So it seems my blog has become a weekend recap blog lately. At least I am writing, right?
Friday I took the day off for my son’s doctor appointment and some errands we needed to take care of. By 3:30, I was finished with my parenting obligations and of course, hopped on my bike to enjoy the lovely weather. I love all kinds of riding, but one of my favorites is riding alone with no destination and no timeline. I ventured north-ish and turned when I felt like it. I stopped when I felt like it. I rode so long that the battery in my Sena completely drained. For you non-riders, Sena is a brand of in-helmet communication systems. It allows me to connect with other riders so we can talk via intercom as needed, but it also pairs with my phone so I can take phone calls, hear commands with GPS navigation, and listen to music from my phone. I had my tunes playing and just rode.
I rode a long loop around north Texas and ended up at an old, cool petrified wood gas station in Decatur, TX. I had been here before with a large group of riders, but this time accidentally rode past it. Of course, I had to stop for a few photos. It’s exactly what it sounds like – an old gas station and accompanying small cabins made of petrified wood. It was built in 1927 and later covered with chunks of petrified wood. The cabins and gas station have long since been closed, but it’s become a small roadside curiosity and attraction.
Phoenix in front of the abandoned gas pumps:
Some of the gorgeous Texas flowers with the petrified cabins in the background:
Me in front of Phoenix in front of the gas pumps:
From Decatur, I looped the long way around through Ft. Worth and ended at Texas Harley in Bedford for their bike night. The ride home was just after sunset, which is another favorite type of ride…this was in the dark, after rush hour traffic, going 75-80 down toll roads. It was a stressful, busy week, and my few hours ride with just me, my thoughts, my music, and my bike were a perfect way to decompress.
Sunday consisted of our regular venture to Bikes and Coffee in Denton. We chatted with people there for a bit, then opted not to go on the big group ride with them. There were probably over 20 bikes headed on the group ride, and it was to a destination we have ridden to several times before. It’s a good thing we didn’t go with that group – two different people in that group ended up wrecking yesterday! One was bad enough that he broke his collar bone and is having surgery today. We love taking group rides, but there were enough people we didn’t know (and thus didn’t know their riding skills), that we decided to skip that group. Instead, we decided to ride the opposite direction with 3 other friends and had a wonderful day. We left the house a little after 9 a.m. and didn’t get back until after 5:30. From Denton, we rode over to Sherman to eat burgers at MG’s, a great little burger spot hidden in the middle of a residential area. Here we are parked across from the restaurant.
We took some fun back roads over to the Motorcycle Outpost in Westminster, a frequent biker meetup spot. After hanging out there a bit, we took another REALLY fun, twisty road back to civilization. After splitting off from our friends, my husband and I ended our riding day with a stop at our favorite coffee shop, Mochas and Javas in Frisco.
We ended up riding almost 150 miles throughout the day, and had a wonderful time with our friends.
And of course, our Sunday evening ended with that super intense episode of Game of Thrones! Hard to believe there are only a few episodes left…this week’s was crazy!
Happy week to all my friends!