Texas T Party 2017 Day 1 Kerrille - Fredericksburg TX

Today’s tour was again an easy day. In the book it says around 63 miles, we actually drove more like 80 including exploring Fredericksburg which is a very interesting old town. This morning’s drive was on more lovely Texas Hill country roads. Signs all along the route warned about “Loose Livestock” which generally means cows might be milling about on the roads. One frisky little black angus bull chased us for a while, that was exciting!

The little stone building was on the road between Kerrville and Fredericksburg, It was a general store in the 1890’s.

We followed Ross Lilecker and family most of the way. The roads were well maintained and sorta steep in places. We used Ruckstell a couple times.

Upon arrival in Fredericksburg we lined up for a photo op at the local history museum. Visitors from all over the world come to Fredericksburg on vacation. We were suddenly part of the attraction. Hundreds of people came and talked with us about Model T’s as we inched toward the museum over the course of the morning.

The museum is again focused on local history. Fredericksburg was the center of the German immigrant population in Texas of the 1870’s - early 1900’s when immigration was stopped for several years. In those early days there were many families who grew up speaking no English at home. Even the Fredericksburg public schools were taught in German. Examples of the original buildings from that era were gathered here in the museum complex.

After the photo session several of us were hungry for lunch. We stumbled upon the Old German Bakery and Restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg. I had a corn beef sandwich with German potato salad and Spatzle. It was great despite being over run by Model T people.

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We went to a few antique stores and sampled local jellies after lunch. Did not buy anything, and eventually got back on the road to Kerrville. We did take some time to look at some of the Model T’s that we missed yesterday. Often the mother of invention is necessity, but the father of invention is the ty - wrap.

On the 32 mile return trip we did not see any other Model T’s. Roads were excellent, traffic was nil. Again we ran into (figuratively, not literally) a lot of loose cows.

We heard the vulture wagons were busy today. This nice unrestored '21 touring had some loud clanking noises that caused the owner to call for a ride.