A 2,000 Mile Round Trip From The Cloister


We’re back after a 2,000 mile drive to Austin, TX and return. At one time I could drive 2,000 miles and shrug it off, not anymore! Bonney and I discovered several things during this trip.

1. There is little benefit to driving 300 miles/day for three days over driving 450 miles/day for two days….it’s better to keep going for 450 miles since either distance is equally tiring.

2. StaybridgeSuiteWe discovered a very convenient place to stay if we are in one location for a number of days vs an overnight stay. For $90 a day we spent 5 days in a two bedroom, living room and  two bath suite at the Staybridge Suites near the Austin Airport (The standard price for a 2 BR Suite is $244.99/day) The daily fee included a full breakfast buffet and weekday evening receptions including a buffet dinner. StaybridgeDiningThis usually costs more but Staybridge caters to corporations who put new employee families up while they search for housing and since few new hires move during the Holiday Season Staybridge is willing to negotiate attractive prices rather than suffer vacancies.

3. I talked about Nashville’s Meat and Three meal tradition in a previous post. Austin calls theirs “Home Cooking”. Austin’s home cooking is more expensive than Nashville. Dalt’s on White Bridge Road in Nashville offers a Turkey and Dressing Meat and two for $9.49 while Threadgills in Austin charges $13.99 for the same offering.

4. brisketAnother thing I notice is that BBQ in Texas is beef while BBQ in Nashville is usually pork. Frankly I like beef BBQ better than pork. I notice that BBQ beef brisket is very popular.

It was a wonderful trip as we visited our son Michael but it sure is great to be home!

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2 thoughts on “A 2,000 Mile Round Trip From The Cloister

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  2. So glad you are safely home and had a great trip. I took my family on the Disney Dream Cruise to the Bahamas and we drove straight home 12 1/2 hours – that I was going to die~ but we made it and had a great time too. hugs, nancy

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