We need to get out of Dodge
Labour Day Weekend was fast approaching. We needed to get out of the scorching heat and humdrum of Dallas. Since we didn’t want to fly, planning a road trip was the next logical step.
We started by choosing a cardinal point: west. Then I scanned a guidebook called Quick Escapes – Dallas/Fort Worth for ideas. The title of Escape Four caught my interest: Wandering the Wild West. It conjured up romantic images of cattle drives, bison herds, pistol duels in deserted streets with everyone hiding in the saloon, Indians wielding their tomahawks at full gallop.
As I was thumbing this guidebook, which I’d bought second-hand, a magazine clipping fell off. It was an article about a cafe called Peanut Patch located in Turkey, Texas. I loved the idea of visiting a town called Turkey and promptly added it to the itinerary.
I looked Turkey up on Google Maps. It was little out of the way but still roughly in the same area. Instead of following the guidebook’s recommendations to drive west in a straight line, the inclusion of Turkey would mean driving in a circle of sorts.
My new BFF: Google Maps
What I did next was enlarge the map of Texas on Google Maps and look at the towns that lay on or near the roads we were going to take. If a name caught my fancy, I would do a quick online search and include it in our itinerary if there was something interesting to see or do. It was great fun to watch people do a double take when we told them that we were visiting their town just because of its name.
This is the final list of towns: Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Wichita Falls, Memphis, Turkey, Matador, Roaring Springs, Spur, Abilene, Buffalo Gap, Thurber, home sweet home.
How do you plan your road trips?
(P.S.: Stay tuned for our adventures in the Wild West.)