Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Colorado Springs, Colorado to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (July 30-August 1, 2012)

Our stay in Colorado Springs at an end we hit the road again with a destination of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  This would be a 600 mile trip with two one-night stopovers. The first leg of our journey was uneventful and at day's end we found ourselves in Clayton, New Mexico.  Clayton is a very small town located in a very arid area. We stayed the night at the local KOA RV park and headed out the next morning for the short trip to Amarillo, Texas. We had one thing on our agenda for Amarillo and that was to have a steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, home of the famous 72 ounce steak.

The 162 mile drive was a brief 3 hours and took us through some very desolate country. We settled in at the Overnite RV Park and spent some outdoor time with the boys.  We had made reservations at the Big Texan for 6:00 PM with a limousine, and a free one to boot, pickup at 5:50 PM. When to limo arrived we about fell over, mostly with laughter.

It was a short 5 minute drive to the restaurant and we were greeted by a very friendly hostess who seated us right away.  There was already a pretty good size crowd there with a steady stream coming in. We asked to be seated in the balcony so we would have a bird's eye view of everything.

This is the place that has been showcased on various TV programs for their famous "72 Ounce Steak Challenge." If you can eat the 4 & 1/2 pounds of steak, (which is 72 oz’s) baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad & a bread roll within 60 minutes, your meal is free. If you fail you pay the $72.00 bill. That evening there were 5 who took the challenge and 2 succeeded.

 The menu was pretty much steak oriented (who would have known). We ordered and our food and it was served quickly. The atmosphere itself, though, was worth the price. Joyce ordered a chicken steak while I went with an 8 ounce, center cut sirloin.  Both were cooked to perfection and extremely tasty.

With our bellies filled to capacity, we strolled around the restaurant for a short while to take in the memorabilia, the country band in the bar and the general excitement of the entire place. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend anyone traveling through the area stop and take in this experience.

Our limo was waiting at the door and we were whisked back to our RV in a flash.  The boys were glad to see us, as usual, and we spent the final hour or so of daylight outside with them before retiring for the night.

The next morning, still full from our previous evening's meal, we departed Amarillo.  The 245 miles to our final destination in the Oklahoma City (OKC) area took us about 4 hours. We landed in the Council Road RV Park in El Reno with a blistering heat (near 100F). Hopefully, the heat would not be as bad for our stay here as it was today. Tomorrow, out and about OKC for some sights and BBQ.

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