Along about March, give or take a few weeks depending on rainfall, the wild flowers begin to pop up in Central Texas' hill country. The acres upon acres of rolling hills covered with bluebonnets and indian blanket flowers has to be seen to be believed.
In addition to Nature's treat, the roads on this route are in great condition, they are not too crowded, and you see some very interesting scenery.
Starting out from North Houston, take Hwy 6/290 Northwest towards Hempstead. This is an interstate grade road with only OK scenery until you pass Hempstead and head on towards Brenham. The terrain becomes hilly and you start seeing some of the wildflowers I mention above.
Brenham has a few attractions, but the small towns around Brenham have a German flair, with incredible smokehouses and sausage makers. Rather than try to cover it all here, try this link: http://www.brenhamtexas.com/
You'll drive through Giddings, and if you want a side trip with some history, turn left on Hwy 77 to Lagrange, home of 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'. Locals will still tell you where to go to visit 'The Chicken Ranch'. From there go west on Hwy 21 (more scenuic than 290 here) through Bastrop (stop for the art) http://www.bastropchamber.com/ and then on into Austin.
Austin is the Nexus for Texas' Hill Country, known in the state as 'God's Country'. I won't even begin to explain the attractions, try this link: http://www.austin-chamber.org/ .
To fully enjoy this area, I like to continue on Hwy 71 towards Llano. There you'll find Cooper's Old time Pit Bar-B-Que which has won first prize for smoked meats a number of years. http://www.coopersbbq.com/ I don't know if this is the best, or Kreuz's in Lockhart. http://www.lockhart-tx.org/web98/visitors/bbqcapitaloftexas.asp It doesn't much matter, as all of the Bar-B-qu joints you'll find around here are wonderful, but arrogant. Many refuse to serve you sauce, and several, especially around Lockhart, don't provide silverware or plates, just slabs of meat on a butcher's paper. It's one of those things where if you have to aks, it can't be explained, but the locals like it this way.
Head South on 16 from Llano (turn on RR 965) and you'll come across a unique geologicla feature known as enchanted rock.
The site is worth a stop. The Commanches called it Enchanted because it makes some groaning sounds as it cools at night, and one Texas Ranger 'repulsed' an entire band of commanches from a vantage point on the rock. It makes for a great stop to stretch your legs.
I suggest going on to stay at Fredericksburg, home to Admiral Nimitz and some of the best German pastries in the state. http://www.fredericksburg-texas.com/
From there, head South on Hwy 16 to Kerrville, home to Mooney Aircraft, one of the finest single engine planes in the world. http://www.mooney.com/ . Kerrville sits on the Guadalupe River http://www.kerrvilletexascvb.com/ and is another Texas Gem of a city. This is another place that can be a destination all on its own.
Take State road 27 west towards Ingram to see the Texas Stonehedge and Moai.
The road is twisty and follows the Guadalupe, so it is worth the ride.
About this time I had enough time in the saddle and had to head home. I-10 east is fast and monotonous, but you make good time back to Houston.
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