Texas Hill Country Trip

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by loosesprocket, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. loosesprocket

    loosesprocket Been here awhile

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    6 Guys headed to Texas Hill Country 1st week in December for about a week. Will be staying around Kerrville, Fredericksburg area and riding as many of the popular roads as possible. Have been looking at Butler Map of the area, any tips on dirt, gravel, Forest Roads to ride. Also sights and Historical places to check out.
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  2. Blasters Fan

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    Texas Olive company near dripping springs.
    Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg
    Mamacita’s, Kerrville.
    You can park the bike and get a van ride for a wine tour east of Fredericksburg
    The town of Comfort is cool.
    The big rock near Fredericksburg is fun. (Enchanted Rock?)
    LBJ ranch and herb farm also east of Fredericksburg
    Probably should include Luckenbach, but you might need a designated driver.
    The Hunt Store is a local landmark, sometimes has music.

    Sunday House Inn in Fredericksburg has a heated saltwater pool. Inn at Baron’s Creek is fancier.

    I don’t know about gravel roads, but the roads along the two forks of the Guadalupe are good.
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    There is also the dirty sister option about eight and a half miles of gravel

    http://tinyurl.com/yeromsr

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    Hackberry Rd connects 335 and 41
    Hackberry Rd forks onto Home Hollow and connects to 3235/336

    Pretty easy roads, although can get quite muddy after a rain.
    I've washed my Strom in the creek a few times.
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  7. loosesprocket

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    3 Wee Stroms, 1 Super Tenere, 1 GS 1200, 1 GS 650. 4 Coming from North Georgia Mountains, 2 From Nebraska, looking forward to some different riding.
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    Since you’re coming all that way, you should continue to big bend. That’s some different riding than what you’re used too.
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  10. FotoTEX

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    I agree on Big Bend. The best off road riding in Texas, by FAR. JUst returned yesterday. Terlingua Ranch Lodge is a great place to stay. Out in the middle of nowhere. Started by Carroll Shelby in the 60s. On site restaurant and music. Cool place, Great cabins. BRING LOTS OF WATER..... trust me.
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    Hope you have a safe enjoyable visit. I live 20 miles N.E. of downtown San Antonio. If you run into mech issues and need a place to wrench or an assist, just let me know. Will help if I can.

    Agree on the Big Bend National Park area suggestions. Other half and I just returned from a camping/riding trip to Big Bend Ranch State park but that is DRZ territory, not friendly to more road oriented bikes.
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    RamblinMan,
    Thanks for that link! It looks interesting. Been to Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, and Mason area a bunch for many years, but not much around the backroads. Always wondered if there was a way around there.
    Definitely going to check this out.
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    Lots of great back-roads out where you're going to be. I'd suggest staying somewhere outside of Kerrville, as far as lodging goes, as it can be really congested with road traffic. The three sisters are a lot of fun. I'd suggest taking a ride down to Utopia and stopping at The Lost Maples Cafe for breakfast or a burger and slice of pie. The motorcycle museum in Vanderpool is in that area and worth the price of admission, but I believe it's only open on weekends. There are gravel roads in the three sisters area, nothing too technical. Hackberry road is only challenging after a heavy rain, but still plenty fun. Back in May, I went on a dual-sport group ride from Center Point to San Saba. We spent most of the ride between Fredericksburg and San Saba on dirt and gravel roads which seemed more like driveways for some ranch than public roads. Maybe it was lack of familiarity, but I found those roads a bit more challenging than those around the three sisters. The roads in the northern hill country, from my experience, seem to be more sandy and a bit "looser". Plenty of good places for genuine Texas barbecue, too. Honestly, in that area, if you keep to county roads and the state Ranch to Market or Farm to Market roads, you really can't go wrong. They've all got something to make it worth the ride. The National Museum of the War of the Pacific in Fredericksburg shouldn't be missed, if you have the opportunity. If there's going to be a live fire re-enactment it's also worth the extra price of admission, though those are rare. Lots of nice roads west of Austin but the city itself is a real traffic nightmare to be avoided unless you're just wanting to punish yourself.
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    Great information from the above post. Well said Jwaller. I would add Luckenbach for a true Texas experience. Just outside Frederiksburg. Ask any local for directions. Easy to find and a great place to sip a nice cold Lone Star or Shiner..... and usually lots of bikes on week-ends to admire.
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    My wife and I are looking to get out of the cold, gray north in late Dec and we've heard a lot of good things about Texas Hill Country. This is a very helpful thread with answers - thanks to all. We would fly into San Antonio or Austin and we'd like to rent a bike for some 2-up exploring for at least a few of our days.

    Anyone recommend a rental place in either town ?
    I ride a KTM 1290 SA R and and a Wee strom - also logged a lot of miles on GS's
    Thanks !
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    If you cross any low water crossings, and there's a few out there, where the water if flowing across them, watch out. The algae grows on them and they are slicker than grease covered ice. Stay in the tire tracks. It's not as bad.
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    https://lonestarmotorentals.com/ is in Austin. I know one of the guys that owns it. Haven't heard anybody complain about them and they have a decent variety of bikes. He used to work at the old Austin BMW/Triumph dealership.
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    Thanks Woodbutcher. I'll be checking out THC on their Africa Twin for a few days.
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    Tridawg, I heard that! My wife and I were out for a put on some back roads on my 1190s. There was a caution sign warning about the slick condition. I slowed down to 5mph. The back came around to the left, then straight, thought I made it but it swung right, couldn't gather it back and we highsided. We pretty much fell over. We weren't hurt. The gear and crash bars did there job.
    I think the engine drag on the wet moss broke traction. Next time, I'll pull the clutch in. I'm not sure it will help but it should in theory!

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