Slyder_Steve Posted April 8, 2007 Share Posted April 8, 2007 At long last, my Texas Hill Country ride recap. I entitled it “Texas Hill Country clouds have Silver linings”. I had to wait until this weekend because, for me, my ride tale didn’t come to a close until this morning…more on that in a bit. It all started here Monday March 19th in sunny SoCal when 1bmwfan met me at my place, just fifteen miles behind the guys with guns—right Phil? We spent the afternoon checking out some aircraft here at the plane patch and taking him to all the “secret squirrel” spots to get the best glimpses of the latest the United States Air Force has to offer. For those of you in the security business who might be reading this, it was all in front of the fences—no behind the scene photos were taken End of disclaimer. I was able to arrange to have F-22s and CV-22s flying around over head all day so that was pretty cool That evening Zach, my 8-year old, showed our guest how Guitar Hero works on PS2. 1bmwfan got the hang of it pretty quickly—that was the last time Zach saw the guitar for the rest of the night. It’s okay Phil, Zach cried himself to sleep pretty quickly The next morning we were off to Phoenix and the lovely home of AZkaisr. A couple shots of us doing some final packing and a quick family photo. Lauren, on the right, was most pleased about taking her photo just before school Now where did I put that wallet again? 1bmwfan ready to hit the road. Couple of great looking bikes ready to do some serious miles! Hey there Steve, don’t forget to put the side stand up!! We arrived at the home of AZkaisr, maybe a couple minutes after the planned time Arizona Al was there with his traveling shop all set up to fit me with my custom earplugs—WOW what a transformation! The next time you’re at a function with Al, spend the bucks and get the plugs—you really won’t be sorry! KMG_365, Les_is_more (Mama Hoon), AZkaisr and Sagerider joined the group, or we joined their's, not sure it matters. Anyway, this is the part where KMG_365 shows us how to do the legendary mounted-center-stand-lift-maneuver while on Tom’s RT. We were suitably impressed—really! We met up with johnlt in Tucson and hit a lunch stop at a Denny’s—yes, I can read the sign. It was slabbin’ it all day to Van Horn, Texas that evening. Stayed at a nice enough motel—the really nice desk lady forgot to mention the sign on the train tracks that reads “all trains must blows horns for the next 500 yards”, cause I’m certain not a single one forgot. The gang got together for dinner at a hole in the wall restaurant right across the street. Mama Hoon ordered the house special “sour dough pancakes”. Ask her about them sometime… As you can see from this photo, our group is a bunch of gadget geeks. Once I spied the site they were on I understood… The plan was to make an early morning push, but it looked pretty dark out there and 1bmwfan was worried that not enough people would notice his shinny bike so we had to wait until first light Sagerider making some last minute adjustments…. We cruised down highway 90 most of the way from Van Horn to Kerrville. I know, 90 don’t go to Kerrville, but it does happen to pass right by the first toilet west of the Pecos River, which happens to be within about ¼ mile of this outstanding overlook Five purdy bikes all lined up in a row That’s the AZkaisr mobile in the fore and background. KMG_365 and Mama Hoon were driving…and did fine job of keeping up with us. Radios are a wonderful thing! I see sights like this and say to myself, “man, I’ve go to get my kids out here”. So we arrived at the Inn of the Hills; 1594 miles on the BMW odo. The next morning we’re heading out to do some scouting of the local roads and as most of you have read in other posts, I didn’t do so well. Okay, actually I did quite fine; it was my RT that didn’t fair so well. One second I'm riding behind limecreek and AZkaisr through some easy hill country roads; the next second I’m giving my FirstGear jacket a functional tryout. This is Whip’s photo. I just wanted to point out that while I might have been smiling on the outside, it was quite a different story on the inside. Both mirrors, the left handle bar, left foot peg broken off Left valve cover, loads of cosmetics—both sides. Broken headlight, bent subframe... A shot of the turn…post get off…notice the nice shinny lines in the middle of the photo. Another shot with a bit of a clue on the gravel as to where my RT and I slid. And if you’re wondering where this was… I was ATGATT. Ended up with a small rash on my left elbow from where my jacket armor failed. As mentioned in another thread on the board, FirstGear customer service has been absolutely stellar. They got back to me within about an hour of my email to them. First, they wanted to know if I was alright. Next, they asked to have the jacket back to investigate the nature of the armor failure as evidently none of their leather-tex jackets have failed in this manner. At the same time, they’ve offered to provide me a brand new jacket free of charge. That, in my humble opinion, is first class customer service and they’ll keep my business. So I’m thinking I’m finding a tour company to see San Antonio; since I no longer have a bike an all, but thanks to 1bmwfan (who tossed me the key to his ST) I was able to hit the sights with the group. First stop, Fredericksburg and the Nimitz Museum. Since I wasn’t riding my RT, lawman suggested I have a few cold ones at lunch. 1bmwfan was not impressed with our little joke! The strongest thing I had was sweet tea—honest! The next stop on our Texas Hill Country ride was a flower shop—not sure what this was all about, but it made lawman happy so it was worth it! And the ice cream was pretty darn good too! We finished the day out by hitting Luckenbach. That’s Sagerider on the right with his newest best friend. I honestly could have stayed there for hours. As you now know, I was wheel-less for the trip home. KMG-365 and Les_is_more were kind enough to let me borrow the back of their ride back out Westward. We stopped at a different motel in Van Horn on the way home—didn’t realize wireless internet was such a hot item in Texas, but here they are, administering away… What I haven’t mentioned up to now is the fact that as I was getting into Whip and Louise’s truck to trailer my beloved RT to the shop after my crash, KMG_365 was on the SportTouring board checking out the classifieds for my new ride prospects. At the time, I really didn’t want to even think about replacements—I was going to fix her up! Sadly, the insurance company had other ideas and totaled her out. I checked out numerous bikes on the internet—even toyed with the idea of moving over to a hexhead, but I really loved my oilhead RT and wanted to stay the course—no political intent here. So this morning Katy and I headed over to Tina’s in Maricopa, CA where we met up with Trucker Kev who happened to be parting with his 04 RT. The deal was sealed over a cup of java. She’s a beaut! And Kev, you’ve taken very good care of your RT too!! So you see, silver linings come in many shapes and sizes—some even look a lot like RTs! Steve Link to comment
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