Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hugo Oklahoma - Circus City USA


I had a rare Saturday off, so Jamie and I took advantage of that fact to ride with the gang from the LoneStar BMW Riders Club

This ride was supposed to have taken place last weekend but the weather was so bad that the event had to be cancelled. They rescheduled this weekend so the stars were aligned for us to join the ride.




We joined up with the group at the local QT at 7:30am. We kicked some tires, drank a cup of coffee and enjoyed the unusually cool North Texas morning. Our friend Tom Oliver rode his brand new BMW S1000xr. What a beautiful machine. It had been a while since we had the pleasure of riding with Tom. As always his sense of humor always brings a smile to everyone's face. We love riding with Tom and we are hoping this is just a start of a new riding revival for him. 




We headed out and took a nice scenic route through the North Texas countryside. The route had its good share of twisty roads along with some nice stretches of farm roads and quiet summer views of farm houses and barns. This ride defined what a ride in North Texas should be. The weather was unbelievable! Its almost July and we have not had triple digit temps. The day was perfect for a good ride with friends. 





We stopped for a quick break and more tire kicking before loading up and heading into Hugo. This ride was planned and led by Collin. He did a great job and the route was fantastic. I forget from time to time how nice the riding is in this part of North Texas. We will be back up there soon. Thanks Collin for leading such an awesome ride. 


After the quick break we did more riding before making our way into the Mt. Olivet Cemetery's designated Showmen's Rest. What an interesting place. It was so cool to walk around and see all of the history from the tombstones. This is just another reason that riding a motorcycle is so cool. I really don't think I would ever make my way to this part of Oklahoma if not for being part of a motorcycle ride. It was a cool place and we will go back.






After spending some time at the cemetery we headed over for lunch at Angies Circus City Diner. We had a great lunch. The gang was happy and well fed by the time we all loaded up and headed home. We all separated into little groups and headed back to the house.   



The tombstones were amazing and told a story. Fun stuff. 





We logged almost 300 miles for the day. It was a great day of riding with friends. Jamie and I miss these Saturday rides. We are hoping to be able to take part in more this year. 


Till next time everyone - Ride safe and remember to stop and smell the roses between twisty roads. See all of the pictures here. Hugo Oklahoma Gallery



Friday, June 26, 2015

I am off Saturday June 27 - Let's Ride!


The LoneStar BMW 3rd Sunday ride to Hugo was a "Wash-Out" and so we'd like to try that again next Saturday 27th. 

As was planned before the ride will begin at the QT station on US75 and Wilmeth in McKinney and will depart there at 8AM.  Colin will lead us to Hugo Oklahoma for lunch and the ride will be about 3 hours, with a break on the way at Honey Grove.  The return route is about 1 1/2 hours.

The Route for Saturday is slightly different so here is a link to download the updated route.  The location for lunch is also different than was planned for this past Sunday. 

Link to Route for Saturday.

Background:
This is a fun ride over good roads to Hugo, OK, the city once known as Circus City.  The town is winter headquarters for two different shows: Kelly-Miller and Carson & Barnes.  Those who do not rise to make the next spring's journey are laid under in Mount Olivet Cemetery's designated Showmen's Rest.  We'll make a brief stop there before we have lunch at Angie's Circus City Diner in Hugo.   Here are links to additional information about the cemetery:

Showmen's Rest and Bull Rider's Reprieve

Under God's Big Top

We hope you will join us for a Saturday RTE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nice Day ride to Blossom Texas to visit Weezy's

The day started off well as I met my beautiful wife for a cup of coffee before she had to head out for some training. Being that she is a teacher, this was not fun for her as this is her off time. I just hope I made the start to her day a good one 

I met up with Rex at the Race Trac on 380 and Airport at 8:15AM. It was a very muggy morning, but the weather was good and the skies blue. It was an awesome day for a ride. We were headed to Weezy's in Blossom Texas to get some points for the Texas Small Town cafe motorcycle tour. I did not try it, but the small Chicken Fried Steak looked amazing. Rex enjoyed it as did Jackie and Alta and I think we will all be back to enjoy the food again in the near future.

Rex and I headed up north and made our way through the countryside. We did hit some traffic on 82 as we headed into Paris but it was not a big deal. It was still pleasant out and we both enjoyed a nice smell of the roses type of day. We made it to Weezy's right around 11am. Jackie and Alta were already there and eating. We had a good lunch. We got our pictures for the tour and had a great conversation with Stephanie. 




We decided that we would take a run up to the Red River to check out the river and how full it was running. On our way up FM 195, I noticed that Jackie was slowing down. He eventually pulled over and it was confirmed. The wing had a flat tire. We had to put 3 plugs in the tire but we got it to hold and they made it safe and sound all of the way home. We had a good day, I recorded almost 275 miles. Good friends and fun roads. It was a great way to spend a Tuesday.