Thursday April 9th - Prep day
Jamie had to work today, so I was in charge of getting everything ready to go. I went to the local dealer (Plano Kawasaki - Suzuki) to get the 12v adapter installed on the new Versys. I could have done this myself, but felt bad about cancelling the top case form the dealer so wanted to inject a few funds back to them. They have taken great care of me and I want to keep that relationship in a good light. They installed it in less than a half hour and the rate reflected this.
I then headed home to clean up the bike and pack it for the journey. On Wednesday evening Jamie and I went to REI and purchased some compression sacks to help with the packing. The bags on the Versys are not as easy to pack as the C-14. the shape is different and the size just a little smaller. The bags are not cheap but they sure made packing a lot easier. I think we will buy a couple more for longer trips. I got the bike packed and then packed up our dog to take here to the Pet Resort. She loves going and I never feel guilty taking her there.
I cleaned up the house, had the bike loaded, the dog dropped off and in enough time to catch some of the Master gold tournament. It was a nice way to start a long weekend.
Friday April 10th - Let's Ride!
What a great morning for a ride. Jamie and I got up early and took our time getting ready. We were meeting the group for breakfast about 40 miles from the house. We did not want to have to rush as we would be managing some traffic along the way. (Poor suckers that have to work. haha). We were meeting at Alfredo's Steak house. They serve a mean breakfast. We had 8 bikes show up to ride. The rest of the group took cars and would meet us later in the day.
Mark had mapped out a fantastic loop and the day of riding was awesome. We did not have any issues, the rain stayed away and it was a great day to log some 230 miles. It is always fun seeing the smiles of the group. We stopped and had a good lunch and just enjoyed the great East Texas riding. We had a great collections of motorcycles. There were BMW's a Kawasaki, Triumph, Honda, Yamaha and even a Moto Guzzi.
It was a little chilly riding, but no one seemed to complain. The weather cleared later in the day and we even saw the sun. Again no rain. It was predicted at an 80% - 90% clip so we were very happy to juts be a little chilly.
We rolled into the Pine Creek Lodge around 3:30PM. It was a beautiful afternoon. The rooms were good and the service was impeccable. It would be a nice place to stay the rest of the weekend. The rooms were very clean and the entire facility was very cozy. Our group had the entire complex, so it was setting up to be a fabulous weekend of good riding and better friends.
Jamie and I got checked in and decided to back track and take a few pictures.The colors were awesome and the day was too good to let pass without more time on the Versys. We stopped and took pictures on a small country road, we did not take our helmets off as the mosquitoes were out in force. We got a few pictures and then rode into town to pick up a few supplies. Dinner was being served at 6pm and we wanted to be cleaned up and ready to enjoy the evenings festivities.
We finished up the day with a great meal prepared by the Lodge. We had some awesome lasagna and carrot cake. It was a great way to end the riding day. We all headed down to the pond to tell stories and drink a few adult beverages while enjoying smores and a bon fire. Fridays do not get any better than this. Good friends, Great roads and my wife right beside me for the journey.
Saturday April 11th - Colors everywhere!
We awoke to a great forecast and even better we had a nice 280 mile loop to ride today, breakfast comes with the room rate and damn it was good. Home made waffles and all of the fixins. it was amazing!
We set off around 9AM and spent the rest of the day exploring some of the best roads in East Texas. We saw lakes, country roads and many flowers scattered along the way. We were probably a week to early to get the full blown effect of the wild flowers but it was still a great day of riding.
I love the fact that my pillion loves to ride, loves to take pictures and from time to time loves a good spirited go along twisty roads. I am so lucky to have her as my wife but best of all she is my best friend as well. I had to laugh as she tried to take a selfie on the bike. Too funny.
We finished up the evening like we did on Friday night. We had a great meal, some more adult beverages and a bon fire. It was another great day. Again no rain. The weather Gods were with us.
Sunday April 12th - I guess we have to go home.
It was warm this morning as we packed up the bike and got ready to ride back to Plano. It was a great weekend with fun people. The weather held out and we never got a drop of rain. I felt bad for some of the gang as they drove in cars fearing the worst. The bike did so well. In fact I will be writing a little article about the new Versys. We have over 3500 miles on her and we are so happy with the bike. It has already lead us to some great times and we look forward to many more good miles on her.
We stopped for Lunch in Ben Wheeler and then took our time getting home. We rolled into the door around 3:30. We logged almost 780 miles for the weekend. Till next time everyone ride safe!