Rides & Events

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

posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:09 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 5:11 AM ]



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:




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:




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


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.




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

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Bluebonnets Galore Ride - April 6-8

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Texas Coast Loop 2 Ride March 23-26

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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:












9 rooms

Best Western

Pecos Inn

(575) 622-2721




Silver City

9 rooms

Comfort Inn

Near Gila National Forest

 (575) 534-1883




Silver City


Comfort Inn

Near Gila National Forest






9 rooms

Quality Inn & Suites


 (575) 434-4200





9 rooms

Best Western

Pine Springs Inn

(575) 378-8100






Best Western







9 rooms

Days Inn

Days Inn Carlsbad

 (575) 200-1854






Days Inn




















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


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.


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:


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.


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.



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

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.



2017 Ride to Big Bend

posted Mar 25, 2017, 3:12 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

Ok Friends,

I have our lodging accommodations for our ride to Big Bend as follows where we have decided to stay 2 nights in one motel in Alpine so we don’t have to pack up for at least one day.

Thu, Apr 27th – Brady, TX – I have 10 double bed rooms blocked at the Best Western under the name Lone Star Riders where you can call 325-597-3997 or  325-792-6346 and reserve a room under your name.

Now if you need a single king room, you can make that change.  The doubles are $86.39 and the single kings are $77.39 plus tax

Fri & Sat, Apr 28 & 29 – Alpine, TX – I have another 10 double bed rooms blocked at the Quality Inn under the name Lone Star Riders for 2 nights, where you can call 432-837-1530 and reserve a room under your name.

Now if you need a single king room, you can make that change.  The doubles are $129.00 and the single kings or queens are $125.00 plus tax

Sun, Apr 30th – Marathon, TX – I have 6 double bed rooms and an apartment blocked at the Marathon Motel & RV Park for the Lone Star Riders  They have roll away beds and a hide-a-bed sofa in the apartment, so if need be we can get more people into a room for this last night, especially the apartment.  And worst case Fort Stockton is not that far if we don’t have enough rooms.  Then there is also the Gage hotel.  So for now let’s call 432-386-4241 and get rooms reserved and then go from there.  And who ever takes the apartment should be ready to share with more than one friend.  And they charge a base price of $100 for the room plus $10 for each additional person, where the apartment is $130 plus $5 per additional person.

For now the itinerary is:

Thu, Apr 27th, -  Everyone make it to Brady at your leisure for the evening. - 241 miles

Fri, Apr 28th  -  Ride to Alpine for the evening and have dinner at the Reata  - 288 miles

Sat, Apr 29th -  Ride to Ft Davis, the Observatory and either ride back to Ft Davis or take the loop south to connect with highway 17 to Marfa and on to Presidio.  Then ride the River Road to Lajitas for lunch and then catch highway 118 back to Alpine for the evening – 322 miles

Sun, Apr 30th – Ride to Big Bend and spend the entire day in the park visiting Santa Elena Canyon, Lunch in the Chisos Basin, Rio Grand Village, Boquillas.  Then ride to Marathon for the evening and most likely have dinner at the Gage.  286 miles

Mon, May 1st – Head for home - 519 miles.  It’s possible that we may break this into 2 days.

So for now let’s get rooms reserved and decide who is going to share a room with whom. Then post up to let us know that you have a room and who will be rooming with you.




2018 Appalachian Adventure Ride

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:19 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 5:49 AM ]

From David - August 25, 2017

Ok we now have the lodging in Maggie Valley setup for our Appalachian Adventure trip for next year. We have rooms reserved at the Jonathan Creek Inn and Villas in Maggie Valley, NC . We have 15 rooms reserved under the Lone Star Riders name and the rooms back up to the creek and each room has 2 queen beds and also a screened in porch that faces the creek. You can go to their website to see what the rooms look like along with the other amenities at the hotel. 

The dates we will be in Maggie Valley will be : Arriving Monday May 28th and Departing Sat June 2nd. The rates for the rooms are Mon night thru Thurs night - $81.88 per night plus tax. Friday night - $130.64 plus tax.

I am still working on the other lodging for the rest of the nights we will be gone but we will be staying in Leeds Ala on Sunday May 27th so we can take in the Barber Motorsports Museum. There are two hotels there to choose from and everyone can just call and make your own reservation for that night. You can reserve a room at the Hampton Inn which is right across from the entrance to the Barber Motorsports Complex or the second choice is America's Best Value Inn which is right around the corner from the Hampton Inn. You can't make reservations at the Americas Best Value Inn just yet as I think their website only allows you to make reservations 6 months in advance. Current rates for a room with two queen beds in it at the Americas Best Value Inn is around $65 per night and I am sure this will change slightly when we get into the reservation window.

You can make reservations online for the Hampton Inn in Leeds now as I just made my reservation a few minutes ago. Go to Hilton.com and search for Leeds Ala and the Hampton Inn will come up. The hotel address is 310 Rex Lake Road, Leeds Alabama 35094. Current rates are $115 -$120 per night plus tax.

I am also checking into a group tour of the Barber Motorsports Museum Complex on Sunday May 27th . They do have a premium tour that includes touring of the restoration shop that is downstairs . This option is not included with the normal admission price of $15.00. The Premium Tour is given at 1:00pm on Sundays so that timing would work out great as we should be arriving there around that time. The Premium Tour is an additional $15.00 over the normal $15.00 general admission price but I have e mailed them to see if they offer a discount if you have a group of 10 or more adults. I will keep you posted on what they come back with but if you have never been to the Barber Motorsports Complex it is well worth the admission price and they recently completed a major expansion to the museum a year or so ago and it almost doubled the size of the museum. You can go to Barber's website to get more information on the museum and racetrack.

Other highlights of the Maggie Valley location is that Dale Walker's Wheels thru Time motorcycle museum is located in Maggie Valley also and it focuses on early American Motorcycles (Harley's , Indians, etc) and it is well worth visiting. They have some nice dioramas setup that depict various aspects of the motorcycle culture in the early 20th center. Additionally I will be leading a trip to Biltmore Estate one of the days we are in Maggie Valley for those that want to go and this will probably be a full day trip. If you are planning on visiting Biltmore Estate you will need to purchase tickets ahead of time as they schedule the tours throughout the day. Tickets for Biltmore can be purchased online as we get closer to our departure date. Other sites to see in the area include Chimney Rock State Park which is southeast of Asheville, The Asheville NC downtown area (we will also probably do dinner at one of the restaurants downtown one night) , Blue Ridge Parkway (which runs right by Maggie Valley), Smokey Mountain National Park, NC waterfall tour (see handout) , and other local rides which run from a couple of hrs to a full day trip.

I am sure we will have small groups doing different things every day so those that just want to ride can most likely hook up with other people who want to ride and there will probably be other groups that will want to do sightseeing or other things. The great thing about this trip is that there is plenty to take in and there should be something for everyone regardless of what your idea of a motorcycle trip is. You can also rent a car in Waynesville for those that don't want to ride while we are in Maggie Valley . The bonus is that we won't have to be packing up and moving each night since we will have 5 consecutive nights in Maggie Valley.

It's gonna be a great trip folks so make your reservations now . The cutoff date for reserving your room at Maggie Valley is April 1. On April 1 I am going to tell them to release the unreserved rooms back to the general hotel inventory. If you need to cancel your room after you have made your reservation you will need to let the hotel know at least 15 days prior to your arrival or you will be charged for one nights lodging.

Looking forward to it and everyone pray that the weather gods will treat us kindly.

From David - January 20, 2018

For those that are going on the Maggie Valley ride. I have added lodging for our night in Jackson Miss (Sat May 26th) on the way out.  The hotel is the :

Best Western Airport Inn (Sat May 26th

257 S Pearson Rd

Pearl Miss 39208  

Phone: 601-936-2060

Also for the return leg  after we leave Maggie Valley  on Sat June 2 we will will be staying  at the same Hampton Inn or the Americas Best Value Inn we stayed at on the way out.

Hotel: Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds, AL

310 Rex Lake Road, Leeds, AL 35094

1-205-702-4141 Sun May. 27, 2018, and Sat June 2, 2018


Hotel: America’s Best Value Inn

1093 Higrove Pkwy

Leeds, AL 35094-1700

1-205-702-2700  Sun  May 27, 2018 and Sat June 2, 2018

You will need to call the hotels above or go online and book your rooms as they are not holding the rooms for us.  Then only hotel that is holding room for us is the host hotel in Maggie Valley. (Johnathan Creek Inn). Those rooms are being held until April 15th and then will be released .

That only leaves our lodging for the last night in Monroe La. (Sunday June 3rd). I am working on it  new and will let you know once I find something.  Hotels in Monroe are running about $100-$125 per night but I am still looking for less expensive options.

Also as a reminder if you plan on going to Biltmore Estate and doing the tour while we are there you will need to reserve your spot in advance and buy tickets.  You can do this online.  If we want to go as a group then we can discuss at the next meeting and pick a day so everyone can get tickets for the same day.

If anyone has any questions on the above let me know .

David Adams

From David - February 21, 2018

Here is our last night lodging accommodations in Monroe La for our Maggie Valley trip May 26-June 4.

We will arrive in Monroe on Sunday June 3 and Depart on Monday June 4th to head for home so make your reservations for 1 night.

The Hotel is :

Best Western Airport Inn

1475 Garrett Road

Monroe La 71202

Direct Phone:  318-345-4000

The rate for two doubles via a Senior Rate is $80.96 + tax (93.67 total) .  They have both Doubles and Kings available and a good selection of rooms right now. 

They are not holding the rooms for us  so you need to make your reservations as quick as possible.

You can make reservations online or by calling the hotel direct.

This should conclude  our hotel arrangements for the trip so make your reservations as soon as possible. I have some of the routes worked up and will be finishing the rest of them up soon.  Let me know if anyone has any questions. 

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