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Saturday, November 14th, 2009.

“Hello?”

“Hey, man, get up, get up, get up!!!”

“What time is it? It’s still dark.”

“It’s 6:00 in the morning. We have to meet for breakfast before 7:00 so we can go riding on the bikes before 8!”

“Right, right! Ok, I’ll get up”

And so my Saturday morning started.  Robert called me as per our agreement from the night before.  Right at 6:55 we were both arriving at the restaurant to plan for our ride.  Today, his best friend from high school, Rick, was going to join us in the fun on his little Honda Rebel 250.  The more the better.

During breakfast, we decided to do a circle through a part of the Texas Hill Country west and northwest of San Antonio.  The route would be: San Antonio, Kendalia, Sisterdale, Comfort, Center Point, Camp Verde, Bandera, and back to San Antonio for a total of about 150 miles.

The ride was great, we had a lot of fun taking turns being the leader of the pack.  Rick and I “played” around being faster than the other while Robert was the serious one leading (Hahaha, you can imagine a Goldwing with 1832 cc’s against a 250-cc Rebel “racing.”)

We stopped for a while in Sisterdale to shoot some pictures and regather ourselves and look for a place to eat where Rick had been before.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed until noon and it was before 10AM.  On the road we were almost run off the road by three sports motorcycles racing recklessly on the curvy road.  They passed us buzzing like mosquitoes and that put a damper on a good stretch of the road for me because I worried about other riders who might encounter them.

Richard, Robert,and Rick in Sisterdale, TX.

Richard, Robert,and Rick in Sisterdale, TX.

The best part of our tour was arriving in Bandera; there were hundreds of motorcycles on the highway and the city.  We stopped for lunch as this was our last stretch of road before heading back for San Antonio. We ate a delicious second breakfast at O. S. T. where we swore we saw “Cookie” the cook from Bonanza and every other western TV show.  He was a short, Irish-looking man with a narrow, tall hat that we saw at the restaurant.  Rick kept yelling at him, “Cookie, COOKIE,” but the man never turned to look at us, must not have been Cookie at all.

On the way back home, Robert got cut off by a man in a BMW car.  He almost got hit and had to change lanes because of the car.  I got incensed and started arguing with the man, car-to-motorcycle.  The fact that car drivers don’t respect motorcyclists on the road has always infuriated me to the point of no return.  The man was laughing and waving at us like it was the funniest thing he had ever done.  In the end, there wasn’t much we could do because a biker is always at a disadvantage when it comes to space on the lanes.  We let him go as he disgustingly waved good-bye as he exited the highway. After that ugly situation we found ourselves in, we each took the road to our homes. The lesson?  Please…. SHARE THE ROAD!!! I am talking about the racing motorcycles and the BMW.  A motorcyclist is very vulnerable out on the road. Please, care enough for us to help us enjoy our quiet ride.

Bandera

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