Fall is coming, so let’s plan a ride.

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The Hill Country 500 is a two day, 500 mile adventure ride in the Texas hill country suitable for dual sport and adventure bikes. The route will consist of both pavement and off-pavement riding on public roads (there is no off-road riding during the Hill Country 500).

I’ve planned some really fine roads for us to ride – it will be a great weekend of riding.

This ride is open to all riders who have a street legal motorcycle that can sustain highway speeds (70 mph) and can handle both pavement and off-pavement riding.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, Nov 5 – 6, 2016

Saturday

The ride will begin at 8 am Saturday, Nov 5th in Blanco, TX. We will overnight in Kerrville, TX on Saturday evening.

Start: Blanco, TX, 8 a.m.

Meet at the Stripes convenient store on Hwy 281 south of Blanco (address: 1138 US-281, Blanco, TX 78606) at 8 am. Riders meeting at 8:30 am, Stands up not later than 9 am.

If you are coming from out-of-town on Friday evening and need a place to sleep, there are Best Westerns in Blanco and Johnson City.

We will organize into small riding groups. Recruit some friends and create your own group. Or show up at the riders meeting on Saturday and I will help groups get together.

The course will be big bike friendly. The dirt sections will be typical hill country dirt roads, mostly class 1 and 2 with numerous low water crossings. You should be comfortable riding off-pavement and ready for two long days in the saddle.

There are multiple places to gas up along the route but it would be best if your bike has at least a 100 mile range.

You should have all the necessary tools with you to repair a flat (the single most common problem during an adventure ride) or handle typical problems with your particular motorcycle. Please don’t rely on others to have the tools and parts to fix your bike in the event it breaks.

Communication: Being able to communicate with the other members of your group while riding is so useful that once you experience it you will not want to do without.  I use and recommend the Sena bike to bike communication system. I also use a walkie talkie. This event is just the excuse you have been looking for to get your own bike-to-bike communication system.

Overnight: Kerrville, TX

After riding approximately 300 miles we will arrive in Kerrville for an overnight stay. I am staying at the

Best Western Sunday House Inn

2124 Sidney Baker Street
Kerrville, Texas
78028-2535, United States
Phone:  830/896-1313

but there are multiple other hotel options in Kerrville in the event the Best Western is full. Make your reservations sooner rather than later. You can always cancel them if your plans don’t work out. I have not scheduled a group rate at the hotel so negotiate your own best rate.

After checking in at the hotel, getting cleaned up, and having dinner, we will congregate in the hotel parking lot for story telling (or outright lies) and tire kicking. Maybe consume a few adult beverages and smoke a cigar.

Sunday

On Sunday, we will ride about 200 miles north and east, looping through Llano for lunch at the world famous Cooper’s BBQ. Our ride will end at Hwy 281 in Round Mountain.

Each group will depart on Sunday morning at whatever time they choose to depart. If you leave by 8 a.m. and you don’t have many bike issues, your group will likely finish by mid-afternoon.

GPS Routes:

Download the routes to your computer.

Day 1

Day 2

Rain Decision

I will be checking the forecast and will make a bad weather decision on Thursday, Nov 3rd. If the forecast is for heavy rains and/or lighting storms the event will be cancelled.

Cost = $2

I will be collecting at least $2 from everyone and all funds will be donated to Two Wheeled Texans (if you use and like the Two Wheeled Texans forum and are not a regular contributor to helping pay for the cost of TWT, please consider donating more than $2). I’m not running a registration or sign-up for this event – just show up and ride. Bring a couple of dollars with you.

Save the Date

Go ahead and make your plans now. After it’s all said and ridden, you’ll be glad you attended.