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Corpus Christi Countdown

April 24, 2008
On the road Wednesday and headed toward Corpus Christi, TX, and their Buccaneer Days festival this weekend. See http://www.bucdays.com/

Amazing to see that areas of Arkansas are still heavily flooded. We first saw this five weeks ago when we drove to Rio Rancho, NM, and many of the same areas are still flooded.

Gas prices continue to climb. The most common price we have seen through Tennessee and Arkansas is 3.459 per gallon. I know from being in Texas last week that prices will be higher when we cross the state line tomorrow. But that will probably be nothing compared to what we will see next week in California.

The second half of our trip will start next Monday when we leave Corpus Christi for the drive to Indio, CA. First challenge will be to just get out of Texas. We will drive all day next Monday, and still stay the night in western Texas. Indio is located about 20 miles south of Palm Springs, CA, and hosts a big music festival. Check out the headliners at http://stagecoachfestival.com/ . After driving for three days to California, we will spend four days there doing one visit at a local Wal-Mart store, then at the festival for three days demonstrating and providing samples of sponsor products. The drive home from Indio to Tennessee will take four days.

Both the Texas and California festivals have BBQ contests as part of their schedules. The California contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society that we work with, and the Texas contest is sanctioned by the IBCA, the International BBQ Cookers Association. They sanction many contests in Texas.

Redbud and Dogwood trees continue to be beautiful as you drive west through Tennessee. For those of you living further north, we continue to bring you hope that spring is on the way up to you.

Just to keep our hand in, we both judged at a BBQ contest in Winchester, TN, last weekend, and we need to get back from California on time because we are scheduled to judge at another contest the weekend we get back. When you travel and talk about BBQ, it is a busmanís holiday to travel to a contest and judge. It is just something we enjoy.

Ernie and Linda
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