We met at the Wal-Mart on SW PKWY here in Wichita Falls at 8:15 a.m. and went KSU at 8:45 a.m. after making sure no one else was going to show up. Those on this quickly put together ride were: Ken, Bud, Steve & me (John). Here is Ken as we headed down TX 79, which should of been our first clue that we were on the wrong road for Windthorst. I just figured we were going via a different route..
Here is Steve on his Valkyrie. He is fixin to possibly trade it in on an 06 Yamaha Venture.
Here is Steve as we come upon Archer City. Our second clue should of been when we went straight thru the intersection, where, if going to Windthorst, we should've turned left.
It was well on the other side of Archer City that it dawned on me that when we were discussing where to ride to, that when it was mentioned that we were going to the Country Cafe in Windthorst, that the Cafe's name was right but we had the wrong city. Instead of Granny K's in Windthorst, we were heading to Throckmorton and there was no way we were gonna get back before being fried alive.. Here are Bud & Ken bringing up the rear..
Here is Steve as we reach the outskirts of Throckmorton..
Bud & Ken are still with us..
We arrive at the Cow Country Cafe in Throckmorton. Left to right: Steve, Bud & Ken
We get a customer to take this pic of the four of us: Steve, me, Bud & Ken
Steve inside the Country Cafe
Bud inside the Country Cafe
We finish eating, gas up and then went over by this HUGE Steer sculpture on the corner
Here is Ken in front of the Steer. As I got to looking, the thought hit me.....
The sculpture's artist certainly payed attention to detail, leaving nothing to the imagination..(Click on the pic to see what I mean)
Bud, Steve & Ken in front of the anatomically correct sculpture..
We left Wichita Falls with the temp in the low 80's. Two and a half hours later, we leave Throckmorton for Wichita Falls and the temp is 100 and climbing. Here are Steve leading followed by Bud & Ken with me at the back
We head North towards Seymour Texas and start a 15 mile stretch of road construction with loose gravel everywhere..
We get a variety of scenery going this route. The mesquite trees are alive & well here in Texas
It is really hot riding over that asphalt
We do get to ride thru some dips & curves on our way North
I was burning up and had the guys stop at the DQ in Holliday Texas for a drink break. Here we park the bikes and head inside for about a 30-45 minute cool down and re hydration break
One of the 10 zillion DQ's in Texas. Naturally, the only city in the entire state of Texas without a DQ, is our fabulous city of Wichita Falls.
Last shot of the ride is of Bud as we ride East on US 82 towards home. I got home maybe 10 minutes later and it was 104 degrees. I went to the store with Janice a short time after that and the car was saying it was 107 out.. But, we still had a good time and it really feels good to be in the wind again. I look forward to our next ride.
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. Until next post, ya'll be careful out there, ride safe, keep the rubber on the road & pray for our Troops & Pattie................JOHN