What do you get when we add together a beautiful day, a motorcycle ride, and a seafood festival as your destination? Well, we got two smiling faces and full bellies! That describes our motorcycle day trip from Castroville to Matagorda, Texas! What a great memory!
On the first day of March (2016), we rolled out of Alsation RV Resort in Castroville to make way back to Galveston Island, Texas. We had reservations made the previous October for the month of March. There was a promise of good, spring-like weather and some good old fashion beach time.
While we were driving closer to Galveston, we drove under a huge banner strung over the Main Street in Bay City that\ read “6th Annual Seafood Festival – March 12, 2016 – Matagorda”. Of course, being we are big seafood connoisseurs, we made a mental note. It sounded like a great opportune motorcycle day-trip! Two weeks later, we did just that!
Rising with the Gulf sun…
On the morning of the 12th, we rose with the sun, had our coffee, laced up our black road boots and grabbed our sunglasses and helmets. With a road map, water bottles and sweatshirts stowed, we two-up’d on my Heritage (Dan’s bike was sold by then) to ride to Matagorda. We rode south on Route 332 on Galveston Island to the Freeport bridge that led to the mainland.
Matagorda isn’t by any means a large city or town but that’s what we are all about small towns. Its where we think America begins and ends.
Matagorda is a township in Matagorda County, located near the mouth of the Colorado River on the Upper Texas coast in the United States. In 2010, the population was 503. Matagorda is primarily a tourist town with commercial and recreational fishing being the top industries. There are 23 miles of beach accessible by vehicle and 35 additional miles accessible only by boat. Matagorda is at the end of State Highway 60 and beginning of Farm to Market Road 2031, which runs over the Intracoastal Waterway and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
We thought because this was at the town’s Fire Hall, it meant it was going to be just a small fundraiser for a local organization. When we entered the town of Matagorda, we were surprisingly wrong. There were cars and pickups parked on both sides of the street about a half mile back.
We thought we’d have a hard time finding even a small space for the motorcycle, however, we scored! Once we got to the entrance of the festival, a nice man in a neon orange vest directed us to a space right smack near the main gate. Coincidentally, it was ‘motorcycle and golf cart parking’ for a local bar and grill. Who’da known!?
Once we got off the bike, we took off riding gear, slapped on our ballcaps and walked the very short distance to the main gate booth to pay for our $5 each event bracelets. It was rather crowded.
We noticed that folks traveled quite a ways to support this worthwhile festival by reading their shirts and hats. There were folks of all ages; tots, teens, twenties and tea toters.
Once we got inside the festival, there were some local vendors who sold their crafts and wares. We couldn’t really buy anything because, of course, we live in an RV with very limited space and weight. But we still looked.
There was a lot going on; silent auction, raffles, organization support tables, arts & crafts, kids tattoos and face painting, a live ‘Texas Cajun’ band…
…and even their own….Texas Hula Belly Dancers! No….REALLY…we got pictures!! SEE!!
Since it was nearing 11:00 a.m., we bee-lined to the food table. We paid our $10 each for our tickets to get our platters. We were so ready for this moment! We love seafood and where better than to get it a ‘seafood festival’!
There was ample seating for everyone to enjoy their vittles. Our only complaint was the only non-alcoholic beverage they offered was ‘sweet tea’. We don’t do sweet tea…we don’t do sugar. Luckily, we had our water bottles. We copped a squat at one of the tables and dug right in!
We had to get back on the road as it was getting late. We had some places to stop on our way back to our home on wheels. Though it was still quite breezy, we still enjoyed the ride.
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