AUSTIN - The City of Weird did not hold back!
We arrive in Austin, find a Super 8 to crash at and I don't think we have ever been SO happy to get off of the bikes as we are in that moment. Its hot, traffic was brutal, its been a nervewracking day/drive and we just want to chill and grab a beer or three while scoping out Austin. We chilled in the hotel room for a while to unwind - until this point, its been on edge nerves in action all day and we can finally relax! We head out and walk towards downtown Austin - not quite a mile walk. Over the freeway, down the hill, past the cop shop... wait!!! What?! They have a SWAT style vehicle right there on the street? Just for us to take a picture with?! Heck ya! < we also found one in Sturgis and its a great pic >
Ah, we can FINALLY truly relax and have a slice of Texas. After all, Shelly has never been to this state and we have yet to see cowboy hats and wranglers all on one human! Kicked back with our beers, listening to tunes, talking and laughing about how WEIRD this trip has been so far. Shelly is a trooper - Wanna go to TX? Yes! She said without thinking - and this is what she has signed up for! We sit at the bar, strike up a convo with a couple of guys next to us who were there from whatever country they were from. When all of a sudden. someone comes up behind Shelly and puts her is a full on HEADLOCk. WTH? She was so stunned she didn't know what to do. At that moment, or somewhere in there, I decided this shit was funny and we need this insanely tall 'woman's photo - with her REAL snake head cowgirl hat and all.
She just LOOKED nuts. But, a few Lonestars in, and well, its funny. Had this huge manly looking woman with a snake on her hat done this same move about 3 hours ago, she'd be on the ground like this guy - only not because she was drunk.
After snake woman finally went to go bug other people, the guys next to us were laughing and saying that 'our friend' is crazy. Oh, wait a minute! She is no friend of ours and knowing this, she is even crazier! They were happy she didn't do that to them - the one guy said he would've fainted like a goat. Ha! Awhile later, said snake charmer returns and this time she has a friend - a short guy, wearing ragged clothes, croc 'shoes' and carrying a sketch pad. Turns out, the two were doing a little 'fundraiser' for their pockets with their little scheme. Well played, though, well played. The guy finishes whippin his pencil around the paper pad, tears a sheet out, and puts it on bar between Shelly and I and the two random guys next to us. I think all of us stared at the paper for a solid minute, as if scratching our heads, before laughing. So THIS is what those two were up to: