The small whistle-stop town of Langtry, TX sat off the main highway overlooking the banks of the Rio Grande. At a closed gas station/grocery store, I turned down the beaten and chipped old road headed for the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center. A modern Texas State visitor center with maps, bathrooms and small exhibits guards the old buildings out back. Judge Bean was a humorous and curious figure in western lore, executing his own style of frontier justice from his bar/courthouse, "The Jersey Lilly" Wiki Article
The Amistad Reservoir offers a free spot to camp for the night off Spur 406. I continue down the narrow highway realizing that this once was the old US90 before the Rio Grande was dammed. I ride until the yellow line disappears into the blue waters and stop to write in my journal. Ducks paddle by and frogs croak in this manmade oasis in the desert.