Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 15 Texas Vacation Xmas 2011

Today we are awake and up early, have a quick breakfast and we are on the road by 8am.  We have 600 miles / 1000 km to drive today.  It was a slow start though because of the fog.

7352 Texas - US-183 North - fog

Luckily the fog was lifting when we saw the cattle walking on the side of the road.

7353 Texas - US-183 North -cattle on road

After the fog burned completely away, the skies were blue and it was a lovely day for driving.

7354 Texas - I-35 North 7355 Texas - TX-31 East

We were ready for a break as we were driving through Corsicana Texas so we pulled over at the Collin Street Bakery.  Although we didn’t purchase a fruit cake, for which they claim they are world famous, we did buy fudge and brownies while we were here.   This bakery has been around since 1896.

7359 Texas, Corsicana - TX-31 East - Collin Street Bakery 7361 Texas, Corsicana - TX-31 East - Collin Street Bakery 7366 Texas, Corsicana - TX-31 East - Collin Street Bakery

As we were driving through Sulphur Springs Texas, we saw a “Western Wear” store.  Our upcoming summer plans are taking us to Calgary among other destinations and I had been considering buying a cowboy hat in Texas if I could find a store.  This was an opportunity to purchase our cowboy hats, so we pulled in off the highway and shopped in the Circle E Western Store.

7384 Texas, Sulphur Springs - Circle E Western Store just off I-30 East

The store clerk measured us and then we tried on dozens of hats, trying to figure out which style looked best.  We came out an hour later with 2 cowboy hats.  We will be in style for our visit to Calgary in July 2012.


Back on the road again, we passed through the town of Texarkana which is on the State Border between Texas and Arkansas.

7389 Texas, Texarkana - I-30 East 7391 Texas, Texarkana - I-30 East 7392 Texas, Texarkana - I-30 East

We cross the border into Arkansas.

7397 Texas, Texarkana - I-30 East - water tower 7398 Arkansas, Texarkana - I-30 East - Arkansas Welcome sign

At 6pm we arrive at the Best Western Premier in Little Rock Arkansas.  We are taking advantage of the Best Western Reward Points that we have accumulated and we cashed in some of them for a free stay this evening.

The hotel was very nice, but I can’t say as much about the onsite restaurant.  We should have driven to the nearby Olive Garden, but after driving for 10 hours, I was tired and thought we could just stay put and eat in the hotel restaurant.  It was a bad decision.  There was literally nothing on the menu that Karen or I could pronounce, let alone even know what we were ordering.  The prices were astronomical, but I did see something with pasta on the menu.  We both like pasta, so even though it wasn’t on the menu, I asked our waiter if we could just have some plain spaghetti and meat sauce.  I am sure that I insulted him and his fancy restaurant by asking for such simple fare, but he agreed that he could come up with some sort of pasta and sauce dish for us.  He walked away, I am sure very insulted that we had no interest in anything on his fancy menu.  $50.00 later we went to our room.  I am sure it is very nice restaurant and you would really enjoy the meal and the ambience if you are into that fancy schmancy dining experience, but that is not our style.

7405 Arkansas, Little Rock - BEST WESTERN PREMIER Governors Suites - our suite 7410 Arkansas, Little Rock - BEST WESTERN PREMIER Governors Suites - our suite 7407 Arkansas, Little Rock - BEST WESTERN PREMIER Governors Suites - our suite

It was early to bed this evening, we want to be up and on the road by 7am in the morning.

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