The next night was spent in Langtry, TX, home of Judge Roy Bean, the West's most colorful Justice of the peace, in the late 19th century.
He pronounced his decisions in this combination saloon/billiard hall/courtroom, the "Jersey Lilly," and was known as the "Law west of the Pecos."
It was here that the Southern Pacific's Sunset Route was completed in early 1883.
Nearby are some "fixer-uppers" from the era, and behind them is a place where you can stay overnight for a $2 donation.
The last night on the road was spent at a rest area south of Laredo, TX, right across the Rio Grande River from Mexico. This border patrol guy was checking the area when we got here.
Evidence of illegal alien traffic was all over the ground. Can't they at least put their empty water bottles in the 2 big trash cans right here?
One of the first things on the agenda when we made it to the Rio Grande Valley was Gayle's birthday party. The singles are a big presence here, and everyone seems to know everyone else. In addition to snacks, margheritas, and birthday cake, there were 20 pizzas!
Gayle has quite a sense of humor - I just loved the napkins! It was nice to see a lot of the people I met when I was here last year.