The Three Twisted Sisters
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE WEBMASTER
The Twisted Sisters are well known to many in Texas with riders coming from the far reaches of Texas to enjoy them. But for me it is a short ride from my home to the start of one of the Sisters. We start in the little town of Medina, Texas, located about 12 miles northwest of Bandera, self proclaimed Cowboy Capital of Texas (most Texas towns claim to be the capital of something!) First stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better known to everyone as the OST. But we’ll pass on the OST this morning, opting instead for Keese’s Café and Bar-B-Que in Medina where pancakes and eggs give us a good start on the day. Keeses’ T-shirts have a rough map of the Three Sisters with the slogan: “A serious ride requires a serious breakfast!” So having had the latter, we are off to the former.
Great place to start the ride!
GPS is great but sooner or later you have to check the map!
The first Sister we encounter is 337 which starts at the north edge of Medina. Following it west, we meander along past some beautiful ranches, one with its own landing strip. As we move from the relatively straight stretches through the fields and into the first of many twisty sections, we are reminded by a highway sign that the sisters are not to be taken lightly: "Caution Next 12 Miles, Since Jan 2006, 10 Killed in Motorcycle Related Crashes." After about 20 miles, we come to a T intersection at the community of Vanderpoole. Right on highway 187 for a mile brings us back to 337 again, and we turn left and head for Leakey and the next Sister, 336. Had we gone straight on 187 for another 3 miles we could have visited the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, a tiny jewel set in the beauty of the Hill Country. But don't worry; we'll stop off there on the way back!
337 twists more on this leg, going up and over a pretty typical Hill Country hill with lots of quick turns before descending into the Little Dry Frio Creek Valley. Continuing straight through Leakey on 337 for about a ½ mile, we come to The Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop and the Bent Rim Grill. Everything is good here, and if you are of that persuasion, you can cool off with an adult beverage. But in my book, alcohol and bikes do not mix so it will be a diet drink and the bacon cheese burger with sweet potato fries.