The Cotton Gin Festival in Burton Texas

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Now for something completely different. We went to Burton today for some R&R time, and to look at a couple of cabins as possible retreat spots. It turns out that Burton was having their Cotton Gin Festival today, so we wandered around and enjoyed the various entertainment and food of course. In particular they had a very nice display of power plants from the turn of the century. The were rebuilt and may of them were displayed running. It was really entertaining to watch. I should have taken video but I didn’t, sorry. On the plus side, one of them was running a grain grinder and they were selling bags of ground corn. Of course Debbie had to buy a bag. They also had a nice display of classic cars we enjoyed as well. About the cabins, we weren’t impressed, so i guess we won’t be vacationing in Burton. It was a fun trip though. Oh, we had to stop at But-ee’s of course.

Here is a link to the event: http://www.cottonginmuseum.org/festivals.htm

New Life Riders Bug Run at Burger University in Georgetown

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We had the annual Bug Run today up at Burger University, so Debbie and I headed up there, arriving just before 10am to help setup. Well, it seems several other people had the same idea, but earlier and everything was already setup when we got there. Thank you Louis and Candy for heading it up. The event was supposed to start at 11am, but several clubs showed up before and hung around since Burger University didn’t open for lunch until 11am. We had a lot of people come by to say hello and make a donation, but few it seemed actually wanted to go on the ride. We of course didn’t mind, and it was great to have a lot of people hanging around socializing. In the end, we did have about 10 riders go out to find bugs, and we did give away the trophies to well deserving riders. As you will see from the photos, the first place winner not only got a bug in the center of their headlight bulls-eye, but they actually got a flying insect leg that attached itself to the center of their bulls-eye and flapped around all the way back to us where we could clearly see what it was and where it was attached. Amazing. And finally, the best shots of the day (not) were taken by Debbie of Louis and I napping near the end of the day.

Christian Unity Meeting for April at Bill Miller’s BBQ

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We had the Christian Unity meeting at Bill Miller’s BBQ this evening. As usual, the food was good. we also talked about the following events;

  1. Max Ride is Saturday at Cowboy HD.
  2. The New Life Riders Bug Run is also Saturday up at Burger University.
  3. At the ROT Rally outside the gate, Christian Unity will be be having free bike washes.
  4. At the UCOA Family Campout in June (23rd-25th), Christian Unity will be providing Sunday morning breakfast and Sunday service, including a full worship band, immediately following the breakfast.

 

The UCOA Egg-Straveganza at Bentwood in Georgetown

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Our first annual Egg-Straveganza was held out at Bentwood event center today. Ernie generously donated his event facility for our egg hunt family event, so we had quite a crowd with all the club members and family members. There were four egg hunts for the different ages, and four sets of games for different ages as well. It was primarily organized by Beth and MiniMe, with lots of help from all the clubs for “tossing eggs”, stringing yellow safety tape, and general herding to keep the kids in bounds. The games seemed to be run exclusively by the Gypsys, and they did a great job. Hot dogs and juice boxes were provided for everyone as a light lunch and we mustn’t forget the bouncy houses themed after Spider Man and Sponge Bob Square Pants. It really was pretty wonderful.

After the Egg-Straveganza, we had the April UCOA meeting, which worked out perfectly since we were all there already. Of particular note was the US flag we used for the Pledge of Allegiance. It was provided by Bandido Lefty, and was one of the flags that flew over (I believe) Beruit (no, not Bengazi). You will have to get further details from Lefty, I won’t be able to adequately  convey his story about the flag. Suffice to say it was very special to all of us. Also of note, and a little embarrassing was the presentation of tubes of toothpaste to me by several clubs, after my (mild) complaining last month about Debbie not being able to find me the right toothpaste. It was quite funny. Thank you all. Ok, enough from me, here are the pictures;

Memorial for No Spokes at Roadhouse

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I  attended the Memorial for No Spokes at the Roadhouse this afternoon. No Spokes was an active member of the Motorcycle community in years past. As part of the memorial there was also a tree planting. As part of the planting, everyone was given the opportunity to put a shovel of dirt on the base of the tree, which was pretty neat. A letter was also read to the group from his sister. And of course there were many opportunities to share stories about No Spokes with your friends.

P.S. I also got to continue my personal project to take head and shoulder portraits of two of my Gypsy friends.