Today we are headed out to meet friends riding in the Trail Of Tears Motorcycle Ride. Our route will take us from Georgetown to Lampasas via Hwy 183, Lampasas to Santo via Hwy 281, Santo to Jacksboro via FM 4 and the on to Bowie down Hwy 59.
We were on the road by 8:00 am with a light rain falling with temperature around 69 degrees but it felt much cooler with the rain. The rain got heavier once started and rained fairly heavy until we got to Lampasas. We had pretty much ridden out of the rain by then. Because we were expecting the heavy rain we opted to wear or rain suits today.
We stopped at the Sunday Creek Restaurant at the intersection of I-20 and Hwy 4 near Santo, TX. We took this opportunity to shuck the rain suits. For lunch we ordered their lunch special of Enchiladas, rice and beans. Janet liked the sour cream sauce and we split a piece of coconut cream pie. Good stuff.
We finally got the chance to wear our new Olympia Airglide 3 jackets and continued on down FM 4. We did not ride the entire length of FM 4. I had read about FM 4 in several publications and internet post and always wanted to ride it for myself. It turned out to be a great ride. The section we rode was from Santo to Jacksboro. It was scenic, rugged and actually hilly with great views from the hill tops. If you are in the area this is a must ride… Don’t miss it.
Our next stop was Fort Richardson in Jacksboro, TX. Janet and I both enjoy touring the many old forts of Texas and this is another good one. It was our first time to visit here. In the interpretive center we met Ranger Glenn Barnett. Who was a pleasure to chat with. Glenn was very knowledgeable of the fort and Texas History. If you get a chance to visit Fort Richardson be sure to say hi to Glenn and tell him you heard about him here. I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of it…
From Fort Richardson it was on to Bowie, TX where we stayed the night at the Best Western. The clerk at the front desk recommended the Armadillo Grill for dinner. They had a wide varity of food but we settled for soup and salad… Again good stuff…
Inspite of the rain initially it was a good days ride. Great scenery all along the way.
Checkout the post of the other days of this ride below…
Day 2 – Bowie, TX to Wewoka, OK to Holden, OK (193 miles)
Day 3 – Holden, OK to Harrison, AR
Day 4 – Ride 1 out of Harrison, AR
Day 5 – Ride 2 out of Harrison, AR (120 miles)
Day 6 – Ride 3 out of Harrison, AR (207 Miles)
Day 7 – Harrison, AR to Jessieville, AR (149 miles)
Day 8, 9 & 10 – Jessieville, AR to Scroggins, TX to home.