What Next Wander Tour

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Evomx971, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    - "And yes Mom, I'm wearing clean underwear in case of an accident and in spite of one." -


    Moms have the same worries,all over the world :D

    Nice ride!

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  2. #1 Sister

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    Learn any southern slang yet?
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  3. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    Kelly,
    Any chance you are packing a spot tracker?
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  4. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    There's been a few characters, got pulled into a 30 minute discussion on head shaving and Popeyes chicken with a black gentleman in Perry, OK that almost needed an interpreter. His New Orleans accent was pretty thick and my south Iowa accent must not have been thick enough. Will have a little more meet and greet time as I slow down from moving south and start doing more general exploring... and I'm still working on a better line than, "hey, you're quite the character, would you stand still a second so I can take a picture of you and show to a bunch of people online".
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  5. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    No spot tracker Ed. I researched them a little and saw some sketchy reports on reliability so decided to pass. I've been keeping the GPS on on my phone (which I know won't always work depending on cell coverage) and have it set up so The Girlfriend can stalk me. :nod
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  6. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    If I make it over to the Houston area... that is going to be a must do.
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  7. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Unfortunately you are running into a horrendous cold front that is supposed to last until next Thursday in Southern NM. I am down in Deming and can show you nice roads when you get down here if you want to PM me in the area. We also have an ADV hostel that Lunatic runs in Las Cruces NM. Supposed to be in the 60s after next Thursday down here. Better stay down by I-10 for sure. Have you considered a swing down into Big Bend in TX? Might want to go down there to warm up then come back up next week. we can also show you the difference between green and red chiles:D.
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  8. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Thursday started in Oklahoma City with the goal of getting to the Dallas area to stay with an old high school buddy. Turned out to be like a day long blind date with Mother Nature, who turns out to like to be called Mona for short. Who knew?

    Based on what I could see about Mona on the internet, she should be nice, maybe wearing some grey, but not nasty in anyway. The real thing that showed up outside my window was not nice and a bit unkempt. Maybe this isn't Mona. I'll hide and see if someone else shows up. It wasn't raining, but it can't be much darker, foggier, and mist any harder without it raining.

    No one else came. Ok, if this is Mona, then I'd better get on with it, but not without protection. Rolled on my rain suit and we drizzled our way out of OKC with all the trucks. "Yes Ms. Red Roof, it would be dryer and warmer to travel by car. Yes Mr. Cowboymanintheparkinglot, I do stay pretty dry wearing this and yes I'm having Fun. Can't you see I'm on a date?"

    Got out of town on I-35, then took to two-lane.

    Once Mona had spent a couple of hours with me and figured out I was in for the long haul she warmed up a bit and started to flirt with me. Started showing me a bit of sun here and there. She quit spitting on me. As much. Seemed like we were getting along pretty good eventhough she wouldn't ditch the dark grey sweater. At a gas station I decided to make a move and ditch my rain jacket and overboots.

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    As usual, I was moving too fast... wanting to take off too much too soon. So she spit on me for a bit more. You nasty girl. But we did go through a really nice area about this time. Was really hoping the scenery would stay like this but it was just about a 5-10 mile section. Turner Falls...
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    Taking Mona to the Falls did the trick. Really started warming up to me but was a major flirt with what I really wanted. Kept showing me the sun, but always just out of reach. "Oh, just a couple more miles south and you can have it. Oh no, just a few more miles. Oh, sorry, I meant over the next hill".

    And like a lot of first dates, I never got it... but I saw it, so that gave me hope for Friday's riding.

    Crossed into Texas while crossing a bridge over Lake Texhoma, which looks surprising just like the mile long bridge over Lake Saylorville back in Iowa. Although it sounds like Lake Texhoma is much bigger.

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    Got to the Dallas/Ft Worth area around 3:00... I had thought about going to see the Fort Worth Stockyards but knew I wouldn't really have time to walk around. Decided to go see where they were in case I wanted to check it out Friday morning on my way out of town. Easy ride to the Stockyards. Pretty cool area of town. Big longhorn cattle with saddles on them along the street. Hmm.

    My buddy lives in The Colony, TX which is on the north side of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Let's just say riding up there from Ft. Worth around rush hour time was a mistake. Clutch hand got a workout. Can probably crack walnuts with that hand now.

    With a name like The Colony, I was wondering if I was going to be entering a gated compound where I'd be brainwashed, renamed Bill-1784, and be told my new job was growing turnips and mixing kool-aid. Nope, The Colony is just a nice suburb on the north side of Dallas. Or maybe they just didn't want me.

    Had a nice evening catching up with my buddy Jeff and his two year old son Spencer. 284 miles for the day.
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  9. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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  10. Evomx971

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    Ahh, now this is what we came down here for. 70 degrees and sunny!

    Thanks to my buddy Jeff, his son Spencer and camera-shy wife Jennifer for the place to stay!!!

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    Wanted to walk through the Cowboy museum at the Stockyards in Ft Worth but with the great weather, just couldn't justify being inside so decided to meander my way down to Austin. Pieced together a mostly two-lane route that ended up mostly being designated as "Texas Lakes Trail". Went through a lot of cool towns with great historic town squares a lot like my hometown of Centerville, IA.

    Today's menu included Granbury, neat town built along a lake. Glen Rose which is know for it's Dinosaur park that has many fossils. Big rocks along the river that runs through Glen Rose...

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    Eulogy, Brazos Point, Kopperl, Lakeside Village, Clifton, where I stopped for late lunch. Honest Pam, this is the first time I've had mexican all trip!

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    Turnersville, Gatesville, Pidcoke with a long ride alongside the Fort Hood Military Reservation, Copperas Cove, then a final run on 4 lane through the suburbs of Austin. Jumped on I-35 for a slow crawl to downtown Austin and splurged on a place I could walk to the nightlife from.

    Roads were mildly entertaining today. Swoopy more than curvy. Lots of scrubby hills. Lots of ranches with crazy tall fences. Most of these are exotic animal or deer ranches. Speaking of wildlife. Started seeing lots of cactus today. First dead armadillo was actually a couple of days ago (sorry, no pic :D), but saw live armadillos, a skunk, and what I sure thought looked like a porcupine playing along the road at different times today. 297 miles today.

    When I came up on this, I really didn't think it was going to fit... but it did by inches.

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    The 6th street scene in downtown Austin was very cool. Really wished The Girlfriend was here to enjoy it with me. Reminded me of Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week. This is the historic Driskill Hotel.

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    Not sure what time it was, but they blocked the streets. Sidewalks were starting to get pretty busy but it doesn't really start swinging down there till pretty late.
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    Sampled a few establishments along the way, lots of good live music, and then got some food at The Jackalope. My pic didn't turn out so had to steal one.
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    Had the Chupacabra... which is a goat burger with chipolte cheese, maybe something else on there. Not sure I've had goat before. Doesn't taste like chicken. Tasted like fantastic beef. Very good burger that went well with a couple of Pacificos. Sat next to an Austin rider originally from the Chicago area currently on a Ninja 650 but recently had a Triumph Speed Triple so had good dinner conversation.

    Good day of riding. Saturday is supposed to be warm, but chances of rain all day. Might try to take in the Texas State History Museum, late lunch at the Salt Lick BBQ south of town, and make my way to Fredericksburg and hole up there for a few days to do some Hill Country loops. Supposed to be pretty chilly around here for the next few days but heck, I'm from Iowa so highs in the 40's really don't feel that bad!
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  11. TheGirlfriend

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    I can't believe you've only had Mexican food once!?! What's up ? So was It wonderful? I can't wait to hear if you like the BBQ today. Let me know when you want to go back to that hotel, or just the ride like A princess! I'm always up for some romance! Ride safe! Love you!
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  12. edstoll

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    Keep up the reporting Kelly. :clap
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  13. blacktruck

    blacktruck Been here awhile

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    I'm in. Can't say I'm envious of you getting to do this but I am interested. I'm still working but one day soon hope to do something similar. Keep going and have some great times and post them up when you can.
    Ride safe man...
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  14. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Thanks for the note and based on your location, THANKS for everything you're doing.
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  15. Evomx971

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    Woke up in downtown Austin not too much worse for wear. A look outside verified it had rained in the night but based on radar it didn't look like it would rain much if at all the rest of the day. Cloudy and going to be in the mid-70's. Hung around and got as much good out of my overpriced room as I could since I'd planned a relatively short, relaxing day. Cruised to the other end of downtown past the impressive Texas capitol building, which of course is just a few feet taller than the national capitol building.

    Visited the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Named after Bob Bullock, a former Lieutenant Governor, and not Sandra. :D
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    Great museum so I could totally get my history geek-on. One of the best parts was watching one of the short movies they had playing that walked through the different battles that occurred for Texas independence and at the end, when Texas wins at the battle of San Jacinto, a bunch of the people in the room clapped and cheered. Love it.

    Scooted out of Austin and headed south for a late lunch/early dinner at Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX based on the advice of a buddy that had been down here before. I was expecting a small rural establishment. In actuality, this place is a BBQ compound. Lots of old stone buildings with tons of inside and outside seating. It was in the middle of the afternoon but there was still a lot of people there. They are making their own wine too so there's also wine tasting rooms. You eat at long tables in huge 'banquet' type rooms... at least that's where I was.

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    They are apparently well known for their brisket... sounds good to me:
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    The meat was very, very good. The bread was fantastic. The sauces were good, but I really like a mustard sauce so was wanting a little there. The potatoes and beans were just ok.

    Ugh... stuffed. When I'm traveling I tend to just eat granola or Clif bars and bananas for breakfast and lunch and I think my stomach shrinks. Then when I get to a big evening meal, I just about can't eat it all. I'll push through. :wink:

    Back on the road headed for Fredericksburg where I plan to spend a few nights and do some loops around the Hill Country. Stayed off the main highway as much as I could. Went by Pedernales Falls State Park... man, I have a huge pet peeve with public parks that charge just to drive through. Would have liked to see the Falls, but just didn't want to pay the $5 to drive in and drive out. Bleh.

    Rode through Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch park. His ranch sits right along the Perdernales River. Neat layout. This church is across the river from the ranch and I thought the color and the way the sun was hitting it was neat.
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    Nice curvy roads making my way to Fredericksburg through ranches. Came up on a guy in a nice old T-Bird. Plugged fuel filter. He had help coming and I was plum out of Thunderbird fuel filters so pressed on.

    At 5:24pm... the cold front hit. Went from 75 degrees to 60 degrees in about a 1/2 mile and the wind picked up. Was still about 20 miles from Fredericksburg and it was starting to feel pretty chilly. Just 97 miles today.

    Found a really nice, affordable mom-and-pop (and-son actually) motel on the north side of town. Park in front of the door. Can push it into the breezeway if bad weather would pop up. Nice people.

    Fredericksburg appears to be a popular destination for folks wanting to get away from Austin and San Antonio for the weekend. Tons of shops, antiques, restaurants, etc. This is a slow time but there was still quite a few people still out walking the main street when I got to town.

    I was still stuffed from the BBQ but the innkeeper said to go down to Hondo's for a beer. I swung by the grocery store and grabbed a few breakfast/lunch type items to have in the room then stopped at Hondo's. The "Almost Patsy Cline Band" was gearing up to play and I nabbed the last stool at the bar. Had my first Lone Star beer which turned out to be damn good. :1drink

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    Great mix of young and old in the place and I was actually surprised at how many songs I recognized since I'm not a big country music fan. The highlight for me was when they played 'Pancho and Lefty'. Love that song. Great conversation with Mike-in-the-Big-Cowboy-Hat from Austin. Got a lot of info regarding the Big Bend area. I'm really intrigued by the McDonald Observatory and their "star parties". Might have to try and make that work.

    Going to be cold on Sunday, but planning to do a loop and go through Luckenbach.
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  16. #1 Sister

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    some cowboy hats! Funny how they stand out to me since we don't see that in Iowa much.

    This is Amy...in case the # 1 Sister username wasn't enough of a hint :D

    It's fun to read your posts...scratches my travel itch a little bit - good thing considering this new momma won't be doing much traveling for awhile yet!
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  17. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    If no one mentioned it yet you should ride the three sisters as long as your in the neighborhood. Perhaps the best road riding in Texas...Go west of Medina on 337 to Leakey, take 336 north to 41, west to 335, south to Camp Wood and then back to Leakey on 337. These roads are made for a Tiger and should be deserted this time of year.......for grub the Old Spanish Trail in Bandera is the best bet for breakfast and for a burger/pie Love Creek Orchard in Medina is a must stop.
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  18. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    Thanks for the message!

    That's the area I rode today but I think I only nailed one sister. :lol3

    About halfway through my ride I stopped and got food at the "Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop" just west of Leakey. Food was ok. Neat establishment that I bet can have some great gatherings in warmer weather. I then did 337 going east out of Leakey. Fantastic road! I went through Comfort and Sisterdale and ended up on Grapetown Rd... deserted and another fantastic road that dumped me out close to Luckenbach. Where everybody is somebody.

    Tomorrow I think I'm going to do a loop up through Mason and fit in some more non-paved route.
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  19. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Good choice, 337 is the prettiest of the sisters. Old San Antonio Road to Grapetown to Luckenbach is a great road on a bike like yours. North of Fredricksburg is another classic, Willow City Loop.
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  20. Evomx971

    Evomx971 Wave as you fly over

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    One full week on the road :thumb

    Woke up to 31 degrees in Fredericksburg, TX... but it was sunny. Let it warm up a few degrees, ate some breakfast, and struck out on a 201 mile loop SW of town.

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    First part of the ride was a nice, swoopy run that hugged and crossed the Guadalupe River. Lots of really neat cabins and resorts built up along the river. Reminded me a lot of riding along the Mississippi in Iowa and Illinois (one of my favorite things to do back home). Most of the crossings are set up so that if it floods, it just runs over the road.
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    Ran down a section of faster, four-lane road that had great views.
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    An Iowa Tiger in the Texas Hills...
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    Any road that has the word "creek" in it... likely runs alongside AND through the creek...
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    Stopped at the Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop in Leakey, TX. Of course it was dead at 2:00 on a Sunday with the temps only in the 40's but it's a neat establishment. They have parts and accessories on one side. A restaurant and bar on the other with a huge breezeway in between, big patio, and shelter out back with a nice view. Had the "Fury" sandwich (grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, and chipolte ranch sauce) with some great tater tots. Good food. I bet this place can have some great parties. Any of you in the area should check it out if you haven't.

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    The sun was really warm and it was actually quite comfortable sitting outside. View from my seat...
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    Jumped on Ranch Road 337 going east out of Leakey. Best road I've been on so far! Apparently it's one of the roads they call the "Three Sisters" around here. Twisted up and down through the hills. Reminded me of the mountain roads in Baja. Great fun.

    Ended up on a route they call "Grapetown Road". Another great one. I've been very impressed with drivers down here. I've been given plenty of room and easily allowed to make lane changes in the busy city traffic and on the back roads, pretty much every car or truck I come up on moves onto the shoulder to let me by.

    Grapetown Road goes by an old railroad tunnel that was very important to the economy of the area when they put it in. It's no longer in use and now, during the summer, is home to thousands of bats. Right now they are on vacation in Mexico but should be back in April I think.

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    Grapetown Road dumps out close to Luckenbach, made famous by Waylon, Willie and the boys as the song goes. Luckenbach was a ghost town when local rancher and folklorist Honda Crouch "bought" the town. It's a little hard to explain... it's set up for tourists, but it's rustic and those hanging about, at least when I was there... were not tourists. Roosters and chickens were all over the place wandering about. Since it was cold, most people were gathered around heaters in the Post Office, which is also the bar. A group of musicians were sitting around "picking and grinning"... pretty cool. Sorry for the poor pictures from inside...

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    A short ride got me back to my sweet place in Fredericksburg just before dark
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    I walked next door to Friedhelm's Bavarian Inn and Restaurant. I'll have to get a pic of this place in the light. Fredericksburg is a German town. I went with the sausage sampler platter... which was on the "lighter side" part of the menu. :eek1 So much food... but very good.

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    Probably do another Hill Country loop on Monday...
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