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EAST TX: East Texas BMW+ Motorcycle Club Meeting First Thursday

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Third Saturday Ride for December

Ron is leading the Third Saturday Ride (TSR) on December 19th. We will depart from Legend's in Jacksonville at 8:30 a.m., planning to arrive at the Moosehead Cafe in Crockett for the Two Wheeled Texans Pie Run.

The Pie Run thread is here.

Map to the Moosehead is here.

Ron built a GPX file which I am attaching to this post.
 

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Thanks for posting the info Rich. I'm planning on meeting and riding with the group, Cameron might also be coming along. Thanks Ron for leading the ride
 
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The January meeting of the East Texas BMW+ Club will be held Thursday, the 7th at Legend's Burgers in Jacksonville (1630 S. Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.

Not sure about a Third Saturday Ride for January at the moment, we can discuss it Thursday.

Hope to see you at the meeting.
 
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It's a new year, so it's time to pay your dues. It's $10 per member or $15 for a family membership. You don't have to pay to play; you can participate in all club activities and not pay dues and no one is going to say a word. However, those few dollars from lots of people lets the club buy stickers to give out, maybe fund a club picnic this year, etc. You can see me or Rick at any future meeting or club event (like the Texas National Picnic May 21), or you can mail it to me (see address down below), or PayPal it as a gift to me ( detbmw@gmail.com ) and we'll get it in the bank. We collected $100 in dues last night at the meeting.

No club rides are scheduled for January or February. There have been suggestions that we have a spring (April) camp out as well as repeating our September camp out, destination to be determined. It should be at least a three-day weekend event. Could be Arkansas, East or Southeast Texas, or maybe the Hill Country.

We are going to put together a club-sponsored Iron Butt Ride in April. We have an IBA member (Ron) who is willing to serve as begin & end witness and can explain the process for documentation and stops (a few club members have accomplished this). We will publish a route that will enable you to travel the required 1,000+ miles - doing it within 24 hours is on you. This is intended to be an individual ride, but if you want to ride with a buddy, you certainly can. Large groups are discouraged. More info will be posted as we firm this up. This ride is meant to be for those folks who want to obtain Iron Butt certification - this is not a casual Saturday ride. For those who want to go for a Bun Burner (1,500 in 36 hours), we can also assist.

Tom has suggested a Hare & Hound ride with a picnic at the end (try to follow an unknown route using clues). It should be a lot of fun. We need to do a good bit of planning for this and pick a date. We will share more info when we firm it up.

Finally on the subject of club rides, if you have an idea for a Saturday ride, please let me ( detbmw@gmail.com ) or Ron ( rotorblade@gmail.com ) know. If you don't want to lead the ride, but you have an idea for one or more routes, write up your ideas for rides and share it with us and we will try to make it happen. We have been starting in Jacksonville because it is fairly central to everyone, but we don't have to start there every time. Give it some thought.

The ETBMW+MC was chartered in Dec '87, so we are are going into our 29th year. The club has seen strong years, and very weak years - your participation makes the club work. We have really taken off with membership and activities in the last year. Hopefully the trend will continue.

My address for mailed dues:
Rich Barnhart
PO Box 630903
Nacogdoches, TX 75963

Thanks and I hope to see you at a meeting or a club event.
 
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The February meeting of the East Texas BMW+ Club will be held this Thursday, the 4th at Legend's Burgers in Jacksonville (1630 S. Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.

Hope to see you at the meeting. I plan to be back on my K75S.
 
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The March meeting of the East Texas BMW+ Motorcycle Club will be held this Thursday, the 3rd at Legend's Burgers in Jacksonville (1630 S. Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.

Ron has worked up a route for a Third Saturday Ride for March 19th, starting in Jacksonville (Legend's Burgers parking lot) and heading south for lunch at the Pickett house in Woodville. Plan for four hours or more round trip on the bike (mostly FMs), plus an hour or more of social interaction in Woodville. We'll say 9 a.m. departure.

Now for some news on the Fourth Annual Texas National Picnic (May 21st)! We have reached out to a few moto-vendors for door prizes and 18 have responded. The current event sponsors are at the bottom of the email. We are going to have a pile of 50 or more door prizes, including: 14 gift certificates ($10, $20, $30, and higher) to different moto-websites; more than 25 t-shirts; two $20 Texas Hill Country ADV guidebooks; several items retailing for $80 up to $170; and, more on the way. We will also have about 200 freebie give-aways so that everyone leaves with a couple items (key chains, sports bottles, visor wipes, moto-calendars). Oh, did I mention the % off Butler Map coupon that every attendee will get? (You'll have to attend to see how much!) We are also looking at some special prizes for Airhead riders. Should be a heck of a picnic.

We will need to have a working party in April to help sort and organize the door prizes & the thank you letters to the vendors. First suggestion offered was to meet at Hairsmith's garage/house one Saturday in April - more info to come.

Also, someone has offered up a suggestion on how we might turn the one-day Texas National Picnic into a Friday-to-Sunday event.

I hope we see you at the meeting, the TSR, and the TNP (and working party). We have several things to discuss at this month's meeting.

Rich

TNP sponsor list: Adaptiv Technologies, Best Rest Products, BMW MOA, BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas, Bullrack, Butler Maps, Cyclegear, Euro Motoelectrics, Giant Loop Moto, Motolight, Motorcycle Gear, Piggybackstraps, Rocky Mountain ATV, Texas Adventure Rider, Spiegler USA, Stop-N-Go, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, Wunderlich America.
 

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Looking forward to the FATNP in May ad would be glad to do the Working Party thing but I'll be Out West all month.

Dunno (I've lost touch and don't know what's going on out there these days (website was waaay out of date last time I checked), but for a 3-day event it might be possible to "rent" ETME Acres.

EDIT: 'Nother thought: could camp out at my place here in the Cushing Suburbs, abt 3 acres, flat, shade, plenty of water, eminently tentable (once I get the BushHog guy over here and fix my Mow-de-Lawn - leaky carb), and a couple of generators to provide lighting/music/whatever away from the house. 16 mi to Rusk (Fat Dogs, Brookshires, Fast Food joints; 23mi to Nac WM, 25mi to downtown J'ville, Cafe abt 80yds from my door, another 5mi up the road, etc.
 
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Tonight we discussed the Texas National Picnic (TNP) on May 21st and our ton of door prizes (we might hit 70 or so). We received five Arai ball caps today and a pledge from MotoAmerica (moto-racing) for some door prizes & t-shirts. We will be holding a TNP workday at Tom Smith's house/garage on Saturday, April 9th at about 10 a.m. (AKA - Nacogdoches BMW Service Center - pm or email me for address if you need it). We will organize all the door prizes and freebies that attendees will get, stuff the swag bags, and review the thank-you letters for the vendors. Please let me know if you plan to attend and help out. If we have a large turnout, we might throw some brats on the grill. Otherwise after we finish up, we'll probably grab a burger or Bar-B-Que locally for lunch.

As announced previously, the Third Saturday Ride for March will leave the parking lot of Legend's in Jacksonville at 9 a.m on March 19th, headed to Woodville for lunch. Should make it back by mid-afternoon.

We are going to take off the weekend of April 22nd for a spring club campout near Mena, Arkansas. You can ride up either Friday the 22nd or Saturday the 23rd. The group will return on Sunday. We plan to camp at one place this time, instead of moving to a new campground as we ride around the state. The CMA has a campground just south of Mena called Iron Mountain; it's only about four hours from Jacksonville. We'll share details on departure times and locations as we get closer in case you want to ride up with a group.

Last, but definitely not least, we gained two new members tonight, Jim O'Conner riding a wing (with a lot of miles on it) and Jerry Pope riding an R1200RT. Welcome Jim & Jerry! We've added four new members this year (Alan Petrea & his wife in January - I'm not going to try and list Alan's current bikes, but I've seen a really slick R100GS) and 15 members have paid their 2016 dues. We're off to a very good start on what could be a great year for the club!

Hope to see you at a meetup or on the road!
 
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The Third Saturday Ride is this weekend from Legends in Jacksonville to the Picket House in Woodville via back roads mostly. Leaving Legends at 9 am.

It will be a bit under 300 miles round trip.

Hope to see you there.
 
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I would like to join this club how do I go about it. Thanks jack

Jack,

First of all, you can go with us on rides and attend the monthly meeting (much more a get-together to eat & chat) without formally joining.

But to join, show up at a meeting with $10 ($15 for family membership), and you are officially on the rolls. You'll get a nifty club sticker and we will email you club updates (much the same info we post here).


Feel free to join us for the ride tomorrow if you can make it. I can't make the ride this month, got a family obligation.
 
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I should of added, $10 a calendar year. And we are happy to have you join our little band of misfits. Mostly BMWs, with a healthy mix of Triumphs, Yamahas, Aprillas, KLRs, Ducatis, Suzukis, and at least one Wing. No Harley's that I know of, plus we have that line in our bylaws about no loud pipes...
 
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And it was a good ride. The Pickett House fried chicken is as good as you'll find anywhere.
I finished the day with a tad more than 315 miles on the odo.
 
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Ron's route was outstanding! Not sort-of outstanding, or almost outstanding. Outstanding!
And I can't remember ever having better store-bought chicken.
about 320 miles door-to-door..
 
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The April meeting of the East Texas BMW+ Motorcycle Club will be held this Thursday, the 7th at Legend's Burgers in Jacksonville (1630 S. Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.

No ideas at the moment for a Third Saturday Ride for April. Feel free to send a proposed route to me & Ron.

Planning for the Fourth Annual Texas National Picnic on May 21st. We have about 100 door prizes on hand, with a few more inbound, and well over 200 freebie giveaways. The current event sponsors are at the bottom of the email.

There will be a work day this Saturday, April 9th to help sort and organize the door prizes & the thank you letters to the vendors. We will meet at Hairsmith's garage/house around 9:30/10 in the morning. Email me for his address in Nacogdoches if you plan to help out. We have also heard from the DFW, Houston, San Antonio, and Oklahoma BMW clubs and many plan to attend. We will also be discussing the idea of turning the one-day Texas National Picnic into a Friday-to-Sunday in 2017.

I hope we see you at the meeting, the TSR (maybe?), and the TNP (and working party).

Rich

Current TNP sponsor list: Adaptiv Technologies, Abus, Air Hawk, Arai, Best Rest Products, BMW MOA, BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas, Bullrack, Butler Maps, Cycle Gear, Euro Motoelectrics, Giant Loop Moto, Kathy's Journey Designs, Motolight, Motorcycle Gear, Piggybackstraps, Road Runner Travel, Rocky Mountain ATV, Texas Adventure Rider, SFASU Admissions, SFASU Alumni Association, Spiegler USA, Stop-N-Go, Weego, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, Wunderlich America.
 
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ETBMW+MC Spring Campout is taking place at Iron Mountain Campground (CMA)in Hatfield, Ar.

We plan on riding up on Friday the 22nd and returning Sunday the 24th. Of course you can come up on Saturday and stay as long as you want.

The website for the campground is http://www.cmausa.org/iron-mountain/

We don't need to make reservations for tent sites since they have many available.

They do have a couple cabins if you don't tent camp or hammock.
 
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Will anyone be going tomorrow from the Longview area thought I would meet up. Thanks Jack
Jack, normally I ride down to the meetings. However, Jessica is ending her year as president of our regional press association and she'll be hosting a reception tonight at our annual convention, so I'll be there as First Gentleman.
(I can't get away to motoGP until Saturday afternoon.)
Skip will be riding to the BMW+ meeting from Overton (the Arlington of East Texas) and sometimes Clark Langley goes from here but I don't think he's going tonight.
 
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The May meeting of the East Texas BMW+ Motorcycle Club will be held this Thursday, the 5th at Legend's Burgers in Jacksonville (1630 S. Jackson) at 6:30 p.m.

No Third Saturday Ride this month, instead we will be holding the Fourth Annual Texas National Picnic on May 21st at Love's Lookout park, just north of Jacksonville on US 69. We have over $2,500 in door prizes, with lots of freebie giveaways. Bring something to throw on the grill or bring a burger or sub. We will fire up the grill about noon. Some of us will be at the park by 9 a.m. We are expecting riders from San Antonio, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, and other parks of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

I hope we see you at the meeting and definitely at the Texas National Picnic.
 
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We had a good meeting with about 19 or more in attendance.

We picked up two new members last night, Craig & J.D, and one renewing member, Kent. We are up to 30 paid members for the year.

Don't forget the Texas National Picnic on Saturday the 21st at Love's Lookout Park. It's gonna be a hoot!

Also, we are planning to ride to Huntsville on the Third Saturday Ride in June, on the 18th. We are going in two groups, one to stick to streets and one will do a light dual sport ride. More details to come.
 
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