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A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande

Holiday USA West Coast Road Trip in Aug 2022: Day 5 – Afternoon and Evening in La Grande

By Nige on Mon 08 Aug 2022 at 17:38
Story: Holiday USA West Coast Road Trip in Aug 2022
Tags: Hertz | Hilton | Holidays | La Grande | USA

On the way back to the hotel, we got stuck at a rail crossing with the longest freight train we have ever seen.  It took at least 15 mins before it slowly chugged through, allowing us to pass.

Back to the hotel and we checked into room 202 which had 2 queen beds and a separate lounging area.  Vick was happy with the quality of the room.  We have now gotten into the habit of checking bedsheets and towels to ensure they are clean. An early afternoon nap then ensued. 

A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande
A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande
A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande
A very long freight train that we got stuck waiting for in La Grande

We fancied Mexican for dinner this evening.  The top-rated restaurant in La Grande is a Mexican, but the reviews just didn’t stack up.  They were clearly fixed, so we went for the next rated Mexican which was called Cinco de Mayo.

Enjoying a pina colada at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande Enjoying a pina colada at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande
Enjoying a pina colada at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande

After getting a booth, we were quickly furnished with chips, salsa and refried beans.  We ordered some guacamole for $4 and we immediately had a perfect starter.  No need to order any other appetisers.

Chips and salsa at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande Chips and salsa at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande
Chips and salsa at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande

Main course comprised chicken fajitas for Vick and I ordered the beef chimichanga with a chilli on the side.  However, the chilli wasn’t the type of chilli I was expecting!  It ended up being a large green chilli pepper stuffed with a white cheese, cover by a soft tortilla and loads of cheese on the outside.  Weird! 

Dinner at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande Dinner at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande
Dinner at Cinco de Mayo in La Grande

The chimichanga was good though. We did have a real laugh with the waitress, who was lovely.  Vick asked for some water (pronounced with a T) – our waitress looked at us really confused and asked whether we meant beer?  We then attempted to describe what we meant: mineral water, water out of a tap etc.  Still no comprendez.  In the end, Vick pronounced it with a D in the way Americans do and suddenly she knew what we wanted.  Bizarre.

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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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