Rides & Events


31st Annual Texas Gathering

posted Aug 1, 2018, 8:03 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

Are You Ready To Rumble!!!!!!!

31th Annual Texas Gathering

October Friday 12th thru Sunday 14th 2018

 

Come Ride The Great Roads Of The Texas Hill Country

A Great Place To Ride And Visit With Old Friends

 

“Motorcycle Enthusiast of All Ages, All Brands, All Types, and All Riding Styles "

 

 

Make your arrangements to attend this year's 31th Annual Texas Gathering

 

Call the Best Western Sunday House and make your reservations before Friday September 14th.

 

Host Hotel

Best Western Sunday House

2124 Sidney Baker Street

Kerrville, Texas 75028

830-896-1313

We have 25 rooms blocked under The Texas Gathering

2018 Arkansas Dying Leaves Ride - Nov 1st through 4th

posted Jul 6, 2018, 11:58 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:31 AM ]

Ok Friends,

This year we are staying in Clarksville and riding some of our favorite roads in the Ozark National Forest, Buffalo River, etc. And maybe this time I can finally have breakfast at the Oark General Store:

http://www.oarkgeneralstore.com/home.html

And even better yet, I see they have pie ala mode...maybe for breakfast

Anyway we are going to stay at the Best Western, where we have stayed countless times over the years. I didn't see a need to block any rooms as they still have plenty to rooms available, but they are going to give us a group rate of $68 plus tax ($77) a night. However, we have to call the local number to make reservations to get that rate.

So call: 479-754-7900 and ask for the group rate for Lone Star Riders

FYI, Rex,Mark and I already have rooms

The basic itinerary will be:

Thu  Nov 1st  - Ride one of our favorite routes to Clarksville
Fri    Nov 2nd - Day Ride Mark has told me that he already has some nice roads scoped out.
Sat   Nov 3rd  - Day Ride
Sun  Nov 4th  - Ride Home

So for now, let's get our rooms reserved.
Rick

2018 Medicine Park, OK Ride (Sept 21-23)

posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:09 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jul 14, 2018, 6:07 AM ]

Friends,

 

After 6 years we have decided to go back and spend a couple of days in historic Medicine Park, Oklahoma just outside of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge north of Lawton, Oklahoma.

 

Below is a slide show of the group who went in 2012, which included both Linda and Jeff:

 

http://www.motomark.me/frame/slideshow?key=bs8jFB&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2&clickable=1

 

Now we stayed at the Plantation Inn in Medicine Park which is very historic and the largest motel in the area….but only has 20 rooms.  Now I talked to the manager Jenna Thornton and even though we can block rooms for the group, we both concluded that it would work out best if we go ahead and make our individual reservations…NOW.  The reason behind this is that Jenna is only one person and sometimes cannot be reached by phone on a regular basis.  And they have a really nice on-line reservation system that provides the number of rooms that are left on a real-time basis.

 

So…..if you think you be interested in going on this ride in September (the same time we went in 2012), go ahead and make your reservation now,  The home page is as follows:

 

http://plantationinnok.com/index.html

 

At the top is a place to enter check in and check out dates (9/21 – 9/23) where you can select the room you wish….if there is one available.  Jenna mentioned that they may have a wedding party around this time, so the sooner we can get our rooms the better off we will be.

 

The high lights of this trip are:

  1. the Meers Country Store
  2. The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
  3. Mount Scott
  4. The Historic Plantation Inn in Medicine Park w/ The Old Plantation Restaurant on site
  5. The Historic town of Medicine Park
  6. * The National Historic Landmark and Museum in Fort Sill for the 7th Calvary
  7. The US Army Field Artillery Museum in Fort Sill
  8. Museum of the Great Plains
  9. Not to mention the ride up to Lawton and back

* In the 6 years since we last visited the two museums at Fort Sill, it turns out that this military installation has instituted program where you are required to get a visitors pass (for unescorted admission) to the Fort.  Thus, we will be required to complete an application and submit to a background check.  I guess that for some silly reason (since 911) they would like to know who is on their property.  Frankly, I have always felt uneasy riding around the fort unescorted, where we were able to get on the Fort by just showing a drivers license.  

And now they they have a special Visitors Center where you can go to get a temporary visitors pass.  I have talked to them and this process goes pretty quickly after you submit the request for visitor access.  They are open at 9:00 on Sat, so we can go there first before going to the museums.  

We have attached the pdf form (scroll down the page), where everyone going can print it out to be completed and brought on the ride.  But they do have forms at the Center, so completing the form beforehand, will only speed up the process.

So look over what I have presented and make your reservations NOW if you are interested

 

This will be a great trip…especially if you have never been to this special area of Oklahoma.

 

Thanks,

Rick

Appalachian Adventure Ride - May 26-June 4

posted Jan 23, 2018, 12:00 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 12:45 PM ]

Ozark Escape Ride - April 26-29

posted Jan 23, 2018, 11:58 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 12:46 PM ]

Bluebonnets Galore Ride - April 6-8

posted Jan 23, 2018, 11:55 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

Texas Coast Loop 2 Ride March 23-26

posted Jan 23, 2018, 11:52 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 12:05 PM ]

30th Annual Texas Gathering

posted Oct 9, 2017, 12:45 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 5:05 AM ]

2017 Come Dance on the Devils Highway Ride (NM/AZ)

posted May 16, 2017, 5:09 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated May 16, 2017, 5:15 AM ]

Ok Friends,

I’m sure that some of you may have heard that I was considering moving this ride back a week because I could not get ANY rooms in Roswell the first day. It turns out that that is college graduation weekend in Roswell and the entire town is booked up. You don’t know how frustrated this made me as this is something that I should have known months ago. Anyway I frantically started looking at alternative plans and got even more frustrated, which caused me to consider moving this ride to the previous Saturday where I could get plenty of rooms. But this morning after coffee, I had a realization that I just needed to move my route south to highway 82 into Cloudcroft instead of going though Ruidoso to get to Cloudcroft. So instead of staying in Roswell, we are staying in Artesia instead, where we will just bear south at Plains which will be the same distance as Roswell. So here are the details of where we are staying, where I have blocked 9 double bed rooms at each location:

Day

Date

Town

Rooms

 

Motel

Phone

Rate

Sat

5/27/2017

Artesia

9 rooms

Best Western

Pecos Inn

(575) 622-2721

$109.99

Sun

5/28/2017

Silver City

9 rooms

Comfort Inn

Near Gila National Forest

 (575) 534-1883

$110.00

Mon

5/29/2017

Silver City

 

Comfort Inn

Near Gila National Forest

 

$110.00

Tue

5/30/2017

Almagordo

9 rooms

Quality Inn & Suites

 

 (575) 434-4200

$69.00

Wed

5/31/2017

Ruidoso

9 rooms

Best Western

Pine Springs Inn

(575) 378-8100

$79.00

Thu

6/1/2017

Ruidoso

 

Best Western

 

 

$79.00

Fri

6/2/2017

Carlsbad

9 rooms

Days Inn

Days Inn Carlsbad

 (575) 200-1854

$134.10


Sat

6/3/2017

Carlsbad

 

Days Inn

 

 

$134.10

Sun

6/4/2017

Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basic itinerary is:

Sat, 5/27 – Denton to Artesia

Sun, 5/28 – Artesia to Silver City

Mon, 5/29 – Silver City to Alpine, AZ (dance on the Devils Highway) for lunch and back to Silver City

Tue, 5/30 – Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and on to Almagordo for the evening

https://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm

Wed 5/31 – Get up late and spend most of the day at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, when they open at 10:00.  This is one nice Museum where they have one of the original dome theaters which have several showings daily.  When finished, head for Ruidoso for the evening.  We stayed at this motel the last time we went to Ruidoso and this location was very nice.

http://www.nmspacemuseum.org/content.php?id=16

Thu, 6/1 – We will spend a relaxing day in Ruidoso riding up to Lincoln, Ski Apache, etc.

Fri, 6/2 – We are going to ride back to Cloudcroft and spend some time riding to and visiting the Sun Spot Solar observatory and on to Tiberon.  And then we are going to head for Carlsbad for the evening. for the trip finale.  But before getting to Carlsbad, I want to ride toSitting Bull Falls:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34238

Sat, 6/3 - This day we are going to ride to Carlsbad National Park and spend most of the day visiting these magnificent set of caverns.  Linda and I visited these caverns back in the early 80s with some friends and these caverns spoiled us for any other cavern we ever visited since.  If you have never been to these caverns, you will not be disappointed.

https://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm

Sun, 6/4 – get up early and head for home.

 

So if you were planning on making this ride, call the motels and let them know that you want one of the rooms blocked for Rick Butler.  I blocked 9 double bed rooms, but if you need a single King, just let them know and they will make the change.  And once you finish, go ahead and reply to this post, so we will know who is going.

Gonna be a great trip, where you will get some sight seeing in as a tourist other than just riding.  And there are 3 locations where we are staying 2 nights each.

 

Rick

And I’m still working on routes which I’ll put out later.

2017 Ride to Mena

posted Apr 21, 2017, 6:15 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 6:19 AM ]

Ok Friends,

We scheduled this weekend overnight ride because this one got rained out last year.  And we have decided to stay at the Sun Country Inn rather than try to get one night at the Queen Wilhimina lodge….which is now impossible for a weekend.

And at the meeting this Saturday, Rex went a head and called the Sun Country to block 12 rooms for one night…June 24th.

So if you are interested….call Angela at the Sun Country and reserve one of the 12 rooms we have blocked under Rex Adams & the Lone Star Riders


Sun Country Inn
1309 Hwy 71N
Mena, AR 71953
479-394-7477
http://www.suncountryinn.com/


All rooms are Downstairs except two.
Special rate of $86.00 plus tax

So the plan is to ride to the motel in Mena Saturday and then ride up to the Lodge for dinner….and peanut butter pie J  And after dinner we can sit out on the lodge patio then ride back down the hill to the motel in Mena for the evening.....which provides a beautiful view of the lights of Mena.

Then Sunday morning we will ride back up to the Lodge for breakfast…..and then ride the Parkway all the way to the end at Talihina, OK.  If the sun is shining, this is the most pleasureful and scenic ride on the Parkway.  From there the route will take us to Antlers, Hugo and then Home.

And if once you make a reservation, respond to this post so we can keep track of who is going.

Thanks,

Rick

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