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2010 Pie Run Schedule

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OK, I have gulped and made the 2010 schedule final. Send all your complaints to Tourmeister! :nana:

Jan 30 - The Koffee Kup, Hico
Feb 27 - Waverly House Restaurant, New Waverly (new)
Mar 27 - Lucy's On the Square, Celina
Apr 24 - Sam's Restaurant, Fairfield
May 29 - Love Creek Orchards Patio Cafe, Medina
June 26 - MidPoint Cafe, Adrian (Amarillo area - new)
July 31 - Chisholm Restaurant, Godley (new)
Aug 28 - City Cafe, Elgin (new)
Sep 25 - Texan Cafe (Debbie's Pies), Hutto
Oct 30 - The Shed, Edom
Nov 20 - Tony's Family Restaurant, Sealy
Dec 18 - Moosehead Cafe, Crockett (day trip)

Yes, that's 4 new places, but it addresses several recommendations that have been on the back-burner.

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I am also looking at the end-of-year as a hybrid RTE to Crockett and optional overnight in Bryan-College Station. The main meal of the day would be lunchtime and then maybe have a lighter meal close to the hotel, followed by slide shows and gabbing (assuming we can put some shows together) at the hotel. We have about 10.5 months to make a decision on that... :ponder:

It's all for the pie! :eat:
 
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Just my little opinion on the End of the Year, but I'd be good either way. I have been to a couple of the overnight'ers, but can understand 100% of the complications that it creates. I would have been at this year's EotY run, but family plans surfaced and couldn't make it. But it wasn't because it was a normal style pie run, it was just because plans didn't pan out.

And I do like the Amarillo stop. It will give me a reason to get up there and visit Forrest. And maybe that could be an overnight one with camping in Palo Duro (for those that want to)?
 

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I am fairly new to the P. Runs so my opinion may not be too representative... but an overnight stay although not necessarily be a deal killer may not be too exciting for me.

With either schedule, I will try to make it to as many runs as I can; for those too far from Houston and close to the DFW area, I would probably stay overnight.

Chuck, thanks for the efforts put into this. I hope to see you often.

Camilo
 
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Since Adrian is being consider, I would should point out that there is Motel(s) in the area. A couple Mom and Pops and few national chains in Vega, as well asa MnP in Adrian. While in the Route 66 area, ridiers could make a side trip west to the ghosttown of Glenrio and a five mile ride on the dirt portion of 66 to Endee in NM.
Understandably, many think that this part of Texas is flat and barren which it is, but that is part of the beauty of the Panhandle. Since many pie eaters will be coming from the South and East, I can suggest a few roads and routes that can dip riders into the canyons and ride along the Llano Estacado to make one think otherwise. I would think that a few riders would probably choose to make the trip an overnighter since it is a days ride for many. Believe it or not there is plenty of great roads up here that is worth the fuel to see.
Hopefully I can make the first PR in Hico, just have to see how the weather plays out. The cold I can handle its all the ice and snow that shuts me down.
 
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Since I haven't made a December pie run yet, I may not be the best one to comment on this, but I prefer a day trip. There is so much going on at the end of the year that it's just difficult from both time and money perspectives to do an overnighter then. Tom (Hairsmith) might call me a wimp, but December weather can be challenging for longer rides too. I like the idea of an overnighter, but the timing is just bad.

What I would really like to see is an overnighter a little earlier in the year. I realize that December makes a nice convenient year-end wrap party. I would like to do something like that, but December is just tough. I already cited time and money, but weather is also an issue in December. It doesn't fit the year-end thing nearly as well as December does, but for me, an overnight get together in September or October would work a lot better. Better weather and fewer conflicts with holiday and family stuff. Just an idea...
 

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I know I've only been on 1 Pie Run but I wonder if you couldn't go deeper east Texas rather than Fairfield. Nacogdoches or Henderson make good spots or perhaps get over closer to Louisiana (Toledo Bend area) and encourage some Louisiana folks to join in? Just my $0.02 worth.
 
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I like the extended visiting opportunities for an overnight end-of-year run, but time constraints would probably lead me to lean toward a day trip. Do we know where the majority of our population resides?
 
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The schedule looks pretty good to me. Amarillo is probably one I'll let others enjoy. :wave:

The RTE Skunkworks is having discussions about some RTE's that may help fill in the gap on excuses to ride. Be looking for those if you are wanting to kill a Saturday here and there.
 
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Like some of mentioned December is a bit cool for long rides. I know overnighters are a lot of extra work and the two Piemen have done a great job, but I too prefer the extra time to visit and talk and enjoy all the great slide shows. With that said, I also like the idea of a end of fiscal year pie run in Sept. :-)
 
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Since I am very new to this and since I have never been on a pie run, I guess I can claim stupidity for my questions..........
Wouldn't it make more sense to split the State up by quarters and have a fair share of runs across the state? That would make it equal to everyone. Isnt this all about everyone enjoying this sport?
 
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OK, I'll try to address a question or comment.

Just like several folks mentioned about not attending due to family and holiday plans, the main reason that we didn't do an overnight this year with slide shows and stuff was the same thing - folks' schedules and "life" in general. The end of this year was very busy for the people that have contributed to these in the past.

I am probably going to go with the second schedule (December in Crocket again) unless folks come up with some good arguments for the first one. I will decide by Sunday (1/3) so everyone can schedule vacation for each month next week. ;-)

Most (like 95%) of the participants live in the triangle of Houston, Austin, and DFW. We have gotten zero participation from anyone west of Abilene, even when we visited Ft. Davis. The reason that Amarillo (Adrain/Adrian) is being considered was because of the folks in Lubbock and Amarillo that came when we visited Slayton. (this doesn't include FJR-Bandit who rides in from New Mex sometimes for pie)

The second schedule will have 2 potential overnight trips - Medina in May (typically the "long" trip for most people) and Amarillo in September. I did overnights in Corpus and Slayton in 2009.

If you want to visit a part of Texas, you need to recommend a location. We have a running list of suggestions. I usually consider a new place when 2 or more folks enthusiastically recommend it (or they keep bugging me about it). I guess that Crockett is not deep enough into east Texas. Remember that the place needs to be big enough to handle our group (potentially 100+ when close to Houston or inside the "triangle") with adequate seating and parking. I have a long enough list to make the choices challenging and don't plan to do any scouting anytime soon.

One thing I do try to do is pick locations inside the triangle for July and August, typically the hottest months for Texas. Hopefully, this makes a reasonable ride for most folks.

Anyway, since I won't ever make everyone happy, I do try to spread out the locations so more folks can make it. Plus, this schedule is not the ONLY rides to go chase down some pie! You can do your own RTE (ride to eat) like Jack (JacknTexas) does on regular Sundays if you have a favorite place that isn't on the schedule.

:rider::eat::rider:
 
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Chuck, I like number 2 even with the uncertaintyo f Adrain/Adrian/Amarillo.

We'd have made Crockett this year, but end-of-year obligations took us out.

Thanks for all you do here, Chuck.:clap:
 
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I'm new and have not been to a pie run yet nor have I met any of you guys yet . I do see several runs that I plan to make. Day runs are a go for me but overnight runs are a toss up although I was born in Amarillo so that may be one I really try to make. Palo Duro canyon is awesome.
 
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I am probably going to go with the second schedule (December in Crocket again) unless folks come up with some good arguments for the first one. I will decide by Sunday (1/3) so everyone can schedule vacation for each month next week. ;-)
Thank you for all the work you do on this, Chuck. :clap:


Plus, this schedule is not the ONLY rides to go chase down some pie! You can do your own RTE (ride to eat) like Jack (JacknTexas) does on regular Sundays if you have a favorite place that isn't on the schedule.
Hear! Hear! :clap:
 
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Pie Run rookie here, having been to the Nov Ponder run. Like a few others, EOY overnighters in Dec are problematic, but I'm not fussing. Thank you Chuck for doing this and I will go to those that I can make as you decide the schedule.

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Our 2nd and 4th Sunday meet ups have come to a stop for now. Maybe when we get some decent weather on the right Sunday afternoon we can have a late lunch and a visit. If nothing else, I will try again in the spring.
 
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Chuck,
I realize that I'm way too late making this suggestion this year, but maybe you can backburner it for next year.
I was thinking that if the Amarillo run was slated as an overnighter, AND it was scheduled to occur early in the season for the TEXAS! play in the Palo Duro that:

1) it wouldn't be too hot yet,
2) we could attend the play as a group (maybe even get a group rate),
3) and those who chose to could get in a little camping in the canyon.

Sound reasonable?
 
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doolittle m, one thing you have to remember is that Chuck is just one person and the Pie Runs were setup by him as a way for anyone to ride to locations close to the DFW area as Chuck lives in that area. Now that the group has grown to a much larger size he has taken in more area to accommodate more riders and make it easier for more to attend the events. This was setup as a one day event which works well with most riders who live in the DFW-Austin area for a one day ride. I personally think that Chuck as done a great job in what he has done for the TWT riders, keep up the good work.

John
 
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I was thinking that if the Amarillo run was slated as an overnighter, AND it was scheduled to occur early in the season for the TEXAS! play in the Palo Duro
Well, I plan to make it an overnight trip! :-P

It looks like the play runs from early June to mid August (for 2009 anyway). So, it might be good for a June date. However, sometimes late June can be very hot, but that would be better than July or August...

That would probably require a double overnighter, but I'll look at that and see... :ponder: In September, there is still a chance of making it home late without too much night riding.
 
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Chuck, I too would like to thank you for doing such a good job on this. It serves everyone in the motorcycling arena when we share our fun. Keep up the good work.

I know it shouldn't/wouldn't make any difference, but be advised that the Celina location has a new owner. I'm sure that very little has changed, but it's just for your information (I failed to notice if it had been discussed elsewhere).

I think all your locations look great. Have a great day.
 
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...so when do we start a pot luck pie run at someone's house? :eat:
As soon as some folks want to come over to my place and have some catfish.
Have lots in the freezer and more coming. (not farm raised)
Been thinking about it for awhile - just too much going on. I am east of Austin on the Bastrop-Smithville area.
Will PM you Squeaky.
 
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I captured the first post for reference. I think I will scoot out on a limb and finalize this with one swap of locations and make the west Texas trip a bit more interesting by having the Texas play as a possibility. :sun:

So, we'll see if there are any other last-minute changes throughout the year - last year one of the locations closed but, hopefully, all of these are solid and dependable pie putter outters! :eat:

old:

The Moosehead Cafe diners got a chance to preview this list. It isn't cast in stone - I'm looking for feedback. However, the January location is NOT up for discussion - that is the 5 year anniversary of the start of this madness. :eek2:

I usually include our regular haunts, rotate thru some places we missed because we only do 12 a year, and there are usually 2-3 new places.

New and less frequented locations that were under consideration:
Medina
Amarillo (Adrain)
Godley
Brenham
Lake Fork
Sealy
Huntsville
Lake Athens
Fairfield
Elgin

Here is what folks saw in Crockett (tentative):
Jan - Hico
Feb - New Waverly (new)
Mar - Celina
Apr - Marble Falls
May - Medina
June - Hutto
July - Huntsville/Crockett
Aug - Elgin (new)
Sep - Godley (new)
Oct - Edom
Nov - Sealy
Dec - Bryan/College Station (overnight)

But I also am seriously considering this one (actually the frontrunner):
Jan 30 - Hico
Feb 27 - New Waverly (new)
Mar 27 - Celina
Apr 24 - Fairfield
May 29 - Medina
June 26 - Hutto
July 31 - Godley (new)
Aug 28 - Elgin (new)
Sep 25 - Adrain (Amarillo - new)
Oct 30 - Edom
Nov 20 - Sealy
Dec 18 (or Jan 1) - Crockett (day trip)


Yes, that's 4 new places, but it addresses several recommendations that have been on the back-burner.

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Now, I think I like the day trip for the end-of-year but would like to know if that was a deal killer for some folks. The overnight is definitely a lot more work and takes several folks to contribute material like slide shows and stuff. Plus, it seems that there were not as many riders when an overnight was involved. Several folks mentioned they liked this years Crockett adventure but I know others have enjoyed the overnight event in the past. So, let me hear what you think.

It's all for the pie! :eat:
 

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doolittle m, one thing you have to remember is that Chuck is just one person and the Pie Runs were setup by him as a way for anyone to ride to locations close to the DFW area as Chuck lives in that area. Now that the group has grown to a much larger size he has taken in more area to accommodate more riders and make it easier for more to attend the events. This was setup as a one day event which works well with most riders who live in the DFW-Austin area for a one day ride. I personally think that Chuck as done a great job in what he has done for the TWT riders, keep up the good work.

John
:tab I need to add some back history here. Chuck is the second Pie Man. The first Pie Man was Chris "wczimmerman" Zimmerman. He lived in Temple. He approached me with the idea for having meets at various locations to get people out to meet each other. The idea was that we would hold them all over Texas to give people from various regions a chance to attend. My plate was full so I told Chris that I loved the idea and that he should take care of it! :-P He agreed and the first Pie Run was held in January 05 in Hico and was a HUGE success. Chris went on to serve as the Pie Man for the next 4 years or so. However, his job situation took him to Seattle, Wa. Chuck was appointed as the new and somewhat reluctant Pie Man II because of his fantastic ability to make friends, attend many events, and generally be a social butterfly. He has done a great job of continuing the tradition started by Chris. Most people do not realize it but there really is a good bit of work that goes into setting up these meets, especially the end of the year meets that we had been doing as over nighters.
 
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doolittle m, one thing you have to remember is that Chuck is just one person and the Pie Runs were setup by him as a way for anyone to ride to locations close to the DFW area as Chuck lives in that area. Now that the group has grown to a much larger size he has taken in more area to accommodate more riders and make it easier for more to attend the events. This was setup as a one day event which works well with most riders who live in the DFW-Austin area for a one day ride. I personally think that Chuck as done a great job in what he has done for the TWT riders, keep up the good work.

John
I agree and think he has done an excellent job in putting the agenda together. I was not trying to criticise at all, only questioning.
 
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Assuming I get my rear shock back from the rebuilder before the Hubble crashes to Earth, looks like I should be able to make a few of those.

Many thanks for planning this stuff - I know it's hard to fill the shoes of great men who have gone before. :clap:
 

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...so when do we start a pot luck pie run at someone's house? :eat:
That is what my bi annual Burger Bashes have become kind of by default. I provide the main meal and people usually show up with cakes/pies. I usually try to host one March/April and again Sept/Oct. I missed the fall one this year because of my deer encounter... :doh:

Doolittle_m, not to worry. It is understood you were just asking questions and making constructive criticism ;-)
 
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i'm with everyone else. good job Chuck!! :clap: i hope to make a hand full of runs this year. that pesky "work" thing keeps getting in the way of my fun. can't wait till i retire in another 30 years or so!! :eek2:
 
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Woohoo! Looking forward to eating some pie! I let the folks at Lucy's know the date and they are more than happy to have everyone back. They are planning some extra special stuff and were asking if there were any special requests. Let me see if I can remember the "usual" pies....

Buttermilk
Lemon Chess
Chocolate Fudge
Almond Joy
Kentucky Bourbon
Pecan
Pumpkin
Blueberry
Cherry
Apple
Lemon Merinque
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Cream
Coconut Cream
Banana Cream

If you want something that isn't on that list let me know. My wife IS the bakery there, she'll make sure its on the menu that day :eat:
 
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Re: 2010 Pie Run Schedule-Austin Riders

Anybody riding in from Austin? I live near Hamilton Pool north of Dripping Springs and will probably be coming. The variety of pies looked too tempting!

Oh and I'll be on my BMW K1200LT with the heated seats and grips. The KLR is a bit breezy for a long rode trip at this temp.

Pat:eat:
 
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Re: 2010 Pie Run Schedule-Austin Riders

Anybody riding in from Austin? I live near Hamilton Pool north of Dripping Springs and will probably be coming. The variety of pies looked too tempting!

Oh and I'll be on my BMW K1200LT with the heated seats and grips. The KLR is a bit breezy for a long rode trip at this temp.

Pat:eat:
Here's the Austin planning thread: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45715
 
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As a new member, I cant wait to do this ! For the Amarillo (Adrian) trip... I just have to let everyone know how AMAZING Palo Duro Canyon is... I had never been there efore last year...its really pretty...I was quite surprised.

As a West Texas resident, let me know if theres anything I can help with ! I would offer to have everyone come for a RTE and swim, but who wants to come to Lubbock if they dont have to ? :mrgreen:

Everyone have a great week... we might make it to Medina, hope to meet up with all of you sooner than later

Steph & Gary




 
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Hey Crazy, good to see another Lubbockite in here. I don't get here often and have tried to make some of the rides but medical or weather always seems to interfere. Made the one in Slaton last year and it was fun. Some very nice folks. They are a tight group but I think the armour is penetrable anytime.

I have the Adrian ride on the calendar and I think the wifey might try for this one with me. We would take the camper to Palo Duro and go from there so anyone wanting to camp in the canyon is welcome to join us if all works out.

I think you can have several tents and people in one site but I'll check it out if anyone else is interested. Nothing like an overnight in Palo Duro. :sun:
 
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