Trophy loaded up and ready to go.

The day had finally come. We all had been pretty excited about this upcoming trip. The first Arkansas trip of the year is always a highlight. We had a good sized group for this ride. the particapants are listed below;

Jamie & Jerry James – Triumph Trophy 900
Herman Van Beek – BMW 1200 RT
Jackie Gunn – BMW 1200RT
Rob Spruell – BMW 1200 GT
Jim Schumacher – BMW 1300 GT
Stephen Slisz – BMW 1150 RT
Vern & Shelly James – Honda ST 1300
Richard Kirby – Suzuki SV 1000
Mark Jensen – BMW 1200 GSA

Richard, Jackie and Rob

Vern, Herman, Jim, Stephen and Mark

We all met at the Starbucks in Allen off 75 around 8AM. You could feel the excitement in the air. We all had a cup of over priced coffee and then headed out. We were doing the usual route. 121, 82 into Paris then head up thru Idabel and then 259 thru OK into Arkansas and then take the back roads into Ozark. We made great time. Not a boring ride, but not anything like we would see in the next couple of days.

We stopped for a quick lunch in Broken Bow OK. I stopped at the Sonic thinking that they would have a place to sit down and eat, well they did not. So the gang decided it was funny that I took them a Sonic so that they could eat lunch sitting on a curb. Jamie was not playing along and walked over to Arby’s haha! I guess I will not live the lunch thing down for a while.

All the bikes lined up at my fine choice for lunch

I thought I was anal about cleaning the bike. Stephen shining up his beauty

Richard catching the cleaning bug as well.

Jim really enjoyed our lunch destination. hehe!

We had the best weather. It was a little windy, but not to bad. We arrived at Ozark by 4PM. Everyone cleaned up and put the bikes away for the day. We went over to El Puerto next door to the hotel and had a great meal. Then we kicked tires and just enjoyed the evening. Richard and I played some hoops and we both beat up on the 13 year old kid from the hotel. haha! Oh yeah ask Richard what fat, slow guy beat him in a little game of one on one! Whoo Hoo great times. We all hit the sack pretty early. We wanted to hit the road early, those twisty roads were waiting for us.

Our room for the night.

Jackie, Jerry, Stephen, Rob, Mark and Jim sitting all enjoying a nice beer to end the evening.

Jim showing off the beer of choice.. mmmm Shiner.

Richard warming up for his ass whooping at the hands of Jerry “Dr. J” James

Jamie all cleaned up and standing next to our baby.