View Full Version : TX Hill Country Dec/2007

12-11-2007, 03:58 PM
TX Hill Country Ride
December 6-9, 2007


Just an easy laid back ride in south Texas...

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Tuesday/Wednesday 12/4-5
Dallas to Oklahoma
215 miles

I decided to go visit my parents before starting this trip so I headed north after work on
Tuesday and hung out with them on Wednesday. My work schedule has been strange
the past couple months and I haven't had the chance to see them as much as I usually
do so it was nice to catch up.

Thursday 12/6
Oklahoma to Garner SP/Lost Maples SP
650+ miles

I didn't bring any heated gear with me as it was only going to be 44 degrees so thought
I'd just layer up and it would warm up soon. It was projected to be in the mid to upper
70's in south Texas so no reason to bring the electrics, right? Well, it was 36 when I left
OK and it hit 37 and stayed there for about 400 miles. I was uncomfortable but not
miserable so I just kept riding, layering helps a lot.

It was 68 degrees when I finally pulled into Garner State Park ahead of Rick and I was
finally thawing out. I went into the office and the ranger stated they were closed 2
weeks out of the year for deer hunting, guess which two weeks that was? HA!!!!..
Then, she said it was only during the week so they'd be open the next day, Friday,
at 2pm. I waited for Rick and he was only 30 mins behind me. We decided to try
Lost Maples SP but usually they are packed and given Garner was closed we just
knew that was going to be the case and this was to turn into another one of our

However, when we got to Lost Maples, they were just about empty. So, we set
up our tents and had hot dogs for dinner.

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We tried to find some firewood but that place looked like they had vacuum cleaners
as there wasn't a twig to be found. With no fire we hit the sack at 8pm. Usually,
fire going, we're up 'til midnight.

On the way to Garner I was noticing the bike lurching a bit when accelerating. I had
just changed the spark plugs the week before and didn't ride the bike until my trip to
see my parents, it ran fine then. If there's one thing I've learned it's that if your bike
is acting funny it has something to do with the last thing you did to it. In my case, it
was the spark plugs. I thought one of the wires just came loose so I pulled them and
reconnected them to the plugs and would see how it ran in the morning.

Friday 12/7
Hill Country Riding
200 miles

We took out time today as we didn't have any real plans other than to go back
to Garner SP around 2pm to check in and get a site. So, we had breakfast in
Utopia at the Lost Maples Cafe. The weather sucked. It was a misty, dreary,
foggy, crappy morning and it didn't look like it was going to burn off.

My bike was still acting up so we decided to head to Uvalde, TX and find an
auto parts store to get a new set of plugs thinking one was bad. On the way,
my bike hit a milestone, 50,000 miles, so I took a pic.

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After picking up the plugs we headed back towards Garner and did hwy 336
and I made a left instead of a right and we did some straight roads but this
was an easy day with no real agenda so we just did whatever.

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When we got back to Garner, I changed my plugs.

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Rick's bike did very well in the twisties and also kept up with me on the
highway, one of his reasons for bringing this bike was just see what works
on a real trip so this was a working-session for him.

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We setup camp and proceeded to look for firewood. Mac would have been
proud of us, there was a huge 8 ft log that I sawed up and Rick found some
other misc dead fall elsewhere.

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We got the fire going and, yeah, had more hot dogs. I don't think I ever
want another hot dog.

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However, with the fire blazing, it was still a nice evening.

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Saturday 12/8
lddave's annual BBQ ride-to-eat
200+ miles

Every year, Dave B. has a BBQ somewhere in TX and this was the 8th year
so being in the area we decided to make that part of this trip.

It was another crappy, misty, rainy, foggy morning and we had to ease our
way over 337 and roads that look like glass when wet. Not the typical run
we have on these roads but it's all about the adventure isn't it?

We zig-zagged our way through back roads and made it to Louie Mueller BBQ
in Taylor, TX just northeast of Austin around 11am. Lots of bikes were already

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And, the food was excellent.

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After lunch, we decided it didn't make much sense to ride all the way back
to Garner when there were closer campgrounds that would make our ride
home easier on Sunday. Rick's family has a ranch that was just a couple
hours away so we headed for that and BJFazio, being from Louisiana,
decided to join us. Rick has a nice place and it will make for some great
future MotoCampers.com outings.

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We went into town, Crockett, TX, and had a burger at Texas Burger. They
have very good burgers. Then, went back to the ranch and made a fire. I
can't believe I didn't get a pic of that, oh well, can't win 'em all.

Sunday 12/9
Homeward Bound
170 miles

It was 74 degrees when I left Rick's ranch at about 7am. When I was about 1 hour
outside of Dallas I topped a small hill and the temp dropped to 46 degrees in less than
1 mile. It was 43 degrees and raining when I made it home. Again, it's about the
adventure, yeah, right, that's it...

Here are a couple pics I took along the way.

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Here are all of my pics (http://mellow.smugmug.com/gallery/3966319)

12-11-2007, 05:09 PM
Good story and pics, Joe. Did the plug swap solve the problem with your bike?

12-11-2007, 05:11 PM
Good story and pics, Joe. Did the plug swap solve the problem with your bike?

Thanks, yes it did.. one of them was cracked and broke off when I tried to remove it, the shaft was in the boot. I pulled it out, removed the rest of the plug, still screwed in, and replaced it. Ran like a champ after that. Even with just 5 cylinders it was running pretty good.. LOL:eek2:

12-11-2007, 08:51 PM
Cool bikes:cool2:

12-17-2007, 03:06 PM
Joe your killing me. LOL