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Texas Independence Trail Motorcycle Ride Day 3 May 2013

Map of Day 3 Ride Route

Map of Day 3 Ride Route

Today is an easy ride. I am only riding 110 miles.  I am riding to my sister Edna Jean’s to spend the night and visit and catch up on what has happened with her and her family.

Rolling down Hwy 35 toward Palacios

Rolling down Hwy 35 toward Palacios

There are no stops at any historic sites today just riding through nice coastal scenery.  I have another cool, clear sky riding day today. It’s been a very long time since I’ve come this way so I was taking it slow and easy allowing me to take it all in and remember the many days gone by. Leaving West Columbia, my ride today will take me down Hwy. 35 through Bay City, Palacios to Port Lavaca where I pick up Hwy 87 to Victoria.

Tres Palacios Bay at Palacios, Texas

Tres Palacios Bay at Palacios, Texas

I must say my ride through Palacios was the highlight of the ride. As you ride into Palacios from the east on Highway 35 it takes a sharp right. If you look to the right you have a good view of Tres Palacios Bay. When I saw the bay I continued on to East Bay Blvd to a boat ramp. I parked to stretch my legs and take in the view and enjoy the nice breeze coming off the bay. It was nice walking around the pier watching the fish jump and Seagulls hovering looking for their next meal.

Palacios (Spanish for palace) is midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi. Palacios is a small town of 5,000 and is the Shrimp Capital of Texas. I love small towns and this is another good little town.

Palacios is a favorite for tourists from all over who enjoy its palm-tree lined bay front, parks, fishing and boating as well as its year-round beautiful, mild weather and it is a favorite with birdwatchers.

A seawall walkway is a great place for a stroll; the adjoining fishing piers offer a good spot for fishermen to try their skills. There is a beach area for swimming and for sunbathing.

There is a lot of lodging in and around Palacios, so I may have to come back and spend some leisure time here away from all the hustle and bustle.

On the bay at Palacios

On the bay at Palacios

After 30 minutes or so I was back on the road. My rides across Carancahua and Lavaca Bays gave nice views from the bridges.  Views from the Lavaca Bay Bridge are exceptional.

I got to my sister’s around 5:30 and spent the rest of the day visiting and catching up.

On the Texas Independence Trail

On the Texas Independence Trail

A short easy ride today but a very nice one…

You can read the other posts about this ride here…