Today started out bright and early. A good thing happened last night, a cold front came through and as a result the high temperature was only 90 today. Many of us had to wear sweaters and light jackets.
First leg of the tour was a 50 mile hop out to Garner State Park.
As we got further from town the elevation increases and lush shrubbery and pine, juniper and other native trees become more dense.
We had several low water crossings to clean the dust off our spokes.
Bythe way, these things are covered by algae and moss. You need to keep a steady speed and drive like you are on ice. One unfortunate tour participant decided to stop in the middle and then stalled his engine. When he went to restart the engine kicked back and broke the bendix. Several other tour participants had to push his car to dry land where it could be worked on......
Finally, we reached the first stop of the morning.
Garner State Park is unique Texas styled depression art on grand scale. A bunch of guys who were way overqualified for what they were doing had to build a park in order to earn enough money to feed their families. The cabins, park headquarters, even the restrooms are built with flair, attention to detail, and in the style of frontier buildings with craftsman shapes and sizes. It is all built along a fault that was formed in the Cretacious era, forming a 2000 foot cliff along the side of the park. Needless to say the drive alongside some of these cliffs is exciting at times.
Anyway we had a car show at the park. Lots of families were there visiting and camping. We spent the morning talking about magnetos, hand cranks, and bulb horns. These people had a great time at Garner State Park and boy do they like Model T's!
More people and cars at Garner State Park:
Still more from the car show:
Last but not least from Garner State Park car show:
Seems like forever since we have eaten! So off we go 20 miles up the road to Leakey, TX to eat at the biker hang out / Bar - B - Que joint. Meat is smoked on the premises with local hardwoods.
The pulled pork was awesome.
That was me with the broken bendix. What a place to break. Also found out that my hand crank pin was sheared when I tried to hand crank.
Thanks for the great story and photos.
Great pics, thanks!
After lunch in Leakey, we set out for the little town of Camp Wood, Texas. Camp Wood is proud of the fact that Charles Lindberg once landed there - accidentally! Lindbergh was a US Air Force cadet in 1924, and decided to fly to California on his off time with a friend named Leon Klink. The two decided to follow the Union Pacific Railroad out of San Antonio knowing that it went to California. Unfortunately Lucky Lindy picked the Uvalde and Northern Railroad by mistake, causing them to find the end of the tracks in Camp Wood.
Hijinks ensued, including Lindbergh crashing into the paint department of a local hardware store.
The Texas T Party route took the world famous TX RR337W out of Leakey, and immediately started uphill. This is one of three Texas Rural Routes famed for their treacherous hairpin turns, rapid elevation changes, and beautiful scenery along the cliffs that the roads cling to. The three roads are known as "The Three Twisted Sisters." Scenery was beautiful, and the Ruckstell was used frequently along with the Rocky Mountain brakes.
Despite warning signs there are often motorcyclists and car owners who use these roads to test their limits. Our trip happened upon a sad group of motorcyclists standing next to a fallen friend. An ambulance came by and picked him up. We don't know the end of that story, hope he was OK.
Looks like someone was drying out their gotchies on the Hack spare tire. What's up wit dat?
I think that's a club banner.
We stopped at the gas station in Camp Wood under the awning to put up the top. A group of construction workers gathered around to marvel at 100 year old technology that still works great.
The town of Camp Wood is mostly buildings from the era when Lindbergh landed in 1924. There was a 1920's era tenement house still being used:
Great coverage of a great tour. It was hot, but a lot of fun. Those 'twisted sisters' were a real challenge.
See you in Stephenville, TX next year.
This is a video going up from Leakey to Camp Wood on one of the Twisted Sisters:
Another video, this is one of the low water crossings:
Thanks for the pictures Royce----good job. Marilyn and I enjoyed the visit with you and Georgia last weekend.
Royce, the links don't seem to work (for me). I get this message:
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I get the same message.
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Sorry Royce but these don't work either, Please try again, the photos are great.
You may have to friend me on FB to see them. Wifey posted them and I don't know how to do anything else with them unfortunately.