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Texas Hill Country – biking and friends

Our visit to Flatonia Texas was, well, a bit disappointing. The RV site was boggy, not much was going on in the area (although the winery was nice), and Jeff’s muddy mountain bike trails were a total bust. In contrast, our time here near Boerne (pronounced Ber-ney) Texas has been absolutely fantastic.

I’ve never really explored the Texas hill country. It’s just beautiful with green rolling hills which remind me a bit of Tuscany. There’s even a burgeoning wine industry here, who knew? Being hilly, it makes sense that there are a number of mountain biking trails in the area, which Jeff explored. He’ll have to do his own trail review post later!

We stayed about 30 minutes outside of San Antonio, which is known for its historic missions. There are four missions (five if you count the Alamo) along the San Antonio “missions trail” which you can access by car, or by an eight mile biking/hiking trail which winds along the San Antonio River. It’s actually part of the San Antonio Missions National Park, a national historic site. Cool! Biking and sightseeing – sign me up!

So we loaded up our bicycles and found a parking spot ($3 all day!) not too far from the Alamo and pedaled away. We figured it would be easiest to bike all the way to the end first, then visit the missions as we worked our way back. With the help of our iPhone GPS we located the start of the actual bike path and then figured out that it was about 4 miles to the FIRST mission, and then the path went 8 miles beyond that to the farthest mission. OK, no problem. What are a few more miles? But we also didn’t realize that you had to divert off the path by at least a half mile to a couple of the missions. Or that the path wasn’t exactly flat – it was somewhat hilly! And then we accidently turned off onto another bike trail for a mile or two and had to backtrack. Toward the end, we got turned around in downtown San Antonio finding our way back to the Alamo. All told, by the time we got back to the car, I had clocked 30 miles. I was tired. You CAN drive to all of the missions, if you aren’t up for quite that epic of a biking day. San Antonio also has a network of bicycle rental stations called B cycle. We saw B cycle stations all up and down the trail, so it would be possible to drive to one of the missions, rent a bicycle and do just part of the trail. It is a beautiful ride along the river and the section between the four missions is an easy ride. There’s not a lot of shade though, so in the summer, I expect it can get very hot.

IMG_3556The historic missions were fantastic! I didn’t know (or had forgotten) the impact that the Spanish Catholic missions had on the area. Life for the native Indians was hard and the missions offered food, education and shelter. But in exchange they had to give up their way of life, accept a new religion and pledge fealty to the King of Spain. I’m not sure  in the end whether they were better off, or worse. All of the missions are still active Catholic parish churches and admission to the historic sites is free. Free tours are also available at Mission San Jose, the largest and best preserved of the four. We finished up at the Alamo, which was almost a disappointment after seeing the other missions. (At least admission was free there too). But we got to all of them – mission accomplished! (sorry)

IMG_3558One of the very best parts of traveling the country is having the opportunity to visit far-flung friends. We reached out to long-time friends Cheryl and Carlos, who had relocated a couple of years ago from South Florida to Fredericksburg. We were able to connect and spent a wonderful day touring on our motorcycles and exploring historic Fredericksburg and environs. We got to see their new home, catch up on news, and had some great food. Another day they came to our place and we got to show off our beautiful bus, drink wine and grill burgers. What a nice visit we had! It’s wonderful to have a network of friends and family all over this beautiful country.

Sometimes we visit an area and feel that we’ve “done it”, move on. This area has so much more to explore. We’ll definitely be back!

Next up:  Big Bend National Park!

Campground Review: Top of the Hill RV Resort, Boerne, TX


  • Name: Top of the Hill RV Resort
  • Dates of stay: Jan 29 – Feb 4, 2018
  • Location: 12 Green Cedar Road, Boerne, TX 78006
  • Type of campground: Private / Independent
  • Cost: $22.50/night (Passport America rate)
  • Additional fees: none
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: ATT good
  • Website: http://www.topofthehillrvresort.com/
  • Pros: great value, large site, convenient to I-10, nice people
  • Cons: none! We liked it here.

Full Review

After the Flatonia ex-cow-pasture boggy site, this RV site was heaven! Top of the Hill RV park is located, well, on top of a hill a few miles west of Boerne (pronounced Ber-ney) on I-10 off of Exit 533. The RV sites are terraced up a hill that looks a bit intimidating at first, but is actually surprisingly easy to navigate. We snaked up the hill to an extra-long pull through site at the top. We didn’t even need to unhook our toad first.  The gravel site was level and, we were happy to determine, firmly solid. Our jacks didn’t sink a millimeter. We had full hook ups (50 amp electric, water, sewer) and enough room to park our large pick up truck front OR rear. The site also included a picnic table. No fire ring, and no fire in the community fire ring at present due to dry conditions.

The campground is immaculately maintained with a swimming pool, coin laundry, banquet room, club house, and office/store. There were a few planned activities:  bingo on Thursday night, coffee/donuts on Saturday morning, and sporadic pot lucks and ice cream socials. Overall the campground vibe was very quiet.

The office staff and campground host were very nice. I ordered a package from Amazon during our stay, and the office called me to make sure I knew it had arrived. Side note: I never assume that a campground will accept mail/packages, I always ask before I ship!

The campground offered wifi for light duty surfing (not intended for streaming), but we found our AT&T signal to be adequate for our internet needs. San Antonio channels are available over the air and our satellite dish worked without obstruction. Our premium site normally runs $45/night, but with our  Passport America 50% discount, it was only $22.50 / night. Sweet! They also accept Good Sam discount and offer weekly and monthly discount rates.

Top of the Hill offers a centralized location from which to explore the Texas Hill Country. San Antonio is about 30 minutes away, and the town of Boerne with Wal-Mart and a huge H-E-B grocery store is only about 15 minutes up the road.

This was a fantastic value for such a nicely kept site. I would stay here again happily.

Bottom Line: Great value, central location, nice people. Nothing not to like!