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Old 07-27-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Question Riding the 3 Sisters

Alright, need to know who's been there? Anyone have video from their trip? What's to be expected?

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Old 07-27-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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What's to be expected?

No video but you can expect...

Steel guardrails, rock walls with no shoulder, blindcorners, unexpected gravel, slow people, horse trailers (and the that comes from same), lots of wildlife at any moment, too many other bikes, cops looking for any kind of foolin around and you can expect to lay on the side of the road for up to an hour before EMT's arrive if you make a mistake.
You can also expect;
great scenery, twisty roads, friendly people, decent pavement, to ride a couple hundred miles a day easy and great food in every town.

I say go for it you will have a blast. Go during the week if possible and you will avoid the crowds and the cops.
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Fun, and expect to be spent and then you can get on your bike and ride..
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Whatever everyone else says know that IT IS WORTH IT! It really is beautiful there and I feel privileged to ride it. Note that your will be sore. Drink lots of water at every stop you can whether you feel thirsty or not. Consider getting a motel in Bandera or Boerne to break up the drive from Houston.
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No video but you can expect...

Steel guardrails, rock walls with no shoulder, blindcorners, unexpected gravel, slow people, horse trailers (and the that comes from same), lots of wildlife at any moment, too many other bikes, cops looking for any kind of foolin around and you can expect to lay on the side of the road for up to an hour before EMT's arrive if you make a mistake.
You can also expect;
great scenery, twisty roads, friendly people, decent pavement, to ride a couple hundred miles a day easy and great food in every town.

I say go for it you will have a blast. Go during the week if possible and you will avoid the crowds and the cops.
Dont forget the decreasing radii that pop up all over the place and all the redneck sportbike riders out there.

BUT, lots of fun as long as you play it smart. IMPORTANT, drink plenty and I mean, plenty of water and Gatorade. Take a camel pack. Get a radiator shield and some radiator leak plugger stuff. Trust me on this one.
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Just did it earlier this month. The other guys pretty much covered it on what to expect. I actually thought it was going to be worse/harder than it was but I wasn't going to the wall either(following a Harley most of the way).

We vacation at the Frio every year so we trailered the bikes.

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We NEED to do the day trips I've been mentioning forever.

I'd prefer to get some more streetable tires on the bike but looks like I never got around to it.
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We NEED to do the day trips I've been mentioning forever.

I'd prefer to get some more streetable tires on the bike but looks like I never got around to it.
I am to old to do that in a single day. I have plenty of energy to browse your photos and vids when you get back though.
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Yeah it's amazingly beautiful scenery, but don't forget you go where you look. In other words stop the bike if you want to soak in a great view. If it says 10mph it means 10mph. No room for error on most of those roads, you mess up it probably won't be emt bringing you back. These websites have some pretty good info.

http://www.hillcountrycruising.com/highway16.html
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Thanks for all the information guys. Looks like this trip will be happening in Sept. or Oct. Going to start planning and getting things in order. Might make this a good two day trip.


Cali........This sir is one bad pic. I can't wait to get down there and video this trip.
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No video but you can expect...

Steel guardrails, rock walls with no shoulder, blindcorners, unexpected gravel, slow people, horse trailers (and the that comes from same), lots of wildlife at any moment, too many other bikes, cops looking for any kind of foolin around and you can expect to lay on the side of the road for up to an hour before EMT's arrive if you make a mistake.
You can also expect;
great scenery, twisty roads, friendly people, decent pavement, to ride a couple hundred miles a day easy and great food in every town.

I say go for it you will have a blast. Go during the week if possible and you will avoid the crowds and the cops.
pretty much spot on
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Heading out there in two days for a long weeknd.
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Pm Texlurch. He had some good routes setup through there, and Im sure he would be glad to help
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Hwy. 55 uphill has some of the greatest high speed sweepers you could ever ride. I couldn't bring myself to push as hard going downhill and being closer to the edge. Watch out for the cattle guards on 336. At least one is in the middle of a turn.
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We NEED to do the day trips I've been mentioning forever.

I'd prefer to get some more streetable tires on the bike but looks like I never got around to it.
Holler when your ready.

And ya'll don't forget some of this is open range.........so there might be cows IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD around that next fast sweeper.
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That right there sums it up.

I was planning a trip in Oct... let's get together on schedule.

So far as routes, how many miles can you handle a day, and how much of the Hill Country would you like to sample? There are great roads from N of Austin, all the way around to SW of San Antonio. Just the 3 Sisters is an all day ride, depending on where you stay at.
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