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New Braunfels, TX

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The alarm went off at 5:00AM, but I was already awake waiting for it to announce the beginning of a new day. Lazily, my hand reached for my phone to switch it off. Robert would be calling in about an hour to make sure I was awake so we could go on yet another Hill Country Saturday ride on our motorcycles.

We met at Evita’s at 7:00 AM sharp and had our mandatory coffee and breakfast preparing for the route we would follow this time. Our adventure would take us down Loop 410, US 281, FM 1863, Hwy 46, and finally FM 78 to get back into San Antonio.

Coffee at Evita's

We left the restaurant at 8:00 and the trip was pretty uneventful except for some really fine mist that got the road wet between San Antonio and New Braunfels. Mist is most dangerous because although it is invisible on the road, it brings out the slippery oil on the pavement. To tell the truth, I was a little afraid of taking the turns in these treacherous conditions.

We stopped at a closed business place just before the San Antonio City limits on US 281 to decide whether we wanted to get back or continue. A sheriff saw us talking in the parking lot and approached us to ask us if we were waiting for anyone inside. I had an instant negative reaction from him that because we were bikers, we meant trouble in an empty office parking lot. We calmly told him we were discussing our ride plans because of the impending rain and he apologized and got back in his SUV. After a second thought, I decided he did the right thing as he was trying to keep the streets safe and being that we were good citizens, he left us alone.

We continued our trip through foggy curves and misty roads, all the time respecting the speed limits. Robert and I have reached an unspoken and unanimous decision that following speed limits while on Goldie and BearBait is just as fun. However, we did break the law a couple of times. We made an illegal U turn once when we missed our exit, Robert went through a red light when he couldn’t stop one time he was following me, and on a long stretch with no cars, I did 90 MPH passing him to lead for a while. No harm done at any time.

We stopped in New Braunfels to have a cup of coffee and to take some pictures at beautiful Landa Park while we waited for the mist to burn with the sun peeking through the heavy clouds.

Me at Landa Park

The trip was relaxing, as I felt it was about time for me to disconnect from the world and connect to my bike, much like the Na’vi Avatars did in the movie to their Direhorses. Upon returning to the city, my senses began rejecting the traffic, the horns, the sirens and anything that reminded me that my ride was about to come to an end. Goldie and I have connected and I feel how she takes to the road with almost only my mind guiding her and my body holding her up. I cannot wait to take a long trip this summer!

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