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DAY 73: LONGVIEW, TX TO ROUND ROCK, TX

On the seventy-third day touring in the ID.4, we arrived in Longview, TX. As we were navigating highway 31 westbound, we stopped by a small bbq stand near Douglas, TX. The stand specialized in the Texas style of barbecue that prepares the meat in a smoker for several hours and then cooked at a low-temperature slowly. There were two semi-trucks carrying oversized loads which consisted of very large, prefabricated sheds. Along the highway, there was a lovely, vintage Beetle parked next to some flower sculptures that also included a palm tree. The Beetle had light blue color and the wheels were a bright pink. The old car was in the front yard of The Lindy Mall. The Lindy Mall is a vintage and antique galleria that sells almost anything in the category from antique furniture to vintage comic books. Inside, it features a full-sized carriage-buggy hanging from the ceiling. Also, in Malakoff, The Wildhorse Boutique displayed a brightly colored mural that displayed a Texas desert scene. The mural had a unique twist that exhibited the front end of a pink, classic car that portrays three carefree women riding with the wind in their hair. We then stopped in Corsicana, TX, and checked out the downtown area a bit. A large black metal arch spread across the historic district of the town. There was also a bronze statue of a man with a microphone and cane. The honored man is Dick Aldama, a Corsicana legend that hosted the town’s radio station for over four decades and a very active member of the community. We continued taking the 31 and stopped at a Texas tavern-style restaurant, called The Lonestar Tavern & Steakhouse. The restaurant has the old southern charm with bullhorns by the entrance and a golden Texas lone star. From the highway, we could see the Waco, TX skyline. As we continued driving south, we could see the Austin, TX skyline in the distance. The sky gave a spectacular finale to our day with a marvelous sunset that filled the sky with a burst of warm shades of orange. 

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