Current Location: Austin TX
Mileage: approx. 200
States Traveled: TX

Today was just a flat-out nice day. Granted, the weather was still against us this morning. Also, it seems that every interstate in Houston is being rebuilt at the same time. Anyway, once we cleared the rain, the drive was uneventful, and we pulled into Austin around 3:30. After settling into the hotel, we drove down to the city…strolled around the “drag”, wandered around the capital, peered into store windows, etc. We had dinner on the balcony at the Iron Cactus – dinner consisted of more fantastic Mexican food, and several frozen margaritas. After dinner, we wandered down to Buffalo Billiards, intending to shoot some pool and kill time until the bars geared up for the night. 8 or 9 games later, it’s nearly 11:00, and we’re both kinda out of it. So we played Virtua Tennis for another half hour, then went back to the hotel. We had intended to go over to either The Ivory Cat or Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, but we just didn’t have it in us. But I’m thinking that if I can afford it, and if I can fit it into my schedule next year, I’m considering coming back to Austin for SXSW next year.

And so, here we are. Tomorrow, the final push to DFW. We go “over the top”, as they would have said during WWI. I can’t say I’ll be sad to see an end to the driving – at least until the return trip – and there are lots of people (old and new friends) waiting to be seen.