Sunday, May 22, 2011
Ride to the lake(s) 5-21-11
Went down a few roads that I can say I have never traveled before. Love to look at the new scenery. We get to the area that Steve thought was the location of the eating place. Well, we didn't see anyplace to eat. All of us are on our gps on our phones and then the guys are on the ones on the bikes. Not finding this place...Jennifer finds the phone number and calls to get directions. OK...sounds pretty simple, should be right around here somewhere. We ride about another couple of miles east and still no restaurant. GPS are totally no help. Steve
gets back on the highway and we go another couple of miles east, and then we see the gas station that the lady had told Jennifer about. Get off at the Old Keystone Rd exit, and decide to get some gas before we eat. Chuck had noticed a little earlier that our oil pressure would go down when he would give the bike gas. He checks the oil level, and comes to the conclusion that we are about 2 quarts low. Not sure how that could be, but oh wait, we had the bike serviced.....not at Fort Thunder but at Harley World. Come to the conclusion that they try their darndest to tear up our bikes. Usually Chuck carries his extra oil in the bike, but who would think a new bike with prob. 5000 miles would need oil. Decided to eat and after we eat, we will be riding to Myers Duran in Tulsa to pick up some oil. We pull in to Rooster & Rose Sports Pub & Grill around 12:30. Steve ask if Jim was there, and the girls say he isn't, so Steve finds his phone number and calls him. No answer, but got a call back really quickly. He and his wife are out riding and they will be here in a few minutes. We go ahead and order our food, and Jim and his wife Cindy come in. They were very nice people and we eat our lunch and do some small talk. Jennifer and I was talking to Cindy and ask if the pub was on Urban Spoon, and she didn't know about it. I tried to put it on Urban Spoon via my phone, but wasn't sure if I had successfully listed it or not. Would have to check on it when I got to a computer. We let Cindy in on our "Moles of Silence" and have to say, she really got a kick out of it. By the time we were ready to leave, Cindy was planning a trip to Oklahoma City and meet up with us sometime soon. Think they would be really a nice couple to ride with. Jim wouldn't let us pay for our lunch. Really was nice of him to pick it up. Appreciated it. We will have to get the gang to ride down here on a Saturday and have lunch. Think they would like it.
Bellies full and bikes gassed up, we head to T town. We are about 15 miles from Myers Duran. Chuck takes it easy on Ginger, and we make our way there to get oil. I know you won't believe this but Jennifer or I didn't find anything we couldn't live without. Only thing we came out of there with was $25 worth of OIL.....I am still totally amazed that the bike needs oil. Really kinda pissed off about it. Just not right. Chuck actually put all 2 quarts in, and got it registering on the dipstick. Ginger is going to be a very happy little Harley with the oil in her now.
Diana & Chris said for us to come by their place if we wanted, so I called Diana about 3:45 in the parking lot of Harley store. She gave the phone to Chris and I gave my phone to Chuck, and the directions to their place has been established. (I guess) We head out towards Eufaula. GPS says we will be at Porum about 5:15. Plans are that I text Diana when we get to I-40. They are going to meet us at a gas station in Porum. We text back and forth for a little bit, and she ask if we will be needing gas. She tells me that Porum is out of gas, so they will be waiting on the side of the road when we get to that road. We follow them about 10 miles, and stop at a little gas station and get our gas. We follow them to their place. Their lake house is really neat...they have added a wonderful deck onto it. They had been staining it today, so part of it was roped off. They have a really nice spot, and their trailer is really cool. Chris cooked some brauts and Diana pulls out the margaritas. I think we are in heaven. Cool breeze and just a really laid back nice evening with friends. By now, we had decided to just stay there and not drive on in to OKCthru their area also. Enjoyed seeing the sights.
Back at their place, we figure we better start home and see if we can beat the rain. Really enjoyed spending time with the Biggs. Got to meet their dogs, Abby and Zoe. They are too cute. We pull out around 11am. No more than about 10 miles from their place, the overcast is giving way to some clear skies. We didn't really even get damp. By the time we get to I-40 it is time for me to get my jacket off. Too darn hot and humid for that. We ride I-40 to Highway 75. We turn off the highway and enjoyed the road, until, the concrete ended. Oh yes, about 10 miles in to this really nice highway we find "off roading". I am laughing so hard I can't even talk. Steve is commenting on the CB...It was so darn funny. I said to them, "are you sure you want to follow this guy to New Mexico"? The GPS shows the road....just doesn't show it to be gravel. Of course I had to get out my camera. And yes, the second picute is a very large hill that we climbed. Didn't know we needed "knobby" tires on this trip. We ride on this stuff for about 2 miles, and Chuck says he sees concrete ahead. As we turn onto the paved road, I see a sign that says they have some 200lb. dogs for sale on that road we was just on. Now I know why we was on it. We were lookin for a new dog...LOL...Oh my....I find this "off road" adventure so totally funny and the funniest thing is, it has happened before, and everyone always follows us...ROFL....We get to Hwy. 9 and it is smooth sailing most of the way. We had a squirrel that I think had a death wish, as he was in the middle of a four lane road, and a car was coming from the other direction and we were coming right at him. I hide my eyes, as I know the little guy is going to have his day of rapture, but the little guy is spared. He darts away from all harm. It was a close one. :) It is really getting warm and it is also getting time to stop and get a bite to eat. We make it to Clear Bay Cafe and they are open. Nice to sit and cool off for awhile. We sit and discuss our little furry friend that tempted fate, and the "off road" ride we had today. Food was good, and it was time to head on home. As we are getting ready to get back on the bikes, a red bike pulls in. It was Mike Bollinger. Haven't seen him in a long time, and was really nice to get to talk to him. I can't believe his wife, Novella, has been dead for a year now. I told him we had been talking about him, as he and Mark had been talking via facebook. Seems they worked together at Fred Jones Ford a very long time ago. Not saying they are "old" or anything, but I think it really was a very long time. We are going to have to invite Mike to one of the Friday Night Dinner Rides so he and Mark can meet up after all these years. I think it is so funny how that 6 degree thing works. Amazes me sometimes who know someone you know. Sure have to be nice, cause you never know..... :)
We bid Jennifer and Steve goodbye, and head towards home. So nice to get home and get a shower and get all the sunscreen off. Really had a great weekend. Our little Saturday ride turned into an "overnight" ride. I love it when a weekend is so fun. Life is good, and we all are still here. I say this because this minister in California said that the "rapture" was supposed to start on Saturday at 6pm. Well, we are all still here, so either we were left behind, or it just didn't happen. LOL....Like I say, we had a great time with some really great people. Love em all....even Molester.....Moles of Silence are the bomb.. Next weekend we will be in Santa Fe and Red River New Mexico. Looking forward to a nice long weekend. :)