Houston, TX to Kerrville, TX (June 27, 2015)

This travelogue installment covers my journey from Houston to Kerrville, Texas on Saturday, June 27th. Since I hadn’t yet ever visited the Gulf Coast of Texas, I decided to travel along the coast road from Galveston to Freeport before turning inland. In the hope of also visiting the famous Alamo along the way, I planned my route through San Antonio to pass by its location. Otherwise I would have circumnavigated such a large city.

The following map shows my route for the day’s journey.

My route from Houston to Kerrville, TX

My route from Houston to Kerrville, TX

After departing from the Super-8 motel in Webster shortly after 8 AM CDT, I headed south along I-45 and across the Galveston Causeway to Galveston Island. While crossing the bridge, I took this first photo towards Galveston and caught the fishing boat too.

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Once on the island I started taking photos as I rode southwestward along Seawall Blvd and took this next photo towards the beach.

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On the other side of the road from the beach are numerous town homes and condominiums. Those in this next photo do not seem to be elevated to be above a storm surge, as is the case further along the shore.

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There are also numerous high-rise condo buildings.

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As I passed the Galveston Fishing Pier, I took this photo. On their website there is a live webcam showing activity on the pier and anglers may wish to take a look under “Friend Gallery” at some of the fish caught from the pier.

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Some of the condo buildings looked to be very nice with excellent views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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As I continued further southwest along the barrier island, I noticed that most of the single homes have been placed on rather tall pilings, sometimes quite tall, as shown in these two photos. Since they all looked to be relatively new construction, I wonder how this area will look after a major hurricane passes through and how well these elevated homes will have survived.

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I also saw some rather unusual “homes” along the way. I wonder whether this first one is meant to float during flooding. Although I’ve seen many geodesic domes around the country, it just seems distinctly out of place in this neighborhood.

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This elevated home caught my eye due to the simple, comparatively modern design.

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At 25.1 miles since arriving on Galveston Island, I reached its southern tip at San Luis Pass and the two-lane toll bridge across it. As I recall, it cost me $2 for the 1.3 mile crossing.

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When I reached the east shore of the strait, I noticed several people apparently fishing and took this photo over the bridge railing.

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At Freeport highway TX-332 turns inland along the north side of an enormous chemical facility operated by Dow Chemical, designated as the Oyster Creek Site.

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The landscape and scenery along my route to San Antonio didn’t inspire me to photograph much of it. However, as I approached Victoria, TX, I noticed a large number of very new Caterpillar road construction machines across the highway from the factory. Several of the machines were up on flat rail-cars being prepared for transport.

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Riding through San Antonio is like most major cities: too much traffic and possibly inattentive other drivers. As I neared Alamo Plaza, the growing number of obvious tourists and the congestion gave me pause to reconsider dismounting and actually visiting the Alamo. I just hadn’t allowed enough time for it. Thus, at 2:52 PM CDT as I rode past the Alamo, I took just this single photo. I’ll have to make it back there again someday and do it right.

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As I was leaving the Alamo district, I came along San Pedro Ave. to W. Quincey St. and stopped at a light. On the opposite corner was a building painted with various “artwork” designs, and/or graffiti. It was just too unusual not to take a photo!

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Once I got clear of San Antonio, I followed TX-16 through Bandera all the way to Kerrville. About halfway to Bandera, I took two photos in quick succession to create this panoramic view ahead.

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This final photo shows a telescopic view of the hill ahead and the cross atop it.

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Still some distance from Kerrville, the weather was hinting at possible rain ahead. Thus I put the camera away until I reached the Econo Lodge motel, which was formerly known as the Big Texas Inn. It is located across from the much nicer and thus more expensive Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center. I decided to try their buffet dinner at least and afterwards seriously regretted not spending the extra $40 for a night in such an interesting facility. I suggest a visit to their website to browse the photo gallery. The decor is certainly very “Texan.”

That concludes this travelogue installment for my journey on June 27th. The next day I continued towards Big Bend National Park. More about that journey in my next report.

Don

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I'm a retired computer programmer who enjoys touring the country by motorcycle.
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