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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bikes Blues & BBQ 2013 (Saturday)

Today is supposed to be a beautiful day, and I have to say, it is starting out that way.  Oops....spoke too soon.  Doreen's bike won't start....Looks like her battery has decided to die!  The guys are talking about tying to bump start it.  I tell them I will go and see if the hotel has any jumper cables, as they have a courtesy van in the front.  The gentlemen at the desk says, he can do one better than that.  They have a Black & Decker charger thingy...Yes, I said thingy...I don't know exactly what its called...but hey, it worked.  Turned that bike battery right over.  Doreen & Allen are heading to the Pig Trails HD to get a battery.  We will meet up with Lynn & Keith and catch up with them at the dealership. 





Keith leads us in the back way.  Again we miss all the traffic...This is getting to be a norm for us!  We park, and I get a text from Doreen.  They are getting the battery, and then I get another one, and she says, they are done.  Ready to roll.  Wow, that was quick.  So glad this happened today instead of in the morning when we are getting ready for the trip back home. 


Back at our bikes, we meet up with Doreen & Allen, and we are on the road.  We are heading towards Eureka Springs ( like everyone else).  We travel through Little Flock as we leave the dealership.  Can you imagine living there....Keith said the kids would be "Little Flockers".... like they haven't heard that one before  :)











Gassed up and ready to go, we actually don't have a lot of traffic.  There are quite a few bikes on the road, but not bad, not bad at all.  We ride to the cut off to Holiday Island, as we are going to ride over the suspension bridge in that area.  It is a nice windy road down to the bridge.  We get there and wait our turn to go across.  I got a few pics as we headed across.  Back towards Eureka Springs, and Diana mentions something about eating at Grandma's Beans & Cornbread for lunch.  Sorry guys, but we can't talk to the other bikes, so we are heading there.  Yum, is all I can say. 































As we get into Eureka Springs, we again take a short cut if you will, and don't parade through the main part of town.  We are on a mission....there are beans and cornbread to be eaten.  We arrive right at noon.  What great planning.  And as usual, they are really good.  I didn't hear a complaint from anyone, but lets see how they feel this evening.  We may all be in misery...hope not! 

Lunch is over, and we head out towards Jasper, AR.  The ride was really nice.  The day couldn't be more perfect.  I don't think there is a cloud in the sky.  Sure different from yesterday. 

We stop for gas in Jasper.   The little town of Jasper can barely handle all the bikers that are descending on their town today.  The pumps at the station don't have card readers, so you have to go and give them your credit card.  One pump is closed...so you get the idea.  It takes a while, but we aren't in a hurry.  We only thought the line to get gas was long.  You can only imagine a co-ed bathroom line.  Yes, we waited.  :)  Like I said, we are in a very small town. 






As we pull out from Jasper, we head to The Hub.  Might as well pull in and show Doreen & Allen.  Would have been nice to hang around and eat dinner, but we are about 2 hours out from our hotel, and we would have to kill some time before dinner...so we decide to point the bikes back to the west and start heading back.  We can find some food along the way.  Marble Falls was called Dogwood a long time ago, and it was the place where Lil Abner and Daisy Mae were.  There was an amusement park called Dogwood, and the Hub is now where the original motel was for Dogwood.  Quite an interesting area, and highly recommend checking it out if you are a biker.  The riding is really good around the area.


The ride back was very nice.  There were some cars along the way, that were not going to speed limit, and on these curvy roads, we just had to be in laid back mode, and deal with it.  As we get close to Springdale, Chuck ask me to look on my phone for some restaurants.  Well, I am here to tell you, about the only thing to eat in this town is Mexican Food.  So, you guessed it, we ate Mexican Food...Diana & I were so sad...LOL  Sure we were!  The food was good, but can you imagine....Mexican food on top of those beans....LOL  Oh man, this is going to be interesting. 

We head towards the hotel, and we all meet up downstairs in front of the big TV.  The big TV that the guys already have on a football game.  So, you know where this story is going.  The guys are on one side, and the girls on the other.  The guys have their heads in the football game, and we girls sit and chat, and read magazines. 

I guess the outcome of the football games end up well, as Keith and Lynn decide to head back to their room, and I am pretty tired, so it is time to hit the hay.  I no more get up in the room, and Chuck is knocking on the door...1/2 time...I should have known. 
I don't have a clue how the game turned out, as I was out like a light.  Goodnight world!