Following the previous weekend of hard riding I was able to talk Margaret into doing some riding related activities instead of riding the entire state of Texas again. Saturday we both gave our bikes a good scrubbing. They were still covered with an enormous amount of grasshopper goo. This was her first washing of her Softail and a great experience too. It was interesting to hear her whine and grumble about how nasty the bug parts were and that they wouldn’t come off easily. She wanted me to wash her bike but in my objective opinion, she hit the bugs on her bike so she needs to clean them off. I had my own mess of splatters to scrub. We also waxed the paint and polished the chrome on both bikes. This was the first detailing for her bike so we took our time and did the process thoroughly. This took all morning and we enjoyed doing it together.
Looking back at the last couple rides a problem we’ve been having is storage space. I am having to carry everything for both of us in my saddlebags. We had found bags for her bike last month that she liked so we went ahead and ordered them. In the afternoon we decided to stop by Harley while we made our weekly grocery rounds. We ordered some saddlebag guards for her bike and a reduced reach clutch and brake handle. Shes been struggling with the reach on her controls since getting the bike so we had to do something for her.
We still wanted to ride a bit so Sunday morning we decided to go to Cranfills Gap. I have some media already from previous rides to the Gap but Margaret has never been and its a beautiful trip. The temperature was only going to be 98 for the high so it wasn’t as bad as the previous weekend.
We had lunch at the well known Horny Toad Bar & Grill which is about the only business in that town. When we left the temperature was beginning to climb. It was 1:30 pm and only gonna get worse throughout the day. Meridian State Park was only about 20 miles away so we decided to go there and spend the afternoon swimming and lounging around in the shade until it cooled down for the trip home. Start to finish the trip was 257 miles.