Chapter P Granbury

January 2022

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Christie Takes the Reins --or Should We Say Handlebars

A Message From our Director-January 2022

January brings new plans and new workers. Sometimes, it even brings changing of the guard.


This new year brings some of the same staff members to Chapter P but in different position.

There was an opening and great need for a District Membership Enhancement Coordinator. Our own Gary Wheatley has been instrumental in helping to bring new members to our chapter the past two years. He has agreed to step into MEC position at the district level. Thank you, Gary. Texas GWRRA chapters will benefit from your enthusiasm and care.


Gary’s energy made Chapter Director’s job look like a snap. I am certain I will have to work hard to come close to his and Becky’s level of leadership. I don’t expect I will do things the same way as has been done in the past, but we still have some good people working in leadership for your fun, knowledge, and safe riding as a GWRRA Chapter.


Gary and Becky will be Assistant Chapter Directors to help guide me through the “behind the scenes” paperwork and regulations.


Jeff Graham has agreed to continue as our Treasurer.


Ken and Becky Eftink will be Membership Enhancement Coordinators. They will bring new ideas for fun to our gatherings and events.


Walt and Toni Songer will bring Sunshine to our lives.


Ann Graham, Vince Scott and Gary Wheatley will be working together to tweek our website and newsletters to work in tandem.


Eddie “I just wanna ride” Roberts has been researching some of the suggests you have sent him. Look forward to new places to ride, eat and tour soon. We will also ride some our long-time favorites.


Eddie and I are pleased to be part of Chapter P… old and new friends riding our motorcycles, sharing meals, and becoming better friends.


Christie Roberts

Chapter P Director

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Yep, as I write this it’s 37 degrees outside and that’s gonna be the high for the day. Luckily in the great state of Texas we only (usually) have to wait just a couple of days and good riding temperatures return. So let’s get back to riding.


At our February meeting we will be starting something new, fun and rewarding. We call it the Ride Participation Reward Drawing. Those participating in rides since the last meeting will be given a white ticket at the next meeting. You ride on a Chapter Ride you get one ticket at the next meeting- two Rides you get two tickets, etc. At the meeting we will draw one white ticket and give away a crisp $10 bill to the winner. If the gas prices stay where they are then that will buy your Gold Wing half of a tank of go juice. Lastly, YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.


Past Rides:


December 11- Lunch Ride to Shinolas in Springtown. It was a bit chilly so we only had 3 riders on 2 bikes but it was a great ride with awesome food. January 1-Lunch Ride to New York Hill Cafe in Thurber. This was our Annual Polar Bear Ride and as well attended. We had 17 riders on 11 bikes. We arrived safely at the cafe and the temperature was in the mid 70’s. Not what I would call Polar Bear weather, but when we had eaten and walked back to the bikes the temperature had already dropped to 54 degrees with a wind chill factor much below that.


Future Rides:


January 15- Three Covered Bridges Lunch Ride to Creekside Grill in Azle. January29- Lunch Ride to Dutchman’s Hidden Valley in Hamilton. A couple of reminders for the new year: Show up and fuel up at least 15 minutes before a Ride for a brief safety meeting. I try to keep the Ride Calendar on our website up to date for the next 3 months with details of the Rides.


Our Chapter website address is www.gwrra-tx-p.or


Eddie "I Just Want to Ride" Roberts

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Polar Bear Ride --Side Notes

Ride Coordinator, Eddie Roberts, took us on another great lunch ride on New Year's day to New York Hill Restaurant in Thurber, Texas. There were 11 motorcycles with 18 riders. We had an enjoyable ride, saw some interesting places and had an impromptu blessing of the bikes with a Christian Motorcyclist Club out of Abilene.


We left Granbury and passed through Lipan, which is named after the Lipan Apache tribe that used this area of Texas as a hunting ground.


We rode on to Thurber, which was once an oil boom town that for a time had been the third largest town in Texas. There was oil in the area but they also had a large brick plant there that produced high quality bricks used for highways, streets and building seawalls. Famous streets built with bricks manufactured in Thurber include Congress Ave. in Austin, historic Bankhead Highway right here in Parker County that was one of the earliest transcontinental highways from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California, as well as bricks for the Stockyards and Main Street in Fort Worth. Nice homes were built on this hill in Thurber to house many of the oil executives and office workers that moved from New York and other cities in the east to Texas during the oil boom, hence the name ‘New York HIll”.


You can’t miss the “castle” that sits on the high ground just south of New York Hill. It is Greystone Castle Sporting Club and is a premier exotic hunting, shooting and fishing club. It was originally built in the 1980’s with additions to the castle and property through the years. They offer hunts for deer, elk, turkey, exotic animals, quail, pheasant, dove, etc. They also offer jeep safari tours for zebras, water buffalo, wildebeest, and kudu.


New York HIll Restaurant is just south of the town of MIngus. Mingus was also an oil boom town in the 1920’s and 30’s. However, in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, MIngus was a “wet” town in an area of dry counties. It became the go to place for alcohol and trouble. This was memorialized in the bluegrass song around 1978 by John Clay and The Lost Austin Band. According to the song, three boys from Strawn drove to Mingus one night because the “water towers poured beer”. The boys drank plenty of beer and got into a drag race with another car back to Strawn about 2 hours before dawn. They were going over 90 mph and didn’t always stay on their side of the road. The car they were racing crossed the railroad tracks ahead of them. When the boys got to the tracks, they got hit and killed by the Katy train. The singer goes on to explain that moral of the song is that “a decent person ain’t got no chance against a reckless speedin’ train.”


This ride to eat was a great example of what GWRRA is all about as we got together with friends, had fun, added to our knowledge and we got back home safely without “being hit by a reckless speedin’ train.”


What Happens at Waples Stays at Waples

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Hey Beautiful!!

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Christmas in January

Waples United Methodist Church was the location for the annual After Christmas Party for GWRRA Chapter P. The weather was cool, damp and overcast outside but inside, the mood was cheery and bright. This included what has to be an extremely rare purple Christmas tree with numerous purple decorations.


Eddie and Leo were there early working their magic frying the fish they provided for us. Christie was inside preparing other food and drinks for us to enjoy. There were 18 members in attendance. Margaret brought a succulent shrimp dish. Jeff and Ann also brought some of the best smoked ribs we have ever tasted. Everyone brought a wide variety of delicious dishes and desserts.


We had time to mingle for a while before we started our lunch. Leo said the blessing and we started filling our plates. It didn’t take long before many of us realized we needed much bigger plates as we tried to sample at least a little of all the good food spread out before us. However, we managed with some of us going back for a second, okay admit it, third plate of food or desserts.


After lunch, we set up a couple of tables for some silly games. One was called the snowball drop where you had to roll a “snowball” across the table and try to get it to drop into a solo cup. You had ten balls to roll and your partner could collect the ones that missed and you could roll them again. The winners with a high score of 7 went to Vince and Tammy Scott. Second place went to J.B. and Diane Wilson. Third place went to Gary and Becky Wheatley.


We then played a silly game called “reindeer antlers” where your team of four had to blow up 8 balloons and then shove 4 balloons down each leg of a pair of pantyhose. You then had to put the pantyhose on the head of your “reindeer”. It became obvious that we have some members who love to have fun even if it means getting their picture taken with pantyhose and balloons on their head.


Next we had the gift exchange. Mike had the good luck (or bad luck} of having pick number one. He picked a nice prize that he only got to keep for a short while until it was “stolen” from him and he had to pick a new gift. Mike was really good at picking nice presents as he rarely got to keep anything he opened for more than a round to two. He did get to have the last pick but many of the gifts that had been stolen from him were frozen and he could not get them back. It was all in good fun and we walked away with a wide range of great gifts.


There were two significant announcements at the party. J.B and Diane announced they are going to be great grandparents for the first time. We know they will be great! Mike informed us that he and Cynthia were getting married on Wednesday, January 12! We are all very happy for them. Congratulations!


Ken & Becky Eftink, Chapter P MEC Coordinators


Wing Ding 2022 Reminders

Good Morning All


Christie and I have made our hotel reservations in Shreveport for Tuesday thru Saturday morning (June 28th-July 2nd) at Good Morning All


Christie and I have made our hotel reservations in Shreveport for Tuesday thru Saturday morning (June 28th-July 2nd) at Wingate by Wyndham on Barksdale Blvd. The hotel is in the Bossier City area of Shreveport and is 2 miles from the Convention Center. Accomidations are going fast so if you think you may attend Wing Ding 43 you probably should go ahead and reserve your room just in case. We reserved ours on line through Wyndham and there were still rooms left for about $97 plus taxes.


Our plans at this time is to ride there Tuesday morning in time for the Welcome Party and return Saturday evening after the Closing Rally. It's less than a tank and a half drive (249 miles). Also, Christie and I didn't include any of the catered meals in our Wing Ding Registration (just as an FYI).


Ride for Friends, Safety and Knowledge,

Eddie and Christie The hotel is in the Bossier City area of Shreveport and is 2 miles from the Convention Center. Accomidations are going fast so if you think you may attend Wing Ding 43 you probably should go ahead and reserve your room just in case. We reserved ours on line through Wyndham and there were still rooms left for about $97 plus taxes.


Our plans at this time is to ride there Tuesday morning in time for the Welcome Party and return Saturday evening after the Closing Rally. It's less than a tank and a half drive (249 miles). Also, Christie and I didn't include any of the catered meals in our Wing Ding Registration (just as an FYI).


Ride for Friends, Safety and Knowledge,

Eddie and Christie



THE LINK TO THE HOTEL IS BELOW

Ride to Creekside Grill (Azle)

Saturday, Jan. 15th, 11am

10400 Azle Highway

Azle, TX


Kick Stands Up at 11:00 AM from Racetrac on (Hwy 144) also known as 1550 S. Morgan St. Granbury,Tx. 76048

Ride to Dutchman's Hidden Valley (Hamilton)

Saturday, Jan. 29th, 11am

3408 U.S. 281

Hamilton, TX

KSU from Race Trac on (HWY 144) at 11:00 am also know as 1550 S. Morgan St. Granbury,Tx. 76048

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