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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

We met Butterbean Carpenter on our way to Midland Texas!

Where are we today ?
        Today be secured our stuff and headed on down the road, 8:30 am we were mobile. Our plan is 291 miles today going from A to C (Glen Rose To Midland Texas). With a stop at B in Valera to meet  up with a blog follower  that a lot of RV bloggers have heard from "Butterbean Carpenter"  one of the blogs he follows is ours and he occasionally makes a comment. 
291 miles today
yep this is Texas
        We had a few emails back and forth and it was established that we are driving almost right by their ranch. So we arranged to meet in downtown Valera. Butterbean wanted to meet a REAL Canadian in person, so we just had to go there. The only place here is the Post Office and Big O's Restaurant. Real Texas BBQ and I will tell you the food here is absolutely amazing.
this is downtown Valera, our kinda town! 
Population? not many..
looks quite but only 11:15 am
        We met Butterbean and Joyce here at 11:15  and after a few hugs headed on inside. 
They had just finished breakfast so they shared a slice huge portion of homemade chocolate pie, like WOW! (Rick Doyle you would love this !)
now that's a piece of pie!
         Suzie opted for the homemade burger and fries that she said was excellent.
       Now I just had to try their BBQ brisket with baked beans, potato salad and a few jalapeño peppers to kick it up a notch. We both ordered small portions, can you tell?
the brisket was so tender I have never had anything like it
        Now we chatted and we chatted and we chatted, such a super couple. The restaurant filled to capacity by noon so ya know the food is good. Even two Sherifs there for lunch so you know its safe. Glad we got there when we did!
Thats the Butterbean himself
Joyce and Butterbean, she keeps him in line, I think?
       Well we enjoyed our visit and wish we had more time to check out their Ranch about 10  miles up the road, but we still want to travel another 200 miles today.
See ya later guys, was wonderful to finally meet you.
        Now if you are ever in the area it is worth your while to at least stop and meet this amazing couple or even stop by and check out their ranch. I think we will surely do that when we pass through this area again.
        A couple hundred more miles down the road, the Walmart in Midland texas is our destination and we arrived shortly after 4 pm, late for us but was worth the stop today along the way.
we passed cotton fields
excellent country roads, can you believe the speed limit 75 mph
(120 kph) on these two lane highways? No traffic.
we don't drive that though.
       Moving along we drove for about 20 miles by these wind generators, then cotton fields and some small oil fields too.
wind mills for miles
cotton fields and small oil rigs
         Shortly after 4 pm arrived at the Walmart in Midland Texas , our spot for the night, a very busy store.
our spot tonight
         We discussed supper and a pizza was Suzie's craving, so picked up a nice fresh $5.00 three meat thin crust pizza, added more stuff and twenty minutes later we enjoyed a few slices of this wonderful treat.
yummy
       That was an excellent travel day for us and especially meeting up face to face with a very interesting commenter on our Blog A Texas Rancher. Thanks Joyce and Butterbean for introducing us to this awesome Texas BBQ as well.
        And we would like to thank you for stopping by for a peak, hoping ya'll had a great day too.

Posted by George, a.k.a. "The Weber "Q" Man of Blogland" according to Rick Doyle. 
 Check out the map below to see where we have been this Winter
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24 comments:

  1. Glad you had a safe trip.... Butterbean and Joyce are on our "MUST MEET" list.... one of these days we'll actually get over that way and say howdy. Of course I love your photos of food, even if today they are of pie and burgers ;-) Actually, that jalepeno burger looked pretty good. Cottonfields, oil fields and windmills...... yep! you're still in SW Texas.

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    1. Such an interesting couple to meet, if you are in the area make a point of stopping.

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  2. Hi George:
    It's been a busy day for me, too - Not really. I took Lacy, my Standard Poodle, to the vet in Livingston (thinking it might not be as expensive as a bigger city - NOT); she has the "Poodle-ear syndrome" otherwise known as "Itchy Ears." I can usually take care of it but this time it got pretty irritable and I didn't have any antibiotic ointment. So, $120 later, she's on the mend. The other big chores for today were making a batch of spaghetti sauce, which I simmered for about 5 hours; and, I read almost a whole book .... Jeffrey Archer's "Sins of the Father." It's the second in a trilogy of novels by Archer. I read the first in a day and a half and this one will be finished tonight! Then on to the third....
    It was surely nice for you to meet some followers; I really enjoy that, too. That was also a long drive today. Do you do all the driving or do you each take a portion? I usually like to only drive about 100-200 miles max because it's just me doin' the whole thing. More later, new friend....mary-pat

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    1. At least you got lacy all fixed up for now. And enjoying a good book is a great way to simmer spaghetti sauce.
      I do all the driving and like you 100-200miles is what we prefer, but after resting up for two weeks, three long days, then take it easy for a while again.

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  3. Butterbean is definitely someone on my list to meet. I am so glad you posted a picture of him and Joyce. I love his comments. You guys covered some territory today. 291 miles is outside our comfort range. Not sure which looked better - the chocolate pie or the brisket.

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    1. If you get out this way be sure to look him up.
      Now I am sure the pie was excellent because I know the brisket was.

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  4. Glad your travels were safe today and wish the same for tomorrow.

    We had our shares of ups and downs today but more ups so that is good.

    It's about time.

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  5. Glad you took the time to meet up with fellow bloggers. We had a late start but managed to reach our destination a day early. Landed in the RGV about 4:30 today and relieved that the wheels have stopped turning for a while. Will try to get a post out later this week. Keep on having fun and Travel Safe.

    Sharon & Ron

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    1. Now you can relax for a bit and enjoy the warm winter weather.

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  6. Thanks for the Butterbean photos. Butterbean invited us to stay a few days at the Ranch a few years ago but I think our route took us too far north of their place at the time. He looks as colorful & interesting as his comments.........:))

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    1. He sure is an interesting fellow to meet, try and make a point of stopping in for a visit.

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  7. That's my kind of a Texas town too. They say Walmart over nighting is free. It's not. It's probably the most expensive places we stay because we catch up on our grocery shopping. Sounds like another great day on the road for you.

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    1. You need to buy groceries somewhere so may as well do it while camping here. We only spent $8.00 on groceries and that included pizza for supper.

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    1. Yep we do and he enjoys following all our blogs too.

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  9. The internet is a crazy place. Pretty cool that you were able to meet up with Butterbean. He comments on my blog from time to time, and I somehow didn't quite picture him in a "three piece suit", if you know what I mean. Although, maybe I might have gone with a Stetson.
    Finding a "down home" restaurant is always the best plan for lunch.

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    1. See now ya know, he wears a very comfortable suit!

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  10. Great to have a photo of Butterbean. I have always loved his comments on my blog. Glad you enjoyed you day and had a good and scenic drive.

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    1. We always wondered who he was, now we know.

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  11. A perfect dinner for me would be your pizza with that chocolate pie for dessert - heaven!

    Great to see a few photos of Butterbean.

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    1. The pizza was great, but no pie for us.

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  12. Great day....we love Texas! How neat to meet Butterbean and his lovely wife!

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    1. It sure was a great experience and are so glad that we met them.

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