time I didn’t realize it was such a Famous-Person pick. Apparently from the TV reviews on Food or Travel Channel, The President goes there almost every trip to his home ground. So if you made the short trip to Belton (It is right on I-35) you could "Walk the Walk and Eat from the Same Table" as our current President. Maybe that compromise would be something to consider.
Mr. Chips, It is impossible for two people to share obsessions 100%. You may need a little give and take. Maybe in those 300 miles out of the way you can also cleverly find an overriding road food destination to make the Bush stop a little more incidental. Maybe you just have to save it for another day. My spouse happily joins me in my pork tenderloin sandwich pursuits because I combine them with her interest as well, but when she went solo to visit (actually babysit) our granddaughter in Washington DC, I took that 3 day respite to make a 5 stop 900 mile blitz of Iowa, a trip she was rolling her eyes when suggested.
Mr. Chips…ah I envy you of visiting the birthplace, home, grave, etc of the Presidents.
I am an admirer of LBJ, which is a rarity, but that is political and I will not say why I feel that way.
I have no desire to get your lovely wife, Trudy, mad at me. So listen to her.
However, I have experienced many cold days in hell and survived, which have become family legends and
notorious tales which creates smiles, laughter, and silence.
Don’t forget to hit Round Rock Doughnuts.
It seems like you have a quest going? You are only lacking one site to complete all of the sites? I had a similar thing going in trying to visit all 50 states and all of Canada. I made it with a few sacrifices. Perhaps you can make the drive and still doing the roadfood sites. It might be a bit of work but you can accomplish both.
Paul E. Smith
Nope, not worth it.
i am very excited about my Austin trip and I am planning ahead. I will arrive in San Antonio late on April 21 and will be picking up my autorental the next morning. My initial plan is to visit the Blanco Bowling Alley on the way to Johnson City and then lunch at the Hill Country Cafe. I will visit the LBJ ranch in the afternoon and then go to see the Round Rock Express that evening with some type of roadfood stop in the evening.
My quandry is this. I have visited a birthplace, home, grave, library or monument of 41 of the 42 people elected President. Roughly 300 miles from Austin are the boyhood homes of George W Bush in Odessa and Midland which i would like to see. Wife Trudy has implied it will be a cold day in hell before she ever agrees to make a trip even if she would agee to visit the metroplex someday. I’m trying to figure out whether giving up 6 to 8 roadfood places is worth the trip to see the places in Midland-Odessa. I welcome your thoughts.
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