The weekend turned out to be far more than I anticipated. Originally our plans were to work around the house on Saturday and participate in our chapters skills day on Sunday. We got up early Saturday morning and the temperature was a nice cool 65 degrees and was only supposed to get up to around 85 for the high. We didn’t want to miss out on the nice weather so we planned a short 248 mile ride to Strawn, TX to have lunch at Mary’s. They are well known for their chicken fried steak and Margaret had never been there. So off we went with chicken fried steak on our minds! And the ride of course!
As usual, the food was wonderful, Margaret ordered the small steak and I ordered the medium portion. They have a large portion but I simply cannot imagine eating a monster like that! Even the medium one is gigantic. There is nothing fancy about Mary’s though, just good food and good value. The destination definitely makes for a nice short road trip with purpose. On the way home we went through Stephenville, TX and saw a lot of possible reasons for going back there. A lot of antique shops lined the road as well as some restaurants that I thought might be good to try.
There were a LOT of bikes on the road as well. Looks like the cooler weather brought out some of the riders that like to stay out of the summer heat. I got some GoPro footage of some of the groups as they passed by. Never know, you might be one of them if your riding around north Texas!
Sunday was the Fort Worth HOG Chapter’s monthly skills day event. Again, as always, I stress what an incredible event this is. Our road captains are simply the best, period. They do so much for the chapter that it is hard for most people to grasp. Skills day is one of those sacrifices they make for our members. They arrive early, set up courses, teach, monitor, mentor, while we ride and improve our riding skills. For over 3 hours they give their time so we can become better riders. Most of them are also part of our competition team and the mentoring advice they have is invaluable. The end result is a safer rider which transposes to every aspect of riding.
I try to never miss a skills day. Margaret went with me on her bike and sharpened her riding skills some more. The previous parking lot we used was apparently bought or leased by a developer and was fenced off due to construction. The chapter officers spent a couple weeks previous to the days event to find us a new place to have skills day which turned out to be very nice. Everyone seemed to really like it a lot. There was also another great turnout of riders. It seems as of late that skills day is growing in numbers. We have always had good turnouts but now more than ever.
There are two videos on this post, one for each ride we took. Margaret did a lot of video of me on skills day so I apologize in advance that a greater portion of that video is of me.