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    San Saba Texas




    San Saba County Texas Jail, circa 1884, still serving its original purpose. Now that is what I call fiscal conservative!

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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Llano, Texas




    Located in the center of Llano's historic square, the courthouse was built in 1893. It is one of 68 that remain of Texas Courthouses built before 1900






    The Historic Llano, Texas ÔÇ£Red Top JailÔÇØ (1895)

    The CountyÔÇÖs prisoners were housed in the building until the late 1970s



    Llano River Bridge
    Nice town with a great city park with showers and a one dollar camping fee

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    Thumbs up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Road Dam



    This area of Texas is in an extreme drought. With a little rain this road would be a challenge.











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    Talking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Texas Slab



    The Slab
    On FM 3404, 1.5 miles west of FM 1431 in Kingsland, Texas

    The Slab is a spot in the Llano River where the water runs over large granite outcroppings and sandy beaches have formed. It is a popular swimming, tubing and picnicking site. The water is perfect for both wading and deeper swimming. The Slab is open to the public, but not maintained as a city park.

    Some of the locals told me it gets pretty wild on warm days!










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    Lightbulb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Texas Touring Tips





    Texas tips:

    1. Stop down at the local cafe, you know the one the locals hang out at. Pull up a chair at the table next to the table that the group of locals sit at. Pull out your maps and then ask the locals which roads to ride. The locals will always ask "where you wanna go". Just tell them you want to ride their favorite roads and you don't care if the road ends back where it started, as long as it is their favorite.

    That is the way I found the Swinging Bridge and the Slab, there were just local favorites.

    Now when I got to the slab, I stopped back for coffee, and asked for directions to the Enchanted Rock. I was told "you can't get there from here, unless you want to take about 30 miles of dirt, water crossings and be out in the middle of a 5 thousand acre ranch by yourself. You don't want to be out there on a motorsackle".














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    Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caliche




    Texas tip:

    2. The locals told me many area roads were made of "Caliche".


    Caliche (mineral)
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    Caliche is a sedimentary rock, a hardened deposit of calcium carbonate. This calcium carbonate cements together other materials, including gravel, sand, clay, and silt. Caliche occurs worldwide, generally in arid or semi-arid regions, including in central and western Australia, in the Kalahari Desert, in the High Plains of the western USA, and in the Sonoran Desert. Caliche is also known as hardpan, calcrete, kankar (in India), or duricrust. The term caliche is Spanish and is originally from the Latin calx, meaning lime.

    Caliche is generally light colored but can range from white to light pink to reddish-brown, depending on the impurities present. It is generally found on or near the surface, but it can be found in deeper subsoil deposits as well. The layers can vary from a few inches to feet thick, and multiple layers can exist in a single location.

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    Enjoyed the pics

    Your pictures were great. I have seen those sights many times. Ride that way anytime that I can get away from the DFW metroplex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punjab54 View Post
    Your pictures were great. I have seen those sights many times. Ride that way anytime that I can get away from the DFW metroplex
    Thanks, great area especially on a 80 degree January day. I guess it would have a slightly different feel in July!








    I rode down this ole donkey pass, but it just dead ended at the canyon and I had to turn around



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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hill Country


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    Arrow . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rock fences = Heritage landscape





    Texas Tip:

    In the Hill Country these fences are popularly known as “German fences,”

    Although most of them are only 3 or 4 feet tall, they will keep cows in

    Most stone walls you see are close to 100 years old

    Farmers had to get the rocks out of the fields so they could plow,

    serve as a place to put the rocks as they were cleared from the fields

    marking boundary lines

    The stone walls were built without mortar

    Some of the rock has been taken away to build buildings

    Sometimes in remote areas, the rocks are stolen

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    Thumbs up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Water Crossings









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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Enchanted Rock

    Quote Originally Posted by BeerTeam View Post
    and asked for directions to the Enchanted Rock. I was told "you can't get there from here, unless you want to take about 30 miles of dirt, water crossings and be out in the middle of a 5 thousand acre ranch by yourself. You don't want to be out there on a motorsackle".

    And I told him, "That's where I want to be on my motorsackle"




    and as the saying goes, It's not the destination, but the journey










    Enchanted Rock, Tx

    Enchanted Rock was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1970 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.

    It is the second largest such granite monadnock in the United States after Stone Mountain in Georgia.

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