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Stores in the road next to the University opened at 9 and it didn't take me long to pick up a Longhorn's cap.
Waited at the lights to cross the road and a picture of the University Entrance sign and as I'm crossing the road a maintenance van stopped directly in front of it, so this is the best...
Breakfast included at the hotel, started with a waffle and a coffee.
Texans really do love Texas
Off to the University of Texas, a short 10 minute stroll from the hotel. A few reasons to visit - the football stadium and their trophy rooms; wanted to visit the site of the Charles Whitman...
Time for something to eat and definitely needed something a bit healthy and with a bit of colour
Down to the Congress Avenue Bridge where a colony of a million and a half bats reside and it's a bit of an attraction to see when they swarm out for their nightly feed.
Close to action time...
Some of the memorials/statues within the grounds
Defenders of the Alamo
Another Statue of Liberty
Vietnam War Memorial
Heat was getting to me a bit by this stage, so walked the few minutes to the hotel for a shower and a bit of time off the feet
Headed down South Congress Avenue which is the quirky and hip shopping/restaurant area of Austin. As someone who was never quirky nor hip in my younger days, a few quick singles away from raising my bat, I'm certainly no closer to being either of the two now.
Some decent opportunities...
Down to 6th Ave, the entertainment heart of Austin. Not much going on mid Monday morning, quite few homeless around though
Lots of scooters around, I was happy to stay on my feet though. Down Congress Ave and to the Congress Avenue Bridge and over the Colorado River.
Nice view of the...
Up early for the shuttle pick up and the quick flight to Austin. Bit of a worry when my shuttle hadn't arrived about 5 minutes till the end of my 15 minute window, but check on the shuttle app gives a van location, was a couple of blocks away so all was good.
Only one in the van and a quick 15...
Game was a bit of a fizzer never reaching any great heights. Texans couldn't get anything going with their time with the ball and lot of the crowd was leaving half way into the last quarter..
Back on the light rail for a crowded, hot ride back into the downtown area. Went pass the Greyhound...
The eighth wonder of the world
Through security and then inside the gates to pick up my ticket
Picked up the ticket, bought a bit of gear, then more security to get inside the stadium
Am a Texan fan and wanted to see Deshaun Watson in action, added bonus also get to see Cam...
Poor view of the train that runs after every Astros home run
Inside of Union Station which is the main lobby entrance to the stadium
And finally some signs of life
Not much happening in Main Street
Back to the hotel for a shower and another change of shirt as it was uncomfortably hot...
Up and out and about by about 7.30, Sunday morning and again almost desserted Houston streets, was the odd jogger around.
Houston's basketball and baseball stadiums are in close proximity to each other in the downtown area and they were where I was headed.
First up, the Toyota Centre...
Been back for a few days and time to get on with the report.
Must give a well done to Qantas on the Perth - Sydney red eye for serving a gozleme as the meal, perfect for the timing of the flight.
After a shower and some breakfast had a bit of a wander and spent about 45 minutes in the American...
Finally on my way, the boss safely delivered to her holiday house on the beach
No upgrade success on the Red Eye to Sydney, so a bit of an uncomfortable flight with sleep coming intermittently in 5 and 10 minute instalments.
Success for the flight to Dallas though, albeit only up to Premium...
Just under 3 weeks to go and have had contact with the Head of Football Operations at Arkansas State. His email to me pretty much says 'Noel, you're welcome to visit us any time and you have open access to all areas, coaches, team and player meetings for the time you are here'.