By: Travis “Blydawg” Blythe
There is nothing like planning a trip, putting it on the books, taking time off of work, and then having good old mother nature throw in a monkey wrench. When you plan a trip over a month in advance, most of the time you don’t think of the weather unless you plan something outside or on motorcycles. Of course once you plan, buy flights, and book hotels, you are pretty much committed. Watching the weather forecast for our south Texas trip turn into 3-days of rain was not something I had pictured. We couldn’t exactly not go and no where around was it not forecast to rain, and not just rain, but thunderstorms. Lucky for us, we encountered about 30-40 minutes of very light rain. Not that it was pleasurable by any means, have you ever stuck your head out the window of your car and just let the rain hit you in the face at 70 miles an hour?
Once we holed up for the night, we watched the news in anticipation of what we would have for the following two days. It was not very promising, rain everywhere and severe flooding. We didn’t think our luck would last very long, we were ready for a long weekend of rain-gear and being wet. So day two actually starts at about 2am when the hotel door flies open because it is storming so hard and the wind is blowing (apparently we didn’t latch the door very good after the Pizza girl delivered our dinner). All I could think was “oh great, can’t wait to ride in that later today”.
But to my surprise, we awoke to the sun shining! After breakfast at the adjoining restaurant and taking our picture with the Betty Boop statue, we took off for our daily adventure.
Knowing the main goal today was to conquer the “3-sisters” loop, we were pleasantly surprised to find a good stretch of road on Hwy 16 just south of Kerrville, TX en route to the first sister FM 337. Our first taste of the fun to be had was just starting. We made our way on to Vanderpool, TX and our first stop was the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum. This little nugget in south Texas has over 30 vintage motorcycles on display ranging from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. It also has a nice little café inside called the Ace Café, the owners being from Australia, claim to have the best and most authentic meat pies around.
Upon departing, we continued westbound on the first sister and stopped at The Frio Motorcycle Stop in Leaky, TX. Here we obtained our “we did the twisted sisters” t-shirts and then had lunch at the attached Bent Rim Grill. The Bent Rim Grill is a great biker bar and restaurant, we had the burgers and I would highly recommend them.
We continued on with our adventure and finished the first sister and jumped right onto the next one, FM 335. Filled with twists and turns and some of the best scenery the hill country has to offer, we breezed through the second sister. The third sister FM 336 didn’t have as many hills, but didn’t disappoint when it came to twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Although I have personally ridden on much more challenging roads, the sisters did not disappoint with the changes in altitude, switchbacks, and scenery.
We exited the sister’s loop and headed back north towards Hunt, TX were we went to visit the Stone Henge II. This is a 2/3 scale version of the famous Stone Henge or at least the interpretation of it by its builder. He also threw in a couple of Easter Island heads on both ends just for good measure. Definitely a must see if you are in the area. The road leading up to Hunt, TX, TX 39 runs along the Guadalupe river and again is a great road for its views, twists and turns.
We ended the day back in Kerrville, ready to rest our sleepy heads!