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3 Men – 3 Sisters (Guest Post)

Three Men Ride to Meet Three Ladies.

By: Brett “Bubba” Blythe

My infatuation for all things motorcycle all started when I received my first dirt bike at age 10.  The Honda 50cc dirt bike, small in size large in fun.  We would take many dirt bike trips as a family that lamented my love for the two wheeled machine.  Fast forward to age 16, I received my cycle endorsement and my first road trip as a driver to Sturgis.  This trip sealed the deal for as the best way to take a vacation and see America.  We have taken vacations, small trips, big trips, pulled trailers filled with clothes and dirt bikes.  All of these trips have led the following account of my trip to Texas to ride the Three Sisters with my dad and older brother.

This trip was the first time the three of us have taken a trip together.  I live in Michigan and I flew down to Dallas to where my dad and brother live.  This was sure to be a trip for the bucket list, I was sure even before the plane left Grand Rapids that this was going to a great trip.

I have ridden some beautiful highways and byways in my day, from the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway in North Carolina to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I was sure that Texas being as big and beautiful as she is that she also had some great scenery to offer, and boy was I right.

The route that my brother had planned for us had us stopping at many great landmark destinations on our way to ride the Three Sisters. We saw the original Dr. Pepper plant, the Enchanted Rocks, a Castle, and many food stops recommended by the Thunder Roads magazines top 10 burger joints.  I will have to say that while the landmarks were cool the real crowd pleaser had to be the roads and views.

The Three Sisters did not disappoint with their twisty turns and their great expanses.  I can honestly say that the views and wide open spaces that are Texas are truly gorgeous.  It was a weekend of many emotions for me.  The beauty of the landscape, the excitement and thrill of challenging roads and laughter and bliss that time spent with my father and brother.

Although we had a few rainy patches that led to mocking and digital evidence that indeed I do not have great rain gear, it was truly a trip to remember.   I am glad that I had the opportunity to not only ride some great roads, see some outstanding landscapes but more importantly spend some time with my dad and brother.

Thank you Texas a great weekend and a lifetime of memories.

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South Texas Tour – Day 2

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!