We were KSU (kick stands up) from the hotel at 9:30AM. I hadn't paid a whole lot of attention to the planned ride route, just enough to know there were 92 miles and lunch mentioned in the description somewhere.
I'm not going to complain, because a ride is a ride is a ride; but not all rides are equal :) and I will explain.
When we left the hotel, we did it in two groups. Riding almost 30 motorcycles out the city in one group is just too much work and you end up getting separated by traffic. So we broke into two smaller groups. The first stop was our opportunity to meet back up, farther out into the country, and to get a glimpse of the bayou. So stopping just 17 miles into the ride made sense.
We got back underway after about 20 or 30 minutes of bayou gawking. I figured we were underway for a nice 45 to 60 minute ride...I was wrong. We stopped again about 17 miles later. This time there was no bayou, or anything else, to look at. It was a small grocery/gas station. I'm still not sure what the purpose of the stop was, other than to kill time on the way to the final destination which is where they planned on eating lunch. After another 20 or 30 minutes, we were KSU, again. Alright! Now the ride begins. This is what I've been waiting for!
About 10 miles later, we stopped again...what!? This time is was at a hangout called the Tin Lizy. We did get to see more water/swamp and a couple of really sweet houseboats, but Tin Lizy was closed. After about 30 more minutes of hanging out in the now warm, and humid, Louisiana conditions I learned that the place we were going to eat lunch was only a few miles down the road. Apparently the 92 miles I mentioned earlier had been round trip.
Oh, well. The roads we went down were nice and twisty. There was lots of good scenery to take in and plenty of good conversations, but not a whole lot of riding. :)
That brings us to dinner...a first for me...the Louisiana boil! I knew what it was, but I'd never had it, and wasn't sure I wanted to try it.
Here's a picture of the BEFORE...
Here's a picture of the AFTER...
Boil turns out to be a little spicy, even for me, and it's everything, because it was all in the same pot. The corn was delicious. The potatoes were nice and tender. The mushrooms and garlic were yummy. The sausage was great. The crawfish...well, it was crawfish. I had committed myself to trying at least one. I ended up eating about a half dozen. I'm not sure I'll every seek them out as a food source, but if someone offered me a plate, at least I know I can eat them.
Ah, but the best part of the boil is that they just dump all the food out on the tables and you just stand around eating with your hands! There's no silverware, no plates, just hungry people, lining up to the trough to get their fill :)
To any VR members that read this, don't get me wrong, I had a great ride and a great time. I just need to remind myself that in group get togethers like this, not everyone has the same definition of a good ride as what I do.
Peace and good will to all. Tomorrow is another day, and another road.
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Location:Denham Spring, Louisiana