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    Thumbs up OldSchooling on the "Lone Star Trail"







    Great camping at Steele Creek Park on Whitney Lake,Texas This is a no fee camping area.

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    Things are slow at work, so I ask my bud Papple if he would transfer my GS down South. His itinerary was Florida to Texas.

    Texas is where I want to be, as Henzilla's Hill Country ride report had me jealous and yearning of warm winter riding. I had a 100 degree temperature swing (minus 15 to mid 80's) in just a few short days.
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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Whitney Lake fishing barge





    Whitney Lake fishing barge
    This barge had great breakfast and you could fish all day for 4 bucks, but riding still sounded like the thing to do.

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    Most excellent report and beautiful pix! Welcome to Texas - it's like a whole 'nuther country! Great to hear about the free camping available at Lake Whitney. Hope you enjoy your stay - ride safe.

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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Meridian Texas town square



    Bosque County Courthouse

    Meridian, Texas

    100 year old First National Bank



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    There is nothing Finer than Shiner

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    Talking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hico Texas



    Hico Texas



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    Hamilton County Texas

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    The Mills County Jail (1888) & Courthouse in Goldthwaite, Texas

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    Arrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regency Bridge



    The Regency Suspension Bridge spans 340 feet from tower to tower. Both cables are pulled tight for another 134 feet behind each tower where they are anchored into the ground. The towers rise approximately 30 feet above the bridge floor. Maximum sag in the cable was not to exceed 7 feet above the floor of the bridge. The bridge stands 25 feet above the recorded high water level of the Colorado River at Regency. The flooring for the bridge was constructed with 4 by 12 inch lengths of lumber







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    Thumbs up . . . . . . ÔÇ£Hidden in the heart of Texas thereÔÇÖs a swinging bridge waiting on you.ÔÇØ




    White Wolf Trading Post adjacent to the historic Regency wooden suspension bridge and Alton Watson will be happy to sing a song for you and visit awhile. Fourteen miles north west of San Saba Texas, right off FM500 is a special place simply known as, Regency. It is the place where the multi-talented Alton can be found every day of the year tending his wolves and writing fantastic original music. Having performed with Stephen Bruton, Arlo Guthrie, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, and Hank Williams Jr. a person would think Alton would lack interest in the simple joy that an original song can bring to the average visitor at his trading postthat notion couldnt be further from the truth.

    Alton Watson original musical composition, Swinging Bridge, that was featured prominently in the 2000 independent major motion picture, World Without Waves, intonesHidden in the heart of Texas theres a swinging bridge waiting on you.

    This song writer/singer was very good. I enjoyed my visit with Alton, but I needed to get some riding in.

    Click on the link below, and open a new window and listen to his songs while you view the photos:


    The Swinging Bridge Man
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    Lower Colorado River viewed from the historic Regency wooden suspension bridge

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    Those are some great photos -- thanks for posting them. What kind of camera are you using?
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    Smile Regency Bridge









    Quote Originally Posted by TexanRT View Post
    Those are some great photos -- thanks for posting them. What kind of camera are you using?
    All photos taken with cheap, older Canon PowerShot A610 or a S70 point and shot camera. I rarely shot on Auto Mode or do any post photo processing.

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    Talking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A True Texas Gem







    Alton told me the first bridge was built in 1903, serving farmers and market. The bridge fell in 1924 as a young boy was driving his cattle, killing the boy and his cattle.

    The next bridge was demolished by a 1936 flood. The Regency Suspension Bridge was erected in 1939 built with most of the work done by local hand labor and this bridge was 25 feet higher than the highest recorded flood.

    Alton, and many other Texans told me that it has been a year since the last measurable rainfall. Alton, like many other Texans have a water collection system.

    I asked Alton, How this recession was effecting him. His response is that it was not any big deal, as he has a garden, and lives as much off the land as the original river folks have done for generations,


    Regency is true Texas gem, and in my feelings ranks up there with Luckenbach.
    The Bridge does not have that much life left in it, so if you are in the Goldthwaite/San Saba try to give it a visit, you will be glad you did.


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    San Saba Texas



    San Saba County Texas Courthouse

    "Pecan Capital of the World!"

    Pecans are indigenous to the county and have been a cash crop since as early as 1857

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    San Saba's (100% Marble) First Methodist Church

    The text on the Texas historical marker reads:

    "Organized 1856 in area so wild that church gave missionary a $50 revolver, $125 horse. On this site, first frame church, 1882. Present building, 1914-1919. San Saba marble. Said to be the only all-marble Methodist church in U.S."

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