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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…

 

Texas Independence Trail Motorcycle Ride Day 1 May 2013

 

Map of Day 1

Map of Day 1

After seeing an article in the “Texas Highways” magazine about the “Texas Independence Trail” I thought it would be a good motorcycle ride. I have seen the road signs in the past many times but hadn’t given it much thought until seeing this article. The Texas Historical Commission has charted out a good motorcycle adventure with its delineation of the Texas Independence Trail region. The trail is an area that winds through the Houston/Galveston area following the coast to West Columbia and Victoria. The trail then continues on to Goliad, San Antonio, Gonzales, Bastrop and Brenham. All along the trail are sites rich in Texas Independence history and much more.

Texas Independence Hall @ Washington on the Brazos

Texas Independence Hall @ Washington on the Brazos

 

Texas Independence Trail road signs.

Texas Independence Trail road signs.

Here is a timeline for those of you not familiar with Texas history. It will help you unravel what happened and maybe you understand what I was seeing…

  • December 1821: Stephen F. Austin settles the first 300 Anglo families in Texas.
  • April 1834: Santa Anna takes control of Mexico and repeals Constitution of 1824.
  • October 2, 1835: The first military engagement of the Texas Revolution.
  • February 22/24 1836: Santa Anna attacks the Alamo.
  • March 2, 1836: Texian delegates (comprised of Anglo and Mexican) gather at Washington on the Brazos to sign a declaration of independence and create a government.
  • March 6, 1836: The Alamo falls to Santa Anna and the Mexican Army.
  • March 27, 1836: Col. Fannin and his men are massacred at Goliad.
  • April 21, 1836: General Sam Houston and the Texas Army defeat Santa Anna at San Jacinto.
  • October 1836: The first permanent government of the Republic was elected under President Sam Houston, and met at Columbia in the fall of 1836.

100_6195   Due to the logistics, I wasn’t able follow the exact trail. I did follow it as much as possible. There is a lot to see on the trail, but I was limited by time, so I tried to hit the most significant points along the way. These were my goals…

Janet was in San Diego so she wasn’t able to go on the ride. My cousin W. D. was going but at the last minute he had to put his scooter in the shop and he is waiting on a part. I thought about not doing the ride. I decided if I was going I needed to leave the next day. Late that night, I packed everything and loaded the saddle bags to leave the next morning and hoped I hadn’t forgotten something. When I left the weather was perfect, 66 degrees and partly cloudy. I headed out and was about 20 miles from home when I realized… I had left the camera! I had to have the camera… so back home I went. I lost about an hour but I had lots of daylight left. The total mileage for today was 198 miles, excluding the miles for going back home for the camera.

Texas Independence Trail motorcycle ride

Independence Hall @ Washington on the Brazos

My first and only stop today is Washington on the Brazos the site of Texas declaring its independence from Mexico. The ride to Washington on the Brazos was a good one. The spring wildflowers were still blooming and added a splash of color to the green from the recent rains. Along my route were many gentle hills covered in trees and open pasture areas. There were some nice gentle curves along the way, too. It was a cool ride both figuratively and literally.

Washington on the Brazos Visitor Center

Washington on the Brazos Visitor Center

Washington on the Brazos, the birth place of Texas, is now a state park. You can walk the grounds where there are markers telling what was where at the time. Everything is free unless you want to take one of the guided tours or tour the new “The Star of the Republic” museum. The museum is administered by Blinn College. Independence Hall is revered as one of Texas’ most significant historic places. The original building burned sometime around the turn of the century but a replica of Independence Hall marks the place where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was created.

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Independence Hall

Also at the park is the Barrington Living History Farm where you can travel back in time to participate in the daily activities of an 1850’s cotton farm. You may take part in seasonal activities, daily chores, games and toys of the time. I could have stayed longer at the park… there is a lot to take in… but it was almost 1:00 and I was starving. So I was back on the road looking for a good place to eat…

Texas Independence Trail

Texas Independence Trail

I had made good time in spite of the late start. Now it was on to visit my son Tony and his family in Spring. The ride was more of what I had seen earlier in the day. Gentle hills and curves with wild flowers beside the road and in open pastures… It was nice, not too warm and traffic wasn’t bad. I was dreading Houston traffic and was relieved that it was not too bad… This was partly because it was Saturday and I had some good luck. I stayed the night with Tony and we had a nice visit. Savanna, my granddaughter, wasn’t too sure about me and the motorcycle… but since grandma wasn’t with me (she is a grandma’s girl) it didn’t take her long to get over it. She had to show me all of her dolls, toys and her new big girl bed. Tomorrow it is on to the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument… Stay tuned… You can read the other posts about this ride here…