Central TX Ural/Sidecar Group Ride March 24

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  1. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    For anyone who just happens to be in Central Texas on March 24, I will be leading a sidecar group ride beginning at Granny D's in Canyon Lake, TX, with a loop ride through Luckenbach, Boerne, Bulverde, New Braunfels, and back to Canyon Lake. I will be there for breakfast and for meeting and greeting folks at 8:00 am and the ride will begin at 9:00. We should return to Granny D's around lunch time. If you plan to attend, bring an appetite. Granny is very generous with her servings.

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  2. sayounara

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    This looks amazing. Do you have any more information on the ride? As a native Texan, this is the part where I give you grief over "Central Texas".
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  3. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Okay, okay. South Texas? South Central? I'm a native Texan, but from the southeast, between Beaumont and Houston originally.


    I'm part of a group called TURD, that's the Texas Ural Rider's Division, and the Central Texas Foilheads. We're trying to start organizing monthly group rides where bikes like the Ural are the main feature. Some of us have been riding with other groups and have had problems when trying to keep up with a bunch of DS and ADV bikes on some of the hill country back roads and dirt roads. Not that we haven't been able to keep up, but we're tearing up man and machine to do so. So this is an effort to bring together some folks with Urals and other oddities so that we can ride together at a pace better keeping with the designed intentions of our bikes.


    The plan, for now, is to meet up at Granny D's in Canyon Lake. I'd like to be done with breakfast and head out at 9:00, so that we can complete the loop before it starts getting too hot. I plan to ride in a counter-clockwise direction. Upon leaving the restaurant, we will hit a gas station in Canyon Lake. We should be able to make it all the way to Luckenbach without needing to stop for gas. I'll probably add a gas stop near Luckenbach, just to be on the safe side, if someone needs it. After spending a little time in Luckenbach, we will head towards the Old Number Nine road between Fredericksburg and Comfort. We'll turn on RM 473 and take it through Sisterdale and on to the north end of RM 474. We'll take 474 to Boerne. There's plenty of places to get gas in Boerne. I'm a bit torn on which route I want to take between Boerne and New Braunfels. The shown route has no stop lights and just a couple stop signs, but it is a slow road. But it's a nice ride with a lot of up and down but not much in the way of curves, at least until past Bulverde. The speed then picks up to a 55 mph road on to New Braunfels. Then up River Road and back to where we began.

    The ride is a rider's ride. I'll be leading it. I'd rather ride than sit and talk, so I don't intend to spend much time in Luckenbach when we get there. Just take a bit of a stretch, drink a bottle of water, and get back on it. The roads are almost exclusively two lane roads. I picked the best twisty roads I could find in this area. I'm trying to keep things in a sort of central location between San Antonio and Austin so that more people can make it.

    I hope that answers your question about the ride and I hope to see you there.
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    jwaller Been here awhile

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    I went out for a little recon of the route. I rode it today in a clockwise direction, starting and ending in my house. I wanted to make sure of the distances between points for gas planning reasons. There's about a 165 km stretch without seeing a gas station unless a short detour is made close to Luckenbach. Getting to the gas station near Luckenbach adds only 14 km to the ride, and I think it's wise to go ahead and top off there, just to be on the safe side. The roads are great. Most of the ride has speed limits of 55 or less, but a couple parts have speed limits of 60 mph. It's all 2 lane (and even one lane) except for a couple miles in town in New Braunfels. Some of the route, Little Blanco Road in particular, looks more like the driveway of some really rich rancher than a public road, but it's definitely a public county road; a one-lane road through ranch land with free ranging cattle along the banks of the Little Blanco River. Very scenic riding on this route.

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  5. sayounara

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    Howdy again JWaller!

    I have been lurking the 'adv rider' forums looking for anything to tag-along with/to, but more or less oriented towards something off the major thoroughfares. New to the ADVRider scene, but not the road or off road. Questions answered most sufficiently - more or less inquiring about route/road/speed/expectations. On a 1981 Yamaha XJ550 here - can't really claim any strong suites for this little thing, but it sure is fun. Any sort of scenic picture areas on your planned route? Generally familiar with SATX - med district/rolling oaks mall area; have also cycled the MS150 from SA to NB - that was fun.

    Can probably agree with you on the 'south central' part, but after having lived in central, south, and east - they all pretty much run together. :lol3R0ckport native - we all know how that went.

    Found the cross post on TWTex: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116790

    Only caveat for myself: 2.5hr to get to you, and 2.5hr to get home. I suppose all of the trip legs can be rounded up to the nearest hour and will probably put me over budget for saddle-time VS available cognitive skills for the day. I poop out after about 6/7pm and probably won't be able to tag along on this. But, Im creeping TWTex for the next "Central Texas" ride (hopefully something around ATX before my next kiddo joins the family).

    Thank you JWaller,
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