Here is the Harley in the garage with Ms. Clone. It is a Heritage Softail Classic.
My new ride. Well, new to me. It's a 2001 with 17,000 miles...I am keeping Ms. Clone for those cross country trips because I don't want to rack up that many miles on the Harley in a short period of time. I have put 33,000 miles on Ms. Clone since Jan 08.
Our staging area was the Wal-Mart on Southwest Parkway at 0930 hrs and KSU at 1000 hrs. This pic of me was taken at the gas pumps there at Wal-Mart. Oh yeah, it was 41 degrees and windy out...
This is Ted & Jean Ann at the staging area
Some of the folks there waiting for others to arrive are, from left to right: Mark, Tex, Ted, Jean Ann & Gary.
Me, Tex, Ted, Jean Ann & Gary at the staging area
me & the Harley at the staging area
Everyone there now was waiting for KSU time to come around. Left to right: Tex, Mark, Ted, Gary & Jean Ann and Russ & Linda
The front of Ted's Leather
The back of Ted's leather
Russ's new Ultra Classic. Russ would be leading the ride South today. We would stop in Windthorst Texas and pick up Nubbin and some of his friends there
The group photo prior to heading out: left to right: Tex, Dennis, Moe, Ted, Gary & Jean Ann, Russ & Linda and Mark..
We head South down US 281 and Mark is tail gunner on this ride. He is in contact with Russ on the CB's..
The group in front of me as we head South. That is Dennis & Moe directly in front of me
We get to Windthorst Texas and meet Nubbin, Barry aka Quick Six, Bill & Edmond. That's Nubbin on the Green Harley Trike and Bill on the Gold Wing
Dennis (off the bike) & Moe wait as Edmond, Bill & Nubbin get ready to pull out
Nubbin, South bound on US 281
Dennis & Moe South on US 281
Gary & Jean Ann Southbound on US 281
Ted rolling South on US 281
Our leaders for today's ride, Russ & Linda, as they roll South on US 281
Gary & Jean Ann rolling South on US 281
Edmond Southbound on US 281
Barry South Bound on US 281
Nubbin South on US 281
Mark rolling South on US 281
Tex Southbound on US 281
The mirror shot of Mark & Tex behind me
When we stop at the Shell Station, Nubbin has a little surprise for me. Since this was my first ride on the Harley, he produced a box of rice. In honor of this occasion of me not being on the Vulcan, he "christens" my Harley with rice. Here he is beginning to pour...
It's official now...As the christening continues, I am now an official Harley rider again & member of the Dark Side.... Thanks Nubbin...You da Man and Angela is Da Woman for sending the rice... You just can't ask for any better friends and folks to ride with...
After the christening, we all visit and get drinks from the store... The temperature at this point was maybe 50 degrees...
Here is Linda having a great time as always.. She loves their Harley more than Russ does, I think...
Mark getting his commo gear hooked up and securing his helmet prior to our departure from Jacksboro Texas
Tex fires his bike up as Nubbin gears up to go
Tex, ready to go, whips out a crisp salute. I should be the one saluting him. He is a decorated Vietnam Vet and deserves the honor...
As we head South again on US 281 from Jacksboro to Stephenville Texas, the formation changes up a little. Behind me now, from closest to farthest are: Mark, Ted & Tex
In front of me are Nubbin, Barry & the others
Mark, Ted & Tex as we continue South on US 281
Nubbin crosses over the Brazos River Bridge
We make it to Stephenville Texas and arrive at the Hard Eight Pit Bar B Q. We park the bikes in the "Motorcycle Corral". Here is Dennis as we walk to the Restaurant
Nubbin & Barry's Trikes and the some of the other bikes in the parking lot.
The Hard Eight Pit Bar B Q sign
The main pit where you pick your favorite type of BBQ from...
Some of the other pits in use, each cooking up some great food
Here are Jean Ann, Gary, Ted & Nubbin looking at the different BBQ'd meats & sausages trying to make their selection for lunch...
Gary & jean Ann enjoying the great food at the Hard Eight Pit Bar B Q
Russ, Mark & Dennis enjoying the food as we eat in. The Hard Eight also has take out and a small fleet of vans that they use for catering... For more on the Hard Eight Pit Bar B Q, see this link: http://www.hardeightbbq.com/home.html
Ted in the Hard Eight Pit BBQ Restaurant
We finish eating and head back to the bikes. Next destination is Cody Trading Post, a biker apparel/accessory shop, in Hico Texas, about 22 miles South of Stephenville Texas
Moe & Dennis as we get ready to leave the Hard Eight.
Mark & Bill are ready to head out..
Linda on the phone by their bike. As Russ & Linda were at Cody's a few days ago, they opted to return to Wichita Falls from here and then head back down to Ft. Worth after they drop their bike off and pick up their truck
Dennis & Moe, saddled up and ready to depart for Hico Texas
We get to Hico Texas & Cody Trading Post and see this trailer in the parking lot..
We were walking into the trading post and Moe told me she was surprised that I hadn't taken a picture of her butt because I usually am behind them and get a picture of her & Dennis from behind as we are rolling down the highway, hence her butt picture.. So, I said ok I will take a picture of her. So here is Moe and her butt, sans motorcycle..
These are two hard working employees at Cody Trading Post. They both were friendly & very helpful. This is Autumn (white t-shirt) and Kassie (blue t-shirt). If you are in the area or plan on making a run to Hico Texas, stop in at Cody Trading Post and say hi to them and check out the great deals they have in the store on the leathers, patches, pins and other items..
While inside, I got to talking to these folks. This is Ramey & Kay and their Harley. They are from Waco Texas
Ramey & Kay. Ramey just got back from Iraq & is on leave. He told me he got home one day and bought the Harley the next day and that this is his first Harley and he loves it.. We all appreciate your service & sacrifrice while serving the USA and it's citizens and thank you for your part in keeping us safe and allowing us the freedom to ride free. Welcome Home...Job well done!!
Gary's Harley at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
My Harley at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Cody Trading Post Hico Texas For more info on Cody Trading Post, see this link: http://www.codytradingpost.com/
Barry at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Mark's Harley at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Nubbin's Harley Trike at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Dennis & Moe's Harley at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Barry's Gold Wing Trike at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Ted & I at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
me & Mark at Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
Ted, Jean Ann & Gary Cody Trading Post Hico Texas
We left Cody's & went down the street to gas up for the return trip to Wichita Falls Texas. Gary & Jean Ann would leave the group here and depart, heading down to Austin Texas. Here is Moe at the Shell station Hico Texas
Nubbin gassing up Hico Texas
Ted at the pumps Hico Texas
Jean Ann shows off the chaps that Gary got her at Cody Trading Post, as Gary gears up to depart for Austin Texas
The bikes & riders as we wait to depart Hico Texas for home..
What's a ride without running into road construction? We found some between Stephenville Texas & Mineral Wells Texas on US 281..
We get to I-20 & US 281 and pull into another Shell Station for a quick break. Here is Nubbin as we mill around...
Me & Nubbin's Trike at the Shell station, I-20W/US 281
We finish up talking & visiting and start to get ready to continue North up US 281
We pull back out on US 281 and get stuck behind this Wide Load, on & off, from I-20 on home. Last time I saw this vehicle was when I took the Southwest Parkway exit in Wichita Falls. It was continuing North up US 281..
As we head North, we once again come to the Brazos River. For more on this famous Texas river, see this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazos_River
Ted crossing the Brazos River bridge on US 281
Nubbin & Ted as we close in on Jacksboro Texas
We get to Jacksboro Texas and have to make a MANDATORY stop...Here are the bikes in the parking lot of this mysterious lcation. You frequent viewers to this site know where this is..Any guesses from the rest of you? A Major Clue is that this is Texas and every city has one EXCEPT Wichita Falls Texas.....Give up?
Yes it is the Dairy Queen in Jacksboro Texas. The ice cream demons act up when on a ride & have to be fed...
Ted and his vanilla ice cream cone at the DQ
This is Bill & Edmond (with the cone). They are brothers and ride together...how kewl.. I rode with my brother in Michigan in May for the first time ever and it was one of our dreams come true...It only took us 40 years to do it..
Mark & Ted in the DQ. I think Mark opted for a hot fudge sundae..
Nubbin got a Blizzard and is explaining an organization that is for families of those killed in Iraq and vets..I will get more on it from Nubbin and let ya'll know about it
We leave Jacksboro Texas and proceed North up US 281.. Nubbin, Barry & Edmond would leave the group in Windthorst Texas
Mark, Bill & Dennis & Moe are still behind me as we get to the outskirts of Wichita Falls..
The last pic of this post is of Dennis & Moe passing Ted as they head home. I took the next exit & headed West...It was a great ride and I couldn't ask for any better folks to ride with as my Harley broke me in.. I was very impressed with the smoothness of this bike & I never thought that Harley's could ride this smooth and the gas mileage was great too. I think me and this Harley are gonna have a long, satisfing relationship....I look forward to the next ride with everyone.
Scroll down for more rides, events & posts and don't forget to click on the "older posts" link at the bottom of EACH page for more rides and posts. Check out North Texas Bikers (1) at http://www.jjskewlstuff.blogspot.com/ for rides, events & posts from January 08-November 08. and North Texas Bikers II at: http://www.jjskewlstuffii.blogspot.com/ for rides, events & posts from Nov. 08-July 09. Until next post, ya'll be careful out there, ride safe, keep the rubber on the road & pray for our Troops & Pattie & Manuel................JOHN