Pie, Camping and rain – It is all good!

The pie run was scheduled and we had talked about camping, so it was a natural match. We decided to head out to the Two Wheel Texans Pie Run in Marshall Texas on Saturday. See all of the pictures from the weekend here.

Rob, Jamie and I met at the Race Trac on legacy at 8AM. We were packed and ready to go get some pie and do some camping in Arkansas.

The Trophy is loaded down and ready to go.

We slabbed it down 80 with no issues. There was a lot of traffic, but it was fine. We rode to Mineola and stopped for breakfast at the La Waffalata. This is attached to the world famous East Texas Burger Company. I have to say that breakfast was awesome! I would tell you all to stop by and give it a try. It has a nice baseball theme as well. Very nice!

The bikes in front of the waffle place.

Rob & Jamie waiting for their breakfast.

This thing was outside and it kinda spooked me some. hehehe

We headed out after a great meal, the remaining miles to Marshall. It was a little over cast but very nice riding weather. We arrived at the pie location around 12:35PM. There were a few bikes already there. The remaining group showed up while we were eating our pie. We got to visit with a few old friends and meet some new ones as well. Like always the group of bikes were very different. there were cruisers, sport bikes, sport touring bike, big baggers and a group of scooters showed up. It is always one of my favorite things about these pie runs. I love that people get together and enjoy each other, without any concern on what type of bike you are riding. It is all about Two Wheels! I guess there was a reporter there from a local newspaper. My wife spoke with her for while and she took a bunch of pictures. Here is a link to the newspaper. The article is here: TWTEX Rolls into town.

I got to spend some time chatting with Debbie from the Houston area. I have talked with her a few times and she is always very pleasant and has a wonderful smile. I met her a few years ago on one of our Arkansas trips. She always has time to chat and rides a cool looking bike to boot. Glad to see you Deb!

I borrowed this from Michelle 🙂 – Debbie and I chatting it up. See she is always smiling!

The gang is all here.

Pretty Bike!

Tracker and his son were part of the camping brigade for the weekend.

Motorcycle art – Jerry Style.

My beautiful wife – Love that smile!

Jamie had a few quotes in the article;

“It’s just so much fun,” Two-Wheeled Texan member Jamie James said. Mrs. James and her husband, Jerry, have been a part of the Two-Wheeled Texans for four years.

According to Mrs. James, brands and locations aren’t important.

“There’s no particular kind of bike here,” she said. “Just people from all over who have almost nothing in common getting together and sharing that one thing (motorcycles) they do have in common and eating pie.”

I think she covered it all. It is all about the hobby and the pie!

our pretty reporter asking questions. She was a very nice and seemed to enjoy the group.

The line for pie was a long one.

mmmmm pie!!

After the great pie we headed up north to do some camping in Mena. the weather was awesome. We had never rode up in that area and I have to say that it is very pretty. the trees were green and the sky blue. Life was good. We got up to the lodge around 4PM. We pitched our tents and relaxed some. Dave and Traci came up and had dinner with us.

The day was a good one.

Rob enjoying the nice roads

Home sweet home.

We met up with two couples at the lodge. One was riding a new Concours and the other a BMW RT. They had their wives with them and we chatted a little while. I know they live in the metroplex, but I have forgotten their names. We would love to ride with them in the future. We are always looking to ride with other 2-up couples. So if they read this, please contact us at jerry_james@verizon.net we would love to get together for a ride.

The view from the lodge was awesome.

The weather had reported that we would get wet that evening while camping. It never happened. In fact Jamie and I were up around 3AM, and it was beautiful outside. We even looked skyward and tried to figure out what those shiny things were in the sky hehehe. The next morning however was a different story. it was WINDY and cold. I am so glad we brought all of our gear. We had breakfast and then loaded up the camp. It was cold, but not unbearable.

Jamie all bundled up.

We decided not to do the ridge as the weather looked bad. We made it down to Big Cedar before we stopped and put on the rain gear. We got rained on for the rest of the ride back to Plano. It was not a bad rain, just a steady down pour. All in all it was a nice trip. We camped, ate pie and met some nice people. 590 miles for the weekend. Life is good!

The bike was a mess when we got home.

Marshall Pie & Mena Camping : April 26th

We have been thinking of doing a short one night camping trip and we were also thinking of doing the TWTEX Pie run on Saturday so I thought we would combine the two. We will leave Plano and head to Marshall around 8AM on the 26th. We will shoot over to Mineola via 60 and have breakfast. Then we will shoot down 60 and get into Marshall around 12Pm. This way we can watch the riders show up for the Pie Run and get our piece of pie, before the madness begins. We should be able to hit the road around 1:30PM heading for Mena. It is 184 miles to the camp ground so we are looking at getting there around 5:30PM. Plenty of time to pitch a tent and get dinner at the lodge.

Sunday we can get up eat breakfast, break camp and then ride the ridge and head home. Should be a great weekend.

Big Bend Ride Report Posted

Well it only took me a few days but I have the entire report posted. I know it is long but it was a wonderful trip and the pictures do not come close to showing actually how beautiful it was down there. (Remember to click on the pictures to see the full size version)

Here is the breakdown of the entire trip.

Tuesday April 8: Prep Day
Wednesday April 9: Off we go
Thursday April 10: Alpine here we come
Friday April 11: Big Bend – River Road WOW!!
Saturday April 12: McDonald Observatory – Ft. Davis
Sunday April 13: Long way home.

Picture Galleries.

My pictures
Rob’s Pictures
Vern’s Pictures
Jackie’s Pictures

Slabbing it home

We got up loaded the bags and headed to Big D. Rob and Jackie headed out about the same time. We hooked up in Fort Stockton for b-fast. The guys headed down 67 for the ride home and we jumped up on the highway .. set the cruise and headed home. I have to say that I kinda wished I was riding as the day was great. But after 3 hours of nothing, the truck was nice. I also got to listen to the Masters on the way home, so life was great! We got to Vern’s house in Ft Worth around 3:45PM and unloaded his bike. I made it home by 4:30. It was a wonderful trip. The riding is so-so but the views are fantastic. I don’t know when I will make it down there again, but I am glad I made the trip.

The view on the way home just multiply by 10 hehehe

until next time have fun and ride safe.

You can see all of the pictures from the trip here;

Jerry’s Gallery
Rob’s Gallery
Vern’s Gallery
Jackie’s Gallery.

Ft Davis & McDonald Observatory

Woke up Saturday and it was a little chilly outside. Camping would have been a little cold on this morning. We got up and I made the gang breakfast burritos. They came out pretty well. We fueled up and headed for the short ride to Ft Davis. Not a bad ride and some twisties to boot! I loved Ft Davis and if I would have been thinking we should have stayed there. A very nice little town. Riding into the Davis Mountains was nice. the views are great.

Cooking breakfast for the gang.

road to the Observatory.

Rob at overlook.

Jackie and his RT

Vern & Shelly

the gangs all here.

We road up to the Observatory. We went inside enjoyed some coffee and then looked around. You can see why they chose this place to star gaze. It was so beautiful and I am sure the night sky was as bright and brilliant as possible without all of the normal city distractions.

Visitor center

Sun Dial

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Vern & Shelly

Me and the Trophy

Rob doing the bunny ears thing to his new friend

We headed over towards Kent and the went back into Ft Davis to have lunch. I wanted to do the tour of the fort, so this would be the plan in the afternoon. We were going to ride back up to McDonald, but a DAMN bike race was taking place and the roads were a mess. Glad we did that earlier in the day. We just wanted one more run of nice twisty roads. But it was all good. Lunch was fantastic and the tour was wonderful.

lunch here was wonderful

This was the sink in the diner

I love the buildings in Ft. Davis

Rob deep in thought

Jerry and Jackie

Vern & Shelly

I was looking forward to seeing the fort and taking the tour. It was very cool to see that history. This was a highlight of the trip for me. I really enjoyed
the afternoon. There are a bunch of pictures in my Gallery

The Trophy at the front gate of the fort.

Vern’s bike is big.. but RV Parking??

Officer’s quarters

Great backdrop for defense

The gang hanging out at the fort

After doing the Fort thing, we headed back down into Alpine to take a shower and get ready for the big STN Dinner later that evening. We arrived early to get a good parking spot. Our gang did the squid thing and made it down there in one piece. Diner was AWESOME!! We ate at the Edelweiss Restaurant. The food was great and the waitress was very nice and kept us happy. The gang all showed up and I counted 17 people. I am not even going to try and name everyone, I would not get close to getting them right. After dinner we went loaded up the bikes on the trailer and then headed over and chatted with the STN’ers until the manager of the Alpine Inn came over and told us to quiet down as it was sleepy time.. his words not mine! We had a great time and is was wonderful seeing everyone. We hope everyone made it home safe and sound.

The hotel where we ate dinner

Rob the squid..

STN Gang – Arizona guys I think.

More STN’ers – Tom Brandt is in this picture.

The chicken Fried Steak was huge and good!

rocket bunny trying to hide

The waitress had a great shirt on. Said will work for beer on the front

River road – Big Bend Just Beautiful.

We got up and since we had all the stuff for camping and cooking out we decided to cook up some breakfast at the hotel. I love doing this sort of thing so we cooked up some scrambled eggs and had bacon and sausage. Not a bad way to start the day. We fueled up and headed down to Presidio Texas. The ride from Alpine was not bad. Actually it looked a lot like NM in certain areas.

on the way to the park.

here we are at a stop in Presidio.

The gang in presidio.

We headed over to the river road after our short stop. All I can say is wow! It is hard to believe that this is in Texas. The scenery was awesome. The road was great and we took our time enjoying the views. This makes all of that open road time worth it when you see sites like this. It has to rank up there as one of my favorites for beauty alone.

that is where we are going.

having fun on the river road

I stopped to take plenty of pictures

What a great view

Picture of the trophy.

getting the cameras out to take some pics.

Rob caught me pulling up my pants

pretty picture

Trophy looking good.

Jackie’s bike

Rob’s GT

Jackie, Rob, Vern and Shelly

Rob taking a picture

Vern’s ST looking good

everyone taking pictures.

We had to pull ourselves away from the river road but the park was next and we wanted to eat and hang out there for awhile, so we decided to get going again. Big Bend national Park is a wonderful place. We road down to the Basin to have lunch and do some light hiking. Actually not as much hiking but more picture taking. I don’t know when I will get down in that area again so I wanted to make sure the pictures we a high priority. We had a good lunch and just hung out for awhile. The weather was wonderful.

parking at the Basin

Bob getting ready to ride down to one of the many canyons in Big bend.

view from lookout at the Basin.

Rob, Jerry and jackie hanging out.

big rock

Rob found a friend.

I took Tubo with me. My son in Albuquerque gave that to me so I cold take it on the trip.

Bears.. did someone say bears?

We finished up and then headed back to Alpine to get cleaned up and to cook some steaks on the grill. I cooked up some steak and beans and we had a good Cowboy dinner, I have to say that it was tasty! We also wanted to stop by the Alpine and visit with the STN folks The ride back was uneventful. I did get the little Trophy up over 110mph on the way back. This was a fantastic day. I really enjoyed the views and the company. It was an awesome day!!

rocket bunny looking great! Oh yeah jackie is in the picture as well.

Bikes at the Alpine inn.

The gang hanging out