Road Trip featuring Comanche, Texas

Last week we traveled. We drove for about 6 hours from Houston heading to north-northwest Texas, passing through some smallish towns and country sides.

This road trip’s feature is the city of Comanche, in central Texas. Country living would be at its best here. The city motto says.

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Best Restaurants in Bastrop, Texas

The very kind and soft-spoken workmate (he does 200 push ups every day!) was now the driver on our return trip.  He’d been driving for about four hours already without saying anything, and I know that he must be hungry. We missed one town, so our ‘last’ opportunity would be the city of Bastrop, Texas.

Bastrop has 76 restaurants. Texas Roadhouse was rated #1. Unfortunately, we would have to make a left turn in a town that we were not very familiar with. Not that it was difficult, but we were saving time. The #2 restaurant in Bastrop is Paw Paw’s Catfish House and we decided to check it out. I led the driver on to the ‘back road’ for a short cut to avoid going through the center of town. It was perfect route for an angled parking spots. It is true, sometimes difficult and rough roads lead to awesome destinations 🙂

Paw Paw’s Catfish House Restaurant

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Restaurants in Abilene, Texas

We were glad that there were a lot of restaurants to choose from close to the hotel where we stayed at. In fact, Abilene has 257 restaurants. However, of our four days together, we ate at Cracker Barrel twice for breakfast, twice at Subway for lunch, and twice at Chili’s for dinner! We maintained the pattern 🙂 It was not bad at all since I was gaining four miles per dollar spent in one of the restaurants. On our third night though, we asked for the receptionist’s recommendation of the best places where we can eat at that was just close to the hotel. One of her suggestions was Betty Rose’s Little Brisket.

Betty Rose’s Little Briskets

This was the recommended restaurant of one of the locals, so we went out and tried it out. Locals are great in pointing you to the best places in their town. Online it was rated fair. It was a little quiet on a Wednesday evening. But we had to wait for our orders for quiet a while, so it was a good time to take our pictures 🙂

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Hotels in Abilene, Texas

From the site, it took us about 30 minutes to get to the hotel for an hour of rest before checking out the city for restaurants for our meals. We stayed at Holiday Inn Express and Suites. So on this field trip, we were accumulating some loyalty points for hotel rewards later.

In Abilene, there are 2 Holiday Inn’s, and a total of 37 hotels. There was a little confusion when we were first checking in, but the reception agents resolved themselves. It turned out, one workmate was reserved twice. Computer issue.

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Road Trip to Abilene, Texas

The world’s largest Buffalo Skull, an outdoor structure which weight about 4,000 lbs., is located in the facility of Frontier Texas in the city of Abilene.

From Sulphur Springs, we drove to Abilene.  I-30 go through the center of Dallas, however, we got on Highway I-20, instead, upon approaching Dallas to avoid possible congestion. But before we detoured, we stopped by the Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall, TX to get out of the van and stretch out.

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Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall, TX

Feel and enjoy the breeze! Lake Ray Hubbard is a 22,000-acre fresh water reservoir, and is one of the biggest recreational lakes in Texas. Restaurants, shopping, movie theater, salons lined the shores graced by a giant fountain. On the Harbor on the Lake, people could go fishing and recreational boating. It is a great place to relax and watch the sunset or sunrise.

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Hotels in Sulphur Springs, Texas

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Our first accommodation for this trip was in Sulphur Springs, Texas. We booked our hotels through the corporate travel site, egencia. It was very convenient since after management approval, our hotels would be booked automatically.  Continue reading “Hotels in Sulphur Springs, Texas”

Road Trip to Sulphur Springs, Texas

Sulphur Springs, Texas.

It is a nice and welcoming town that is just an hour away to the border with Oklahoma to the North. It was a wonderful day for a road trip for work last week from Houston to Sulphur Springs, which is at least a four-hour drive! My one workmate was an overly gentleman and sat at the back of the company rented van, and our designated driver is a biker who traveled a lot on his motorcycle. That left me on the front passenger seat 🙂

Sulphur Springs, Texas
We had the site location in GIS loaded onto Google Earth, but the missed turns only made the trip more interesting. Our site is a Type 0 so it was on the outskirts of town or where there are not so many houses around. We drove straight to the site and took care of business and got the work done in few hours, before heading to our hotel where we stayed for just one night.

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Traveling around Texas

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We traveled more than 900 miles around Texas in four days. (See the size of Texas in comparison to other places in the world). Two of my workmates and I drove to see client sites and collect field data. We passed through some good-sized cities, and also saw for the first time some smaller towns in the state. Since we travel for business, we drove straight to the sites and avoided large cities like Dallas going from South to East Texas in Sulphur Springs, East Texas to West Texas in Abilene, and Austin and San Antonio going from West Texas back to Houston, due to very possible heavy traffic conditions in those areas. I documented our trip and our stops in the cities we went to in reviews based on my experience. It was a great opportunity to get out of the office and learn something new while doing what I love – travel and photography.

Sherlock’s Baker St.

sodaWe had our company happy hour today at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub in Westheimer. It was nice to relax after work and hang out with our workmates who are up to it. It is actually very close to my place, so it was so convenient, I just had to drive for about three minutes and see my workmates and friends. We have company-sponsored happy hours maybe once in four months or so, so at this time, we grabbed the chance and had fun!