Friday, March 27, 2015

Finally! - Got to hit the road for the Big V's first overnight Journey

The weather had not been my friend in planning the inaugural overnight journey for the new Versys. When I looked up and noticed that I had two days in a row off, during the week I knew that the stars had aligned and that I would FINALLY get to take a short road trip. As many of you know, I set up a Motorcycle rally / tour consisting of the top 40 small town cafes in the state of Texas. I decided to take these two days and plan a route where I would visited a few places and ride some of the Texas roads that had escaped me in the past. I shot out an e-mail about the ride and I had one of my riding buddies join me. Thank Stephen (YEEHA) for joining me. Your company is always welcomed. Lets do it again real soon. 

I started out Thursday morning having coffee with my wife before she headed out to school to mold the youth of tomorrow. I on the other hand was going riding! The wind was really blowing but I did not care. I had my coffee and then took off for my first stop of the day. The bike temp gauge read 47 when I headed out. 

I arrived at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Decatur around 8:40am. Stephen was there awaiting my arrival. We had a quick cup of coffee and then headed out. We hit FM 4 and rolled through the countryside. I love the ranch lands of Texas. Seeing longhorns and beautiful farm land is so relaxing. We battled the winds all day long, but it warmed up and the ride was a good one. We visited 4 locations on the tour. The funny thing is we ate lunch in a location not on the list. We were in Stephenville and that is the home of the Hard eight BBQ we had to eat there and as always it was very tasty!

We arrived in Temple at the hotel around 4pm. we did a good 350 miles and it was an awesome day of riding. We ate dinner at the Texas Road House and then headed back to the room to relax and watch some March Madness. It was a great day of riding. 

I had to wash my bike off. It was still a mess from last weeks rain, so I took the off time to clean up the big V. It looks good all cleaned up. 

I woke up early on Friday morning. I was excited to hit the road. The weather forecast looked amazing and it was projected that the winds would be low. It looked like a great day of riding. Boy was I correct! The day was awesome. We made our way through more FM roads, and a few County roads just taking in the sights and smells of this beautiful place that we call home. Today was one of those days that stick with you. You know the day that pops into your head when life and work are bringing you down, that one glimpse of perfection, lets you know that life is good and that the moment is fleeting. Take it all in. 

I got home around 4pm all safe and sound. I logged almost 700 miles for the two days. It was a nice outing on the Versys. The bike gets more amazing on every ride. I am looking forward to our first two up overnight journey. Till next time. Ride safe everyone! You can see all of the pictures here

Sunday, March 22, 2015

LSBMW Breakfast - Feed Sack

The day started out gloomy and misting, but this is nothing new as of late for North Texas. Jamie and I awoke just hoping not to see it raining outside. It was dark, but the weather report looked promising and we were itching to ride. We decided to join the Lone Star BMW Riders Monthly Breakfast Run. We geared up and headed over to the meeting point. It started to rain as we pulled out of the alley behind our house. The good news is by the time we arrived at the meeting place the rain had stopped. 

We arrived at the meeting spot and we were greeted by 7-8 bikes and friendly faces all ready to ride. We kicked some tires and drank a cup of coffee. We headed out for a nice little two hour jaunt through the Texas farm land. It was a nice ride, not to cool and we even did a few roads that I had not done in the past. 

We arrive at Windom Texas at the Feed Sack right around 20 noon. It looked like we just be the late arriving church crowd. It was busy but nothing crazy. We got a nice table seating 12. 

We enjoyed a nice lunch, it looked like it might start to rain again as we were getting together to leave. Jamie and I were shooting back to the metroplex as we wanted to ride over to Celina Texas to get some points in the Texas Small Town Cafe Motorcycle Tour. I actually started the idea so I figured it was time for Jamie and I to get on the board. 

The weather broke and we could not believe it, we saw the bright yellow orb that had been talked about but never seen. Yes folks the sun was out and the temps actually warmed up. We enjoyed the ride to Lucy's in Celina. What a nice afternoon to ride. We had a piece of pie, got our pictures for the tour and just enjoyed a nice relaxing time together. It was awesome!

Were hoping spring is here to stay, Lets hope because we want to ride! Be safe everyone!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Texas Small Town Cafe Motorcycle Tour is Underway!

The tour that I put together is underway and we already have some submission. It should be fun seeing the riders take part in this little adventure. You can see how things are going by checking out the website here: Texas Small Town Cafe Motorcycle Tour. You can also see the riders photo galleries by clicking here: Rider Photo Gallery