Road trip to Central Texas?

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by racer1735, May 19, 2020.

  1. racer1735

    racer1735 Long timer

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    My son and I are looking to have a short three-day, two-night getaway in the next couple of weeks and were wanting to either ride from the Amarillo area up into the mountains of Northern New Mexico or down to the Fredericksburg/Kerrville region of Texas. New Mexico is still locked down, so was wondering what the climate (figuratively, not literally) is like in the Centex region? I've gone on line and most motels still say 'temporarily closed' or 'contact property' for info. Are restaurants re-opening for dine-in, or are they still predominately take-out? Motels open? This is one window of opportunity and would love to make it happen, but if everything is still shut down I don't want to make things worse.
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  2. dejr2000

    dejr2000 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Most everything is open. Some businesses have implemented new “distancing” measures but restaurants back to dine in etc. Might check with hotels in specific are you may overnight but I think you’ll be fine.
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  3. dfwscotty

    dfwscotty Long timer

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    Do some Googling of the 3 Sisters in the Hill Country. A day trip for you down there/back with some time to do the 3 loops while chilling at the cabin in between.
    We usually base in Leakey, TX at the Historic Leakey Inn and last I heard they were open(cabins). Great place to ride.
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  4. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    I have friends headed to Junction this weekend because NM is closed , they have a hotel room, and can survive on take out if they have too..


    My son and i were looking to go to Cloudcroft to do some off road riding next week but that has been delayed , now looking for a place in TX where it not to hot..
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  5. racer1735

    racer1735 Long timer

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    Same thing I’m doing. Pushing back to June 1, hoping NM opens up while knowing Texas just gets hotter and hotter as June approaches.

    I’m interested in your findings!
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  6. advmgm

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    Riding from Amarillo to the hill country around Leakey or Kerrville would involve about 350 miles of not much but boring riding after you leave Amarillo.

    Kerrville or Fredericksburg are good base camp areas for the Hill country.

    Amarillo to ANYWHERE that is good riding is a long boring ride.
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  7. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    Easy now! Some of us live out here and love it.. I am just and iron butt ride away to almost anything in the USA.
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  8. advmgm

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    Lol I suspect you like ice water enemas too, Mister Iron Butt Rider!
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  9. racer1735

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    You dont have to take US 87 or 287 to get south or east. There are plenty of 2 lane roads heading in either direction, with enough twists and turns to satisfy just about anyone.
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  10. No False Enthusiasm

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    You might consider what I call "The Cap Rock Tour"...

    https://goo.gl/maps/DafVqw7DRoGjcKwv7

    In my mind, 287 is worse than any slab... heavy traffic on a road not up to that challenge.

    Might also consider the suggestion to base out of Leakey... Fredericksburg has gotten a bit "touristy" for me. The old Nimitz Museum (name changed) is definitely worth seeing... the rest of the town I can pass on.

    A million roads to ride out of Leakey...

    NFE, "late to the dance"
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    The old Nimitz museum is a must see if you are a war buff. New name.
    https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/
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  14. No False Enthusiasm

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    For springtime flowers,I much prefer riding south and west of Enchanted Rock rather than Willow Springs Loop.

    The Loop can be a huge traffic jam... a victim of its own beauty.

    NFE
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  15. racer1735

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    Too late for flowers by now. Just need good roads with decent/affordable lodging. Junction is a 6 hour ride. That’s getting near the limits of how far I want to ride for a base location
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    geolpilot Been here awhile

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    Get the Butler motorcycle map of the Texas hill country. They are great maps, almost indestructible and show you ride quality by the color of the roads.
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  17. Blenderdriver

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    Did a four day 1000 mile Hill Country ride with some buddies May 11th - 14th, stayed at the Motel 6 in Kerrville. Rode from the DFW area day one, three sisters day two, day three to Luckenbach and Bandera then to Vanderpool up 187 to 39 and back to Kerrville, back home day four. Everything and everywhere we went was open. Restaurants were doing the social distancing thing and we were served everywhere. They sold beer at the store in Luckenbach but the bar itself was closed. We were there Monday through Thursday and it was very quiet. Was told the weekends are getting busy everywhere. We looked at the Super 8 in Kerrville first, it is closed, several other hotels were open, bought beer at the Valero next to the Motel 6 and ate at several restaurants in the immediate area. Highly recommend the Save Inn restaurant for breakfast, they're a local place next door to the Motel 6.
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  18. racer1735

    racer1735 Long timer

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    Nice, informative report...thank you!
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