Riding the Sisters

We made plans a few weeks ago to make the trek out to the Hill Country of Texas to ride the motorcycle extravaganza of the Sisters. FM 335, 336, 337 out of Leakey, Tx is an amazing twisting, turning, rocky, breathtaking, wonderful view of a side of Texas most don’t see.
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On the way in we had to make a stop in the famous Luckenbach, TX. There was live music, and a guy riding on a longhorn steer looking for photo opportunities. Where else can you stop where Waylon, Willie, and the boys are so famous? It was a grand time.

Post office in Luckenbach, Tx

Post office in Luckenbach, Tx

Leakey (pronounced lake-y) has a population of 427 people and is the Mecca of motor enthusiasts in Texas for many reasons, namely the Sisters. Down the road in Vanderpool is the Motorcycle Museum.

We saw a corvette club, a classic car club, Yamaha motorcycles, Honda motorcycles, and Harley out the wa-zoo!

What we also saw in this beautiful setting was Turkey, Elk, White tail deer, Fallow Deer, Other exotics, hawks, Ferrel hogs, a Peacock, and 2 giraffe! There were compounds tucked between the hills with massive stucco walls with broken glass topping, it made me wonder what they had to hide? There were friendly shopkeepers wanting to promote business. There were buzzards feasting on the unfortunate that didn’t make it across the road. Of course, there were plenty of cattle, and calves that frolicked in the late spring mornings.

Not to mention the hills…..wowsa! I mean WOWSA! It was like being in a whole new world. I’ve traveled most of the state. Amarillo, Texarkana, Dallas, Del Rio, McAllen, Brownsville, South Padre, Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont, San Antonio, Austin, Uvalde, Castroville,( everywhere in central Texas) this area is another world. It’s more than the hill country in Boerne, Canyon, Wimberly, or Kerrville. It’s not Ski County hills by any means. In context, it’s just the best place in Texas for Hills, high county desert-like settings, but with big Oaks, rivers, and real people hospitality.

Vanderpool, TX on 337

Vanderpool, TX on 337

There is nothing like going down an unfamiliar road and seeing signs like “roaming livestock”, “falling rocks” “flooding next 23 miles”, “sharp turns, steep grades next 8 miles”. I have to tell you, they weren’t kidding. There were literally roaming livestock, and 6 cattle guards we had to cross on FM 336…..the cows and cow poop were in the road. The calves were hilarious running from the motorcycle bleating for “mom”, and “mom” running to the rescue. We motored away quickly, “mom” meant business.

The Turkey were hilarious! They would run down the road in front of us like drunken miscreants as if shouting “oh crap, they found us!” Until they got enough speed up to achieve flight, some of it was really sad flight…just enough to get them into the closest cedar.

The place we stayed was a little Jewel called St. Claire’s Cabin. We found it on VRBO. It’s not easy to find, unless you have directions, it’s not impressive to view from outside…..but what it is, is a peaceful relaxing, wonderful small town cabin on lovely acreage. Quiet, quaint, comfortable, with little hints of over-the-top hospitality like fluffy soft towels, ice cream recipes with an ice cream maker on site, and my favorite….the outdoor shower. I have to say that was one of the most relaxing, homey, comfy, lovely places I’ve ever had an opportunity to stay. I’m a very conventional gal…..but the outdoor shower captured me completely. It was what I looked forward to most after coming off of 8 hours riding on the back of my husband’s bike. It was truly a refreshing, freeing, and relaxing experience. Yep. Big thumbs up on the outdoor shower!

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