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The Ambassador Hotel OKC

Visiting OKC and staying midtown at the Ambassador on walker st. Great room took a corner suite at $300 AUD A NIGHT. Cracker room and even better views from the seventh floor O Bar. Had a couple of Cervera Beers and now a Cab Sav and a combo plate of cheese and cold meats with fog jam and sweet jus.

Viewing the city skyline contemplating where to eat out tonight at one of the many options locally like Mcneilles Pub, Stella’s or Louie’s Bar and Grill or others.

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WESTERN AND SOUTHERN STATES USA

Travelling south from Phoenix where I will spend the first day, picking up a Cadillac from Alamo Car Rentals, staying at the Best Western in Phoenix, do some shopping and settle in for a good rest. Heading off to the Boneyard Tour at the USAF Base in Tuscon after a visit to the PIMA Air Museum. Later in the day will do St Xaviers Spanish mission and precinct.

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SILVER CITY, NEW MEXICO ,

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO,
CASEY JONES MUSEUM,
LOS ALAMOS, MANHATTAN PROJECT,
SANTE FE,
Visit Albuquerque,
The Gas Monkey Bar’n’grill, Dallas TX,
FORT WINGATE, NATIONAL PARK,
BILL CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY,

Buckhorn Saloon and Operahouse PINOS ALTOS

ELVIS PRESLEY,

LONE STAR GUN RANGE TEXAS,

Automobile Alley OKLAHOMA CITY,

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Franklin Auto Museum,

TEXAS RANGERS HALL OF FAME,

Civil Rights Museum Alabama.

PLUS MANY OTHER SITES AND PLACES. I WILL UPDATE ON THE BLOG AND POST PICS AND VIDEOS.

 

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The Journey Begins

Starting on the 27th September 2018 and completely SOLO, visiting sites and places I’ve had in my minds eye all my life. Touring through Nine states in south eastern and western US States, travelling around 9000 kilometres.

Thanks for joining me!

This is going to be a trip of a lifetime, and it’s been on my bucket list for years.

Starting on the 27th September 2018 and driving some 10500 kilometres completely SOLO, visiting sites and places I’ve had in my mind’s eye all my life.

The PIMA Museum, TITAN Missile Museum, JFK and the Sixth Floor, Tombstone, PECOS, Judge Roy Beam, Casey Jones Railway Museum, The Texas Ranger Hall of fame, Houston Space Centre, Jack Daniels Distillery, Gracelands, Memphsis, Geroge Bush Presidential Library, South Fork Ranch, JFK, Santa Fe, Bill Clinton Library and The Alamo just to mention a few spots. Then when I get to route 66 there is the Manhattan Project in New Mexico which is just off the track I will rejoin Route 66 later and visit Winslow, Flagstaff and other places of interest on the way down to Phoenix, in late October 18.

THE TRIP PLANNER MAP

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

Amarillo Texas

I arrived in Amarillo expecting a bustling lively metropolis, what I found was a city that is from the outside decaying. The entire entertainment strip was deserted and like a ghost town. There are crumbling buildings, vacant building blocks and from what I could discern either homeless people or street wanderers.

I stayed at the FISK building which is the home of the Marriott in Amarillo. The stay was not unpleasant but it was far from warm or friendly.

I ventured outdoors and checked out the local cafes bars and restaurants and settled into a place called GOONEYS a mix of America and Laos more American though, it was okay and filled the tummy.

Wednesday morning I had a drive around thinking I may explore the city a bit more, the drivers are impatient, the roads busy with road workers and commuters. I opted for breakfast at a local diner called NU-CASTLE, I wish I hadn’t ordered bacon and eggs with toast hash brown and a hot tea, I got two fried eggs no bacon a slop of shredded greasy potato and a ice tea, remedied the tea got a hot one I ate and left for the Cadillac Ranch more on that next post.

Amarillo Texas

I arrived in Amarillo expecting a bustling lively metropolis, what I found was a city that is from the outside decaying. The entire entertainment strip was deserted and like a ghost town. There are crumbling buildings, vacant building blocks and from what I could discern either homeless people or street wanderers.

I stayed at the FISK building which is the home of the Marriott in Amarillo. The stay was not unpleasant but it was far from warm or friendly.

I ventured outdoors and checked out the local cafes bars and restaurants and settled into a place called GOONEYS a mix of America and Laos more American though, it was okay and filled the tummy.

Wednesday morning I had a drive around thinking I may explore the city a bit more, the drivers are impatient, the roads busy with road workers and commuters. I opted for breakfast at a local diner called NU-CASTLE, I wish I hadn’t ordered bacon and eggs with toast hash brown and a hot tea, I got two fried eggs no bacon a slop of shredded greasy potato and a ice tea, remedied the tea got a hot one I ate and left for the Cadillac Ranch more on that next post.

Jeffersen Davis White House Alabama

The First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama was the first official residence of the President and his family. The second White House of the Confederacy is a gray stuccoed neoclassical mansion built in 1818 by John Brockenbrough, who was president of the Bank of Virginia. Designed by Robert Mills, Brockenbrough’s private residence was built in early nineteenth century on East Clay Street in Richmond‘s affluent Shockoe Hill neighborhood (later known as the Court End District), and was two blocks north of the Virginia State Capitol. Among his neighbors were U.S. Chief Justice John MarshallAaron Burr, defense attorney John Wickham, and future U.S. Senator Benjamin Watkins Leigh.

 

 

 

USS Cairo

USS Cairo was one of the first American ironclad warships built at the beginning of the U.S. Civil War.

Cairo was the lead ship of the City-class gunboats and named for Cairo, Illinois. In June 1862, she captured the Confederategarrison of Fort Pillow on the Mississippi, enabling Union forces to occupy Memphis. As part of the Yazoo Pass Expedition, she was sunk on 12 December 1862, while clearing mines for the attack on Haines Bluff. Cairo was the first ship ever to be sunk by a mine remotely detonated by hand.

The remains of Cairo can be viewed at Vicksburg National Military Park with a museum of its weapons and naval stores.

 

Vicksburg, MS

Visited the Civil war site at Vicksburg today, quiet a large area bordering the river with the CSA back to the river and the Union Army on all it flanks, unfortunately I could not visit the entire site as the CSA encampments and monuments where closed due to erosion of the road the NPS.

The visit did start a little rocky due to some elderly ladies taken exception to me taking pictures with and my flash going off on the camera, I did hold my tongue and walked away a first for me.

Any way toured the site, the Americans seem to be very good at war and honouring those who have participated, I always support & respect any person involved in a conflict that causes destruction , mayhem, and loss of life and particuarly if they are defending their country from invasion. But where ever you seem to travel in the USA there is always an overwhelming tribute to war, military and anything that goes bang!

Anyway the Vicksburg Battle during the Civil War period began from the spring of 1862 until July 1863, during the American Civil War (1861-65), Union forces waged a campaign to take the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, Mississippi, which lay on the east bank of the Mississippi River, halfway between Memphis to the north and New Orleans to the south. The Siege of Vicksburg divided the Confederacy and proved the military genius of Union General Ulysses S. Grant.

Vicksburg was one of the Union’s most successful campaigns of the war. Although General Ulysses S. Grant’s first attempt to take the city failed in the winter of 1862-63, he renewed his efforts in the spring. Admiral David Porter had run his flotilla past the Vicksburg defenses in early May as Grant marched his army down the west bank of the river opposite Vicksburg, crossed back to Mississippi and drove toward Jackson. After defeating a Confederate force near Jackson, Grant turned back to Vicksburg. On May 16, he defeated a force under General John C. Pemberton at Champion Hill. Pemberton retreated back to Vicksburg, and Grant sealed the city by the end of May. In three weeks, Grant’s men marched 180 miles, won five battles and captured some 6,000 prisoners.

Grant made some attacks after bottling Vicksburg but found the Confederates well entrenched. Preparing for a long siege, his army constructed 15 miles of trenches and enclosed Pemberton’s force of 29,000 men inside the perimeter. It was only a matter of time before Grant, with 70,000 troops, captured Vicksburg. Attempts to rescue Pemberton and his force failed from both the east and west, and conditions for both military personnel and civilians deteriorated rapidly. Many residents moved to tunnels dug from the hillsides to escape the constant bombardments. Pemberton surrendered on July 4, and President Abraham Lincoln wrote that the Mississippi River “again goes unvexed to the sea.”

Today how they do allow people to live under freeways, beg at traffic lights, live in hovels and slums, have no basic medical care that they can afford, a story was related to me by a guy in Beadmall TX how it cost him $900 USD for 5 stitches in a finger at work one Saturday, how lucky are we in Australia to have the system and way of life we all enjoy.

God forbid our government doesn’t wake up soon and stop allowing American and foreign corporates to continue to buy our farms, businesses and influence our day to day life now and into the future.

In a short period of a couple of centuries, America has had the French Indian wars on the Canadian border with the English in support of the US Colonist, then the war of independence, Mexican wars, 1812 English and American war, the CSA/Union civil war, Spanish war, and all these before the 20th century and the list goes on today.

 

The tradegies of these result in scenes like these on beautiful vista’s on river banks, leas and meadows the country wide.

Gibsland, Louisiana

I visited this little old town today to check out the Bonnie & Clyde connection.

What a quaint quiet town. It has a couple of museums, a gas station and cafe.

The free museum was closed only open Wednesday and weekends.

I paid $7 to get into the quirky one, he has two old ford coupes inside made up like Bonnie and Clyde stolen V8, gun holes and all, lots of old memorabilia, photos and some tatty old displays but all in all it tells a story, the guy is related to the Minton’s who was one of posse who shot Bonnie and Clyde . The building is also part of the old cafe where Bonnie and Clyde had breakfast just before that fatal day. Bit of history.

He is a friendly chap and his cat loves to be patted nice visit.

I drove around and found the service station with plaque where they got gas.

Then headed on down to the ambush site where they were shot and killed by Harmer and posse.

This town could be something if they got their act together with re-enactment a of that day, museums gift shops cafes and accusation is going begging for some bright entrepreneur. Plenty old buildings and I reckon it would as good if not better than tombstone.

Southfork Ranch Dallas the movie set

I have driven out to the southfork ranch which was part of the famous TV series starring Larry Hagman “DALLAS” which made I think 356 shows here.

Firstly what a beautiful rural area, some of the nicest pastoral land I have seen in the south west, and some beautiful homes.

Southfork Ranch is a beauty and maintained to a very high standard. Unfortunately I’m sitting in the car park as it doesn’t open till 10am apart from that it’s pouring with rain.

Story so far

Have travelled across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to date covering some 4345 Klm to date.

It’s been interesting and sometimes amusing and frustrating.

The food is different enough to help you loose some weight LOL.

There is a distinct lack of wine or good wine to drink.

Some of country is amazing, there is no wildlife except for the odd deer or squirrel.

The scenery in and around the continental divide was amazing.

The oil fields around Loving NM are a sign of greed and draining the earth of its resources to the detriment of the planet.

Arizona is heartland of MAD mutually assured destruction, weapons of mass destruction laying abandoned billions of dollars spent to keep a balance or ego/power tripping yanks?

Texas the lone star state is all on its own, it’s own identity, it’s own personality, it’s own way in the world.

Overall thus far it’s been illuminating and a great look see at a country that believe they are the dominant power players of the world, this is evident in their self promotion of sports, military, ethos and attitudes.

On the most part the people I have spoken with a generous in conversation but lacking in understanding of the rest of the world.

Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia are next part of the tour.

Waco, Dallas Texas

Did the full tourist thing visited the Colombia Mammoths & Texas Rangers Museum and Hall of fame Waco, Rocky Road house Waco and then off to Dallas Did Kennedy Assasination Dealey PLaza, G W Bush Library and Presidential Museum, Gas Monkey Garage, and GMBG.

It rained it poured and I headed back to the hotel at 5pm.

 

North Waco (beadmall)

Went to lone star gun range today was a huge 4 hours of shorting guns headed off to Waco got caught up in traffic so stopped night in Waco. Staying at a best western and they have no bar no restaurant so hopped in car and found Rocky Roadhouse. Dearest beer I have had since hitting the USA 3.50 a bottle and it’s cold, The punters are I can’t find a word, a lot are barefoot, they smoke inside and it stinks, the music is loud and all over the shop. Have a couple and hook it off to some where else maybe.

Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas

Johnson Space Centre today in Houston what a cool place, and i reckon there is trillions of dollars that have been spent at this place. Now there planning to travel to MARS with ORION Project.
Check this out sorry about quality was about 100 degrees in the wharehouse its a real SATURN V rocket the one they sent to the moon.

USS Lexington, Corpus Christi TX.

USS Lexington, nicknamed “The Blue Ghost”, is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Originally intended to be named Cabot, word arrived during construction that USS Lexington had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Located in Corpus Christi Texas on the Gulf of mexico. Brilliant history great museum, you can get lost on board.
Very well preserved and presented.