Riding the Texas hill country this weekend

grandpaul

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I'll be in the Camp Wood / Leakey / Vanderpool / Medina / Rocksprings are of the hill country this weekend. Keep an eye out for a dark Green Triumph legend 900 triple with a quarter fairing (the interstate's plates are expired). We'll be camped just south of Camp Wood, with plenty of afdditional free camping space available for anyone who wants to join us for riding and swimming in the river.
 
Paul,
I am jealous!, a Deer tried to kill me just outside of Leakey (for those who do not know, say "lakey") one time.

16 Bandera to Kerrville is my favorite road ever! (the first time through heed the signs or pay the price!), a decreasing radius corner with no shoulder and a 50' wall of Rock and an RV going 15MPH will get your attention!

Unclviny
 
16 Bandera to Kerrville is my favorite road ever!

Oh yes indeedy and rural enough rare police. Never did it on Commando but did so in hot rod wonder van and Mercedes 6.9L and Jaguar V12 of a blonde wild woman trying to tempt me to marry. Got ticket on that ride but way way worth it.
Jag nor woman fit me enough to commit to thank you.
Might actually be a bit cool-ish early am and after dark this late summer.
Enjoy the scenery and the good eat and drinks for us all and safe returns.
hobot
 
Google says that 16 Bandera to Kerrville is 37.2 miles, I have not counted the corners but it's FUN!

I had a truly embarrasing "accident" on the "Devils Backbone" one time, I fell off the parking lot at Jacks on my 1995 Triumph Speed Triple.

Vince
 
We squeezed in two nice rides with perfect weather both days (80s with light breeze, scattered clouds with zero rain).

Sunday: one twisty romp up 335 past all the exotics (we saw camels, giraffes, kangaroos, and oryx), then across 41 into Rocksprings, then some of my favorite riding down 55 back into Camp Wood.

55 is mostly 4-lane / 2-way, much more relaxing than the Trinity which is all 2-lane stuff (and much more technical). As usual (in my experience), there was very nearly ZERO traffic. That means you can open it up and as long as you are careful to watch your mirrors, you can use both lanes to better your line so as not to touch the brakes or ease off the power band.

The stars in the pitch-black moonless sky, out in the middle of nowhere, no city lights for miles, were a sight I hadn't seen in a couple of years: just awesome. When you see what appear to be clouds lined up SouthWest to NorthEast, and realize it's billions of stars forming the disc of the Milky Way, it'll shut you right up.

Monday: nice jag across 337 to Leakey, following a pair of HD baggers for the first third till it got tight, then we swept around and lost them before hitting the roller coaster. managed to keep it at the speed limit the entire ride. Talitha was aboard between Sally and me, so I was minding my manners. The Legend's seat was ample, but I was leaning forward more than I like, so it got tiring.

We couldn't make up our mind what to do, started up 336 to ride by my uncle's place and see if anybody was home, then decided to go back into town for lunch. We ended up at Vinnie's and had a real nice Philly Cheese steak hoagie, pizza, and fried zucchini.

Back across 337 toward Camp Wood, my chain (which has been protesting for some time) decided to go walkabout; thankfully, it just slipped onto the inner side of the hub and didn't mess anything up. I slipped it back on, turned the bike around, and we headed back to the Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop and borrowed thier tools to nip it up as snugly as possible. The next ride on the Legend will be with a new chain.

Once again across 337 we had a doozie of a ride on the roller coaster, then as we were a mile or two from coming into Camp Wood, I catch a fawn moseying out onto the roadway; I eased off the gas and started covering my brakes when I saw his twin come bounding out of the tall grass on the other side of the road and run smack into him, flipping both deer around. By this time I was already getting on the binders, but they were all freaked out and in a daze. I goosed the throttle to wake them up as I kept increasing braking, then one of the little suckers tore off to the right, the other one couldn't get traction on the pavement! I thought we might be having venison for dinner when he finally caught a hoof-hold and jolted off the roadway and into a concrete-lined creek creek crossing; poor little sucker was totally out of control and tumbled down in a heap, sliding on his side and smacking his head right after we whizzed past the spot where he collided with his twin.

The rest of the ride was uneventuful. We pulled in at the bridge below Cooksey Park and had a really nice dip in the river. Very few tourists and the water was PERFECT.

Altogether a fantastic weekend. It was over WAY too quick.
 
Man,
I love the Hill country.
I was sitting in Gruene Hall having a Beer after a day Tubing and a from behind me a guy say's "can I borrow that chair", it was Willie Nelson! (he played for about an hour and left).

Only in Texas.

Unclviny
 
That near-hobot scene was pretty darned close for comfort, I'll tell you that.

Some folks used to see Lyle Lovett out and about here and there in the hill country on his Ducati, haven't heard about a sighting recently...
 
For years I would finish up a project and tell the Boss "do not try to call me any time soon, I am going on a "Hill Country Safari".

I would shove a change of clothes in to a Backpack and ride (no Camping, I am a Motel kinda-guy), after a few days I would look at a map to determine how to get home and return to work energized!

Unclviny
 
55 is mostly 4-lane / 2-way, much more relaxing than the Trinity which is all 2-lane stuff (and much more technical). As usual (in my experience), there was very nearly ZERO traffic. That means you can open it up and as long as you are careful to watch your mirrors, you can use both lanes to better your line so as not to touch the brakes or ease off the power band.

Yes Sir, don't say I'm the only sucker for great place to let short and cury hairs out in public!



I catch a fawn moseying out onto the roadway; I eased off the gas and started covering my brakes when I saw his twin come bounding out of the tall grass on the other side of the road and run smack into him, flipping both deer around. By this time I was already getting on the binders, but they were all freaked out and in a daze. I goosed the throttle to wake them up as I kept increasing braking, then one of the little suckers tore off to the right, the other one couldn't get traction on the pavement! I thought we might be having venison for dinner when he finally caught a hoof-hold and jolted off the roadway and into a concrete-lined creek creek crossing; poor little sucker was totally out of control and tumbled down in a heap, sliding on his side and smacking his head right after we whizzed past the spot where he collided with his twin.

HA! Now you know why I AWLAYS aim aggressively- on power- on horn- on lights at any and every deer that is not running away already freaked out. Ramming its own white tail kind. Dumb over ground field mice brains. As you see they spin out of control real easy. Its a game with me to wipe out on surfaces or hitting trees to fences or each other. Glad its just a thrilling funny tale you brought back. Picture the video with 2 to 5 paintball machine guns marking their hides!
Hope is being ready for them I won't encounter them, please.
 
Really, on the Trinity, the posted speed limits are USUALLY safe even for critter crossing issues; they (posted speed limits) give you some braking time then it's up to you to maintain control of your motor vehicle.
 
Yeah and its safer yet to never leave your bed room. We had bear hit rider yesterday that twisted his leg all the way around - he was going 45 in a 55 mph Federal Hwy 412. Do not kid your self you may avoid some by your wise actions but not all of them no matter what. Its scars goose bumps on me to to do 80+ mph
after dark but its scars the shit out of me to go slower and risk side impacts. Your call of course. Its counter intuitive till as many close calls as me. Reality is you lessen the time of exposure to leaping deer and increase your inertia to over whelm deer and balistically carry onward till stable, or die instantly instead of choking to death by broke neck or collapsed lungs over some long minutes. Big animals may be end of my cycle affairs, so my attitude as no logic can over come proof of constant danger. Safe Journeys.
hobot
 
Hill country, heh, I've seen it. You should try the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Dave
69S
 
I've seen the BRP and the 'Dragon.

I'm happy right here in Texas with year-round riding. Snow is fun for skiing, not for riding.
 
Maybe there was another thread, but what about those deer whistle things for cars? Do they work?
 
Whistles even electric powered are a joke, No one in deer country bothers with them. Studies been done to have no effect and car sounds are louder than air whistles. Most they might do is turn deer heads a bit cocked before impacting.
Research shows deer do not recognize motion aimed at them till right upon them unless they can see legs pumping up/dn. I plan among other things to have two strips of LED that blinks up/dn to maybe alert deer in front of me I"m dangerous.
But deer seen a few seconds ahead of time are almost never a dangerous unless you try to avoid them and end up head on or off road. Best advise I can give after decade of encounters is AIM AGRRESSIVELY AT ANY ALL DEER SEEN. The deadly ones will hit so hard and fast from the sides or above might as well try avoiding arrows
seen shot at you.

I just found recording of Cougar scream to project ahead of me to keep deer in cover or moving away from sound about a mile ahead.
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/ ... _wav.shtml
 
Deer have two modes. Running and grazing. Running to avoid predator or danger and will run into a tree or car or whatever is in the way, no thought of where they are going. Grazing is being stupid and getting ready to run to avoid predators or danger.

Best you can do is slow down as fast as possible in grazing mode and in run mode all bets are off, they can jump into your front seat or on your lap or miss you by milliseconds.

Dave
69S
 
Yes Dave that is the reality of trying to dodge random deer tracers. I would like to figure out their ballistic energy - say 160 lb x 35 mph.

I so wanted and intended to commute today on Trixie, if I could, on way back deer flashed out right at my fender which I reflexly squealed car tires into oncoming lane just missing headlight, fender and grill. I was going about 55. I also squealed one at the instant innate fear reaction and two that it was spinal level reflex only report to the brain what happened after the fact, which was I was suddenly in wrong lane.
But could see a dozen car lengths ahead no car immediately in the way. Pissed me off and much shocked again. Deer hunting policy last 6 years has spiked their numbers, '99 to '05 - so few encountered they were hardly on my mind. So mislead to invest in cycle life style, silly me. This was still good light out.

2nd deer I killed would of T-boned me squarely if I'd been going close to legal speed, If I'd continued by uphill curve entry of 85 mph deer would have passed unknown behind, but feeling SV650 wiggle, safety sense said look at tire if wind or tire before laying into corner so slowed to 75 to swing head at rear patch then BAM before I got head turned back straight to see tree tops and blue sky not gray highway. If I'd been riding timidly, I may not be here. cRazy making.
Same with car - if I didn't fear police and hazard at each blind, deer would have passed just behind me unknown. They land in pickup beds for gosh sakes and more than one bike dead d/t deer dropping off bluffs over head. I see squads of HD riders drafing a pu truck for protection near dusk -which half way might help, but reality is the deer would just as likely go under truck and trip up the whole pack or leap between pu and pack taking em all out like bowling pins.

The State have let this hazard increase vastly - class action suit needed.
Life time locals tell me they never seen deer to thick and so many impacts.
I'm sick as stomach again and depressed, bye.
 
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