Road Trip to Texas

 

Road Trip to Texas

Bikers, Brothers, Baptists and Beards make for a memorable Trip to the Lone Star State

 

Sometimes, things don’t go as expected.  Sometimes they go better.  This is how the Texas road trip went.  I called my friend, Trish, a couple months prior to this ride.  I told her I was thinking about going to Texas to visit some of my “brothers” in the Brotherhood of the Grey Beard Bikers.  Since I’m a woman, I can be a Support Member in this group and it’s just like having a boat load of big brothers all over the globe.  It’s a very tight knit bunch of bikers.  I wanted to surprise my friend, Doc, so this had to be hush-hush with the exception of a couple people in TX to help with the plans.  All Trish said was, “When are we leaving.”

It would be a quick trip.  Leaving GA on Friday morning around 4:30, back home on Tuesday afternoon.  Since the longest road trip Trish had every taken was just under 400 miles, last year when we went to FL, I was a little worried about her being able to do the miles we needed to do the first day.  The FL trip was very hard for her and I was planning on doing 700 miles the first day of the TX trip, leaving a little over 200 miles the second day before surprising Doc on Saturday.  We were going to do some long rides prior to the trip, but life stuff got in the way and we never got around to it.

 Texas Road Trip

Friday morning at 4:30, I pull up to Trish’s house and she’s ready to go.  Riding through Atlanta at that hour is smooth sailing and started our ride on a very positive note.  We both needed coffee and something to eat, but decided to get into Alabama before stopping.  When we finally stopped, we were beyond ready for that first cup of Joe.  We had to stop every 130 miles or so for gas, but by that time we were ready to stretch, quickly eat something and drink a bottle of water.  All the stops were fast and appreciated.  Before we knew it, we were out of Alabama and into Mississippi, and then the welcome sign for Louisiana greeted us.  Everything was perfect.  The weather was great, traffic wasn’t bad, and all we had to do was fight the fierce cross winds, but even that was OK since it kept us alert and awake.  All of a sudden we saw the “Welcome to Texas” sign!  Amazing!  We were in Texas, it was still early in the day, since we gained an hour and we weren’t even tired.  Adrenaline is a very good thing.  I had planned on going around Dallas/Ft Worth, but because it was after rush hour and we wanted to cut a few miles off the ride, we decided to go through the MetroMess.  We now know why it’s called that.  The road going through Dallas/Ft Worth is far worse than Atlanta ever thought about being.  By the time we got through all that mess, we were ready to call it a day and find a bed for the night.  Had we gone the other route, we could have made it all the way to our final destination.  But, 892 miles in one day isn’t too shabby.  So, Ft Worth is where we stopped for the night.  62 miles left for Saturday and then to see Doc and Takota, my BGBB brothers.

Saturday morning arrived and along with the sunrise came the cross winds again.  We found out that it’s like that most of the time in TX.  It was an easy ride from Ft Worth to Decatur, where we had reservations at a hotel.  We were lucky enough to be able to check in early, drop off our bags and head to Sunset, where Doc and Takoda live.  Doc owns a Harley shop there so the sound of bikes pulling in wasn’t unusual for him and we were able to sneak up on him.  I walked into the shop and to the back where he was.  Doc is never at a loss for words, but that Saturday he was.  It was GREAT!  Just feeling those arms of my ‘brother’ around me made the ride through the MetroMess worth it.  Then hugging Takota, who I hadn’t seen in two years was like icing on the cake.

Texas Road Trip

Doc has a very interesting history that includes organized crime, being president of a 1% Motorcycle Club, time spent in a federal pen and for the past 20 years an ordained minister, as well as liason between MCs and LEO.  He’s one of a kind and that’s unfortunate.  He’s a very special man and does more good than anyone can imagine.  It’s always exciting to be with him.  He’s been married to Pam for 19 years, has 4 daughters and a new grandson.  Surrounded by women, he stays in a state of confusion and is happy to have a boy in the mix.

Texas Road Trip

After we surprised Doc at the shop, we went to the truck stop for lunch, then back to the shop for yet another surprise.  Lucky from Kentucky, another BGBB ‘brother’ just happened to be in the neighborhood and stopped by.  Takoda and I had never met him face to face, so it was awesome!  What a day this was turning into.  Doc had an errand to run, so we hopped on our bikes and took off.  Just being able to ride with these guys meant more to me than I can tell you.  Two years before, I spent a week with 32 BGBB family members in Missouri and it was hard to head back home.  This was the same feeling I had then.  The afternoon passed by very fast and it was time for Trish and me to head back to Decatur and our hotel.

Texas Road Trip

Sunday morning, Mothers Day, in TX.  The day was cold, windy and rain was threatening to pay us a visit.  Luckily, Stormy, one of my BGBB ‘sisters’ who lived an hour away offered to pick us up in her car and take us to church.  I had never heard Doc preach, but I knew it wouldn’t be the typical Southern Baptist sermon I knew as a child and had avoided as an adult.  I had met Stormy at another BGBB gathering in Houston a couple years before and was thrilled to see her again.  It was as if we saw each other all the time.  Thanks to the internet, we can all stay in touch daily and a lot of times we seem to be closer than blood relatives.  The 20 minute drive to Sunset and church was full of chatter and laughs.  The Ironhorse Fellowship Church is a great place.  A bunch of bikers who were there only to worship God and not put on a show for others to see.  It was just what I needed and then I knew why I wanted to do a TX road trip instead of a FL one.  That was a very special Mothers Day.  I missed my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters, but I knew they were having a good day as well, celebrating with each other.  Cappy, another one of our ‘brothers’ from TX, made a ride over to church to see us and Spanky was made a Full Brother that day as well.  After church, I sat around with Doc just talking, after almost everyone else had gone.  I had missed him.  It had been almost two years since we had been sitting at the same table and I had missed it.

Texas Road Trip

Soon afterwards, it was time to head back to Decatur and the hotel so we could get things ready for the ride back to GA the next morning.  Trish was able to spend time with some of the people I talk about so much and was able to see how special they are.  The biker lifestyle is new to her, so she was learning a lot that weekend.  4:30 Monday morning arrived too soon and brought more cross winds with it, but it was OK.  We had a route to take us around Dallas/Ft Worth and we were ready to get back on the road.  We rode until around 7:30 before stopping for breakfast at The Front Porch Café.  The food was DELICIOUS and the coffee was just what the Dr ordered.  A man came in and sat down across from us then asked us where we were heading.  We told him, “Back home to GA”, and told him we had been visiting family in Sunset.  He was an old biker as well and shared stories with us.  After he finished eating, he bid us farewell as he went to pay his bill.  Came back and told us our breakfast was covered and to have a safe ride back home.  What a way to start the ride back.

That day we made it to Tuscaloosa, AL.  Not 892 miles, but not a bad day either.  Tuesday would only be a three hour ride for us.  Got back home at 3:00 on Tuesday and slowly came back to reality when I noticed my grass had grown and the yard needed to be mowed.  I just had to laugh.  I was expecting this to be a hard ride since we had so many miles and so few days, but it was a breeze.  Trish is a very tough lady and the best road trip buddy anyone could ask for.  This trip definitely went better than I expected.


Elaine Morris
May 2010