Day 5: The Best Steak In the World

On my way to Oklahoma City, I did not check-in any hotel. I slept two hours on highway rest area.

I arrived Oklahoma City around 9am. After arriving my friend’s place, the first thing I did is call Honda dealer. The service guy gave me the phone number of auto glass shop they usually recommended to their customers. The glass shop told me they can fix my window in a hour.

Yahooooo~~~~ I can go back to my road trip next morning 😀 I brought my car to their shop at 4pm and had it fix by 5pm. :DD
Besides visiting an old friend, the reason I stopped in Oklahoma City is because there is a famous steak here – Cattlemen’s Steak House. In the book, A 1000 place you must visit before you die, this is the only place it said you must visit in the whole Oklahoma. How could I visit Oklahoma without going to there :p

My friend’s bf took us to there around 6pm. The restaurant is in the old town Oklahoma city and looks like an warehouse. James was saying “I don’t believe there will be any good steak in this kind of place”. In less than 10 minutes, he knew he was wrong.

The restaurant is decorated in the middle 60s’ style. We sitted on a leather booth. When the waitress showed me the menu, I was totally shocked. The menu calls their specialty – The Perfect Steak. “Oooooo…… That is it. I am going to give it a try and see is it soooooo goooood”, I was thinking in my mind.

On the menu, it also explains the reason what make steaks in Cattlemen’s Steakhouse different from those you can buy in supermarkets. Usually, those we bought from supermarkets, no matter which USDA grade they are, they all have been frozen before shipping to local store. And then deforzen in local stores. However, Cattlemen’s steak have never been frozen.

We ordered two T-Bone Steak, aka the prefect steak, and one Rib eyes.

My steak was so prefect. It did not taste like any steak I’ve ever had in my life. Before having the prefect steak, my favorite steak in this WORLD is Kobe in RedHouse, Taipei, Taiwan. However, this T-Bone Steak beats Kobe.

It is so soft that once your knife touch it, it becomes two pieces. You don’t have to put any force on your finger. Everything is just so easy. Also, the chef did a prefect job, I ordered it medium, and it was medium. If it was cook a little more, it would be overcooked. If it was cook a little less, it would be too raw. Everything is just prefect cooked.

Having this steak is like eating an ice cream. It is so tender, so juicy, and so soft. Once I put a piece in my mouth, it just dissolved in my mouth. The wonderful taste of beef came out when the meat and blood flowing between my teeth. I’ve never tried a steak like this in my life!!

I would say this is the best steak I’ve ever had in my life. And probably, it is the best steak in this world. Besides kobe, I don’t think there is any other kind of steak can reach this level. Definitely on my trip back to bay area, I will visit Cattlemen’s Steakhouse again.

Day 4: Canyon de Chelly

After spending a night in Helbrook, I woke up at 6am and headed to Chinle,AZ. In my travel guide, it says through Canyon de Chelly is not amazing as Grand Canyon but it is still worthy of a visit.

After driving north 100 miles, I arrived at Canyon de Chelly at 10am. This canyon is more than 34 miles long and has few vista points. I spent 4 hours there and visited all vista points.

I would say Canyon de Chelly is not comparable to Grand Canyon at all. It is not as sheer as Grand Canyon. Also the view there is not as wide as it is in Grand Canyon. But one thing makes it differentiated from Grand Canyon is the Navajo culture. Hundreds years ago, there were Indians living here and you still can see some remains there. After spending four houses there, I thought I had enough history class and decided to start heading to New Mexico.

There are few National Parks are some amazing. Unfortunately, I have some issue with my visa status so that I have to avoid any checkpoint. For this reason, I want to pass New Mexico and Texas as fast as possible. As a result, I did not stop at New Mexico at all.

But one thing in New Mexico is pretty interesting. When I stopped at a gas station, I found they sell FIREWORKS there !!! I’ve never seen shops selling fireworks in united states. I was thinking to buy some fireworks and set it off somewhere else. But I don’t know can I bring it to other states( at least in California, you are not allowed to use it ). So I did not really buy it.

After I passed Albuquerque, NM, an bad thing happened to my car. When a truck passed by my car, something from that truck hit my driver’s side window. That object was so huge and so fast that my window is totally wrecked. At that moment, the window looked like a spider net. It was still a whole piece but kept having some cracking sounds came out. I was so worried and stopped my car at the next exit.

After I stopped my car, I tried to check how bad is the window and I shall have a temporary fix ASAP. The bad thing is I was in the middle of no where. The closest grocery shop is either 30 miles west or 30 miles east from where I was. There is a fastfood shop there, but the shop was about to close, people inside it refused to open the door to listen to my requests. Basically, I am on my own. I tried to contact someone special to help me, she listened to me and suggested me to call AAA. I called AAA asking where is the closest shop, so that I can have my car fix tomorrow morning and continue my trip. Then………. The AAA guy told me their system is down, he can not help me, I shall call them again next morning 🙁

After searching my car trying to find something can be used to fix my window, I found “Salonpas Pain Relieving Patches”. I’ve never known salonpas can be used to fix car until that night 😀 I put all the salonpas I had on my window and drove another 30 miles to next town – Santa Rose, NM.

At that moment, I thought my journey is over because it might take Honda dealer few days to order a new window for me. If I have to stop at a city for few days, I better stop in the city where I have a friend there. For this reason, I decided to drive another 450 miles to visit my friend living in Oklahoma City, OK.

Because the window was broken and the structure was so weak, I can not drive too fast. Otherwise, I might lose my window. Luckily, it did not happen and I arrived Oklahoma city safe and sound.

On my way to Oklahoma, I passed Amarillo, TX and found things in Texas are really DIFFERENT! There are lots of neon light in Amarillo. Shops are built so closed to the highway. Also highway ramps are so short, and make ramps look like drive ways to shops. Each shop has its own highway ramp! I will definitely visit Texas again once my visa problem is resolved.

Some Crazy People On Earth

There are lots of crazy people inspiring me, they are

  1. Kunlin(John) Lee. He is the craziest Taiwanese I’ve ever heard. I’ve been following his blog for more than 4 years. He drove more than 90,000 miles traveling around US in 3 years. That’s insane. If you can read chinese, you must visit this site.
  2. Jim Rogers, a world traveler and an investment banker. Jim Rogers may not be the richest person on earth. But he must be one of the person who can make the most use of his wealth. Jim has traveled around the world…. TWICE. Once by motorcycle and once by car. He set two Guinness World Records in his life
    1. He rode his motorcycle 104,710 km around the world.
    2. He drove his car more than 150,000 miles around the world.
  3. Sjaak Lucassen. Sjaak started his trip on 03/04/2001 and in the following three years, he has never spent two consecutive nights in the same place.

Introduction

I’m a python/java programmer working in bay area. Due to some reason, I have one month vacation by accident. So I decide to take a month break and drive from bay area to east coast. My ideal route would be driving from SF – Tucson – El Paso – San Antoine – Houston – New Orlean – Miami – Chicago – Route 66 – SF. In total, I have to drive around 8000 miles in 20 days.

You can say this trip is planned or unplanned. This July, I was giving myself a goal, if I can not find a well-paid job by the end of this year, I will just leave US and spend 2 months traveling around US. But (un)luckily, I got a new job offer in 2 weeks. And even more (un)luckily, I still have the chance/vacation to travel around US and then spend few months traveling around the world.

Lots of friends asked me, am I serious? Surely, I am not :p This is a long trip. I may or may not be able to finish it, but this is the beauty of (unplanned) road trip. I will spend lots of time with myself and think about my life.

I am 27 years old now and in my late 20 crisis. At my age, most of people are busy doing their business and have no time for fun. If I am looking for a safe bet, I SHALL follow the route most people do. But on the other hand, I only have one youth life, I’ve already wasted lots of it on studying. This is the last chance, before getting married, I can do whatever I want. (Yes, I am a big boy)

Lots of people have the dream to travel around the world. Most of them complain they don’t have time and money. But when they have time and money, they are still looking for other excuses. People are just afraid of change. They afraid they might not be able to finish the trip, they afraid they will not be able to find a new job once they come back, they afraid their work place will changed a lot, they afraid …. Themselves. The hardest part of starting a long trip is to step out your comfort zone. Luckily, I have already faced that question once when I left my home country and everything I familiar with three years ago. So stepping out comfort zone is not such a big problem for me.

So here I am, my first stop of my long trip – Cycle United States.