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This Christmas we decided to camp on the south of Mustang island Texas and have 3 days of silence only eating fruit. It was a great cleanse for our bodies. It also made me realize how unnecessary words are sometimes and it made me think what really needs to be communicated.
We also enjoyed to have the energy of the full moon during this time. There was heavy mist until our last day of camp. This made the nights full with the surreal moon light going through the clouds where we couldn’t tell where the ocean and the earth ended and the sky begun.
When we left camp and started riding to Corpus Christy we felt full of energy. This made us realize how it’s better to eat fruit and seeds while we ride and leave the heavy food for dinner.
When we where getting close to the bridge to cross to Corpus Christi, we noticed when we were heading to some heavy rainy clouds. All of a sudden in one second the great weather we were having along our tour ended and it got cold and windy. Finally the winter was here.
We stayed for two days in Corpus Christi. Then we started to head inland for the first time in our tour. That evening was cold and a little bit rainy. A little bit before getting to a town called Tierra Grande, we found shelter in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. We were surprised of how clean it was. This house provided us rest and shelter while we waited for the weather to get better.
When we left the house we road to Alice where they let us camp on an RV park. That night it begun to rain again and it didn’t stop raining until 2 days after which forced us to stay in the tent, play some music and work on the Spanish and French translation of our movie. Finally the rain stopped and we were ready to get out of the tent and start the new year.
A little bit after we passed the town of San Diego we passed a small cannon on our right and in that moment we noticed a change of energy. We were in the desert now. It was very refreshing to be in a dry and psychedelic atmosphere after spending so much time in the swamps.
We enjoyed a beautiful desert sunset while riding our bikes. Afterwards we made a right on a dirt road where we found a great spot to camp surrounded by plants and cactus. That night we watched the desert sky full with more stars that you can imagine and the coyotes didn’t stop howling. I always think that the sounds the animals make tell you a lot about their nature. The coyotes are night hunters that like to hang out in gangs and surprise animals while their sleeping. Their howling sounds like little evil kids laughing about their new victim. They are the hustlers of the desert.
The next day we road through a Town called Benavides named after Plácido Benavides. A Tejano general who fought against the Mexican army of Santanna during the Texas revolution. He was part of one of the most important battles in San Patricio near San Antonio. Once Texas became independent in 1836 he moved for exile with his family to New Orleans and never came back to Texas.
Now a days Benavides is a town full of old abandoned constructions which evoke an energy of a ghost town which still holds the vibes of the Texas Mexican war.
The next town we passed was Realitos which had a similar energy to Benavides. Then we got to Hebronnville. This town is named after James Richard Hebbron, relative of Plácido Benavides. The town was founded in 1883 when the Texas-Mexican Railway Company built a railroad through the area. This town has the structure of a Mexican town. In the center of town there is a church with Spanish baroque architecture surrounded by a plaza with a kiosk in the middle.