Harvest Classic Vintage and European Motorcycle Rally Oct 2011
May 2011 Meeting and Ride to the Alamo Springs Cafe
First was the meeting at the Alamo Springs Cafe, just west of Fredericksburg
Ed Harrington and his lovely Co-Rider arrive for eats and greets
Waggdaddy the Pres and Glen French the V.P. head for the grub
Say “No” to chain restaurants….there’s plenty of good eats to be had on the road
Gut Busting Goodness full of nutrition
All that food made my camera blurry. For dessert, Enchanted Rock
I could of had a V-8!
A Gaggle of Motorcycles
That’s one big rock!
Another view of the rock
Mrs. Ed Harrington with Mark Ybarra and Glen French in the background
October 22 & 23, 2010: Harvest Classic European and Vintage Motorcycle Rally
This year included a Saturday ride to the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpool and lunch inside at the ACE Cafe. There was the threat of rain but the Gods gave spared us the weekend. Dinner at the Hill Top Cafe was exquisite and although pricey was worth every penny. There was a mixed bag of riders in our group, including some from the Georgetown Gold Wing Riders Meet Up Group and some of Zeke’s friends.
Zeke secured the best site near a power outlet.
Friday night dinner at the KOA, Beans, Beer and Brauts.
Its great camping…all part of the registration fee and no Cars Allowed in the camp area.
Swapping Lies before the Saturday ride. Jewls Bowman, Zeke, Richard Elliot and Merritt Francies.
Zeke, Bob Head and Merritt Francies
Stopping for a bladder break on the way to Vanderpool.
Some of the scenery on the way to Vanderpool
The Lone Star Museum
Older machines had no oil pumps. To get oil to the engine, you would typically set the oil reservoir to 2 – 3 drips per minute, which you could watch through a small window. You can see the glass window at the top right of the fuel tank near the brass cap.
Merritt hangs onto the “Whizzer”
An afternoon cup of Joe at the Starbucks in Kerrville. It has a great view along the Guadalupe River
Cecilia Roberts sits astride a “Cezeta” with matching trailer.
Zeke got to ride one of the Vintage bikes….this is a 70′s vintage Rokon 2 wd Moto Tractor
The Hill Top Cafe just west of Fredericksburg.
Jewls covers up and Mark Ybarra looks excited about his meal.
Mike Loney and his wife Lori against the wall
October 10, 2010: Open Road Biker Church “1st Annual Christian Biker Rally”.
On Saturday Oct 10th, Butch Horton and the Open Road Biker Church hosted a Motorcycle Rally in the Square in Georgetown. Despite last minute approval by the City Counsel, the event seemed to be a success cuz even Henry Hekker showed up! Blue Knights Chapter 30 and 13 showed their support.
Members from Chapter 13 and 22 1st Lady Di and Zeke set up the banner
Zeke and Henry Arroyo swapping lies. Cecilia Roberts setting up the Chapter Booth
The Ghost Rider Chopper
The Band was good!….What was their name?
September 11, 2010: Meeting/Ride “Kolaches N’ More” by “Zeke”
I was the first to arrive at the Starbuck’s at Wolf Ranch Shopping Center and watched as the motley crew arrived one by one. V.P. Glen French, Ken Rylander, Mike Loney accompanied by his lovely Ex-Lori, Mark (Jarhead) Ybarra and Dianna Lugo.
L to R. “Rylander”, Mike, Lori and Glen.
Dianna Lugo. “Badges? We ain’t got no stinking Badges! We don’t need no stinking Badges!”
The ride plan was to head to Caldwell, Tx for the Kolache Festival and lunch. Route 79 miles, prepared by Mark Ybarra on HD Ride Planner.
Mike was proud as he just put a new battery on his Suzuki but was having problems starting it. I lent him my Motorcycle jumper cables just in case he needed them later. Well it came time for KSU (kickstands up) and Mike’s bike wouldn’t start. I removed my seat, my right saddlebag and side cover to reveal my battery to give Mike a jump. With connections made…SNAFU, nothing happened! I was confused since my Honda was putting out the juice but Nada! As I have learned from Carl from the movie “Slingblade”, check the simple things first. Sure enough, the battery cable connections were loose! A few quick turns of the screwdriver and Mike was good to go.
On the back roads from Georgetown to Hwy 79 the temp was 88 and getting hotter but the scenery took my mind off other things. There was little traffic and an hour and a half later we rolled into Caldwell. Traffic for the festival was heavy and people looked for close in parking. Loney pulled some strings and arranged to get us parking at the Old Firehouse, just a block from the venue. Having a badge sure does come in handy sometimes if you don’t loose them….right Lugo!
Cruising through Chriesman, Tx.
Jarhead and our preferred parking. It reached 95 degrees by the time we reached Caldwell.
There’s always something interesting at a festival craft booth.
We opted to skip the typical Festival Fare and dine in A/C comfort.
The Burger Menu
Blue Knights love their Burgers.
The Kolache Booth…..there was a long line
Fruit Kolache’s! I just call them “Euro-Donuts”
After lunch, we split up for 45 minutes of shopping and met back at the Fire Station. I picked up some locally grown Honey for my Honey, a symbolic gesture to let my Woman know I was thinking about here while I was out with the boys. Take notes guys.
Prior to leaving Rylander kept on my about my rear tire being low. I tried to tell Rylander that it just appeared that way because I had worn the tread flat on the center from my last ride. I kicked the tire and felt it was fine. We headed to the nearest fuel station, I still had 3/4 of a tank so I checked my tire pressure while the others fueled up, I was 4 lbs low. Rylander puffed up, proud that he could discern a 4 lb difference in air pressure.
With fuel tanks full, Glen and Rylander split off to an easier route home. The rest of us headed by to G-Town via the Granger Lake Dam, which was a scenic way back. I was impressed with the Hwy 908 and made a mental note to use it as a route in the future. By the time we reached Granger a unanimous decision to get something cool to drink was arrived at and we stopped in Weir at the Country Store. There they have a pretty cool BBQ rub you can buy.
Good Stuff can be found at the Country Store in Weir, Tx, especially Ice Cream.
From Weir we all headed to our final destinations. We were home by 1500 hrs and it was good to be out of the heat and in A/C comfort. Chalk up one good ride and destination. I told Jarhead that this was a keeper. Hopefully, you all can join us on the next ride!
The route home 77 miles to Georgetown proper.