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Luckenbach, TX (Part 2)

The next morning, I woke Beto up at 7:30. We had never slept in this late on a ride day, but we were both tired and sunburn from the amusement park the day before. We geared up and went to our favorite hole in the wall, Evita’s, a staple of ours since the year 2000.

Prepping for Luchenback!!!

Once there, we pulled out our three Texas maps and started going back and forth trying to figure out where to go. Beto finally mentioned a name that rang like the Bells of Balangiga in my soul, “There’s this place called Luckenbach…” He said. “Stop! Wait!” I said, suddenly remembering I had heard that name over and over again. Ride Texas Magazine has mentioned it ad naseum in its “Best of the Best” articles through the years, as well as many people making reviews in the different biker websites I frequent.

We decided it would be a fun and new place to go. We located it on the maps, we jotted down fun highways to get there, and what we came up with was the following route: Take IH-10 from San Antonio to Boerne, then left on Highway 46 all the way to Bandera. In Bandera we would take Highway 16 to Kerrville and on to Fredericksburg. Then we would go on Highway 290 until it intersected with Ranch Road 1376 to Luckenbach. This should be a fun trip to take.

Medina, TX. Temp 78F

We left Evita’s at 9:30 and headed off to Boerne. The road was plagued with police cars, so we made sure none would take the fun out of our Sunday ride by going speed limits and also going one bike per lane or keeping our allowed distance one in front of the other. Interstate 10 is just a plain ol’ highway in the net of Interstates that just connects one point with another rather simply and boringly. The fun started when we got on Highway 46, west of Boerne. This highway had beautiful views, wonderful lakes, running rivers, and greenery to satisfy the most ecological person on Earth.

Beautiful arbor area

Once we arrived in Bandera and took Highway 16, a different kind of fun that would raise the hair on the back of our necks awaited us. The Twisted Sisters have nothing on this road that we soon found out would take more than an hour to ride the 40 or so miles. The road was so narrow and the turns so tight, that even on our motorcycles we thought we would not be able to get past. At one point, my front tire aligned with Beto’s rear tire side-by-side so we could take an excruciatingly narrow turn that was going downhill and completing almost a full circle from entrance to exit. These were true “red curves” as they are known in the biker circuit. There were a lot of other bike groups that were following us and others we were following. That must be to this date, the most exciting road we have traveled to date. Fortunately, both Beto and I now have the hang of our bikes and can control them like we would our own feet had we been walking that road. Here is a small sample of what the road looks like in the straightest of its run. By the way, the restaurant at the end of the video is in Bandera and it was where Rick thought he had seen Cookie.

From Kerrville to Fredericksburg, we found a beautiful arbor area where we stopped to take some pictures and video. It is not often that I back up a few hundred yards on the road when it hits me that it is worth spending some time taking pictures in that place. We spent about half an hour shooting some frames and having fun in that lonely terrain. Other cars and motorcycles passed by, but we were the only lucky ones who decided to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Beto on BearBait

Once we arrived in Luckenbach, everything turned into a big party. This town with a population of only 3 inhabitants really knows how to entertain tourists. The parking lot is bigger than the town itself as they depend only on tourism to survive. They have one big car parking lot and two huge motorcycle parking lots. That should give you an idea of what type of traveler finds this place with more frequency. We made some purchases, took some pictures, talked to some people, and had a lot of fun. Luckenbach is truly an enchanting town where not even Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings were able to resist holding a concert. It holds the Guinness World record for having the biggest guitar pickin’ session at once. It has its own famous country song and all this with only a population of 3.

All we know is that we are going back there soon….. real soon.

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