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My first overnighter (not dial up friendly)

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Well this is my first real trip report. This last weekend I managed to finally get away from Houston on the bike for a overnighter to the hill country. I am not much for typing or talking a whole lot for that matter so this will be a picture heavy report. This will be day 1 and I am still working on the rest of the pictures. I had planned on a 4 day trip of about 1500 miles but it turned into basically a 2 day trip and 1 day of freezing riding after the weather forecast took a big turn for the worse. I didn't take any pictures on Saturday because of the rain and temps.

I took off on Thursday morning after my workout and got on the road around 7:30.

Here is my approximate route but I took a few unplanned detours for about 400 miles ending in Kerrville.
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Here is the first pic from the road.
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Here a ZZ Top song played in my head for some reason.
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A weird self portait at the first bathroom break...
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A nice rest stop on 71...
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Bike set up....
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I kept hearing chainsaws for some reason...
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I thought this was a bit cool at the time.... I would have loved to have it on Saturday when the temp never topped 40.
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Made a run through Buescher and Bastrop State Parks...

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Bastrop lake looked a lot higher since the last time I saw it..
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Couldn't walk around the lake though because of this....
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Lunch time....
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After lunch I rode by a ranch I worked on during college cutting down huge dead oak trees.

I had to do some dual sporting to get there....
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Emu...
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San Marcos river which looks about 6'-10' high and really muddy..
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After the ranch there is a little road called Cottonwood Creek which is very nice....
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Pictures started to get scarce after I crossed over 35 since the roads were getting more entertaining.

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Stopped at Canyon Lake for a few minutes....
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Finally made it to Kerrville....
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Random pic...
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Saw lots of this....
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That is it for now. I will have to work of Friday's pictures later after my eyes uncross.
 
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Cottonwood Creek Rd---- :clap:

At least you remembered to zip up. :lol2: :rofl: :mrgreen:

A weird self portait at the first bathroom break...
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some nice pics man.. looks like a good trip, other than that colddddd front that blew in.... what make helmet you wearing in that picture.. I dont recognize it..
 
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Day 2

On Friday I got up early and took off from Kerrville for a day of riding around the hill country with out much of a plan. I managed to hit 337,335,336, SH 16, 1050, 470, 39, and a few other roads that I can't think of at the moment. The section of SH 16 between Kerrville and Medina was amazing and it really served as an introduction for what I was info for the rest of the day. 337 was a monster road with just about every you could ask for while 335 running along the river was nice as well. The cattle guards on 336 were a pain and it made the road my least favorite of the 3. I loved 39 and how it ran along the Guadelupe river crossing back and forth at water level bridges.

I started the day taking plenty of pictures but began to realize that I couldn't capture the surroundings in a way that I was seeing it so I put away the camera for the most part and concentrated on enjoying the ride for myself.

Here are some more pics...

First pictures of the day...
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The beginning of the trinity..
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If I remember correctly I believe this is 470..

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Lunch time! This place is one of the reasons I came to the hill country and I wasn't let down. Had the cabrito burger and fries. :eat:

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Few river pictures. I can't remember which river this is but I think it was on 335.

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Here is my super dangerous water crossing. I was afraid I would be swept away but I managed to fight my way across.

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Well that is the end of the pictures. The trip was originally planned for 4 days with Saturday including a long loop up to Austin but the weather had other ideas. Friday night after seeing the forecast shaping up I made the executive decision to bite the bullet and head back to Houston and continue this trip later on when it would be enjoyable. I didn't take any pictures on Saturday due to the rain and cold conditions but it was the most miserable 240 miles I have ever ridden.

Hopefully the trip will be resumed some time in the future. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures. ;-)
 
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Great Report:clap: Thanks for taking us along.
Sweet bike by the way!:rider:
Thanks!

A quick equipment review:

'07 BMW R1200RT - The bike was flawless. Comfy, runs as fast and corners as well as I could ever need it to, the heated grips and seat saved me on Saturday, the fuel range (300+ miles) is great. I can't think of any negatives about the bike from this trip. I have bounced around quite a bit between bikes but I feel like I have found a good fit. (watch me trade it in a couple months :doh: )

BMW Santiago boots - I haven't really found a boot that I like until now. I have some Alpinestars that are nice but they bothered me after 200+ miles and I have used my Redwing boots which are comfy but are not really designed for protection. I went out on a limb and got the Santiago boots about a week and a half ago for the trip and it paid off big time. The boots are perfect for me. No discomfort at all after I wore them to the office 1 day to break in. The only downside is that they are a bit $$$.

Tourmaster rain gear (I believe it is the Elite series) 2 piece. Worked great, I was dry and it worked well to block wind and keep me somewhat warm in 35 degree weather.
 
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so did you ride or just take pics? ;)

Looks like a fun run, I need to hit that area up sometime.
Most of the time I was riding while I took the picture. I hate stopping so I made an honest effort to take as many pictures as possible per family and friends request.
 

budzrex

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Nice write up Jack, I like you photos, I never seem to take
time for pics, need to do that more often.

Next time you come through give me a shout.

by the way when did the FJR get the boot
 
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by the way when did the FJR get the boot
:lol2: It fell victom to my musical bikes game last year. I went through a few bikes to find the one that fits me the best. I made the mistake of test riding the RT and found it was the one for me. I thought the FJR was comfortable for me until I rode the RT (and GT). My knee and back issue become a non-issue on the RT and I didn't think that was going to be possible with a bike that at some performance potential. I miss the extra thrust of the FJR but that is probably a good thing with my lead wrist.
 
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