Almost out of Texas

Denton, Texas — 2310.6 miles

Not that our supply of Texas is running low (there seems to be quite enough Texas for everyone, with the possible exception of Denton drivers), but I’m only a county and a half away from the Red River, and maybe three hours and odd from home.

The idea of a Corpus Christi-to-Denton run makes sense only if you have some reason to be in Denton, and I did: a meetup with Gradual Dazzle, who bloggeth at Anywhere But Here. She, the spousal unit, and a brace of replacements met me at the Texas Roadhouse (!) for dinner. (Aside to Linda G: Despite having the same floor plan, this one has more than four actual tables.) By prior arrangement, we did not discuss squirrels.

The trip up from the Gulf — I-37 to US 77 through Victoria and La Grange and up to Waco, then onto I-35, eschewing Dallas’ version in favor of Fort Worth’s — was relatively uneventful, which is the way you want it for an eight-hour run, although there was some actual semblance of rain towards the end, which dropped the temperature from the sweaty 90s to the slightly-less-sweaty 80s.

Victoria has a nice little Historical Section in the middle of town, and a few auto-related oddities: a place that rents tires and wheels, and a Toyota dealer promoting the Tundra as “the only truck built in Texas.” I pulled in at the Dairy Queen for a cone because, well, that’s what I do.

And in the town of West, Texas, I passed an eatery called Jack and Diane’s, owned by, I suppose, two American kids who grew up in the heartland.

The last hotel on the route is a bit on the dumpy side, but it’s got better Wi-Fi than some of the fancier places I’ve stayed lately.


  1. Spamboy »

    17 June 2008 · 8:25 pm

    Heck, if you’re going to head into Denton, the best you can do is go native and not eat at a chain like Roadhouse. Swing by Guissepie’s for some Italian, Mr. Chopstix for the original Asian fusion, and top off your stomach with a bit of Beth Marie’s homemade ice cream.

  2. CGHill »

    17 June 2008 · 8:49 pm

    Yea, verily, but what’s done is done, and I’m pretty well stuffed to the gills.

    I did, however, go on a pilgrimage to Whataburger once I landed in their home town.

  3. GradualDazzle »

    17 June 2008 · 11:08 pm

    Spamboy: I unfortunately have a difficult time convincing said brace of replacements (otherwise known as my finicky crumb-crunchers) that anything other than a known chain restaurant is safe to eat in. :(

    However, meeting the brilliantly clever and hugely entertaining CGHill was totally, completely worth it. :)

  4. John Butler »

    18 June 2008 · 9:46 am

    What? No chili dogs at Jack and Diane’s? (at least, that appears to be the case reading that link)

  5. Jennifer »

    18 June 2008 · 9:23 pm

    In West, TX there is a little Czech bakery just off the highway that sells the BEST stuff. And there’s another one (in a convenience store) on the west side of the highway up in Gainesville, where you can get day-old kolaches on the cheap. As (in)frequently as I’m driving in and out of Texas, that Gainesville shop gets hit coming and going.

  6. CGHill »

    18 June 2008 · 9:35 pm

    This must have been the place with the “Czech Out Our Kolaches” sign.

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