Alright Ladies & Gents,
So we head out on Thursday, March 17th for San Antonio. Our intentions are good, we leave early to get out of Houston and to our hotel before dark. Yeah Right. Ole Murphy and his law stepped in and we waited on the Harley guy for over 2 hours. Here is the pic before the ride began.From left to right: Raul (R1200GS)we called him the Blue Power Ranger all weekend because of his Aerostitch Suit :-), ME (R1200C), Jason (K1200RS), and Lou (FatBoy... The bike too)
We break out heading towards to beltway and get stuck in traffic. Finally we get to the beltway and I-10... More traffic. Our trip down I-10 (in 40deg temps) ended in San Antonio at aprox 10pm.
So we party for a bit that night and get back to our room around 3am, and wake at 8am, get some coffee (lot's o'coffee) and breakfast, then head out for the hills.
The roads progressively become more and more challenging as we go. Honestly I had no idea that there were roads like this in Texas. The elevations were constantly changing as if you were on a roller coaster, and the speed limit at twists were posted at a reccomended 10-15 mph. The most annoying is when you get to a great bunch of twisties and your stuck behind gramps and his fifth-wheel (argh).
Our first stop was at a small river crossing right outside of Banderra.
There we notice that someone decided to put up a sign that says Pedestrians are not allowed to stop there??? We are like WTF ???? then realize we are not pedestrians, and if there were pedestrians, they would have had to walk a pretty long ways to get there :-b Notice the hill in the background... I find it hard to believe Texas is not flat :-)
From there we cruize on heading for 335 (the west side of the loop) when our rider up front notices a something in the corner of his eye...
A FREAKIN' CAMEL!!!! What the heck is a camel doing in the the Texas Hill Country? Then we see why, there is a mansion sitting on the side of a hill in the far distance (pictures did not do it justice), We tried for what sempt like hours to get the camel over and spit on the Harley, but that sucker was stubborne as hell. However, here is a pic of the Beemer Boys (nickname for beemer riders at NASA) in front of the camels.
We are now on our way to the 335 side of the loop, and the day is passing fast. We get around the west side and stop for some lunch at the Motorcycle stop.
Funny thing here, there were lotsa Harley's, but mostly BIG Baggers like Goldwing 1800's and Yamaha Royal Ventures. There was also a 1979 BMW R100 (me thinks). But the bikes that drew the most attention from everyone around were the R1200GS and my R12C. People were snapping picks of my bike like it were and alien from Pluto! Now that was funny :-)
Anyway, from there we finished the west side and decided there was no more time left in the day to do the rest, and we decided to head on out to Austin for some night-life. Too pooped from the day, we ended up going to a comedy house and drank water to get rehydrated from a long day of riding.
Needless to say, I have the Hill Country bug now and guarantee myself that I will be visiting a few times each year.
Video's Here :-) I am still learning how to do this & still trying to perfect the mounting of the camera, so none of them are perfect.Plus, I had to shrink each to 10mb due to restrictions with earthlink. Enjoy
The last clip of me following my buddy... He was tough to keep up with on that K12RS !!!