Friday, July 2, 2010

Day 10 - June 24, 2010
Odometer reads: 2752 miles

Up early, refreshed from our 500 mile drive the previous day, we checked out of our Flatonia motel and made our way down the road a bit to Shiner, Texas! Or as they claim, "The Cleanest Little City in Texas"; it was an adorable, small town with a population of about 2070 people. It had obvious German influence, including the city park named Welhausen Park and the Spoetzl Brewery that churns out millions of Shiner Bock 6-packs every year. Natually, Smalls bought a specialty brew to store in the cooler.

Left Shiner and headed about 50 miles west, finally completing our long journey to San Antonio. Decided to look for a Waffle House for brunch, since Kat has never eaten there and it's apparently a pretty important Southern experience. Once again, Kat's GPS "Tonya" led us to a non-existant destination, so we grabbed a few burgers for lunch instead. We explored a little bit and found a motel about 15 minutes away from downtown San Antonio and the Riverwalk. Found a Sports Authority and finally got a pair of hiking shoes for Smalls, got some ice for the cooler and headed downtown to see the Alamo and Riverwalk. Of course, we arrived 30 minutes after the Alamo closed, but we got a few good pictures nonetheless. Walked a few blocks to the Riverwalk and strolled down the river under huge, charmingly out-of-place trees and past dozens of adorable shops, nice restaurants, and gorgeous hotels. Every 5 minutes or so, one of several riverboats would buzz by with about 20 passengers and an enthusiastic guide/captain rattling off facts about the Walk.
We looked around for Lulu's Bakery and Cafe for a bit, only to be told by a nice family that it was a little out of walking distance and probably closed, so we decided to save it for the next day. Lulu's - the famous and popular home of San Antonio's best country fried steak and a notorious 3 pound Cinnamon Bun - was on the list of must-do's while in San Antonio. We made our way back to the car and took a short trip down the street to Rosario's (also recommended by the nice family), a Mexican restaurant in a seemingly-deserted part of town. Long story short, we ate way too much, but it was too good to leave on the plate; hands down the best Mexican food either of us have ever had. Note: if you make your own guacamole, try putting feta cheese in it. We rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and into the car, got to the motel and crashed immediately.

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