Adventure with the Texas Morleys

Accounts of our experiences and adventures

Month: January 2020

Riding KBiK in the Hill Country

Last weekend I rode my 2015 BMW K1600GTS motorcycle (KBiK) out to the hill country to participate in the ST-Owners WinterSTOC III event in Medina, Texas. We stayed again in a very comfortable cabin at the Hill Country Resort and Event Center just north of Medina.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

We enjoyed riding two of the Three Sisters; TX 336 and 337. We did not ride the third Sister, TX 335 because the low cloud and misty rain turned the road wet making the twisties a bit more treacherous.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020
ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

The Three Sisters are probably the best roads in Texas for motorcycle riding.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

It was an enjoyable weekend of riding and being with a few close friends.

I have enjoyed organizing and riding in the WinterSTOC event in 2019 and in 2018.

All my WinterSTOC III pictures are here!

Grandparenting

The joys of being a Grand Parent

Evie enjoys chocolate pudding

Presa Canyon Rock Art

This weekend, Kathy and I returned to the Lower Pecos Region of Texas to visit Seminole Canyon State Park to see more pre-Indian shelter settlements and pictographs in Presa Canyon.

Black Cave Rock Art, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020

We had a great day with our great guides, Lance and Susan. All of the other nine people who had booked cancelled, so we had the tour to ourselves. It was a full day of hiking, bouldering and bushwacking down Seminole Canyon, and then up Presa Canyon to the pre-Indian Rock Art sites. It started off cool and foggy but the sun burned through and we had a beautiful clear day.

The Rock Art was stunning, mystical but so full of meaning. Very well preserved in great detail in Black Cave, but more indistinct and blurred in some of the other sites more prone to erosion and spawling of the limestone.

All of our pictures are here

Black Cave Rock Art, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020
Black Cave honeycomb bee hive, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020

Previously, we have enjoyed seeing the rock art in Fate Bell Shelter in Seminole Canyon in 2011, and more recently in December 2019, visiting Bonfire Shelter and Eagle Cave.

We plan to return to see the White Shaman Shelter in March.

2020 Motorcycle Adventures!

I look forward to another enjoyable year riding “KBiK”, my 2015 BMW K1600 GTS motorcycle!

Riding the Dragon, US 129 in Tennessee, May 2019

In 2019, I rode over 22K miles throughout the USA and briefly in Canada.

My plans for 2020 starting to come together. For the first half of the year, I have planned about 10K miles of riding to the following events and locations:

  • ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina TX
  • ST-Owners Big Bend Bash IV, Terlingua, TX
  • ST-Owners RanchSTOC IX, Meridian, TX
  • USA MotoGP races at Circuit of Americas, Austin, TX
  • Visit the Regency Suspension Bridge, San Saba, TX
  • Spring Ride to:
    • ST-Owners ArCampSTOC, Harrison, AR
    • ST-Owners Georgia Spring Rally, Suches, GA
    • BMW K1600 Tame the Dragon, Stecoah, NC
  • June Ride to:
    • ST-Owners LocSTOC & Barrel, Spring Green, WI
    • ST-Owners NatSTOC XV, Spearfish, SD
    • The great roads of the Eastern Rockies in Colorado
Planned motorcycle rides for 2020

I am still working on possible rides for the second half of 2020. I would like to go up to Canada again!

See all my motorcycle rides here!

Red Shouldered Hawk

A large adult Red Shouldered Hawk joined me during my walk along Horsepen Creek this morning. Also saw some Coopers Hawks but they were too far away for me to photograph clearly.

Red Shouldered Hawk on Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020

Early Morning Walk

Early Morning Walk along Horspen Creek in our neighbourhood. Cool water in the Bayou creates a low fog. We often see Owls, Red-Shouldered and Cooper Hawks on these walk.

Morning walk along Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020
Morning walk along Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020

First Ride to Eat for a new Decade

Today, Kathy and I enjoyed another ride to eat (RTE) at Murphy’s Steakhouse in Winchester, Texas. This was the first RTE for the year and for the new decade!

It was great that Bobbie could join us for the ride. It started out cold as it was only 42 degF as I rolled down the driveway. Heated grips and seat for me. Kathy was wearing my Warm n’ Safe heated jacket so she managed the cold very well. Beautifully clear and sunny as we rode west on the backroads following the MS-150 bike ride route through Bellville, Industry and Fayetteville. By the time we arrived in Winchester it was in the low 50’s

First RTE of the decade. Murphy’s Steakhouse Winchester, Texas, January 2020

At 10:30 there were only a half dozen motorcycles in the parking lot. By the time Murphy’s opened at 11:00am there were over 50! I had posted the RTE on three online motorcycle forums, so the word had definitely got out about the event!

First RTE of the decade. Murphy’s Steakhouse Winchester, Texas, January 2020
First RTE of the decade. Murphy’s Steakhouse Winchester, Texas, January 2020

It was great to see some old friends again after so long.

First RTE of the decade. Murphy’s Steakhouse Winchester, Texas, January 2020

The steaks at Murphy’s did not disappoint!

Rohan Meadery, La Grange, Texas, January 2020

On the way home we stopped off at the Rohan Meadery north of La Grange.

It was a great day of riding and sharing with friends.

All the pictures are posted on our photo website, TexasMorleys.com

Why did I leave FaceBook?

My Resolution for the New Year, and new Decade is that I am opting out of FaceBook. I deleted the apps from my mobile devices and will no longer post. Initially I shall not delete my account, primarily because it is very hard to do that.

Why?

  • I am increasingly annoyed with FB’s lack of recognition and understanding how social media has divided societies and impacted politics around the world.
  • I cut all adds on Facebook, but they are becoming ever more intrusive in attempting to monitor my privacy
  • Social media and mobile devices have had an awful impact on the younger generation.
  • My original use for FB was to keep in touch with my extended, internationally based, family Most of the younger generation had the sense to leave FB some time, ago. I am belatedly following their lead.
  • The upcoming 2020 elections in the USA is going to be very partisan. Although I don’t get any “news” on FB now, I don’t want to endure seeing anymore “share” notifications! I am VERY worried about the direction our country is going, whether lead by Right or Left.

I’ll maintain my Instagram account (yelromatx) for sharing the occasional pictures, but the majority of our pictures will continue to be posted on our website: www.texasmorleys.com

For references to why I came to the decision to opt out of social media on FaceBook:

Happy New Year for 2020 and all the best for the new decade!

Welcome to Adventures with the Texas Morleys! We are going to attempt to use this site to share with our family and friends our experiences, adventures and travels.

Rather than post on FaceBook, we’ll use this site to share with our friends. We’ll post a few pictures here, but the majority of all of our pictures are on TexasMorleys.com

This is a learning experience so please be patient with me.