Category Archives: Touring on Two Wheels

Fun destinations to pin on your map (and vest!)

The Core Coffee House

A motorcycle trip in May – what could
go wrong? The CoreWho knew that on May 10th, 2019 – it would be cold (well, 51 degrees) and damp (well, actually pouring rain) in the Kerrville area.  Jeff Wilt found himself in serious need of caffeine, warmth, and a dry seat in Medina, TX. 

Thank heaven he found The Core Coffee House on Hwy 16, featuring Espresso, Pizza and Prayer.  One addition, a wonderful small dog that had a 6 foot vertical – and proved it when encouraged.    Great people and a warm cuppa to cover all needs.

Phone BoothAcross the street – an item from another place and time.





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Highway 16 Bandera, TX

Alpha Testing, Inc. Touring on Two Wheels - Bandera Church's Chicken

Church’s Chicken – “Chicken Caddy”

San Antonio – Texas Highway 16 is the longest road in Texas – that starts and ends within the State.  Head out of San Antonio to the north and enjoy the scenery, and once you reach Bandera, if nothing else see the “Chicken Caddy”.  You will not miss it.  There is plenty to do in Bandera, but I recommend just riding (or drive if you must) north at least to Llano.

Alpha Testing, Inc. - Bandera MotorcycleAlong the way – Medina and parks along the Medina River; steep switchback roads on the way to Kerrville; find some great food and refreshment in Fredericksburg,  see the Willow City Loop, a short detour to Enchanted Rock on FM 965, and on into Llano.

My guess is that you will return by the same route to San Antonio, and maybe stop to end the day at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes.  You never know who might be playing that night.

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Texas State Railroad

Need a quick break from the routine?  Take a quick jaunt to Palestine and / or Rusk Texas and pick up the Texas State Railroad for a two hour roundtrip ride. Texas State Railroad The Texas State Railroad website will give you all the schedule information you could want.  Lunch can be pre ordered, or you can bring your own.  With fall just, (JUST!) around the corner, the open air cars will be the way to go.  If you happen to be leaving from DFW, the best routes are 175 to Athens, then on to Palestine by way of Texas 19.  An alternate route back will take you up FM 315 and FM 314, and once in Ben Wheeler, TX, find your way to I-20 and head home.

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Executive Photographer?

Any excuse will do.  And what better excuse than the need for project photographs, to justify taking the Yamaha out on the road?  Executive Principal Jeff Wilt makes a habit of taking Alpha project photos on the weekends, and if truth be told, he favors Alpha’s more distant project locations.  While on location at the new High School in Anna ISD, his riding companion and wife of 28 years Beth, took this photo.  A “reformed” road racer, Jeff now attacks the tarmac on two wheels, usually with his wife or daughter on the back, and occasionally with his son in riding formation behind.  Guess who is the primary source of suggested routes for the WIAB83 Sunday drives?

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Texas 16

Texas 16 - Bridge Over the BrazosFrom just north of Jacksboro, take Texas 16 all the way down to Bandera, Tx. Plan to stay overnight somewhere and backtrack the next day. You will never drive I-35 again the next time you head south from DFW. For more information visit Texas Escapes.




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Lake O’ the Pines, Tx

On two wheels or four (hopefully in a convertible) East Texas offers some great touring roads – just to drive ( ride 🙂 ). Wind your way around Lake O’ the Pines, near Jefferson, and refuel your ride and yourself at historic downtowns and delicious, one-of-a-kind restaurants like Pine Mills Catfish.

Lake O' of Pines RoadSuggested roads to travel:

Route 1 – FM 449 and FM 2208. Find a way to make a loop out of these.

Route 2 – FM 161 and FM 250 in and around Lone Star, Tx.

Each route is a half day run. For more information and even more touring roads, check out Tired Dog Racing.

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