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Rio Grande Valley Trip

Before the trip and pictures, here is a just a little fill in.... 3 1/2 years ago my father passed away in a car accident. He was hit by a drunk driver. Now let me go and say that while I forgive the guy that was driving I can't forgive the act of drunk driving. Anyways, I'm getting off track. I was hesitant to go b/c I didn't know what to expect knowing my father wasn't there anymore.

All I can say is I'm very glad I went and though I made new memories now, It still fills a bit empty without him. All my summers were spent with him growing up, so naturally, there is a special place in my heart for this hot, flat, uneventful land, but something about it I just love.

Anyways on to pictures and trip. There is obviously more trip than pictures, but I know we all like to see something.

Started with breakfast in Rosenberg, TX at Bob's Taco Station. They have been on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives with Guy Fieri. Very good breakfast.


After eating there, we tracked on down to Victoira HD.

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Us. This HD place is small place, but I have never seen a more organized place by using up all the space available for merchandise. I frankly like buying and looking. I've seen dealers 5 times larger and have way less than this place. Additionally, I bought some long reach highway mounts and pegs and the guy there was nice enough to let me borrow some tools to install so I can get along on my trip. Highway pegs to the rescue, is indeed an understatement.



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After that we took of to Goliad to visit El Presidio la Bahia. (the fort in the Battle of Goliad). Very sad account as all the men in the fort were killed by the Mexican army. General Fannin being the last person to be killed after his men asked as a last request not to be shot in the face, his possesions be taken to his family, and given a proper burial.....was shot in the face, his possessions spread amongst the soldiers, and burned like a felon. The fort nontheless was very impressive and is the oldest west of the Missisippi








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This flag here was flown to give the Mexican goverment a notice for those Mexicans and early Texans that joined forces to let them know that they would rather cut there right arms off than to serve a dictatorship.



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An original 6 pounder canon destroyed.



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A model recreation of the battle grounds out side of El Bahia

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This plant, with that tall stock coming out of it is it's last hoorah, before it dies


Was hot and super sunny while riding. Kept our faces cover as to not look like raccoons!

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we finally made it to Harlingen, TX and hit rain for most part of the day. We decided to just chillax under the cover and wait out the rain. We stuck around there for about 45 minutes to an hour, while there we listened to music, ate some homemade pumpkin empanadas (stuffed pies basically, for you white guys )








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Great pics Paul. Looks like you guys had a great trip. Thanks for sharing those are some cool pics


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Finally made it to South Padre Island and met up with a buddy of mine on his Fatboy




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