While you can legally drive 80 mph on Texas State Highway 130, also known as the Pickle Parkway, motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts flock to three Hill Country Ranch Roads. SH 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters.
A stretch of one of these seemingly pleasant curvy roads starts off pretty straight, but then bucks, snorts, twists and turns in an effort to throw us like a bull in a Bandera rodeo. This is whitetail deer country, and they will pop up at the most inopportune times, like in the middle of a downhill, off camber, decreasing radius turn! Then there’s the occasional cage…they can be as unpredictable as a deer and seem to show up at inopportune times, as well.
I hail from South Carolina and from the time I got my first sports car drove the mountainous curves of North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Georgia. These curves wind so tight you can almost hear them whine. Recently, I returned from a visit to my son in Yorkshire. Let me tell you there are curves in ‘them thar hills’ where you can say hello to your own arse coming around a sharp bend!
The second weekend in June, along with a friend and fellow author Toni Sweeney, I drove the Twisted Sisters with my car club. My license plate surround says it all: ‘Houston Miata Club – Our members love to go topless’. Toni navigated on this epic adventure. I trusted her to know left from right—which I do not! Luckily, the HMC go as a 'convoy' around the twistys and turnys. We drive to have fun not to set any records--a good thing for one who doesn't know N, S, E & W as more than letters of the alphabet
So here’s to Black Magic, his Momma and Toni Sweeney—On the Road Again…
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