Rides & Events


30th Annual Texas Gathering

posted Oct 9, 2017, 12:45 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 5:39 PM ]

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

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.

Thanks,

Rick

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2017 Painted Churches Tour

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:19 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

Painted Churches Tour


Over the last few meeting the Ladies have been asking for a couples ride. After a strong threat of bodily harm from the ladies at last Saturdays Monthly Meeting David was kind enough to step up and volunteered to lay this ride out on short notice. David led a Painted Churches Tour for our group I think in 2002 and we had a GREAT time so it only made sense for him to do it again. I think it has become one of his many Legacy's!!


It's just not for couples all are welcome!!!


Friday April the 7th thru Sunday 9th:


Friday Morning: We will meet at the Quick Trip on the northwest corner of I-45 & Wintergreen Rd. Kick stands up at9am and take a smell the roses type (slower pace) ride to Brenham. We will be staying at the Best Western in Brenham on 290 Friday and Saturday night. Even though David has not finished laying out the back roads route it's about a 250-275 mile ride to the Best Western. With gas stops and comfort breaks it should take about 6-7 hours to arrive in Brenham. A location will be decided upon for dinner.


 Saturday Morning:  After breakfast we will head out and ride some Bluebonnets Roads on our way to Lockhart Tx and check out one of the famous Bar-BQ establishments and see if it's all of what they say it is. After lunch we will head out for our tour of the beautiful Painted Churches and more site seeing.


 Sunday Morning: After breakfast we will head home and have lunch somewhere on the way.


David originally wanted to leave Friday March the 31st but all the hotels are booked because of an Antique Show that weekend so we decided on the following weekend. That weekend will interfere with our Monthly Meeting on the 8th so most likely depending on how many of us attend the Painted Church Tour I will decide to move our Monthly Meeting to the April 1st. We also have the Big Bend Ride starting April 27th. Looks like we are starting to get busy for a Great Year Of Riding!! 


 If you plan on attending you need to make your reservations ASAP. Brenham is a tourism favorite and the rooms go fast. Even though the host hotel will be the Best Western there are a lots of others hotels in the area.

 

Best Western
1503 Highway 290 E.
Brenham, Texas 77833
979-251-7791


There will be more ride information and routes later!!


If you plan on attending please let me know that you'll be joining us and what hotel you will be staying in.


Thanks Again David for setting this ride up!!!

Have a great day everyone,

Rex

 

LSR Day at the 2017 Dallas Motorcycle Show - January 14

posted Jan 6, 2017, 11:11 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Jan 6, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

Here is the plan for the Motorcycle Show on Saturday January 14 if you would like to join us.

 

Start with breakfast at Poor Richards Café in Plano.  We are planning to be there at around 7:30 and leave at 8:30 to leave for the Parker Rd or Downtown Plano DART Station lot to catch the 8:48 (or 8:51) train to the Convention Center.  The DART station is across the street from Poor Richard's.  There is a limited train schedule below for some other arrival and return options.  The entire DART schedule can be found at this link:

Link to DART Rail Schedule

 

Link to Poor Richards Café to DART Parker Rd Station map

 

The show doors open to the public at 10.


Link to Dallas Motorcycle Show website (Info, Buy Tickets, etc.)


PARKER ROAD STATION

DOWNTOWN PLANO STATION

BUSH TURNPIKE STATION

GALATYN PARK STATION

CONVENTION CENTER STATION

8:28A

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CONVENTION CENTER STATION

GALATYN PARK STATION

BUSH TURNPIKE STATION

DOWNTOWN PLANO STATION

PARKER ROAD STATION

1:08P

1:48P

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2017 Mudbug Madness Ride

posted Jan 2, 2017, 4:01 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:51 PM ]

Here it is folks...our first ride of 2017! 

Mudbug Madness Ride  

March 17-19, 2017

Natchitoches, Louisiana


Click on Map for Full Size Image
  DOWNLOAD GARMIN GPX FILE HERE  

Here is our first multi-day ride of 2017.  We will ride to Natchitoches, LA and Natchez, MS!  We tried this in 2013 and unfortunately mother nature decided to keep us away from Natchez.  We tried again in 2014 and 2016 and mother nature said stay home and don't even try to go to Natchitoches!  This time we will make the ride and include Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez, MS!


A Friday night trip to The Crawfish Hole for mudbugs and other seafood choices.

Friday

Ride to Natchitoches

We will be leaving at 8:30 AM from Terrell.  Get there early for breakfast.

Exxon Tiger Mart-Subway / Denny's
1100 FM 148 
Terrell, TX 75160
(972) 524-0705


Lunch stop in Nacogdoches at

Dolli's Diner 
116 S Pecan St,
Nacogdoches, TX 75961    dollisdiner.com
(936) 305-5007


We will be staying 2 nights at:

Quality Inn 
5362 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA, 71457 
(318) 352-7500
Room Rates start at $65/Night

Group Friday Night Dinner will be at the Crawfish Hole.

Crawfish Hole
119 South Dr
Natchitoches, LA ‎ 
(318) 352-2379

Saturday

Leave at 8:00 AM to Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez, MS (I have summoned the weather gods to make sure we have a great day for the ride to Natchez!). Those who would prefer to ride their own route, visit plantations, etc., are welcome to do their own thing.

Fat Mama's Tamales
303 S Canal St
Natchez, MS ‎
(601) 442-4548 ‎ · fatmamastamales.com

After lunch we will be taking a quick loop through historic Natchez before heading on a different route back to Natchitoches.

Everyone is free to make their own dinner arrangements on Saturday night. Plenty of places downtown.  In old historic downtown you have The Landing, Mama's, and Papa's.  I like them all.

Sunday

Group ride home will depart at 8:30 AM.

We will stop for lunch at

Lou's Classic Dinner
403 US-259
Ore City, TX 75683
(903) 968-0810 ‎ · Lou's Classic Diner Facebook Page

We will have a nice ride back from Ore City and should be home mid-afternoon.


Are you ready to ride for the mudbugs?  Now let's all get our reservations.



"Motorcycle Enthusiasts of All Ages, All Brands, All Types, and All Riding Styles"


The 29th Annual Texas Gathering

posted Aug 10, 2016, 11:20 AM by Lone Star Riders   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 8:12 AM by Mark Jensen ]

                   DOWNLOAD PDF FILE HERE  


Street Bike Back Road Skills at Cresson MotorSports Ranch March 6 & September 11

posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:05 AM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 3:29 AM ]

This 1.3 mile track has all of the road features that we enjoy riding in places like northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. It is shaped like a horseshoe
with sharp hairpins on the two tips, long sweeping curve in the middle, and nice curved straights which allow for safe passing. It also has several elevation changes with a blind turn like we experience on the river road between Presidio and Lajitas.

Here are some comments I found from a Ride Smart Instructor as to what he liked about this track: 

The Cresson 1.3 track is my favorite to teach on, and I believe the best training track we have in Texas. 

1. It's short, so you see those corners pretty often and you are given more opportunities each session for cornering practice in familiar corners than on longer tracks.

2. It has slow and fast corners, blind, reference-point-only corners, uphill and downhill corners, and a difficult decreasing radius. With every type of corner, it's a great place to learn!

3. It's tremendous fun! 


This session is open to cruiser, touring, and sport-touring bikes and the equipment requirements are much more lax than what you would have to deal with in a Novice Level I class. This means you will NOT have smaller sport bikes riding with you and passing coming out of a corner. This track has 2 or more areas on the track where you can safely pass. And your flip-up full face modular helmets will be allowed and you can wear your mesh pants and jackets, gauntlet glove and boots over the ankles…but no 3/4 helmets.

All lights, your mirrors and license plate will need to be taped with blue painters tape. The tech inspection will only require that your bike and helmet are inspected.

There are only 25 slots available so do not wait if you want to attend.

We will have 20 minutes of riding for each session with a 30 minute class between each session. This class will be tailored just for our style of riding. You will learn how to use your upper body to change the center of mass of you and the bike to give you more corner clearance. The class will also show you how to select the proper line to enter and exit a turn, which is the key to proper riding on the twisty roads that we love so much.


I know it’s a long ride to Cresson (approximately 75 miles from Richardson, for example), especially when they want you at the track for registration and tech inspection at 6:30 in the morning. But we have a solution for this…..there is a Scottish Inn right across the road from the track. Last year many of us spent the previous night there and got up the next morning, ate breakfast, and rode our bikes across the road to the track. There is a link below for the Scottish Inn.

Link for the Scottish Inn - Cresson, Texas

Below is the direct link to the Ride Smart registration page for March 6th and September 11th: 

Level 1 and 2 classes are also available if you would like to ride in either of these groups. There are more requirements to ride in Level 1 and 2. Go to www.ridesmart.info for more information.



   REGISTER HERE FOR MARCH 6 CLASSES   




(Make sure that you register for the Street Bike Back Road Skills session unless you would like to join one of the other 2 classes on that date)

2016 Mudbug Madness Ride

posted Feb 1, 2016, 12:58 PM by Mark Jensen   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 3:29 AM ]

Mudbug Madness Ride  

March 18-20, 2016

Natchitoches, Louisiana


Click on Map for Full Size Image

  DOWNLOAD GARMIN GPX FILE HERE  

Here is our first multi-day ride of 2016.  We will ride to Natchitoches, LA and Natchez, MS!  We tried this in 2013 and unfortunately mother nature decided to keep us away from Natchez.  We tried again in 2014 and mother nature said stay home and don't even try to go to Natchitoches!  This time we will make the ride and include Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez, MS!

A Friday night trip to The Crawfish Hole for mudbugs and other seafood choices.

Friday

Ride to Natchitoches

We will be leaving at 8:30 AM from Terrell.  Get there early for breakfast.

1100 FM 148 
Terrell, TX 75160
(972) 524-0705

Lunch stop in Nacogdoches at

116 S Pecan St, 
Nacogdoches, TX 75961 ‎ · dollisdiner.com

We will be staying 2 nights at

Quality Inn 
5362 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA, 71457 
(318) 352-7500
AARP Rates start at $78/Night as of 2/1/16

Group Friday Night Dinner will be at the Crawfish Hole.

119 South Dr
Natchitoches, LA ‎ 

(318) 352-2379

Saturday

Leave at 8:00 AM to Fat Mama's Tamales in Natchez, MS (I have summoned the weather gods to make sure we have a great day for the ride to Natchez!). Those who would prefer to ride their own route, visit plantations, etc., are welcome to do their own thing.

303 S Canal St
Natchez, MS ‎
(601) 442-4548 ‎ · fatmamastamales.com

After lunch we will be taking a quick loop through historic Natchez before heading on a different route back to Natchitoches.

Everyone is free to make their own dinner arrangements on Saturday night. Plenty of places downtown.  In old historic downtown you have The Landing, Mama's, and Papa's.  I like them all.

Sunday

Group ride home will depart at 8:30 AM.

We will stop for lunch at

403 US-259
Ore City, TX 75683
(903) 856-0000 ‎ · Lou's Classic Diner Facebook Page

We will have a nice ride back from Ore City and should be home mid-afternoon.

Now let's all get our reservations.  I am ready to ride for the mudbugs!!!


Mark Jensen

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