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Day 37

July 6, 2010 6 comments

Location: Richmond, TX

Miles Driven: 610

Total Miles: 8,011

I made it to Houston!  Milwaukee to Houston and just about two days.  It was certainly a haul, but worth it to see family.  My brother Jon and his wife Catalina live here with their 1-year old son, Nico.

How did I get here?  About 10 combined hours of driving, starting very early on Monday morning.  Surprisingly, I found myself with a lot of energy and could go for a while at times without breaks.

It took a while to get out of the state of OK, but it was a scenic drive.

Looking back North towards OKC

And then once inside Texas, it took quite a bit just to get to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area.  And although I will be visiting friends here this week, there is a method to my madness and I continued south to Houston (5 hour trip).

Highway system in Ft. Worth

On the way to Houston, I drove on state Hwy 6 and was treated to some nice views of the Texas plains and farmland.

Route 6 passes right near College Station, home of the Aggies

Texas is flat. You can see the clouds (and land) for miles

Finally made it to my brother’s home in Richmond (west of Houston) right around 4PM.  It was a long day of driving, but I was energized to see everybody.  Nico warmed right up to me, fortunately.

Cute kid

Nico is able to get around on his own pretty well now, and is very affectionate.

After relaxing and getting a tour of their beautiful home, the four of us headed to the Spring Creek BBQ for some dinner.  We got a whole smorgasboard of bbq items to share, and it hit the spot.

Father and son check out the menu

Texan BBQ

I think he liked the BBQ

Came home for a relaxing evening.  I was pretty beat from all the driving, so it was especially nice to sit and unwind in an air-conditioned home.  Before Nico was put to bed managed to get a pretty good family shot:

Great time in Houston

As Jon and Cata have to go to work in the AM, I’ll be taking care of some laundry and running some errands before hitting the road late in the morning.  Plan is to go back North towards Dallas/Ft. Worth.  I’ll spend Tuesday and Wednesday there, then Thursday the trip turns southwest towards one of the best National Parks – Big Bend.

Thanks to the Houston Curtins for everything!

joe

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