I decided to drive down to Austin to do the walk there. It started from a truck stop along I-90. A walk across the parking lot brought me to a bike trail that ran parallel to I -90 and then across the freeway on a bridge. This brought me into an industrial area on the left hand side with a railroad track on the right hand side -- safe walking, but not too scenic. A few minutes later I connected to some city streets and then got into a park area long the Mill Pond.
|Fall Flowers along the Mill Pond|
At the end of the pond I walked over to Main Street and to the SPAM Museum.
SPAM is made from pork shoulder. This is a meat that in the United States went somewhat unused. When I heard this I couldn't help but think about the delicious grilled pork shoulder that is made during bonfires at Reymontowka. I've always know about SPAM but on this visit learned the name was hatched at New Year's Eve party. The product was being tested and needed a name and one guest came up with SPAM, taking the first two letters from spiced and the last two letters from ham.
One walks into the museum under a display that may go unnoticed since it's over one's head. The clerk at the reception desk called my attention to the 3, 390 cans of SPAM.
The product really came into its hey-day during World War II. Because it was canned, it could be shipped everywhere without spoilage. It appears the U.S military lived on this and also introduced it all over.
The museum is free, worth of the stop if you are in the area, but should be free because it is somewhat an advertisement for Hormel.
One walks into a display of many different products.
A woman was walking about offering samples of SPAM.
After leaving the museum the route took me back along the other side of the Mill Pond, then to the bike trail and back along the industrial area and to the truck stop where I had left my car.
Good exercise -- glad I did this once, but probably won't do this twice!