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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Default Looking for help planning my trip down South!

We will be leaving from Springfield, MO, and our Southernmost destination will be the Hill Country of South Texas, specifically the "3 Twisted Sisters", near Leakey, TX. We are planning on a 10-13 day trip so we can take a few days off here and there as well. This will be my first long ride on my new CCT, and my first long trip riding double with my wife. I have done many 5-7K mile rides solo on my older cruisers, but she has never done more than an overnight with me. We are BOTH looking forward to riding the Big Vic on this trip We will be riding from September 9th - 21st or so. I live in the UP of Michigan, and have never been to these areas, so Im just trying to gather as much as I can, from other Bikers...

If you have any info/tips/suggestions/warnings ect.. on any areas I'll be travelling thru, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Here are a few questions..

-Arkansas... I have been told to spend some time in the Ozarks area. Any specific routes or areas that I shouldnt miss around here?

-South of the Ozarks, we are not really sure which way to head. I was thinking of staying in LA and heading down to the coast, then cutting over towards San Antonio and the Hill Country from there. Heading home, I was thinking of staying to the West side of Texas, heading North thru OK and back towards Springfield, MO. I'm just not sure what areas would be the best for riding and scenery. Making a "loop" would be nice.

-I like to mostly travel on backroads/2 lanes, but I also want to hit some strips of open slabs. I live 250 miles from anyting over 55mph, so I actually enjoy some super slab cruising to cover some ground. Any suggestions of good sections of freeways to run down that way in any of those states?

-We will be spending most of our time in Texas. What shouldn't I miss? What areas should we avoid? I am planning at least 1 or 2 nights in Medina/Leakey area, as Ive been told that its heaven on 2 wheels. Any suggestions on roads/highways heading North from there towards OK?

Sorry about the long winded post... Im trying to get as educated as I can about the area before we head down. Thanks again for any help, guys!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 10:38 AM
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Hwy 7 South from Harrison, AR all the way to Hot Springs is an awesome ride and a scenic treasure.

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The sisters are great but it's my understanding that the Ozarks are nothing short of awesome. I've not been to the Ozarks but definitely on the list. Might want to plan a couple days there as well. Look up the Pig Trail..

Btw, it will likely still be pretty hot in Sept in S. Texas.

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Originally Posted by merdinus View Post
Hwy 7 South from Harrison, AR all the way to Hot Springs is an awesome ride and a scenic treasure.
diito hwy 7. if you ride into La. you only need to go as far south as Natchitoches and then turn into Texas. not much to see south of that in La. and you want to stay off I10 in La. and e. Texas. once into E. Tx. there are some nice roads heading west. Head east thru Henderson, Palestine. Be sure to ride around Austin, New Braunfels, Kerrville, Bandera, Fredericksburg areas. (3 sisters area). Stop for some great BBQ @ Louis Muellars (sp?) in Taylor (Austin area) and Blacks BBQ in Lockhart (same general area). Also be sure to be careful riding at night. lots of deer around. Ride safe and have a great time...P.S. look at the 3 sisters website and the Ride Texas websites...lots of great info!!!!

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Originally Posted by Daybreak View Post
We will be leaving from Springfield, MO, and our Southernmost destination will be the Hill Country of South Texas, specifically the "3 Twisted Sisters", near Leakey, TX.
I just read about that in a magazine. Funny, when I was a kid I used to ride that area a lot. Don't recall that moniker. Do recall cops around Bandera being pricks toward riders. My military ID was a regular "get out of ticket" card.

If you're in the area, they used to have a cool ass cowboy bar out there called the Blue Bonnet. It had several huge areas that catered to different musical tastes, but every hour or so the bell rung and everyone went out to the pen to watch a few cowboys try to ride REAL bulls.

Another neat thing up the way toward Austin is a drive thru free range for a lot of wild animals. You might not want to buy feed if you go thru on a bike.

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met a bunch from all over in April and rode that whole area lots of fun just make sure ya get off the beaten path some of them back roads are really good. While making the loop to do the Sisters go into Utopia lostmaplescafe.com it is a must -- best pie ever!
We stayed in Junction and rode from there for 5 days so we got around really well may even have the gps routes somewhere still if I find em I'll post again

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The Sisters are good, Bandera is a MC town now so no experience with the police. Fredericksburg is nice, lots of shops and ways to spend time. Momacitas in Kerrville is good eats.
Marble Falls has a lot of nice scenery and roads, check with the locals if you go there. See Lukenbach, all 3 minutes of it just to say you've been there.
Killeen and Temple have lots of nice rides and are a good launch point in that area. Avoid Austin, it is a traffic jam.
Have you figured out there is plenty to do? Some of it is spread out but all are in the general area.
The Ozarks are the bomb. I can't remember the road number but the "Pig Trail" is great, 7 is a must, Teramena (sp)Skyway between Arkansas and Oklahoma is a nice ride.
As mentioned, it can be hot in September in the area, so be prepared.

Have a great trip.

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