Joe Kerr and I decided to leave Austin on the Sunday morning following the Lone Star Roundup. We really would have preferred to stay for Sunday's activities but we both have our own businesses and needed to get back to work. If our trip down was somewhat leisurely this was going to be the exact opposite. All of the weather forecasts had rain and possibly a tornado in the mix with the worst predicted weather being to the south so we decided to run north to Oklahoma City and then up the turnpike through Missouri. We rolled out of the motel on the south side of Austin at 5.09 am and pulled up at Joe's shop at 12.59 am (Eastern) making it a 19 hour ride. We were both happy to finally be done with riding in a buggy sprung Model A with only a windshield but I have to say that the car is great. It never missed a beat and did not burn a drop of oil over the whole trip. Joe used less than a quart of oil to top up what tends to get pushed out of the valve cover breathers and apart from that all we did was feed it gas about every two hours--the tank only holds 12 gallons and a couple of times we put in 11.5 gallons of 93 octane when we stopped. We did not eat on the road, actually sitting down and relaxing a bit rather than making it a banzai run. Even with that proviso and the fact that we took a side trip to the Texas Motor Speedway we still averaged right at 60 mph for the trip. Anyway here are some pix of our trip. It was o' dark 30 when we left the motel and although we ran into one of the Rolling Bones cars in I-35 and ran with him for a while it was still too dark for effective photography We rolled around the west side of Dallas on I-35W and when we saw this sign and realized that the track location would coincide with a fuel stop we decided to have a look They do everything big in Texas and Bruton Smith's track is no exception Obligatory arty shot of the coupe They don't just do tracks big in Texas--this was one of two of these trailers that we passed just north of Fort Worth Even the go-kart tracks are a good size with nice amenities The only time that we spent time in traffic was at the toll plaza on the turnpike Once we got through that we were up to speed again We passed these guys in Joplin, MO I don't know if they don't have this sort of stuff in Oklahoma but as we rolled into Missouri just about every exit for quite a distance from the border had at least one if not more "adult" store Missouri is a little different too--never saw a vacuum cleaner museum before. They also have the world's largest rocking chair.