The Texas Twisted Sisters Tour – the Best Sports Car Drive You Will Make This Year!
If you bought your LBC to enjoy driving, you will not want to miss the Texas Twisted Sisters Tour (TTST), which we guarantee will be the best drive you will do this year (if you don’t leave Texas)! This memorable drive will take place April 8 to April 10, and in addition to the fabulous twisty roads, it features a great base hotel, excellent food, vintage motorcycles, and a bonus trip to Fredericksburg.
What are the Twisted Sisters?
The Texas Twisted Sisters are a trio of rural roads traversing some of the best scenery in Hill Country. Legendary in the motorcycle community, the confluence of Ranch Roads 335, 336 and 337 follows canyons and jagged hills and features twisted curves with a conspicuous lack of guardrails. The route crosses and follows several dry washes, creeks and rivers, including the Nueces River and Hackberry Creek. Altogether, the Sisters total over 113 miles of the best driving roads in Texas.
Tell me about the TTST!
The west Hill Country location of the tour makes the TTST best enjoyed by a multi-day weekend drive. The host hotel for the drive will be the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, a former location for the GOF. A block of rooms has been reserved with the possibility of adding more. The hotel features a ranch theme, a western saloon, and a famed steakhouse restaurant. Conveniently located off Hwy 16 near I-10, the Y.O. Ranch Hotel is 3:15 from Buc-ee’s in Katy and 2:15 from downtown Georgetown.
We will gather at the hotel on Friday night and will meet for a driver's meeting at 8:00 p.m. at the Branding Iron Restaurant. Suitably refreshed, we will retire early and be ready to hit the road at 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Please have a full tank of gas because the Saturday drive will cover 225 miles.
Turning south on Hwy 16, we will follow a surprisingly entertaining road to the small town of Medina, where we will join the first sister, RR 337, which we will follow over green rolling hills toward Vanderpool. We take a jog in the road and after an hour of driving we reach our first rest stop, the Lost Maples Country Store and Campground.
From Lost Maples, we will travel 45 mins west to our next stop. On RR 337 we come across the first spectacular vistas of the day as we drive over ridges that afford amazing views. Our route continues through Leakey to Camp Wood, where we have our second rest at the Shamrock gas station. We will also take a short detour to get a scenic group photo shot on the banks of the Nueces River.
Heading north on Hwy 55, we soon reach the middle sister, RR 335. This scenic road follows rivers and creeks as it winds its way north. Some of the best swimming holes in Texas are nearby in the Nueces River. After another 45 mins of driving, we will reach our third stop at the junction of RR 355 and Hwy 41.
From the highway junction we get a chance to blow the carbon out of the cars as we head east on Hwy 41. We meet up with the final sister, RR 336, at the 13 mile mark. Arguably saving the best for last, be prepared for a work-out flailing your steering wheel as the road zigs and zags south through ranching country. Elevation changes and switchbacks are also a feature, so your leg will be well acquainted with your brake pedal. After 50 mins of driving pleasure, we will arrive back in Leakey and assemble at the Bent Rim Grill for lunch.
The Bent Rim Grill caters to the motorcycle clubs that come in droves to experience the route you have just completed. They are accustomed to serving groups, so we can rest, relax, and unwind from our adventurous morning on the road. The Frio Canyon Motorcycle Shop adjacent to the restaurant has a large selection of Twisted Sisters souvenirs. If you are low on fuel, this is your best opportunity to top off the tank.
When we have sufficiently recovered, we will head east on RR 337, re-visiting the road but headed eastbound, which presents equally impressive but totally different vistas. We will head to our next stop, the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, which is about a 30 min drive. Located just south of the fabulous Lost Maples State Park, the museum features an eclectic collection of vintage motorcycles and gives us a chance to stretch our legs as we peruse the two wheeled vehicles.
Our last leg of the trip takes about 50 mins to drive and has us heading north past Lost Maples State Park on Hwy 139. We turn right on Hwy 39, which features several picturesque river crossings as we wind our way back to Kerrville. Our final stop before dinner is the Southern Sky Music Café, situated nicely between the shores of Lake Old Ingram and the eccentric Stonehenge II, one of the quirkiest Texas attractions. At Southern Sky we can enjoy live music or sit out on the banks of the lake, putting to rest the miles we have traveled.
After refreshing ourselves, we will have time to refuel and relax at the hotel before heading out for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be held at the Lakehouse Restaurant in Kerrville on the shores of Nimitz Lake. Enjoy some fine Hill Country cuisine while experiencing the sun setting over the lake. If you can manage desert, you will be completely satiated before we head back to the ranch. After dinner drinks on the grounds of the Y.O. Ranch are a distinct possibility
Sunday morning those who wish will gather for brunch at 8:30 a.m. The itinerary on Sunday is casual, and those who wish to depart may do so at any time. Those who are interested can head up Hwy 16 to Fredericksburg for some shopping and sightseeing, and maybe a winery or two before heading for home.
- The TTST is a long and physical drive. Please make sure your car is in top condition and all the usual checks are performed before doing this drive.
- Bring extra tools and consumables such as fan belts and fuel pumps if you have them. These roads are sparsely populated and far from any services.
- While all roads on this tour are paved, do not expect perfectly smooth asphalt and road conditions. Your car may get wet crossing a stream.
- Caravanning from Houston, Austin and/or Dallas is encouraged. We will let participants know who is coming from their area to assist in coordinating travel.
- We will observe the speed limits, but if you have trouble keeping up with the pace, please bring your concerns to the attention of the tour organizers.
- A mandatory drivers meeting will be held after the dinner Friday night to discuss safety and logistics.
- Please bring FRS radios if you have them to aid with communication among the participants.
- Ethanol-free gas is available at Mcbryde Oil Co, 220 Mcfarland Dr, Kerrville TX.
- Please email, text or phone all questions to Scott Hardy, email@example.com, 832-613-3664.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, a former location for the GOF. The reduced room rate for the drive is $129. A link to reserve a room at the group rate is given below, or you may call the hotel directly to reserve using the group code. The rooms will be available at the group rate until noon on March 8, 2022, and additional rooms can be made available until the deadline. After March 8 the group rate will not be available and rooms will be subject to availability, so please book your stay before the deadline.
Link for reservations: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=16586&nights=1&checkin=04/08/2022&group=HOUSTO0422
Reservations by phone: 877-967-3767 Reservation code: HOUSTO0422