Photos from my trip to Tejas Camp on the San Gabriel River.
So we all know I just got a brand new Honda Silver Wing 600cc Scooter. I love it. I ride it every chance I get. Easter Sunday I did the ride from Cedar Park to Onalaska, TX (about 500 miles round trip) and she performed like a champ averaging about 80MPH.
Anyways, I decided that since I live in some of the most beautiful land in the country, and I love exploring, I was going to start riding after work for the last few hours of daylight and into the sunset.
On Monday, I left work at 6:00PM and went home and hopped on my scooter to go get a prescription filled. Instead I rode east across New Hope to Ronald W. Regan rd and headed North. A nice wide 4 lane road with little traffic and lots of cyclists.
I continued north for about 12 miles and crossed several streams and rivers including the North Fork of the San Gabriel River, which I had to stop and take some pictures of… it is stunning. I hopped back on and continued north for another mile or two when I spotted a wild Turkey, the thing was huge! I tried to grab a picture but she flew off into some scrub brush. Something caught my eye at FM 3405 so I headed East for a second and then spotted a sign for the “Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail East” so I backed up and headed down that road. There I saw some sheep and rams chilaxing in the field, they asked “Waaaats up”.
Along this road runs a tributary/stream and it was so pretty, but I didn’t feel safe stopping to take pictures due to the tight winding nature of the road. Shortly thereafter I came to a low water crossing with some cattle guards. The river on both sides was beautiful so I had to stop and take some pictures. As I stepped up to the water I heard a noise and looked to the right and there was a guy with a little electric scooter and two teeth. He scared the crap out of me, total deliverance moment! We talked for about 10 minutes and he told me to keep going to check out the campground and river ahead and said that people were pulling out white bass as fast as they could lately. We also chatted about the scooters and how we is trying to be 100% off the grid and that he uses solar to charge his scooter….cool guy!
I got back on and crossed the low bridge and headed up the road until I started seeing trucks and cars and then a bridge. There were about 30 people out there fishing just pulling in fish as fast as they could! I stopped again and too some pictures and checked out the discarded carp and gar on the banks. These things were HUGE! They were between 4 and 5 feet. I put my shoe (which is 12.5”) next to one for size reference.
I continued up to the Tejas Camp. This site looked awesome and was apparently really cheap to camp at. There are several hiking trails along the river and up through the hills. If anyone wants to go camping let me know!
As I continued up the road there were more stream crossings and more picturesque scenes, especially as the sun was setting. At this point I decided I was probably a good idea to head home since it was getting dark. What a great ride!
I guess I’m trying to say I love Texas. Also my scooter.