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It’s been nearly a year since my last post and I was about to give up blogging altogether but something about this beautiful Spring day convinced me to jump back in. Baseball season begins this Sunday night in Houston, I am contemplating brewing an IPA for the summer, I have purchased a new lens for my recently refurbished (long story, will get into later) camera and have also purchased new travel gear for my motorcycle (related to long story mentioned above). Should be a good Spring and Summer ahead and I’ll keep posting as it unfolds.

Was fantastic! I traveled 836 miles over about four days. The weather could not have been better, the wildflowers were in bloom and I broadened my route to include a number of roads not previously traveled. One such road was Llano country road 308, which alternated between paved and unpaved and included an number of low water crossings over streams. A stop at Luckenbach, Texas for lunch and a bit of music was in order after the flower tour and then I discovered an abandoned railroad tunnel from the 19th century that now is home to over a million fan tail Mexican bats. Unfortunately, they fly out at dusk and I could not stick around for the show.

After a restful night in Kerrville with plenty of cold beer I headed out to far southwest Texas for some very twisty runs through the various river valleys. These are by far the most spectacular motorcycle runs in the state. Texas roads 335, 336 and 337 are called the Trinity and I highly recommend a complete 155 mile run if you ever get the chance. They run through the Medina, Sabinal, two branches of the Frio and the Nueces river valleys. I found that road 335, the farthest to the west, was my favorite. Huge dips down the mountain followed by grand sweeps back up and around as the blue river courses over white limestone below will put a smile on the face of the most crusty rider. Unfortunately, there is no place to stop and take pictures on these roads. Even if there was, I’m not sure I wanted to break the spell of that great ride to try and capture a moment that probably would not translate to a still photo.

So, I will only include photos from the first full day of riding below. And a couple from Saturday when Carolyn drove the truck out with John to meet in in Kerrville. We made a trip out to the property for a couple of hours, did a bit of target shooting with an old .22 rifle that I inherited (it still shoots!), purchased Day of the Dead themed Mexican pottery in Ingram and then had a wonderful dinner at River’s Edge on the Guadalupe at sunset. All in all, a long weekend very well spent!

Wildflowers on Llano county road 308

More wildflowers

Bluebonnets

Luckenbach Cat

Giant Agave about to bloom outside art gallery in Ingram, Texas

Sunset on the Guadalupe in Kerrville, Texas

It was one of those perfect May weekends for riding – clear, dry and warm. So I rolled the bike out into the driveway, tuned the radio to the Lone Star Jukebox on KPFT and applied a bit of TLC in the form of detail cleaning and carnuba wax. With the new Corbin saddle and a fresh tune-up, she is ready for the summer.

Fortunately, Zeppomanx was visiting this weekend and we were able to squeeze in about two and a half hours of riding on Sunday morning before he returned to Dallas. With the recent rain, the ride through Grimes county was very nice indeed.

Integration of body, frame and battery is intriguing. I’d like to have a closer look at that design….

How did Uhlarik build what almost certainly will be the lightest bike on the grid at any of the 14 races on the TTXGP calendar this year? He started from scratch. Whereas almost everyone else converted a conventional motorcycle, Uhlarik started with a clean sheet of paper. That allowed him to do something radical: The P1 doesn’t employ a traditional frame. The battery is the frame, and much of the bodywork as well.

“We’ve integrated the body, frame and battery into the same structure,” said Uhlarik.

(via Wired)

…without a doubt. Sunday I plan to spend several hours riding through the areas of horse farms and National Forest to the north and west of where I live. Autumn is the perfect riding season in this region and what could be more contemplative than a long gallop over the river and through the woods on a fine cruiser.

Breathe deeply and smile. Namaste.

Motorcycle riding is one of my passions. I just drive and look. And sometimes listen to music along the way. It requires vigilance but not great skill and that makes it a good fit for me. Occasionally, I stop to take pictures and that seems to pull the entire experience together into a kind of yogic event.



I don’t know what’s more exciting, going on a 450 mile motorcycle tour of central Texas in June or the planning involved. I will have two full days to ride before meeting friends and family out at the Frio River area next Sunday afternoon. There are many interesting places, both historical and provided by mother nature, along the route posted above and I am sure, at least a few characters to meet. With a bit of luck, I’ll be joined by my brother-in-law somewhere along the way as he rides down from the Dallas area. But until then, I have a few days to do some research on these towns and get my camera ready.

When I was ten years old, I really, really wanted to be Herb Alpert and play cool tunes on the trumpet. Oh, and be served a cocktail by a beautiful woman reclining on the wing of a biplane.

This past weekend I downloaded Going Places and Whipped Cream and Other Delights, then spent a lazy sunny afternoon driving around town on the motorcycle listening to these great sounds from my childhood. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass had such a unique, distinctive style. Their tight arrangements and infectious melodies made them one of the greatest pop music groups of the mid 1960s. After a run through of both of these albums, I wanted to put on some nice clothes and have a martini. But it was Sunday and I was out of vermouth. (Sadly, no booze may be purchased in Texas on Sunday.)

“Nothing in this world beats a ’52 Vincent and a red-headed girl.”

I love this. It’s a great idea, especially for getting around town and commuting. But make sure you check out the Shocking Barack link at the bottom of the home page. Two guys who work for Brammo are riding Brammo Enertias from Detroit to DC, taking the same route as the auto executives did when they came begging (the second time). Only these guys are going to present Obama with the two bikes as an example of what American engineering and creativity can achieve. Following their journey and story on their blog is great. Oh, and make sure you submit your name. They will write it on the bikes that will be given to the Prez.

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