Texas Hill Country Wildflower Motorcycle Ride April 12. 2012 (228 Miles)
We usually stop at the “Crazy Gal‘s” for breakfast when heading west down highway 29. It was a good thing we did because the “Crazy Gal‘s” was moving to Burnet at the end of the month. We might not have known where to find them otherwise. The food was good as usual and very reasonable. They have a lot of regulars come in that they know by name and know what they usually order. I love that about small town businesses. People really don’t know what they are missing if they live in the city. One of the regulars was a couple in their 80’s (I think). They reminded me a lot of my mom and dad. I lost my dad last October so it was a nice memory for me. I love small towns and small town life. I guess I’m just missing my childhood living in a small town.Janet and I were up and on the road by 7:00 am. The sun was up just enough to see and the temperature was in the low 60’s (perfect riding weather) and overcast. We rode TX Hwy 29 through a few spots of misty rain before we stopped at the “Crazy Gal‘s Cafe” in Bertram for breakfast.
After breakfast we headed down TX Hwy 29 to Llano. It was still overcast and misty rain here and there with short periods of sun. The windshield kept most of the rain off us so we didn’t stop to put on our rain suites. There was a multitude of flower varieties along the way. Most were Blue Bonnets of course. From Llano we headed south toward Fredericksburg on TX Hwy 16 until we reached RR 965 which takes us past Enchanted Rock and on into Fredericksburg. I would say the best flowers were down RR 965. I always enjoy riding RR 965. The scenery is nice and the pace is slower because of the speed limit of 55. In Fredericksburg we picked up Hwy 16 again to Kerrville and Medina. TX Hwy 16 between Kerrville and Medina is a good motorcycle road with some good twisties and views from the higher points. At Medina we took RR 337, one of the “Twisted Sisters”. The “Twisted Sisters consist of RR 335, RR 336 and RR 337. RR 337 is my favorite of the “Twisted Sisters”. RR 337 has nice twisties that climb to great elevations that translate into fantastic views of surrounding hills and valleys. The wildflowers had changed from mostly Blue Bonnets to mostly Verbena. I don’t know why that is, maybe the soil or elevation, but instead of seeing fields of Blue Bonnet we were seeing fields of Verbena.
From Leakey we took U.S. Hwy 83 to Uvalde. The scenery along Hwy 83 was nice. We went from picturesque hills to flat ranch and farm land. This was our very first time in Uvalde. Uvalde was a larger town than I had expected. Uvalde is a town of 15,000 people with a lot more businesses for a town of that size. I suspect that it is an economic hub for the area. They attract people from all around the surrounding area since this would be the closest place to shop. There are a surprising number of famous people from Uvalde. Such as John Nance Garner (“Cactus Jack”, vice-president of the United States, 1932-1940), notable for quotes such as “the vice-presidency ain’t worth a bucket of warm spit” and “a leader with a headful of good horse sense….and guts”. Uvalde is also home to former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, Queen of the Cowgirls Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers), Pat Garrett (moved to Uvalde after shooting Billy the Kid), 700 Club man Ben Kenchlow, notorious frontier sheriff and outlaw, J. King Fisher and Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey. Uvalde is at the intersection of the nation’s two longest highways.When we arrived in Leakey we gassed up and got a bite to eat at the Subway, talked to a couple of riders who took time off from work to avoid the crowds of the weekend. We spent some time in Leakey checking out some of the shops there. I really liked that all the shop owners were supportive of each other by directing us to some of the other shops. I’m sure they are all struggling during these trying economic times.
Below are links to posts for this ride. Come follow along and enjoy the ride and scenery of our Texas Hill Country.
- Introduction to the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Motorcycle Ride April 2012
- Day 2 Texas Hill Country Wildflower Motorcycle Ride April 2012
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