Christmas in Texas Hill Country

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by kballowe, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. kballowe

    kballowe Poser

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    We've never ridden Texas Hill Country, and we needed someplace to go for Christmas.

    On the way, we found one of those nostalgic shiny chrome diner thingys. The food was quite good.


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    Ended up in the little town of Bandera, Texas (pop 957) and rented a cabin. The sun was shining and it was 60 degrees.

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    Went for a little ride, and got back to the cabin, only to discover that the deer live in the back yard. And the front yard. And everywhere else.
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    And, who needs a rooster to wake ya, when ya got THESE guys making racket at the crack of dawn !
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    Where was I ? Oh yeah. So, we got all settled and then had dinner at the OST (Old Spanish Trail) Restaurant. It's been there since 1923, I think. Great food.
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    Next day, we had FROST ! Uggggg ! BUT it warmed up very quickly and it turned out sunny with blue skies and 78 degrees

    Off we went - heading to the Three Twisted Sisters, which is some of the finest riding in Texas.
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    Rode to the Alamo on the next day. It's right downtown San Antonio. Lots of neat old stone buildings there.

    There's an area that's sub-street level where the river runs thru town, and they've built business there and they've named it "The River Walk".
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    Bright and sunny and 70 degrees.

    We finally get back to the cabin after running around San Antonio all day. It's getting dark. As we pull into the driveway, we have a guest waiting for us.
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    Ran over to Elgin, Texas and spent Christmas with relatives. Next day we drove out and headed home.

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  2. 15's Pop

    15's Pop Been here awhile

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    thanks for mentioning the Twisted Sisters destination. may need to do that. thanks again.
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  3. thebeancounter

    thebeancounter Adventurer Supporter

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    You picked a wonderful place to ride over the holidays, I'm glad it was dry for you. Did you happen to ride Hwy 16 between Bandera and Kerrville? That's a fun road.
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  4. kballowe

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    Yes. That is a nice motorcycle road and a few nice switchbacks
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  5. kballowe

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    Interesting road surface.
    This is the biggest "chip and seal" aggregate that I've ever seen.
    A lot of those roads were surfaced in this fashion.
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  6. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    Old Spain is trail



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  7. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer Supporter

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    Great photos! You missed the bad weather too.
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  8. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Been here awhile

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    Gotta love the Hill Country. We went there for our anniversary (unfortunately, on four wheels). Thanks for the pics.
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