Hello from Austin, Texas!
Picking up where we left off on Saturday. . . .
So glad we stayed the extra day on Saturday. The sky was blue and bright, with plenty of light to take videos with the helmet cam. Hopefully there will be enough to put together a Twisted Sisters video. If not, guess we’ll just have to go back and get some more!
Did an out-and-back on two of the sisters, 335 and 337, all the way to Medina. For the first time ever, it felt like I was one with Lizzie on the twists and turns, and I was able to effortlessly zip through from beginning to end. Used to ride the Intruder like that and have missed it something fierce. I was able to recapture the euphoria, altered state — whatever you want to call it — because last week, for the first time in 3.5 years, my left shoulder released and miraculously rotated into its proper place. No more straining and holding back! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
One thing you do not ever want to do is ride a motorcycle in the Texas Hill Country at dusk, especially during the peak (right now!) of white-tailed deer rut. It’s dangerous because they seem to be everywhere and constantly pop out onto the road. This has to be the favorite time of year for vultures and auto body shops.
That being said. . . we didn’t do the best job of keeping track of time, ended up returning at dusk and crawling along the last 20 miles or so. Bet we had to completely stop five times out on the highway to avoid a potential collision. Of course, as the light waned, the slower we went, the more deer on the road. Never want to do that again! But, in spite of frazzled nerves, we made it back safe and sound, and that’s what counts.
This picture was taken a short while before we got onto the Junction highway, and you can see the long, late-afternoon long shadows. Oopsie!
So remember me talking about running into Kathy and Jim at the museum? Well, their riding group had coincidentally moved to Junction and our same hotel. It was good to be with friends after that nerve-wracking experience, and they patiently indulged us as we recounted our story several times! We all rode back to Austin together on Sunday, which was fun. Had a great time hanging out with them and hope to get to do it again soon.
Peace on the Road!