Editor’s note: Staff writer Chuck Williams is reporting about three local Alabama fans on a road trip to the title game. This is his second installment.
By CHUCK WILLIAMS
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Now, Roy Dixon Jr., Shawn Taylor and Jimmy Messick, three rabid Alabama fans on a road trip to the national championship game in Pasadena, really dislike Texas.
That’s what happens when you spend the better part of a day driving across it.
“I have driven to San Antonio before, but I didn’t realize how much more there was to Texas,” said Messick, an Aflac agent.
Late Monday, they made it to Gilbert, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. They have spent 27 hours and 27 minutes driving. They are 1,879 miles into the journey.
They spent the night in Arizona with Randy and Vicki Schafbuch, friends of Taylor.
They are five hours from Pasadena and plan to finish the trip today.
They already are thinking about the return trip.
“I am not sure I am going to drive back across Texas,” Dixon said. “Jimmy and I have decided it’s Shawn’s car, and we may let him drive it back without us.”
They still don’t have tickets.
“We have had two or three folks call and say they have phone calls out for us,” Messick said. “We might get out there and have 20 tickets, or we might get out there and not have any.”
The average price for tickets, which have a face value of $200, is more than $1,000, according to online ticket brokers.