Tag Archives: Road Trip

West Coast was a blast

I’m back in Houston and still on recovery mode. My girlfriend and I covered 5600 miles (8960 Kilometers), 8 states, over a dozen big towns and priceless memories. I would do it again in a jiffy. The car performed as expected. No problems at all save for leaking steering fluid. We even got snow up in Oregon. On the way back I got to encounter my first traffic stop by a Sheriff in Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. It went well. He gave me a written warning and that was it. It doesn’t go into my records or anything. He checked trunk (boot) for drugs. Not that I had any but I guess it’s a drug route from Mexico. Our longest day was from Austin, Texas to Tuscon, Arizona (892 miles/1427kilometers) in over 13 hours. The shortest day was from San Jose/Silicon Valley to San Francisco (52miles/83kilometers) in slightly over an hour. Getting out of Texas was the biggest challenge. It’s so huge and takes hours and hours to cross into neighboring states. California has so much to do, we’ll go back sometime and explore it some more. I enjoy driving so that wasn’t a problem. There are hotels and gas stations all over routes we took. The Audi has a 16.4 Gallon/62.2Liter tank which can comfortably cover over 400miles/640kilometers. There was no time we had a risk of running out of gas. I’ll post the pictures once I sort them out. But for now I’m too tired to do much.

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Road trip to Dallas

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I went for a road trip last weekend to Dallas. It’s about 3 and a half hours away on good American roads. Its about 390km (240 miles). I was in the outskirts of Dallas in a town called Waxahachie..apparently it’s nicknamed Gachie. The town on the outskirts of Gigiri in Nairobi. Small towns here are quite interesting. Very many cars and not so many people in the whole town. A Wall Mart is standard, it’s where everyone meets for shopping. We just hang out and had a party indoors.

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No drinking and driving is the rule here. So either there is a designated driver taking water or don’t drink at all. Apparently it’s tough for Kenyans in this place to adhere to those rules and many have been caught with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Apparently you don’t want that in your records. It will cost you an arm and a leg to sort.

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Downtown Dallas

So bud lights it was till late. Went into downtown Dallas on sunday and boy that city is huge. We were looking for Farmers Choice sausages. It’s a much sought after delicacy by Kenyan’s here. We drove for an hour to find the store that sold the coveted stuff. We found it but it was sunday morning so it was closed..dang..Luckily after a phone call and explaining we were out of town customers. The Jupiter Foods lady was kind enough to open and let us into her store. It had all those Kenyan delicacies..Ketepa tea, Dormans coffee, Milo, Chapatis (those chapos were huuge), samosas and Ugali flour in plenty. We stocked up and headed back to Houston.

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Home away from home..sausages, tea, coffee, chapatis, blue band you name it

Gas/Petrol is kinda cheap in Texas so guys drive guzzlers and it’s not so hard on the pocket. 4 litre guzzlers are pretty common here and speed limit on the I-45 wasn’t so bad..75miles per hour (120kph). We were back ‘home’ in 3 hours

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I hope to do more travelling as time goes by. Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans are all within range. Can’t wait to start driving.