Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I have stayed at four KOAs now, with only one good experience. I won't say never, but I should. I stopped in Calumet, OK last night at a KOA that advertised free wifi on the miles of billboards that I read along the way. I asked about it before I paid for the spot. No problem. Then I find out that the last storm blew away their antennas and there is no wifi and no television and that I was paying to park in the middle of a parking lot. Kind of like Ronnie's experience with Motel 6.
I'll be in Texas tonight and hope for a better nights stay. I'm stealing internet from a someone named Bobby right now, while sitting outside a Denny's.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
Jazz musician Duke Ellington was born in Washington D.C.
The Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler married his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker. The couple killed themselves the next day.
American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.
President Richard Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
And someplace in there, my sister Mary Val was born.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I like to listen to the radio when I'm laying awake in the wee hours of the night. I can't hear it.
Dave and I did go for a ride, north in to Missouri, then west almost to the Oklahoma border, then south to Springdale. Dave had hoped to pick up a part from the local Freightliner dealer for his coach. They could tell him everything about it, but they didn't have one on the shelf. We had to continue south to Mulberry (just off I-40) to get it. This added about 130 miles to our original 140 mile run. To save time we spent a few miles on 540 at 75 mph. Freeway travelling is very tiring. The dirty air from the big rigs tosses me around quite a bit. We got the part and continued east on 40 until we got to the turn off for 23. This is the real pig trail that everyone brags about riding up to Eureka Springs. It is a nice (fun) road on two wheels.
For some reason big trucks think they need to drive on this road, too. On top of that, they think they need to go fast. We happened across one driver that didn't quite make it. He obviously cut across a hairpin turn too sharply, hooked his trailer wheels on the shoulder of the inside lane (he was supposed to be on the outside) and the trailer tipped over. What a mess.
I had me a mess o' catfish and hush puppies for dinner. I guess I'll snuggle in and read tonight. The weather is supposed improve for the weekend.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The main industry of Eureka Springs is tourism. In the valley, the economy is Agra driven. The name 'Tyson' is prominent - as in Tyson Turkeys. I found something else produced by nature that I could do without while riding my bike - the smell of turkey farms. The valley is rich and fertile, the fields are full of fat, (and I presume) happy cows.
The roads are cut in to the rocks. The picture is of Dave and some riders from Oklahoma at a picnic spot that is in an overhang. There was some damage evident from the heavy rains they've had this spring. We navigated around one slide area that had the road down to one gravel lane.
Eureka Springs occupies a chasm and is filled with painted ladies - Victorian houses. The roads and sidewalks are steep and lined with touristy industries. Paige saw a couple yarn shops and Dave silently groaned. The town is very biker friendly, has a multitude of biker bars and shops. Paige groaned. I sat in the back seat of the Jeep and agitated the situation.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Pulled in to the KOA in Texarkana. I'm excited to have cable for a night after five days with two channels. This park is very near the freeway and is older and a little worn at the edges compared to the Lake Charles park. It's also costs and a bit more per night.
I'll be in Eureka Springs, AR tomorrow. That was sort of the whole point of this portion of the trip. Sadly the Honda Shadow ACE Tourer Forum turn out is going to be small this year. I have a nine day reservation at the RV park. If the weather holds I'll take advantage of the opportunity to ride in the Ozarks. From what everyone tells me, I'll be in hog heaven.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
But I get ahead of myself. Tonight is barbeque at Hollier's (ooyahs), tomorrow night crawfish at Steamboat Willie's.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The remains from Rita are still evident. As we rode along the gulf in Cameron and Holly Beach there were too many empty cement pads. Most homes are pad built down here (no foundation), so each pad represents where a home and family once were. There were cars still half buried in the marshes and the bayous were littered with rusting appliances. Abandoned businesses and gutted churches. Most of the cemeteries have new headstones. But life continues. There are some new homes and people are working. The physical wounds are healing.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Riding the heart of the hills of Texas is a blast. We did about 220 miles today. Most of what we rode yesterday (in reverse) plus the Three Twisted Sisters.
The roads are in nice shape, two lane, no shoulder, often no guardrail and not much traffic. Watch for rocks and gravel. I wouldn't recommend these roads for beginners and intermediates like me need to pay attention. The curves have no banking and at times fall away from the apex of the turn.
Today I saw camels, giraffes, gnus, antelope, llamas, more goats, sheep, horses, longhorns, mules and an armadillo (but it doesn't count cuz it was flat on the side of the road).
The weather toady is sunny and 90 degrees. Quite a change from yesterday's weather ahead of the storm.
We'll be on the road headed for Louisiana tomorrow - at a leisurely pace. We'll spend another night in Texas.
The sun is shining. Dave and I plan to ride the 3 sisters today. More later.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
The west bound traffic on I-10 included the NASCAR circus. All of the haulers filled with millions of dollars of go fast parts and the outside painted in the bright colors of the team racing silks. The most interesting to me were the driver's coaches - their homes on wheels while on the circuit. Almost every HUGE coach was towing a full size, crew cab pickup with a golf cart in the bed. Everything was color co-ordinated and some could be identified with their respective driver.
We continue along the "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" road map tomorrow when we pull in to Medina, Texas. I'll tell you all about it after we try it out. Dave and Paige saw a new segment in the program that showcased a restaurant in Glendale, AZ. I guess we'll hit it next season.
I hope to release the Tourer from the trailer during our three days at the Koyote Ranch (www.koyoteranch.com). It has been restrained for the last four days as I let Chris and Don chauffeur me around their home town. I can't tell you how nice they were to me. I hope I repaid them in some small way by helping rebuild the green house. Chris loves her gardening. She sent me off with fresh frozen peaches, peach jam and shelled pecans. Good eating.
I got a bonus from the sale of the house. A couple checks from the mortgage company that may allow me to get a satellite dish. My antenna is weak at best and lately has been useless. I need my mind numbing television at night.
It's happy hour in the park - time for another gin and tonic.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The good news is the RV park is having an ice cream social tonight - free for folks with birthdays in April!! Woo hoo, I'm living right.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I may not have access to the internet for a while - be patient.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Paige has family in the Phoenix area. This week her brother Steve has been visiting from New Jersey. To celebrate his 50th birthday, he rented a Harley Davidson Street Bob (that's him in the red shirt) and Dave (in the flames), Bill (with the straight pipes) and I (with ear plugs) have been escorting him around the area. Actually, Dave has been doing all of the work - planning our trips and leading the way. I wish I could tell you exactly where we've been, but that's not really important anyway. We've been riding.
Yesterday we stopped for lunch in Eloy, AZ and ate at the "Bent Prop". The restaurant and food were not the main attraction at Eloy. This is the largest skydiving resort in the world. http://www.skydiveaz.com/ Following lunch we sat near the landing zone and watched skydiver after skydiver swoop down for one of those perfect landings that you see on television. Planes and jumpers were taking off and landing in an endless loop. I have to say that referring to this gathering of buildings in the middle of the desert as a resort is a stretch.
Sadly, the ride ended on a bad note as Bill's UltraClassicElectraGlide decided it didn't want to make the final leg of the trip home, so Bill had to get his truck and trailer and give it a ride home. Something in the electrical system pooped out and killed the battery. He will get another lesson regarding the true meaning of HD (hundred of dollars).The birthday celebration continued at PF Changs in the evening. A good time was had by all.
Today we head for Prescott. This will make Steve happy as he has been asking for a ride in the mountains. For some reason the highway department in Arizona builds their roads around the mountains. Amazing.
Our barbecue on Sunday evening was delightful. We had huge steaks, asparagus, baked potatoes, baked beans, Caesar salad, beer and good company. We celebrated the good news that Dean and Sue bought a house in Sun City West and told each other how nice it was to be able to gather here at the RV park now referred to as PSNS South. We'll be going our separate ways soon.