Austin or Bust

I left Tishomingo feeling a little battered and bruised but crazy proud of myself. It was getting close to my birthday and I decided I was going to spend it in Austin, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. With Mander’s new starter, we were sure to get there.


Along the way, I stopped in the small town of Granbury and found a great free campsite along the river. I spent a couple days putzing around and stumbled upon this neat old plane!

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I enjoyed some great sunsets over the river and then it was time to move on.

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I was told that getting a kolache at the famous Czech Stop was a must. I hope I don’t get an earful for saying so, but I wasn’t impressed. The ingredients are disappointing (they use food dye and other icky stuff) and it tasted like a pretty standard pastry to me.

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I’m a big fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, so I was curious to see the Silos in Waco. I rolled up and it was crazy busy! On top of that, they were doing road construction so there wasn’t a great place to park Mander. I settled for a drive-by view and kept heading south. At this point, I was getting pretty close to Austin. Just one more drive day and I’d be there.

What was to be the last day driving to Austin, ended up being very hot and very, very windy. The stretch of highway 35 that heads into Austin is a pretty intense road. A lot of semis drive this route and it has dense traffic no matter what time of day. All of that combined made Moonchi upset and she let it be known. She peeked her head out from her panic room and let out some of the most dramatic meows I’ve ever heard from her. I thought for a second she might be hurt, so I looked for a place to pull off. I exited and parked Mander. I immediately checked on her and thank goodness, she was ok. She just really wasn’t into the situation. We took a nice long break so she could cool off and calm down.

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When it became apparent that the wind wasn’t going to die down anytime soon, I looked for a place to stay for the night.  I found a rest area just down the road where we hunkered down while the wind continued to whip. It was *November 17th, I would be in Austin by the 18th and my birthday was the 20th. For not really having a plan, it was all working out just fine.

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*You may have just realized how far behind I am on the blog! It sure is hard to live a life full of adventure and make the time to write about it too. Slowly but surely, I am catching up!

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Until next time, much love and Mander on! 

3 response to "Austin or Bust"

  1. By: John F. Ward Posted: March 24, 2018

    That starter story is definitely a good campfire tale.
    A question: You mention Moonchi’s “panic room.” Have you covered this in a previous post? I’d like to know more. I’m planning to go nomad someday in an older 20-footer with my two cats, and I’m sure I would be grateful for experienced guidance on not making their lives miserable.
    Thanks!
    And Happy Birthday.
    John (2catsdriving)

    • By: agirlandhercommander Posted: March 25, 2018

      I made a story on Instagram but it’s long gone. People have been asking about it so I better write a post about it or make a YouTube vid! Stay tuned… and thanks for reading!

  2. By: James Lande, Old China Books Posted: July 16, 2019

    BTW, how are you taking these pictures? Mid-distance shots with you posing – tripod with time release, a secret traveling partner never mentioned or shown, or have you trained Moonchi to be a photog? Oh, and BTWBTW – great photographs. (Maybe there’s a post in the future wherein you expound on photography and your equipment. Only have a little over a year to go.)

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