After arriving in Texas I followed the Rio Grand Rive to Del Rio Texas and stopped for the night where I camped just outside of town. The campsite was overrun with deer and at one point I counted 14 deer walking through the campground. It was so hot outside that sleeping was difficult and I slept on top of my sleeping bag with the tent flaps open, fortunately there was nobody else around.
I eventually made it to Kyle Texas where the bike was going to be serviced and I would reconnect with a fellow motorcyclist that I met while riding to Prudhoe Bay. Once in Kyle things started to change. It seems that the local Honda dealer is having trouble ordering the brake pads that I need, despite the fact that I gave them not only the part numbers from Honda but the name and part numbers from an after market dealer as well. Now I play the waiting game.
While waiting for my parts to arrive I joined a local motorcycle club, the Road Rockers. The Road Rockers are a group of local Harley riders who promised to show me a good ol’ fashioned Texas friendly good time. The first order of business was a club meeting to be held at a place called Twin Peaks http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/ the good ol’ fashioned good time has started. After a hardy meal and some great views, “We Ride”. The first order of riding business was to show me some interesting sites in Texas. One of the first places was Lukenbach, a town made famous by a good ol’ country song. In Lukenbach I was a somebody, because “everybody is a somebody in Lukenbach”. The great rides in Texas continued for the past few days and I have seen a great deal of the real Texas.
The next order of business was to work on my English. I have had to learn things like “I tell you whut”, “gawd dang”, “gum dad” and of course “yaw’all”. I was kicked out of grade 9 French so languages don’t come easily for me, but I am getting the hang of this Texan language.
Tonight was the final initiation, I had to catch an Armadillo (or “Armadilla” as they say in Texas) by the tail. I have never seen an Armadillo before and fortunately right after dinner I spotted one outside the restaurant. Much faster than I expected he easily got away. A short distance away another one, so I took off after him. This one was mine, he was not getting away not matter what. I chased him down, through the field and along the fence until finally his tail was in reach. I lunged forward and grabbed his tail. The Armadillo was more powerful than I thought and he started to claw his way under the fence, eventually breaking free. Assuming my membership into the Road Rockers would not be accepted I went home in defeat. However, once at home I checked my computer and found an acceptance e-mail welcoming me into the Road Rockers. I tell you whut I was some gum dad excited.
My Honda pats should arrive on Friday, while I wait another trip to Twin Peaks is in order.
Luckenbach Texas http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/
Luckenbach song lyrics http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/jennings-waylon/luckenbach-texas-13118.html