If a dirty bike is a happy bike…

bugs…then this is a very happy bike! The folks at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson had done a beautiful job of detailing the bike following the oil change and new Dunlop tire install but that was several thousand miles ago. We are reducing the bug population in the Southwest!

San Antonio is a very special town. The original river that runs through the town was left intact and unaltered with the exception of the concrete and stone that now contains it. It runs on the same track it always had right through the heart of the city. Our time there was relaxing and fun. Having a day off of the bike, sort of, was great. We did get the Harley out one time and rode to Alamo Harley Davidson and on to breakfast. Met the staff in sales and service who were on their game. The dealership has a nice feel to it. I appreciate dealerships that feel like a motorcycle shop where riders are welcome. That describes Alamo HD. The boys in the service department recommended a local Mexican breakfast spot. The breakfast tacos were $1.29 and were the size of footballs!

We spent the day walking the Riverwalk, took a 45 minute tour of the river on one of the Rio boats complete with a riverboat captain who was also a tour guide. We learned much about the history of the river and the town as well some of the interested people of the area. Dinner was at The Esquire. It is the oldest establishment on the Riverwalk. It became a bar on December 5th, 1933 at midnight when America’s prohibition period came to a close. In fact, all they had to do was put up a sign as it had been a speakeasy prior to that. Everythings legal until you get caught right?

san antonio3The front streetside entrance to The Esquire is rather non-descript.

Upon entering The Esquire the first thing you can’t help but notice is the beautiful original bar made entirely of hard wood. It is over 1,000 feet long and is the longest bar in the state of Texas!

san antonio2Beer stained hard wood that could tell many stories if it could talk.

When you walk out the back of the bar there is a wrought iron deck where you can enjoy dinner overlooking the narrow river. The Riverwalk is a magical place. Our dinner was fantastic, the service was first rate and the Margarita was exceptional. Well…we were in fact walking so it’s cool.

san antonio1Colette and I truly enjoyed our little corner of the world for dinner at The Esquire. The boats were slipping quietly by in the waters below and people watching along the Riverwalk was outstanding.

Yesterday we had a fine two lane trip across Highway 90 to Beaumont, Texas with a quiet night including 8 hours of great sleep. Today we are loading up the Harley and heading to New Orleans. We will arrive late afternoon today and enjly the craziness of Halloween on Bourbon Street. If we survive that, we will have more stories from the road!

Barry

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