Rides & Events
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 Morning: We will meet at the Quick Trip on the northwest corner of I-45 & Wintergreen Rd. Kick stands up at 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 Painted Church Tour I will decide to move our Monthly Meeting to the . We also have the Big Bend Ride starting . Looks like we are starting to get busy for a Great Year Of Riding!!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
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.
1503 Highway 290 E.
Brenham, Texas 77833
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,
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:
The show doors open to the public at 10.
Link to Dallas Motorcycle Show website (Info, Buy Tickets, etc.)
Here it is folks...our first ride of 2017!
Mudbug Madness Ride
March 17-19, 2017
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!
Ride to Natchitoches
We will be leaving at 8:30 AM from Terrell. Get there early for breakfast.
Exxon Tiger Mart-Subway / Denny's
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)
Well my friends,
Since we mostly got rained out in 2015 for our special Dying Leaves Ride to Petit Jean State Park, we have decided to repeat the same trip in 2016. And I have just contacted Mather Lodge to see about availability and have good news. For the weekend November 4th and 5th, they have a decent selection of rooms as follows:
10 – Overnight Duplex style cabins
1 – Double Room
17 – Single Rooms
Now in 2015 we concentrated in staying in rooms in the Lodge and didn’t consider any of the cabins. Now the majority of these rooms only had 1-queen size bed with just 4-5 rooms with two beds, which presented problems later for those of us who wanted to share a room with someone other than a spouse.
However in looking at the Overnight Duplex cabins (see below), I think these would be a better fit for us, even for those of us who want to bring a spouse:
The Overnight Duplex cabins are one building with two rentable sides.
And the nice thing is that they are only $85 a night, $10 more than the rooms in the lodge. Since none of us had ever stayed in the lodge, we had no idea of size of the rooms. But Greg and Sue Mortimer did manage to make it to the lodge this year, and Greg said the rooms were pretty rustic and small and they only had a small shower in the bathroom.
Here is a link that provides more detail for the Duplex cabins:
This means we could rent 5 duplex cabins which would accommodate 20 riders or 10 couples along with maybe a few of the single lodge rooms? And I have been told that each of these cabins has paved parking close.
And Mark and I were talking about all of the hiking trails in the park, which brought up the idea of possibly making this a 3 night stay for some of the hikers in the group to spend an extra day in the park before heading home? I’ve attached a pdf map of the park showing the Overnight Duplex cabins (#20-31) at the entrance to the lodge along with some trails. When you open it, select View and rotate it clockwise to get a better view. If you want a better description of all the various hiking trails take a look at this link:
So why don’t we get a quick headcount for those interested and we’ll get some rooms and cabins blocked to be reserved later. And let us know if you would like:
The basic itinerary is to ride to Petit Jean Friday, take a nice day ride through the Ozarks Saturday and then ride home Sunday…..except for those who want to spend Sunday in the Park and ride home Monday. And this year Mark promises we will not have any rain for this ride.
Here is the plan for the Motorcycle Show on Saturday January 23 if you would like to join us.
Start with breakfast at Poor Richards Café in Plano. I am planning to be there at around 7:30 and leave at 8:30 to leave my car at the Parker Rd DART Station lot to catch the 8:48 train to the Convention Center. The DART station is across the street from Poor Richard's. I have a limited train schedule below for some other arrival and return options. The entire DART schedule can be found at this link:
Those of us working the Ride for Kids booth should to be at the booth around 9:45, so this will be fine. The show doors open to the public at 10.
See you then,
Link to Dallas Motorcycle Show website (Info, Buy Tickets, etc.)
Our next overnight group ride is coming up on September 19-20 through the east Texas Piney
Woods to Jasper, TX. We will leave from Alfredo's in Forney at 8:30 AM. Please have a full tank
and be ready at that time. Come earlier if you want breakfast.
Alfredo's Steakhouse & Seafood
111 E US Hwy 80
Forney, TX 75126
Alfredo's to Jasper - 258 miles
This should be a great ride on a route to Jasper that I used with Rex and Dallas on a ride to Houston
for a January 1st 2012 sneak attack on our friends in the MTA Chapter 1 Club. We will take a scenic
ride to Jasper with a short break in Brownsboro and a lunch stop in Nacogdoches at Clear Springs
We only have 180 miles after Brownsboro so most or all of us should be good the rest of the way if we
fuel-up at that time.
Clear Springs Restaurant << LINK TO WEBSITE
211 Old Tyler Rd.
will be staying the night at the Best Western Inn of Jasper.
Get your reservations now for September 19!
BEST WESTERN Inn of Jasper << LINK TO WEBSITE
205 W Gibson Street
Jasper, TX 75951-4901
Saturday night group dinner will be at Bell Sera Italian Restaurant. We will need to get a head
count for the restaurant in advance.
Bell Sera Italian Restaurant << LINK TO WEBSITE
235 E. Gibson
Jasper, Texas 75951
Jasper to Forney - 277 miles
We will leave at 8:30 am on Sunday morning and will be enjoying more of the Piney Woods
as we head up to Ben Wheeler, TX and a lunch stop at Moore’s Store.
Moore’s Store << LINK TO WEBSITE
1535 Hwy 279
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
The Garmin route files will be available soon.
So get your rooms booked and plan to make the Piney Woods Ride with us!