shawnee to amarillo

this leg was a little longer than originally planned, 293mi, because i stopped about 40 miles before oklahoma city. and i took advantage of the wireless access this morning to plan my next steps, so i left a little later, 10:20am, than i might otherwise have.

map from shawnee to amarillo

i stopped at this really cool rest stop in the texas panhandle over looking the high plains. i was somewhat underwhelmed by the landscape of arkansas and oklahoma, after the hills and mountains of tennessee (especially before knoxville), but the texas panhandle was surprisingly beautiful. it started out with these sweeping hills covered with grass and small bushes, punctuated by views of mini erosion-canyons, and then finally it flattened out completely, with nothing so much as a clump of trees or grain elevator in the distance. i guess owing to the fact that it’s early may and thus mid-spring here, everything was greener than i remember from living in central texas.

justin posing in front of the high plains of the texas panhandle

Oh yeah, and I stumbled upon the coolest (rest-stop) grill ever!

Texas-shaped grill at a rest stop in Texas

finally i made it to amarillo, shortly after 2:00pm, arriving at supposedly the best bbq joint in the city, desperado’s. sadly due to the mushbrain effect brought on by hours of driving while listening to books on tape, i found the hours listed on the side of the building, 11am-2pm, incomprehensible. the place was deserted, and i had to ask a guy sitting outside reading a book why. he told me: it closed at 2pm.

thankfully i’d remembered seeing something online about a place called dyer’s, as well as a billboard on the way into town advertising the restaurant and listing the exit, 68B, just one away. and so to dyer’s bar-b-que i went, ordering the holy trinity of texas bbq (pork ribs, brisket, and sausage) to cover as much ground as possible.

dyer's bbq

oh lordy were those pork ribs something else. the menu said something about them being award-winning, and i got to say again, i love me some mesquite smoked pork ribs. meat so tender and tasty it falls off the bones.

the sausage was good and the brisket alright, but then i’ve never been much a fan of the latter. i mean those ribs were so good i had to ask for three more. the beans were not sweet or gelatinous, like you get about everywhere except texas, which i prefer, and the texas toast was thick. the bbq sauce, served in a coronita bottle, helped the brisket along but was wholly unnecessary for the ribs or sausage.

i’ve got leftovers, and i intend to eat them!

next leg: amarillo to santa fe


Now I know why I was directed to comment today. God bless your intestines, Justin. The last meal I had like that was the last red meat I ate. It was the three different kinds on one plate that did me in. Wow!

i’d have to admit if i were to have any meat after a long stint without, i’d want mesquite smoked pork ribs from texas. you know what would be really good? a mesquite smoked pork rib salad. that’s me trying to think healthy. hehe.

Yes, the stretch of I-40 going through Oklahoma is not the best. So, please don’t let that sway your decision on our great state.

ha, yeah, and since i only stopped in oklahoma for sleep, i can’t really say with any conviction that i visited the state. i didn’t even have a meal there—which is definitely criteria (in my book) for visiting a place (outside of an airport, that is).

kevin, when/if i return, what would be at the top of your list to see?


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