(You can click any picture below to
planning a ride based on an article I found in
magazine, I asked several friends to join me for a weekend of
It started around 8:00 Saturday morning.
Josh and his dad, Mike, met me at my place to begin our journey.
The first thing we did was stop at Los Dos Amigos for some
breakfast, call the wife to let her know we were heading out, and
call Richard to let him know we were on our way out west to meet
After a short ride west on I-10, we met Richard in Sam's parking
Mike on his Valkyrie, Josh and Richard on their KLRs and me on the
Red Devil, took off to
Inks Lake State
For the most park, we stayed on back
roads through Bellville, Nelsonville, Fayetteville... and so on.
We stopped at a cafe in Fayetteville and had a Coke at the local
cafe. Actually, we stopped a lot. We stopped for gas
because the Valkyrie got pretty poor mileage, we stopped for sore
butts, we stopped for water...
Of course, we also got to suffer through one hell of a crosswind for
the first 100 miles or so. I'm not sure what a trip would be
like heading west out of Houston and there not be a crosswind.
Anyway, we pressed on...
As pretty as the scenery is, we
took the opportunity to ride through
Buescher and Bastrop State Parks:
After driving too fast through the twisties in the park, Richard
told us something didn't feel right in the front of his bike.
... the main nut that holds
the front of the motorcycle together (you know... the main nut you
remove to get to your steering head bearings) was loose. In
order to get to it, we had to remove his handle bars, etc.
Fortunately we found a shady spot to do the work:
Once we got the bike fixed, we pressed
It didn't take long for us to get
hungry again. We stopped at Donn's BBQ off of highway 969 and
had something to eat:
One thing we did notice... there were gazillions of LOUD Harleys
running around everywhere. I mean everywhere, and I mean
gazillions! We found out that there was a 40,000+ bike rally
in Austin. Because of this, we saw, and heard, literally
thousands of Harleys all weekend. Most folks riding them were
in shorts and tank top shirts, but that's enough about them...
Our plan was to camp at Inks, but we wanted to make a stop at Josh's
wife's sister's husband's parent's lake house in Granite Shoals:
When the opportunity to stay there (as opposed to camping) presented
itself, we spent some time thinking it over. About 3.2 seconds
later, we decided to stay at the house.
250-mile, fully loaded journey to the lake house, we decided to
unload all of the camping gear we wouldn't be using and put it in
the garage and head out for some more riding. Of course I had
to snap the obligatory bike-at-the-lake-house picture first:
We rode over to Inks and rode Park Road 4, but we took it a bit easy
because of all of the deer. We stopped a few times and took
From that last vantage point, we saw this:
A few more random motorcycle shots and then we
Remember the deer I mentioned above? Well how's
this for some deer?
I can only guess whoever lives there must feed them every
evening, because there were literally 40 or 50 of them milling
about. They looked at us, but that's about it. They
didn't seemed phased.
Needless to say, we continued to ride a littler
slower for the remainder of the evening.
Our next stop
was at the Buchanan Dam:
Then guess what happened?
We got hungry.
So once again, we found something to eat!
Riding back to the lake house, we found a scenic
overlook and stopped to snap a few more pictures:
We made it back to the lake house just before the sun
set and put the bikes in the garage and called it an evening:
Total miles for the day: 295.
I awoke about 7:30 Sunday
morning from the extremely comfortable nest I had made the previous
The plan was to meet a couple of members from the Chain Gang, Joel
and Jake, at the Bluebonnet cafe in Marble Falls at 8:30 for
breakfast. From there we'd venture off and ride the route from
the magazine. Joel and Jake timed it pretty well, because at
exactly 8:30 they arrived:
After my ham and cheese omelet, grits and Texas toast, we saddled
up, stopped for gas, and began the route.
We left Marble
Falls and headed to Llano. From there we traveled north on 16
to Cherokee, turned east on 580 and ended up in Nix, Texas.
One of my goals was to find the Nix
Store as described in the magazine. Sure enough, we found it.
We all unloaded and took advantage of the photo opportunity and take
a bio break:
After some discussion on the route...
... we headed to Lampasas, and found a well-off-the-beaten path farm
road (CR4006 CR207) to Bertram.
I did find this little fella on my tank bag while in
He was so loaded down with the pollen he had collected, I was not
sure he could even fly (I bet my motorcycle felt the same).
After I sent him on his way, we pressed on.
was simply awesome. There were wild flowers lining both sides
of the road with green fields and cattle in the distance. We
saw very few houses, and there was hardly any traffic. What a
You may be asking yourself, "OK, where
are the pictures of that?" I can only say it was such a
beautiful ride, no one wanted to stop in the middle of the moment.
As all good things must, four of us had a 250-mile
trek to get back home, so we decided to super-slab it in order to
make it back at a decent hour.
Joel and Jake broke off
at Georgetown, while the rest us stopped to eat!
Unfortunately, that about sums up the ride. The
rest was four-lane divided highway, fuel and water stops, sore
butts, and traffic... welcome back to Houston. Fortunately
the HOV lane is open to incoming traffic on Sundays, so we headed
in relatively safely.
Richard dropped off just after Katy, I peeled off in
Houston, and Mike and Josh carried on to Pasa-"Get Down"-dena.
Total for the day was 345 miles, for a total two-day
trip of 640 miles.
That puts my mileage right at 15,000. Looks like an oil change
is in my future this week. Looks like sleep is in my immediate
... though, I could eat.
for coming along on our ride!