Inaugural Retirement trip – Part 6
Ok, taking my time to publish the ‘rest of this story’ is an understatement…that said, we have now completed our RV test rental, with great success, but I will have to save that bit of news for a future post. *evil grin*
If you are just joining our Texas journey, you can go back to the beginning here. There are links at the end of each post to the next.
In the last post, we were enjoying our last night at Angel’s Lodge Above the Creek, in Fredericksburg, prior to heading for the motorcycling destination ranch roads in the Hill Country known as the Three Sisters.
After another great night’s sleep, we packed up the bikes and headed around the corner to breakfast at Mahaffey’s cafe, a converted gas station that uses the portico as al fresco dining, perfect! Jerry routed us west out of Fredericksburg on tiny county roads such as White Oak Road, and it was just lovely touring through ranches and homesteads in the rolling hills. We then took Highway 16 towards Medina and were thrilled to find lots of curves and even a few 15 MPH turns! Views of beautiful homes, ranches, and sparkling river crossings took us into the small town of Medina where we stopped to look at a shop with incredible cedar log beds that we absolutely loved! They are made right there in Medina and are a testament to nature’s amazing beauty.
A block from the store, we turned onto Ranch Road (RR) 337 South, one of the legs of the Three Sisters. 337 was twisty, curvy, rolling and the views of buttes and hills were great.
We stopped at an overlook with a long range view from 337 just past Vanderpool, where we could see the smoke from controlled burns we had passed in several places.
This ominous sign was posted at the overlook. Apparently, there are motorcyclists who do not respect the level of the curvy roads in this area. Since we come from an area with roads that must be respected, we took heed, but still had tons of fun!
We stopped in Leakey for lunch at the Frio Canyon Motorcycle stop and enjoyed great sandwiches in a fun biker atmosphere (minus the many beers enjoyed by several of the patrons). Perhaps the reason for the previous warning sign…
After lunch we rode north on RR 336 and enjoyed more twists and turns, with a brief period behind a Cadillac SUV, who clearly didn’t understand motorcycle etiquette…so we had to pass him.
And then there were the free-range horses. LOL, yes, I said horses.
We stopped for a photo, and then we had to get out of the way of an oncoming truck. We did…the horses didn’t move!
At the northern end of 336, we headed west for a bit on Hwy 41 to then head south on 335 to complete the Three Sisters loop, 131 miles of motorcycle smiles!
335 had fewer twists and turns, but was still a thrilling, hilly, roller coaster ride, which we rode for several miles standing on our foot pegs, enjoying the low humidity and wonderful breeze!
We took a short break in the shade in Camp Wood, then headed north on 55 to Rocksprings for the night.
Hwy 55 was a treat with wide sweeping turns, and even more expansive sweeping views of deep canyons and buttes, then it leveled out at about 2400 feet in elevation on a plateau. If you are interested in this area, here is a Google maps link to Our route this day. Hwys 337, 336, 335, and 55 are nothing short of spectacular!
Rocksprings is a tiny town with a reported population of about 1200, but we didn’t see that many. 😉 And our motel, Sorrells Inn, was the in the center of town!
It was rustic, and a far cry from the Chateau LeMoyne in New Orleans, but all part of the adventure. The owner, Kenneth, was hospitable and happy to have us visit Rocksprings. Dinner was at King Burger across the street (not Burger King, mind you), and then back at the motel, another failed attempt at adding pics to a blog. Grrr screwed up WordPress mobile app!
Thanks for being patient and following along! Next post we will enjoy our last full day in the Hill Country, and return to some of the hill country locations we loved in our early dating period twenty years ago! You can go straight to that post by clicking here.