Hill Country, Texas - dec, 2017

image61

Just Another Empty County Road

The Texas Hill Country is full of roads like this, if you look hard enough.  Not too difficult to find out near Mason, Fredericksburg, or Junction.   Stay on the road and KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR DEER (!), you're fine....veer off the road...well, you see those prickly pears don't you?  Although subject to some discrepancies on road numbering, I find the Butler map of this area very useful.

image62

Just Another Rest Break at an Old Cemetery

As usual, I took several rest breaks at old cemeteries, like this one (my favorite, "Bear Creek Cemetery", northwest of Junction, Texas, along Ranch Road 2291).  In total, I stopped at four cemeteries on this trip.  Nice places to reflect on the appreciation of being alive for today.

image63

And Another KC Road (Kimball County)

Think I've stopped by this sign before, but hard to keep up with all the "KC" roads I've been down.  My favorite one, KC 412, was difficult to find (again), but wound my way down KC 410 'til I ran into it.  Think you'll see some pictures of it further below (first two) in the photo gallery; no picture of the road sign, but you'll see my bike next to a shady ledge above some water).  Only had to deal with one "bump gate" this trip, but had to dismount to open probably 15 gates on one KC road (can't remember which one).

image64

Just Another Water Hole

While this little crossing doesn't compare to the James River crossing along the James River Road, these little holes are fun and help build your confidence.  With the unbelievably warm weather (is it really December???), I couldn't resist flying through some of these just to get a little splash of excitement.  Decided to skip the bigger James River crossing this trip, since I know what lifting a 1200GS feels like on slippery moss.

image65

Just Another Cattle Drive Trail

I had no idea what this marker signified when I came across it, but did a little research when I got home and it turned out to be a very significant piece of cattle drive history.  The Great Western Trail stretched from South Texas to Nebraska, becoming  the primary cattle driving route for Texas by 1879. Also known as the  Dodge City Trail and the Fort Griffin Trail, the Great Western Trail combined  southern feeder routes (Brownsville, San Antonio, Boerne, George West,  and Santa Rosa among them) in Kerrville, creating the Great Western's  southernmost terminal.  This "trail" left the state up near Vernon, TX at Doan's crossing, only a few miles south of my hometown (Altus, OK).  (Can't swear to it, but I think this marker was at the intersection of Kimball Co. 470 and FM 479.)