Sunday was the big Harley ride. A group from Central Texas Harley Davidson left Lakeway around 10:30 and headed towards Lampasas. We saw some of the most incredible country. We took 1431 until it ended and wound through a few country roads. It went from 4 lanes, to 2, and then to about 1 1/2. The hills, canyons, ridges, and trees are unlike any other. You have to be in love with Texas to truly appreciate some of the scenery. If you're the kind who likes lush foliage and sandy beaches with clear water, Texas, at least around Austin, isn't for you. If you like the rough and rugged country, the old west, and the scrub back country full of cedar and live oak, you'll never find a prettier place.We rode into Lampasas around lunchtime and settled down for a big BBQ feast. The brisket was hot and the drinks were cold. It was a great combination. After lunch, dad and I had to leave the group and head back to Austin. We boogied down 183 at about 70 miles an hour for a good 40 minutes. As we entered Cedar Park, we were glad to be back in town. That's not my idea of a smooth ride. I much preferred the winding country roads and taking in the scenery at about 50 mph. That's the best way to see Texas – at a country pace, and atop the seat of a Harley Davidson.
Well, this weekend was a lot of fun, but MAN, was I tired.Saturday we left early and headed down to the Comal River in New Braunfels. If you've never been tubing before, here's the basic concept.You pay roughly $10 for an oversized innertube, get an extra tube to wedge in a cooler full of beer, tie the beer cooler tube to your tube, and rest your feet on the tubes of others to create a floating island. As the current whisks you downstream, you bask in the river as the sun beats down on you. You never realize how hot it is as the river water is usually around 60-65 degrees. In addition, the beer you started drinking around 10 o'clock that morning wipes away any sense of reason you once had. The trip takes approximately 2-4 hours (depending on current and debarkation point) and if you leave early enough, you can do it all again free of charge.Well, the group I was in (about 40 or 50 folks) was ambitious enough to do it twice. I was the only wimp who bailed out on the second round. Lucky for me, I had time to put on dry clothes, eat a nice lunch, and walk around town. The rest of the gang came back looking like a bus full of lobsters. Oh boy, what sun, fun, and a little beer can do to you. We can all hardly wait to go back and do it all over again!