City Escape: Austin, Texas

Text: Florian Neuhauser • Photography: Chris Myers

More sweepers than tight curves—explore the countryside southwest of Austin, which will appeal to every type of motorcyclist. From President LBJ’s ranch to German culinary delights, this route has it all. To include all stops along the way, plan ahead and hit the road early in the morning. Don’t forget swimwear in the summer! The best times to travel are in the spring and fall for the milder climate, but this City Escape is fair game practically year round.

Length

Approximately 205 miles

Meet-up Spot

Starbucks, 3317 Northland Dr, Austin, TX

Lunch Stop

Any German restaurant in Fredericksburg will be satisfying. With so many great options, it would be difficult (and unfair) to list just one.

Scenery (3 out of 5)

Open landscapes and hilly terrain. Remember: It’s called a “ranch” not a “farm.”

Traffic (3.5 out of 5)

Heavy traffic can be expected in and around Austin, but once out of the city limits one quickly escapes the urbanites.

Difficulty (2 out of 5)

This route is not difficult. There’s not a lot of elevation change, and the sweeping curves are predictable.

Road Conditions (4 out of 5)

The road surface provides excellent grip and is generally in great condition.

Points of Interest

  1. Wimberley Cafe
Enjoy a late breakfast after racking up a few miles at this local favorite at 101 Wimberley Square; www.wimberleycafe.com.
  2. Luckenbach
“Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenback.” As the ghost town’s motto goes, it’s especially true on Sundays when people bring their own instruments and jam out. Don’t worry, plenty of organized bands also perform, making this western town perfect for family time. Motorcyclists enjoy a separate parking area; www.luckenbachtexas.com.
  3. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Ranch
Learn about our 36th president from his childhood home to the Texas White House. This 5,500 acre ranch is a must-stop in the area; www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm.
  4. Pedernales Falls State Park
Entrance requires a fee for adults. Enjoy a dip in the water, take a hike, or bring a fishing rod; tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls.