Dave's Counter-Clockwise Tour 2003

Day Five

by Dave Schultheis

Friday, August 1, 2003 - Lindale, Texas

I slept well and was awake at 6:50 a.m. I had called about getting a 10,000 mile service on the Road King, and was asked to be there when the doors rolled up, so I dressed and rolled the bike out, checked tire pressures and fork and shock pressure, then started and warmed the bike and followed my uncle into Tyler, where we arrived at Orrin and Bonnie Latch's Lone Star Harley-Davidson on SSE Loop 323 just before 9:00 a.m.

They wrote my service order and said it would be about five hours, so we checked the MotorClothes department for Fat Boy logo tee-shirts (they had none), I tried on some H-D jeans but didn't buy any, looked at parts on tables, and got a Thunderpress. My uncle was quite impressed with the Buell motorcycles. I looked at some of the new and used motorcycles on the sales floor, then rode back to their house with my uncle, while calling another uncle in Phoenix on the cellular phone.

Back at their house, we looked at some pictures from an air show they had attended, I read some of Thunderpress, watched some CNN and some SPEED.

After a few hours I called Lone Star, asking if I should plan to pick up the bike today, and was told "maybe tomorrow," and that Clint would call me back later.

Later, Paulette called and said I needed a front tire. I knew it was getting low, but I also knew I could safely get some more miles out of it, so I passed.

At 5:40 p.m., Clint called and said "it's ready," that the technician would be taking it on a test ride in the morning, and I should be there at 9:00 a.m.

So we watched a little CNN and a little Travel Channel, then went out to dinner around 6:40 p.m. They took me to a place called Bodacious BBQ on TX Highway 14 just north of Interstate 20, exit 562. This was a great little rib place, so of course, I had ri-i-ibs, pinto beans and potato salad, and washed it down with 7-UP.

This place reminds me of a little restaurant in Castroville CA called the Central Texan Barbeque, but in fact, it should be the other way around!

We took the scenic route back to their house on some back roads. I was kind of tired and didn't make any notes, instead enjoyed looking at some of the beautiful Texas countryside as it rolled by outside the car.

I didn't make note of anything after that, but I'm sure we got home, said hello to the doggies, watched a little television, talked a little, and I took a shower and went to bed.

Miles for the day = 21. Piddly. Miles for the trip = 1884.

Tomorrow: the bike is ready, my check made it to the bank, and a survey of the property.

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David W. Schultheis, San Josť, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, California, USA