Wednesday 22 May 2013

2013 Day 15 - Wichita Falls (TX) to Amarillo (TX) via Palo Duro Canyon State Park

A nice relaxing and much needed "down day" today as we ambled our way northwestwards to the Panhandle with a destination of Amarillo (TX) for the night. We stopped en-route at Childress (TX) for some lunch, and then visited the Palo Duro Canyon State Park for a casual 6 mile walk in 93F (34C) heat (needless to say 1.5 litres of water was consumed throughout the 3 hour walk). It was tiring but great fun, with some amazing views followed by a steep climb to the summit of the 'Lighthouse'. We also spotted a Google Street View vehicle in the car park being prepared for filming, so who knows in the future you may be able to see us and 'Avenger' embedded on Google Street View!
Various views of the Palo Duro canyon
Myself looking over the canyon from the 'Lighthouse'

It was nearing 6pm before we eventually left the canyon and drove the 30mins to Amarillo, checking into a hotel and then visited a local Applebee's on the Soncy side of town for a proper 'sit down' evening meal, one which we had not indulged in since North Platte (NE) some 5 days ago. Somehow we managed to waiver the cost of our meals and 1 dessert thanks to our very nice waitress because it was at least 30mins from when we ordered our food and it still hadn't turned up - I'd normally wait an hour or so back in the U.K. for my food after ordering, so it was very nice of them to give our meals to us for free!

Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and sorted out where to head for tomorrow, our last chase day of this trip...

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