Ball Buster 2012
It was as Cold and Wet this Ball Buster we started out at a cabin just north of Broken Bow OK. Friday night. Saturday we rode north the Talimena Parkway, rode to Mena. At 32º and Wet, with camaraderie and safety in mind we chose to cut the ride short. The men were very grateful.
We stopped at a great restaurant in Mena and had a fantastic lunch. After lunch we went back on the parkway and again freezing weather made it back to the cabin in about an hour and a half.
Hot Tub full of men is always a great way to get the bones warm again.
We all made it home safe and sound.
Congratulations to our Recruit for a successful Bivouac. The ride was fun, food was awesome, the souvenir cool, and the accommodations great. The men of Battalion and their guests assembled at Recruit Bill's house for Friday night for a pool party and then we mounted our motorcycles and hit the road Saturday morning. It was a HOT ride down to Fort Boggy State Park and then on to the Rainbow Ranch Campground where we stayed in a spacious air conditioned rental house. The cool pool refreshed us before dining on surf and turf. The guys enjoyed cocktails, conversation and rest in preparation for our trip back to the city. After breakfast Sunday, participants were given a Dopp kit emblazoned with the Battalion sprocket and then headed home. Although the sun was intense, all managed to enjoy the trip
Commander's Mystery Ride 2012
To say that CMR 2012 was memorable would be an understatement.. All was going well until shortly after lunch just outside Stephenville a seasoned ride ran off the road. He and his bike took a very nasty spill but we knew that he would be OK when a few minutes later he began demanding that we help him up and back onto his bike. Care Flite took him to the hospital in Fort Worth where it was learned that he suffered several broken bones. Fortunately, he is expected to make a full recovery.
ShakeDown 2012: Battalion Motorcycle Corps and invited guests rendezvoused on Friday, April 20th, at The Circle J Ranch for dinner and to set up camp. The evening bonfire was a great setting to catch up and warm up as the temperature dropped into the 40's. Saturday morning we revved our motorcycles and departed the ranch to enjoy a very scenic route on back roads with little to no traffic and with satisfying twists and turns. After venturing through several small towns and lunch in Cushing TX, on to Edom and Ben Wheeler TX. Once back at The Circle J, the new outdoor showers provided a festive prelude to our steak dinner. Much appreciation to The Circle J for hosting ShakeDown 2012 and providing Friday dinner, and to our Vice Commander for a beautiful ride and perfect souvenir. A great time was had by all and we are anxiously awaiting the Commander’s Mystery Ride, June 22-24.
Day Ride April 1st: The men met between 9:00 and 9:30 at Cafe Brazil. We checked our bikes and Marty was forced to stay behind because he thought his bike tire was loosing air....come to find out, it was a faulty air gauge. The rest of the guys, Steve, Rocky, Mark, Mike, James and Bill left at 10:00 sharp and headed west. It weather was perfect and the ride was scenic. Wildflowers were in full bloom. We stopped in Weatherford for gas, did a check on riding procedures then continued on to Mineral Wells and into Possum Kingdom where we saw some of the remains from the devistating fires from last year. We made it to Strawm, Tx around 12:45 where we stopped at Mary's Cafe for a huge lunch. JohnJohn met us there so we had a party of 7. The chicken fried steak was delicious and the burgers could have fed a family of 6.
On the way home some of us stopped of at Reflections to meet up with Commander Vosberg and John. We had a nice cool refreshment and talked about Shakedown happening at the end of this month.
Thanks to all who rode -- hope to see you all at Shakedown.
Day Ride Febuary: Battalion's February day ride, organized and lead by Mark, was a big success. Twenty motorcyclists, including bikers from Spectrum, Battalion and three women, gathered outside Buli on February 19th. When we departed the weather was cloudy, overcast and cool. By lunch it was beautiful, 60 degrees and sunny. The group did a fine job of riding in formation on the great "twisty turny" roads on the way to Edom, TX for lunch at a great little cafe called "The Shack." With steaks, sandwiches and attentive wait staff, it was an ideal spot for lunch. The satiated group split up after lunch and headed their separate ways. Check out the videos and pictures on the Photo page. Be sure to check back soon for the date, time and starting location for the next day ride at the end of March or early April organized and lead by Bill. Photos of Day Ride number 2 for 2012 More photos on Photo page
Day Ride January: Our first day ride went really well. When we departed at 10:15 a.m. the weather was chilly and overcast. By lunch it was beautiful, 77 degrees and sunny. There were some great "twisty turny" roads on the way to Hico, TX which is located near the top of the scenic Texas Hill Country. Photos of Day Ride number 1 for 2012 More photos on Photo page
2012 Muster went quick and easy. We provided Matthew with retirement status until such time he's able to get a bike again. Let's all hope that is very soon. Below are our ride events that are all overnight. We also are planning to have a day ride approximately once a month that each member will organize. We believe all rides will start somewhere on the Oak Lawn strip.
See our homepage for day rides.
Yes, we show two weekends in a row, but the member will select one of those two dates for the day ride. If you're wishing to attend just show up. Look on this page for updated information on which day. You may also email us and we will send you updates as we know them.
Ride and Event Dates for 2012 Season
One of the tasks completed during Muster was to finalize ride and event dates for 2012. These are listed below, and are also on the updated calendar
Shakedown April 21-22
Commander's Mystery Ride June 23-24
Bivouac August 11-12
BallBuster October 6-8
at the Circle J Ranch