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The Three Twisted Sisters in Leakey, TX.

Spring Break 2010.  My plan was to travel to San Antonio to finally bring my motorcycle back to the Rio Grande Valley.  But before riding back, Robert and I decided to take a farewell road trip.  The destination this time was the famous Three Twisted Sisters in the Texas Hill Country’s Ranch Roads 337, 336, and 335.

Early in the morning, Beto and I had breakfast at our favorite hole in the wall, “Evita’s,” at 341 St. Cloud.  We have visited this restaurant together for the past 10 years and the owners know us well and are biker and family friendly.  We got our maps, planned our trip and by 8:00 AM we were on the road.

To get to Leakey, we took US-90 West going past Castroville, Hondo, D’Hanis and Sabinal.  In Sabinal, we took TX-127 North and then US-83 North towards Leakey.  This stretch of the trip took roughly 90 miles of beautiful wide open spaces, farms, and plantations.

Beto and I in D'Hanis, TX.

Once we got to Leakey, we visited an antique shop where Beto bought some old patches for his collection.  We gassed up and journeyed into the roller-coaster ride of The Three Sisters.  Soon we arrived at the start of the run, The Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop, the store/restaurant where thousands of motorcycles start the trip every year, where we bought some souvenir T-shirts.

The Three Twisted Sisters also known as The Hundred Mile Loop covering RR335, RR336, & RR337 is  the best motorcycle road that we have taken so far.  Everyone rides this run when visiting the Texas Hill Country. These three roads follow canyons and climb over sharp-cornered turns, dizzying hills, and rocks that fall from the mountainside. We rode on many tight serpentine-like curves with sheer plunges and not many guard rails.


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The almost 100-mile circuit took us close to three hours to complete.  There were hundreds of motorcycles, cars, bicycles, and even joggers all along the loop.  Everyone being respectful of the other.  Riding these roads made us feel a part of something. I felt the joy and thrill of thousands of other riders who had been there in the past embedded into my being as we traveled the sinuous path.  Nothing else mattered, I became one with the motorcycle and the road, I was in a trance that lasted the whole run.

On Ranch Road 335

Towards the end of the circuit,  at the end of a sharp turn, we saw a rather strange sight that had a perturbing effect on my hypnosis: a man sitting in the shade of a red beach umbrella taking pictures.  Rather odd! I couldn’t pay much attention to him because I wanted to keep my eyes on the road; but he seemed like a ghost, passing on the periphery of my helmet visor. I thought he was unreal but I knew I had seen him.  After taking the turn, there was a banner with the word “TXMotoFoto.com” on it.  Rather clever! The man was taking pictures of riders to later post them on his website for sale. Needles to say, we fell for his trick. We are now owners of our digital pictures, three a piece!

The road back home was just as beautiful, taking the road from Leakey to Medina, then on to Bandera where we had been before, and finally back to San Antonio.

This trip will stay with me for a long time.  It was mystical, it was healthy, and it helped me grow as a motorcyclist.

Leakey Trip

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