We all have our favorite places to visit and Texas is one of mine, just the mention of Texas makes me smile. I love the food, people, history, and especially the riding! Many think of Texas as being flat, but the state offers a wide variety of riding terrains including mountains reaching over 8,000 feet in elevation.
The Texas Hill County is comprised of 25 counties and granite and limestone create the formation of the Edwards Plateau. Austin borders the Plateau to the northeast, Llano to the northwest, Sanibel to the southwest and San Antonio to the southeast. Many miles of steep winding roads and beautiful scenery makes this area perfect for motorcycle riding.
Many of the roads are designated FM (Farm to Market), RR (Ranch Road), and CR (Country Road). I call the last one "Crummy Roads" and would avoid them. You can find free Texas Hill Country Ride maps at most gas stations, hotels, and restaurants in the area.
The Hill Country is also famous for "high fenced ranches" where exotic wildlife from all over the world roam freely. Don't be surprised to see wildebeest, African antelope, zebra, and much more as you ride along these beautiful roads.
It's also an interesting area culturally because of the influence of German and Spanish settlers that arrived there centuries ago. The diversity of food—especially the BBQ and TexMex—should come with a warning, "may be hazardous to your waistline!"
Because of its higher elevation, the Hill Country is usually cooler than much of Texas but it still can be very hot in the summer months. I suggest planning your ride in the spring or fall.