A short ride.

Historic downtown Jefferson

Historic downtown Jefferson

We took another “short” ride Saturday.  It was going to be short because Sharon and I were both worn out. We’ve been tearing up the roads for the last few weekends and we’re going to be in Dallas next weekend. This was supposed to be a relaxing and getting a few chores done at the house weekend.
Our son was home for a few days though and we haven’t taken a ride with him in a long time. So about 2 O-clock we decided to take a quick ride. This was to be a ride of about 40 miles round trip, and last no more than two hours. We jumped on the bikes and took off in no particular direction.
About 60 miles later we pulled into Jefferson. Brandon had never been there on a bike before, and somehow as we were aimlessly burning gas I just never got around to turning around.
We had to take Brandon to Annie Skinner’s. I mean, you can’t go to Jefferson without sticking you nose in Annie Skinner’s can you ? Turns out you can. There was something going on there that night and there was a $5.00 door charge. We were already committed to eating at another restaurant, and I wasn’t  dropping $15.00 just to say we’d been. We’ll catch them another time.
The reason we wanted to go to the other place is because Sharon and I had been there once and hadn’t put a dollar on the wall. That’s a tradition at this little place, but on my first trip it felt more like a scam. Funny how stuff like that can bug you. I couldn’t wait to get back down there and staple by buck to the woodwork.
By the time we finished eating, and roaming through a couple of antique shops, it was 7:30. We took hwy. 49 out of Jefferson, then hwy. 43 up to Atlanta. We like the smaller roads, but it was dark by the time we got to Atlanta, and I saw one deer grazing on the shoulder.
We managed to get home without hitting one and had an enjoyable weekend. One of these days I’ll try a short ride that’s less than 100 miles.

– Guy Wheatley

Brandon and Sharon wave enthusiastically at the camera

Brandon and Sharon wave enthusiastically at the camera

Stapling my dollar to the wall.

Stapling my dollar to the wall.

3 Responses

  1. oldman Says:

    Jefferson is a nice relaxing Sat or Sun ride.It’s a colorfull little town with a lot of interesting history. Most everyone from the Texarkana area that rides has made the trip,especially to the Boo Rally,but if you live within riding distance and haven’t made the trip yet, you need to bust off down there and check it out. And if ya see a big old red Valk along the way stop an say howdy and if it’s me I’ll probably go with ya :) ..

  2. Wendell Morton Says:

    Hi, I just found your blog and can see that I will enjoy it.Having one of local interest is good. Thank you for your efforts. I am a shop teacher here in Texarkana And me and my co-worker also a shop teacher both ride Hondas. Mine is a Valkyrie and he has a shadow.We are interested in any group rides and look forward to meeting new people.Let us know when things are happening and we will try to attend. We have a nice event for family fun coming up in July at Atlanta Tx.
    The Nazarene church is having a Jubilee Jamboree on the 11th and 12th and all bikers are welcomed. We will have biker games and a ride and food and great music and a church service on Sunday. Please encourage people to attend. We are looking forward to a great weekend. Again so glad to hear about your blog. I teach young people here at Arkansas High to repair bikes and we just had a young man to win the silver medal in motorcycle service technology last week. This is the 3rd year in a row we have won the silver.I think we are due the gold before long, I sure hope this young man competes next year and takes over the hump. His predecessor won the other two and did not return this year and I selfishly think he would have won first place. Wish us luck as we continue to strive towards perfection. If you need any help with bike questions etc. let me know. Wendell (“Preacher”) Morton.

  3. Willie TKana Says:

    Yeah, if you cannot think of Ride, you can always ride to Jefferson. Motorcyclist like riding somewhere to eat Pie.
    A Pie Run has always been popular. Well jefferson has a unique Pie Shop. We discovered the Shop last time we were there.
    I have known Riders to ride over 200 miles just to meet up, and eat some good Pie…

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