Austin-area residents are fully aware that only during the months of March, April, October, and November, does the brutal climate of Central Texas allow top-down motoring or day-long motorcycle riding.
Although my biker buddy Nathan Gibson and I had recently returned from a 10-day biking adventure to Sturgis, SD in August, we were both eager to get in at least one more good ride before winter overcomes us. So, when I suggested an overnight jaunt to the cutest town in the south, Natchitoches, LA, Nathan, as always, was eager to sign on. Not only is the destination stellar, but the route from Austin has to be one of the most desirable rides in all of Texas… out Hwy 79 from Round Rock, through Taylor, Rockdale, Crockett, Lufkin, and beyond. No freeways, no traffic, 70-75mph speed limits (err.. that is until you reach the Louisiana border, whereby the good governor Bobby Jindal presides over an inexplicable 55 mph limit, on the same exact highway!)
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