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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strokers 3-26-11

Chuck and I head out to meet up with the others in Moore.  As we pull out, there is a fine mist falling, and the wind is howling, and it is cool.    I think it is like 51 degrees.  There is a cold front coming and is supposed to get colder as the day continues. We are meeting the Alvey's and John Sebrant in Moore at 10am, to head to Dallas and partake in the Spring Fling at Strokers.  The mist stops after we get out of the downtown area, thank goodness.  Have to say the ride down was a windy one.  Was never sure which direction it was blowing from, cause it was whipping around so much.  We cross over the Arbuckles, and it seems to be coming out of the west.  Could tell the temperature was changing too.  We stop in Ardmore to get fuel, and the sun is feeling a lot better here.   We are riding to American Eagle HD in Corinth.  As we start getting into more traffic, it is getting a lot warmer, and really would be nice to not have all this leather on.  I had to laugh as we pulled in at the dealership as there is a lady on the back of a bike and she has a halter top on....and we all have leather on from head to toe.  Didn't take us long to get some of the clothes off.  We do a bit of shopping here, and Jennifer finds a really nice sweater, and I get a cool shirt...(all on sale) and we are just really happy about that.  It is time to eat some lunch, and I suggest Whataburger.  There is one about 2 miles down the road.  Tummy's full, and it is time to see if we can check in to our rooms, and drop some luggage and head to Strokers.
We get to the hotel and as we pull in, John and Steve have a few choice words to say about the drivers in Texas.  Everyone seems to know where they are going, and by golly, they are going to get there.  LOL....  Checked in, and we all have nice rooms.  We are on the 2nd floor.

Strokers is booming, and I had spied a couple of guys getting ready to pull out, so I get off the bike and go over to save the spots for our bikes.  By now it is HOT....I checked the  temp. and it is like 81 degrees.  Man, we are sweating...Walk around and check out the vendors (which are the same vendors that are there every year) and Jennifer finds her a new hip wallet.  Really nice, and does what she wants it to do.  John buys some new sunglasses, and I have found a really cool Skull necklace.  Make our way to the showroom and walk through there, and Jennifer finds some neck gators for her and
Steve.  Right now, we don't need them, but anticipating tomorrow to be another story.  I get a picture of John with Marilyn Monroe, and Jennifer and I with Santa.  John finds him a shirt, and he is paying for it, and he comes and ask me to come and get a pic of him with Rick Fairless.  John was pretty excited about that.  Walking back to the bar area, we watch a little of the wet t-shirt contest, and decide it is time to find another Harley shop to check out.
Another shop is checked out and now it is time to eat.  We ride to The Wild Turkey, and sit outside and have some really good food.  As we are sitting there, the wind changes and starts blasting out of the north, and the temp. starts to drop a little.  There is a big ole limo driving by, and I told them, that our ride had arrived.  We even saw a hooker walk by.  Too darn funny.  Fed the rest of my fajita's to the resident cat that was hanging around.  Jennifer and I walk to the liquor store that is next to Wild Turkey, and get a margarita mix, and she gets some "Zombies".....Oh my...We head back to the rooms to rest and relax and have some refreshments.  The group joins us in our room.  We have a balcony and it is so nice to have the door open and fresh air coming in.  We sit and make a good dent in the margarita's, and Jennifer took care of the Zombies.  I think she was feeling no pain.  We all had a good time, and got a lot of laughs out of the day.  Not looking forward to the ride home as the high is supposed to be in the 30's.  We are going to ride by Cabella's in Fort Worth in the morning as we ride out.

3-27-11  We are all up and loaded and head out around 9am.  Heading to a Waffle House for breakfast.  Really good breakfast, and we all start bundling up as it is about 47 degrees, and we know that is the warmest temperature we are going to see for today.  It is damp, and feels a lot colder than it is.  Cabella's is a really cool place.  They have some really cool stuffed animals, and the aquarium is great too.  As we walk out, there is a mist in the air.  There is actually drop of rain on the bikes.  I think that everyone is glad they purchased the gators for their necks, as I think we are going to be very cold by the time we get to Oklahoma.  John made a comment that he has figured out the Texas drivers, if you want over, just signal and do it.  I think he has got the hang of this driving in Texas.  LOL  We pull into Ardmore, and we are all freezing.  The north wind is blowing pretty good, and the air is so humid.  We sit and warm up and thaw out, and I suggest we eat in Norman, at Ted's.  It was accepted by all.  Steve is going to lead on in to  Norman.  He pumps it up a bit, and we are North bound and down.  Really making some great time till we hit the road construction around Purcell.  We get split up from Steve but get thru the construction and meet back up with Steve and Jennifer on down the road.  Steve had pulled over to wait on us.  Never so glad to see Ted's as I think we are all frozen, except Chuck.  He has his heated jacket on and he is nice and toasty.  I check the temperature and it is 37 degrees.  It was great to sit and eat some good food and warm up.  I can say that the ride back was good, but have to say the temperature sucked....and I mean sucked.  Where was that 80 degree stuff we was in yesterday.
I can only speak for myself, but I had a great time, as usual, and I think everyone else did too.   I mentioned to everyone as we was getting ready to leave that if we hadn't had the weather to complain about, it would have just been an ordinary ride.  I guess that is why I like the rides, as you never know what is going to happen when we ride.  The mileage was  right at 500 miles by the time we pull in the garage.