After many, many hours on the road, we finally make it into North Texas. The largest state in Southern U.S.
A little apprehensive about Texas, this being the state I knew very little about when booking the Southern Sun trek. But arriving here, and knowing that we have four days travelling across the state, I better find something to like and get involved in. I’m talking about those food portions.
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, North Texas
Before arriving at our camp ground for the night, we follow the original Route 66 and stop off at the famous Cadillac ‘Ranch’. Not an actual ranch but a public art installation created in 1974. It’s huge from the off-set using life-size Cadillac’s to create it.
We also have a slight rebellion moment as our trek leader hands us spray paints. Yup, this art installation is free to add your stamp too! Time to play!
Part-way through, I’m given the go-ahead to spray on our little trek van to symbolize our trip so far. After several failed attempts, I finish with something that slightly resembles a van with my name scribbled all over it. A creative mess, if you will.
Fun little pit stop, then on-to our campsite to get sorted before first night living like a true Texan.
A Big Fat Texan Feast
Cue, introduction to limousine pick-up, authentic Texan driver and a steak the size of my thigh. Exaggeration? No.
We decide to get our dinner attire on (I wear jeans for the first time since getting to America) and we head to dinner. Resembling what I’ve come across in many a western film deep-set in Texas. Inside, it’s a lot more friendly and welcoming. Complete with true Texan decor, stuffed animal heads, horns and many other references to the appeal to most carnivores. For the meal, the team don’t hold back and all go for the biggest steaks available (except the vegetarians!) and indulge in as many sides as we can get a hold of.
Acting like we won’t be seeing food for the foreseeable, I order my non-steak, steak, corn on the cob, mac n cheese, slaw and jalapeno jack cheese bites. Yes, you could say I’ve gone and lost my mind.
A ridiculously uncomfortable, yet
shameful satisfying feeling to know I’ve eaten my way through 80% of what’s put in front of me. Following on the same night back at camp is a little uneasy, with everyone having indulged. Great as it’s been, I don’t think I can carry this on for the next three days we’ve got in Texas. But I’ll sure as hell be giving a good go.
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