I loaded the ice chest with water, bandannas, neck coolers, sun tan lotion and aloe vera sun burn gel, and ice and then loaded it on the Harley. The weather was supposed to be hot and the heat index about 105 degrees, and I didn't want anyone to get over heated on today's ride.
I got to the staging area, the Shell Station at US287/Windthorst Rd in Wichita Falls Texas and found some of the Blue Knights TX XX already there. Left to right: Van (was working and did not go with us), Curtis, our Chaplain, and Jim, one of our Road Captains/Directors
Here is Jim and Danny, also a Blue Knight TX XX member
Van rides a Harley at work and also has a Harley he rides when off duty
The group so far. We were waiting on Christina to arrive and then we would head South
The bikes and those at the staging area: left to right: Van, Curtis, Jim and Danny
Christina arrives. Left to right: Curtis, Christina (a Blue Knights TX XX member) and Danny
Van watches as we get ready to leave
We pull out and head South on US287. In the lead at this point is Christina, followed by Danny, Jim, Curtis and I was tail gunner...
Here is Curtis as we head South on US287
Here is Jim heading South on US287
Here is Danny as we head South on US287
Here is Christina as we head South on US287
Heading South on US287 enroute Decatur Texas and our first stop,
We make our first stop at the Shell Station in Decatur Texas on US380. Left to right: Jim, Danny Christina & Curtis
At the Shell Station in Decatur Texas. Danny, Jim, Curtis, and me
As we head East on US380, we start to run into the traffic from the Metroplex. Jim is in the lead now, followed by Christina, Danny, Curtis and me
Here is Curtis with Christina up front, East on US380
We get on I-35W and get temporarily separated by traffic. Curtis is in front of me.
With a little maneuvering, Curtis and I join back up with with Jim, Christina and Danny
Ya just gotta love that traffic on I-35. Actually it wasn't that bad.
We approach the Frankford Rd exit, the first exit into Carrollton Texas. We were looking for Belt Line Rd, which was on up ahead a couple miles..
Here we are approaching the President George Bush Turnpike
We take the Belt Line exit and get stopped at the light. Jim, Christina and Danny wait at the red light.
We get to the Carrollton Square and park the bikes. Here are Jim's, Christina's and Curtis's Harley's
We park in front of the Agave Azul Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. see this link for more on the Agave Azul: www.opentable.com/agave-azul-carrollton
Danny, Jim and Curtis head for the Babe's Chicken Dinner House. Christina is in front of Jim.
Babe's is located in the Historic Downtown Square of Carrollton Texas. see this link: http://www.olddowntowncarrollton.com/
There is a large gazebo in the center of the square
We walk past the Silver Star, For more on this business, see: www.yelp.com/biz/silver-star-carrollton
About a half a block from where we parked the bikes, we find Babe's Chicken Dinner House.
Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Carrollton Texas. See this link: www.babeschicken.com/babes-chicken-dinner-house-carrollton.html
Danny, Christina, Jim & Curtis enter Babe's Chicken Dinner House
The entrance to Babe's Chicken Dinner House
This guy, a real dummy, was going from table to table...
He and Christina took a liking to each other....
Jim, me & Curtis inside Babe's
Christina & Jim as we wait for Christina's daughter's to join us..
and a short time later, they arrive. From left to right: Paige, Ciera, Christina and Chelsea. They drove down and they & Christina were going to stay the night in Dallas..
Looking up, we see chickens in the rafters
This is Jennifer, our hard working waitress. We kept her busy and we were not her only table. She was an outstanding waitress.
Jim talking with Curtis at Babe's
Chelsea & Christina at Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Carrollton Texas
Jim, Danny & me at Babe's
Jim tries to hide from the camera as Christina takes a pic of us. Jim, Danny & me at Babe's
Jim throws caution to the wind and orders this outstanding looking piece of cocoanut creme pie
Jennifer comes back to clear more plates off the table, so I take another picture of our waitress in action.
Some of the fried chicken...
Some of the broasted chicken
Chelsea and Christina talk in Babe's
here is a picture of Christina & her daughters as we leave Babe's. Left to right: Paige, Chelsea, Ciera and Christina
here are me, Curtis, Jim and Danny as we leave Babe's. Curtis and I are already starting our after lunch naps standing up..
Another of Paige, Chelsea, Ciera and Christina
A picture of Christina, Ciera, Chelsea and Paige in the gazebo in the Historic Carrollton Texas Old Downtown Square
Christina and Curtis get ready to leave..
Danny's Harley and my Harley with the ice chest, as we get ready to head out
Jim gets ready to leave. We will be following him to a motorcycle gear store in Dallas Texas
Back on I-35W and the formation is Jim, Christina, Danny, Curtis and me
A short time later we arrive at Moto Liberty Motorcycle Gear and it was closed. For more on this business, see this link: http://www.motoliberty.com/
Our bikes parked in the Moto Liberty Motorcycle Gear (Dallas Texas) parking lot: my Harley, Christina's Harley, Curtis's Harley, Danny's Harley and Jim's Harley.
Danny in Dallas Texas
Curtis in Dallas Texas
We leave Moto Liberty in Dallas Texas and head to the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Texas. Christina had a little problem at the u-turn and Danny helped her up. Oh yeah, pay no attention to that no u-turn sign.. We didn't actually make an illegal u-turn...
Chelsea and the girls are following us in their car.
We head out TX121 to the Bass Pro Shop and here we are taking the exit. Jim up front followed by Christina, Danny, Curtis, me and then the girls in the car..
We make it to the Bass Pro Shop and park the bikes & car. From left to right: Danny, Jim, Christina, Ciera, Chelsea, Curtis and Paige.
Jim, me, Christina, Ciera, Chelsea, Curtis and Paige in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Texas. For more on the Bass Pro Shops, see this link: www.basspro.com/homepage.html
Jim, me, Danny and Curtis in the Bass Pro Shop-Grapevine parking lot..
Paige, Chelsea, Ciera and Christina in Grapevine Texas
The Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Texas
a howling Coyoye wood carving at the entrance to the Bass Pro Shop
The outdoor entrance to the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Texas
a close up of the overhead light inside the entrance to the Bass Pro Shop
The inside entrance to the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine Texas
The parking spaces at the Bass Pro Shop are outlined in Bass silhouettes
Christina, Danny and Jim are active Police officers and have weapon qualifications next week so they went to the gun range inside the Bass Pro Shop to practice. We checked with them and Christina was spending the night in Dallas with her daughters, Jim had some more running around to do in the metroplex and Danny wanted to stay and shoot, so Curtis & I left and headed home. We took TX114 to US287N and then US287N home. Here is Curtis on Us287N.
On the way back to Wichita Falls Texas, I set the speed at a little over 70 mph
Curtis, as we head North on US287
Curtis waves adios as he takes the exit that will lead him home. I continued straight ahead. I still had about 5 miles to go.
This will conclude this post. I had a great time riding with the Blue Knights TX XX to Carrollton, Dallas and Grapevine Texas today and I look forward to our next ride
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Until next post, ya'll be careful out there, keep the rubber on the road, keep your head on a swivel and most importantly of all.........RIDE SAFE.........JOHN