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Off to Poteet, Texas

April 8, 2008
Left on Monday afternoon to start driving to Poteet, TX, for their annual Strawberry Festival. Learn more at http://www.strawberryfestival.com/. Poteet is about 20 miles south of San Antonio, TX.

Poteet is one of several stops we will make this summer that are not related to a BBQ contest. One of our big goals for this summer and for the whole BBQ Tour is to build knowledge of the Kansas City BBQ Society name. A chance to tell people who are not directly motivated by a BBQ contest about who we are and why that should interest them.

Made some changes to the trailer and the truck since our return from Rio Rancho. We added a bed cover to the truck so that we can carry supplies there protected from the wind and weather. Removed the gas stove from the trailer since we are not preparing any food items that are dependent on having a stove. It was portable, so just lifted out. Replaced the stove with a commercial food warmer that is used in restaurants to keep food at safe and good serving temperatures between the time it is cooked and when it is served. We will use it the same way. To hold our cooked beef patties, chicken breasts and steaks at good temperatures between the time we finish them on our grill and start our sampling periods. Only other significant change was to add some florescent light safety covers that had been left off the trailer during our first trip.

Interesting Interstate exit of the day is Exit 152 off of I-40 in Tennessee for the town of Bucksnort. Can anybody tell me how it got its name?

Many thanks to a friend who recommended a great book, “The Next Exit” which is a coast to coast guide to every exit from every interstate. We have found the book very valuable, especially the ability to look ahead and find truck stops for refueling. When you are towing a 32 foot trailer behind a truck that is about 23 feet long, you cannot just pull in to any gas station. Truck stops tend to have the spacing between their pumps and buildings that makes getting in and out relatively easy.

Ernie thinks that our truck had an epiphany somewhere along the road on our trip home from New Mexico. It seems to be doing a much better job of holding legal interstate speeds and even climbing hills. Maybe it just needed the prolonged interstate speeds to blow some gunk out of its system. It does make it more fun to drive. Looks like gas prices are up about 6 cents a gallon in the week we had between this trip and our last.

Our plan is to get to the San Antonio area on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks for traveling along with us.

Ernie and Linda

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