2007 Spring Hill Country Ride
April 20-22, Friday thru Sunday, 2007
Once again it was time for another Invitational Spring Hill Country Ride especially since the
last two years were so successful.
Rooms were booked at the "River Inn
Resort" in Hunt, Texas. The event included rides through the Texas Hill Country on
Friday and Saturday. The ride on Saturday to the
Lone Star Motorcycle Museum
included some of our "Vintage Motorcycles" piloted by Mike
Poteet (T-140 Bonneville), Ben Phillips (Norton Commando), Bob Cox
(Norton Commando), J.J. Dobbs (Norton Commando), Mike Vance (T-140
Bonneville) and his guest Rob Shriner (BMW /6).
Also staying at the River Inn Resort Saturday night were members and
their vintage automobiles of
the Classic Car Club of Kerrville and Fredericksburg (see photos
The Lone Star Motorcycle Museum is about 30 miles from the River Inn Resort. Alan Johncock, the owner
and curator specializes and still races vintage Brit Bikes and is a supporter of the club.
Five road warriors, Dennis Tackett, Clay Walley, Mike Vance, Bob
Hagemann and George Tuttle started the Hill Country Ride on
Wednesday. They stayed in Llano at the Hill Country Suites on
Wednesday night after a short ride to Luckenbach and "Knot in the
Loop" for refreshments. They rode to Rocksprings on Thursday then on
to Hunt Friday. After only the first day of riding two of the three
FJR1300's needed rear tires. A decision was made Thursday morning to
stop off at Destination CycleSports in Kerrville for new rubber.
After Dennis dropped off his trailer at the River Inn Resort on
Thursday the group then rode 334 to Brackettville and then 674 to
Rocksprings. Enroute to Brackettville the group while allowing their
"dogs to eat" passed a Border Patrol SUV. Then while about 5 miles
north of Brackettville Dennis' radar detector sounded a constant and
disturbing alarm. Although miles from anywhere and on an open
country road the speed limit was a restrictive 55 mph. The group
slowed due to the alarm but saw nothing for a mile or so until after
cresting a hill when there was a Sheriff's patrol car on the side of
the road in the middle of nowhere. The look on the Sheriff's face as
all five passed doing exactly 55 mph was priceless. Thanks much
The group stayed at the Rocksprings Hotel which is over 100 years
old and reported to be haunted. They were the only guests
Thursday night and the hotel manager provided a cooler of cold beer
and rags to wipe the bugs off the bikes. Friday saw another
day of riding covering more of the great Texas Hill Country
The weather was just about perfect with cool and overcast skies
in the morning, warming with clear skies as the day progressed.
The only precipitation was light rain Sunday morning making the ride
home less than ideal.
The rain ended and the roads became dry during our ride home on hwy
16 between Fredericksburg and Llano. Unfortunately, there were
over a hundred Harley's that insisted on riding their parade at 45
mph on a 70 mph stretch of hwy 16. Once north of
Fredericksburg however they were quickly dispatched and never seen
The members present this year were Phil Dansby, J.J. Dobbs and
his wife, Bob Cox, Jim French, Ben Phillips, Bob
Hagemann, Eddie Poteet, Mike Poteet, Dennis Tackett, George Tuttle, Mike
Vance and his guest Rob and Sue Shriner and of course our president Clay
Pictures courtesy of Mike
Poteet and Dennis Tackett. Click on image to enlarge.
Photos taken at the River Inn Resort.
The Guadalupe River from the patio of the River Inn Resort.
Mike Poteet's '79 Triumph Bonneville after an unknown Lucas
Photos taken at the Lone Star Museum
A rest stop on 336.
Photos of the Vintage Cars at the River Inn Resort
See you next year!
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