Texas Hill Country

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ChiGuy64, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    I'm not much of a writer, so I'll briefly share my recent trip to the Texas Hill Country through a few pictures...

    Synopsis: Six-day trip beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013, and concluding Thursday, April 25, 2013. Round trip from Atlanta, GA to Junction, TX is approximately 2200 miles.

    Saturday, April 20th. The Wee is gassed up and ready to roll. I had the bike geared higher for all the slab riding I planned to do. Boy! That made the bike run much smoother! As you can tell from the side cases and wheels, I haven't graduated to being a true adventure rider. Yet. :D
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    I won't bore you with too many photos of me slabbing it through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Actually, this was my first time taking photos while riding. I've seen some phenomenal pics on ADVrider. Don't get excited. These ARE NOT those kinds of pics.

    Somewhere in Alabama:
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    That's me:
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    Crossing into LA (no, not California):
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    Sunday morning, April 21st. After an overnight stay in Ruston, LA, it was time to move on.

    Shreveport:
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    The obligatory pic at the Texas line...
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    A better picture of me:
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    According to the mile markers, over 600 miles to cross the state!? Wow! Texas IS big!
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    I liked the posted speed limits on I-20 in Texas. Admittedly, on a few occasions I considered the black/white signs a "suggestion." :rofl
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    Approaching Dallas:
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    Downtown Dallas:
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    Where the men with the bats play:
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    Where the girls play (sorry Cowboy fans. Go Bears!!!):
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    Texas sure is flat...
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    ...but there were some interesting places to take pics
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    Monday, April 22nd. Flower Sniffin' Day 1 - Riding the "Three Sisters" (TX Routes 335, 336, and 337):
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    Hills in the background. Not as flat as I thought it would be:
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    A small town in Texas:
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    Some "rough road riding." Not!!! :D:

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    A man's gotta eat:

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    Keeping track of where I'm going:
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    The cockpit:
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    Tuesday, April 23rd. Flower Sniffin' Day 2 - Willow City Loop:
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    I hear a Willie Nelson song made this place famous:

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    Wednesday, April 24th. Flower Sniffin' Day 3 - More riding through the hills:
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    When I came out of a curve, I was met by these:
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    Stonehenge II, Ingram, TX:
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    Easter Island-like statues:
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    Thursday, April 25th. Just like the outbound trip, I slabbed it all the way back to Atlanta. This time on I-10. Again, boring. But the weather was so perfect that instead of stopping in Louisiana to camp overnight, I just kept riding until I got back to Atlanta.

    San Antonio:
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    Baton Rouge:
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    If I had known I would ride 1100 miles stopping only for gas/stretching breaks, I would have documented it and submitted the paperwork for an Iron Butt certificate. Oh well. Next time.

    That's all folks!!!
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  2. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    We never formally met during the ride (I was with the rough road group) but we were glad to have you in Junction for this event. Sounds like your trip back was a good one.
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  3. sandsman

    sandsman Back in the saddle again..............

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    Come on back to Texas as soon as you can......you missed a couple of spots like......Big Bend NP, Palo Duro Canyon, and thousands of miles of the best Farm to Market (FM) roads anywhere. I am glad you enjoyed your visit.:D
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  4. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    I had a great time. Seeing that part of Texas from a motorcycle is a memory that will stay with me.
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  5. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    Those are a few of the places I intend to visit in the near future. I need to get acquainted with off-road riding to expand my opportuniites.
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  6. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I haven't made it to the Hill country yet, have it on the list though.
    Thanks for posting the RR.
    Jim
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  7. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    thanks for posting mate...i like seeing other places were others ride..very similar in landscape to whats down here...
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  8. Tom48

    Tom48 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ride and great pictures
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  9. wipfel

    wipfel Been here awhile

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    I'm sorry. Prayers sent.
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  10. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Nice tour. The old towns are cool. Appreciate the details in some of your pics. Thanks. :D
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  11. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Thanks for posting your trip, glad you got to see Luckenbach, Stonehenge and Willow City Loop,
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  12. McRuss

    McRuss Been here awhile

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    Glad you got to meet the Sisters, we like 'em! (watch for write up in Rider Magazine on them before too long.)
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  13. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    thanks for posting, i was planning on heading that way tomorrow night, but looks like it'll be some time next week. before i get to leave out.


    did ya see anything that i "can't miss"

    3 sisters was #1 on 100 greatest motorcycle roads
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  14. txplants

    txplants Pastafarian

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    Thanks for posting! :clap You've got me fired up to head to the Hill Country!
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  15. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    Outside of the Three Sisters? No, I can't say there was anything that "I" found of interest. Of course, that's subjective.
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  16. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    From where you are, that's a day trip. Get over there and enjoy!
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  17. terryckdbf

    terryckdbf Pickles

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    Darryl, that is because you live an hour from twistie nirvana. Welcome to adv, keep 'em straight on the MTF.

    Really enjoyed your trip report.

    Terry
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  18. ChiGuy64

    ChiGuy64 Adventurer-in-Tng

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    Good point, Terry. Living close to the GA mountains is definitely a plus if you ride on two wheels.

    I don't know if anyone can keep the misfits on the MTF in line. :D
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