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Daniel Kalal:

The Texas Hill Country is an exceptionally nice area of Texas that generally  runs west of a line between San Antonio and Austin. 
February is an ideal time to ride the hills; but, first you've got to  find a window of warm (or at least not freezing) days to get there--and  then, to get back.
I'd be riding south following the route of the Chisholm Trail, and would  return along part of the Great Western Cattle Trail.
Chickasha, Oklahoma.

The Red River.  That's Texas on the far bank.


Bowie, Texas was named in 1881 for the defender of the Alamo, but otherwise  it has nothing to do with James Bowie.

Jacksboro, Texas.

I stopped for lunch just south of Jacksboro at the Village Kitchen.   It's a good sign when the waitress calls you “Hon” and chicken-pot-pie is on  the menu.
Mineral Wells, Texas.

As much as anything, Mineral Wells is known for their great, hulking  Baker Hotel that has been closed for good since 1972 (after several earlier  attempts to shut the doors).

Hico, Texas.  “Where Everybody is Somebody!”

Hamilton, Texas

Yes; in this part of Texas you can expect the local drugstore to also  have a soda fountain and to scoop up some ice cream for a chocolate sundae.
The state of Texas identifies some twenty-five counties as being part of the  “Hill Country” covering an area that extends all the way to the Mexican border.   Realistically, though, it's not quite that large.
I didn't have a plan; I'd just head to one spot, and then look at the map  for the next destination.

Keep in mind: these are called “hills”; not “mountains.”


Pednernales Falls.  Most all the time, the falls look pretty much like  this.  But, on occasion a flash flood lets loose up river and the falls can  be quite dangerous.

Wimberley, Texas.  We're a little too close to the Austin / San Antonio  corridor with a little too much traffic.  Things are better west of here.

The Blanco River.

Fischer, Texas is a town, but I think it hasn't really changed much from when  it was the Fischer Ranch.

You'll still see evidence of the old ranch houses from the time before the  “Hill Country” became a tourist destination and winter vacation home site.


A school and church from the 1800s.

Stay away from the primary highways, and you'll have all the road to  yourself.  This was to be a perfect riding day.


Center Point, Texas.


The general store in Camp Verde has been here since 1857.  This is quite  a nice place for a break.  Camels were once thought to have a future as  pack-animals by the Army, and fifty of the animals were brought here before the  Civil War.  By the end of the war there were one-hundred camels in Camp  Verde.  What happened to them?  I have no idea.

Tarpley, Texas.

It's a pleasant day to operate the stop sign.  I am waiting for the  pilot truck...


Lost Maples nature area.

The path has been here many years, and now looks like it's just part of  the natural landscape.





The Guadalupe River.

The river isn't so high all that often that these low bridges are a problem.   I wouldn't attempt the crossing with water flowing across.

Boots.  An easy way to keep the fence posts from rotting at the  end-grain.


Texas Long Horns are as much pets as anything else, these days.

You can see the “Enchanted Rocks” in the distance.

Yes; there is a legend of an Indian maiden leaping off the rock to her  death (a requisite story).

I considered walking to the top, but didn't.  Look closely and you can  see two people half-way up.  It's a steep climb.

Llano, Texas.  Heading back north and hoping it doesn't get too cold  (nights have been into the low-thirties).



San Saba, Texas.

Comanche, Texas.

Rising Star, Texas.  The post office objected to their first suggested  name of “Star” as being already in use, so the citizens renamed the town “Rising  Star.”

You'd need to be going pretty fast to catch any air on this road.

Throckmorton, Texas.  Now riding the Great Western Cattle Trail.

We're well away from the “Hills” by now.


Vernon, Texas.

Red River and a fairly new bridge.  I hate to see the old narrow  steel-truss bridges dismantled, but I can't question that these concrete things  are safer.

Altus, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, too, has their granite outcroppings.  The western end of the  Wichita Mountains.

Granite, Oklahoma.

You don't see too many Kaiser-Frazer dealerships these days.
Elk City, Oklahoma.

An isolated farm in the Canadian River Valley.

My return-window was only a day wide, but I made it back without the need to  ride in thirty degree weather.  A good trip.   

Nice stuff as always.
I enjoy that area a lot.
Are you employed? heheheh!

Daniel Kalal:

--- Quote from: ratguzzi on February 14, 2015, 05:57:36 PM ---Are you employed? heheheh!
--- End quote ---

Are you kidding?  It's hard work riding a Guzzi around, taking photographs...

as usual, great stuff Dan.

I am planning to ride the Three Sisters this April when I go to Moto GP in Austin.   You might want to cross the Red River at St Jo sometime.  I might try your route too.  Hwy 16 ain't bad either.

Very nice...familiar roads indeed!  Did I miss it, or did you not make it to Luckenbach this time thru?  All the 3 Twisted Sisters are a blast...presumably you may have stopped at the Lone Star Moto museum just south of Vanderpool near Lost Maples Park as well?  Nice photos!


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