Recently we took a ride with the Friendship Riders before the ice storm rolled in. Everything worked out perfectly both time and weather wise. We knew a cold front was soon to arrive but would be proceeded by a couple days of 70+ degree weather. Apparently one of the groups organizers felt the same way and planned a ride to take advantage of possibly the last comfortable riding day of the year.
This ride lasted all day and took us south west of Fort Worth into some incredible pasture lands. We crossed quite a few cattle guards to get to the ride roads and the result was incredible. At one point we rode along the side of a large hill for miles that fronted a pasture which stretched over the horizon. The cloud formations were incredible as well possibly from the cold front slowly moving in mixing with the warm air. the combination of sky and landscape made for the most majestic scenery I have recorded since Margaret bought the GoPro for me.
We stopped at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for a break and took in a fantastic view of the valley. We then headed for Rough Creek Lodge for lunch. This place was very upscale and very biker friendly too! One of the administrators met us as we rolled in and greeted us with smiles and the utmost courtesy. We sat down in huge chairs that had embroidered pillows. There were homemade chips in paper cones and individual sealed glass condiment jars. The iced tea was flavored with some herb, don’t know what it was but it was wonderful. The lunch menu consisted of 3 items and were prepared by an executive chef. Everyone seemed to fully enjoy the experience and food.
Maybe it was just because we hadn’t ridden in awhile on a nice day long trip, but this ride was one of the best day trips I have been on in the Fort Worth area. The Friendship Riders are a wonderful group to ride and spend time with. They also have very creative ride destinations and related activities that always keeps your interest at its peak.