Texas Twisted Sisters Motorcycle Tour
On Friday, June 11, Jeff and I decided to join the Open Road Biker church men’s retreat in Leakey, TX. I had wanted to go, but due to work requirements, I didn’t know if I could make it or not. Jeff had work issues as well, so instead of leaving with the group Friday morning, we left after work. This would cause us to take much longer to get there as the roads south of Fredericksburg are slow to begin with and become down right hazardous after dark.
We met at the HEB and headed out. A quick run across the Balcones Canyonlands and then south on 281 to 290 had us in Fredericksburg in about an hour and a half. We passed through Fredericksburg and made it to Kerrville in another 30 minutes. We gassed up and grabbed some dinner from Mamacita’s. After about an hour break, we continued our journey to Leakey.
We rode Hwy 16 to Medina and turned back on RR 337 (or as I like to call it, Twisted Sister #1).
Right away a deer crossed our path, albeit a few yards in front of us. As the road got darker, our speed slowed considerably. The twists and turns came fast and furious. This road was recently repaved and there was plenty of loose gravel to make it interesting as well. We continued on to Vanderpool, where I had an uh-oh moment.
I had just taken a turn onto RR 187/337 and was checking my mirrors to make sure Jeff had made the turn and also my GPS, as I was interested in how much farther we had to go. I looked up and there she was. A small Doe was standing right in the middle of the road with her rear haunches on my side of the yellow stripe and her front on the other. She was just standing there trying to hide from me. I was moving to the right of her at a relatively slow rate of speed. She just stood there as I passed within 5 feet of her. After I cleared I hit my horn button to try to get her to move before Jeff got there and I guess it worked. After that, Jeff took over the lead and we slowly made our way around mountain ridges and on into Leakey.
We found the cabin and the guys were sitting outside in 90 degree temperatures with a fire blazing. Things that make you go hmm. We sat around the campfire, thought about our personal relationships with God, made fun of Butch, and watched a lightening show that was spectacular.
The next day we had a fine breakfast from the Bent Rim Grill. The couple that own’s it opened early for us. They are really nice folks and do a good business with the bikers that flock to the area in the summer. We ran the Twisted Sisters counter clockwise with no issues. The bikers were out in force and we did see the kangaroos and a giraffe. We grabbed a quick lunch in Leakey and then retraced the route Jeff and I had rode the night before back to Fredericksburg.
From Fredericksburg, we continued on Hwy 16 to Llano and then rode Hwy 29 back to Georgetown.
In summary, we rode roughly 600 miles in 24 hours on some of the greatest roads our country has to offer. We met some nice people and ate some great food. The men of ORBC are plenty fun to hand out with and I suggest you join us next time you are in the Georgetown area.