What does a tattoo have to do with riding the Texas Hill Country and motorcycling? Well, my wife's tattoo artist is in San Antonio which makes for a good excuse to get down that way once every year or two.
There are lots of tattoo parlors in Texas and after visiting quite a few we settled on Robin at Minds Eye Tattoos. Robin is the owner and an interesting study in personality. He's quiet and reserved, almost sounding dissinterested when you're speaking to him about what you want but he changes and comes to life while he's laying down the tatt.
Once again Uncle Sam sent me to San Antonio for additional training and since my wife wanted a new tattoo and we love riding the Texas Hill Country we piled on the Goldwing and took off. Wanting to get there in time to make her appointment we ran the interstate route from Tulsa to San Antonio. What a pain! Misserable ride and boring beyond belief.
Our good friend "Ragman" has wanted to ride the Hill Country for some time so he took Friday off to scream down on his Yamaha FJR just to ride with us on Saturday. Being of a more sound mind he turned west at Dallas and ran down 281 to Kerrville. We rode up to meet him halfway between Kerrville and Dallas taking 16 to Fredericksburg, 290 east to 281 north. Very nice roads which moved quickly and smoothly.
Ragman suggested highway 16 as a possible return route and after speaking to a local in Kerrville we decided to try it on the way home. GREAT choice and a GREAT road. We left the hotel in Kerrville at 0730 Sunday morning, ran south on 16 to Bandera for breakfast then north on 16 to I-44 at Witchita Falls and then home to Tulsa arriving at 9:00 that evening, 642 miles according to Google Maps. Two meal stops and hours of driving rain most of the day. Highway 16 is now my favorite transit road to the Hill Country. Very good pavement, speed limit was 70 except in town and always something interesting to look at with enough winding roads to not be boring while not wearing you out. The run from Witchita Falls to Tulsa was far more tireing than the entire rest of the day. I highly recommend this highway.