Surviving Austin: Day One

Hey there! Welcome to yet another adventure with the Pearons!
Sit down, relax and prepare yourself for what we can only imagine will consist of tumbleweeds and cowboy hats, because we’re headed to Austin, Texas.

Matthew here!
I’ll be your guide for Day One of Surviving Austin … so don your Stetson and strap on your spurs … here we go!

Normally, October brings with it promise of yet another grand adventure and forces any cares out the back door to make room. If you didn’t catch it, the operative word there was “normally.” This year is just a bit different, but we think it’s going to be fun all the same.
A good friend of mine (Ricky) and his significant other (Ely) — with full knowledge of my aversion to Texas — decided to move to Austin, so Valeri and I are headed down to spend a bit of time with them and do what exploration we can.
Now, if you’ve followed along with some of our other blog entries, you might remember I wasn’t particularly keen on spending any sort of time in Texas. The last trip started to change my stance a bit (you haven’t read that one yet?), but there is still plenty of room for it to grow.
I’m hoping the next few days serve that purpose.

Now, on with details of the road trip:
This will be simple. Our travels began at 06:00 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and ended at 19:00 in Austin, Texas.
Between those two points was nothing but lines painted on asphalt. Sure, we saw a few cows here and there — and maybe the occassional horse — but there isn’t much to report if I’m being honest. Luckily, our preferred car rental agency treated us to a 2020 Chevy Malibu that featured CarPlay — so the road trip didn’t include phrases such as “I have no idea where we are” or “You should have turned back there”.

When we finally made it to our Airbnb, we spent just a few minutes exploring the place, then had to jet off to meet Ricky and Ely.
I don’t know if it’s just a thing with Valeri and I — maybe it’s a universal thing — but friend time also means food time, and Ricky and Ely picked a great place for our first real meal (road snacks discounted, of course). The place was called Fonda San Miguel and it was phenomenal!
I have no photo evidence to back that claim up (too hungry — no time for pictures!), so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
After dinner, we took a drive through downtown Austin and ended up at Amy’s Ice Cream. At Ricky’s suggestion, we ordered an off-menu item: the Rocket Shake. Coffee + chocolate is always a winning combination in my book!

After a long day of driving and a bit of visiting, these fingers are tired, so I’m going to wrap this up with a promise of more riveting content throughout the week. We have some interesting things planned and most of them are bound to result in a good story.

Check back tomorrow for Valeri’s recap of Day Two!

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“There’s a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.”
Willie Nelson

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