Saturday, November 5, 2011

Joes Crab Shack

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama ~ Hank Williams ~ September 23, 2011

Oakwood Cemetery Annex
Montgomery, Alabama
 Hank was originally buried several yards away. He was moved a few days later to be next to his mother, and to also be in a larger plot to allow for future burial of his former wife.
 Hank Williams Museum
Downtown Montgomery
They have the car in which Hank passed over and also the very same suit in which he left his body in.
They also have many of his Nudie suits, which are in wonderful shape and are awesome! I love a good Nudie suit.  Many things are on loan from Hank, Jr.
 Hank Williams Memorial Statue
Downtown Montgomery

 Hank is looking toward the civic center where his funeral was held.  More than 20,000 people attended. The museum has video of that day.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jerry in Alabama ~ 09/22/2011

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Alabama ~ Finally!

New tire installed.  Whoo-whoo for the extended warranty!  As we have found in this and other situations the Harley Dealers really work to get you back on the road if you have an issue while traveling. We Got back on the road and went back to Mississippi.  Drove through and finally made it to Alabama. I am still loving all of the green, it's so pretty. With the drought so bad in Texas we haven't seen that in a long time.  Hopefully we will be in Montgomery tonight.

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Went to Mississippi this morning. Got off the bikes to take a picture and uh-oh! An almost flat tire. Back to Slidell, Louisiana to the Harley Dealer. Sucks to have to wait for service when you really want to on the road.

The culprit is a nail.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Louisiana Second Stop on Vacation ~ 09-20-2011

This morning started with a heavy fog. It was hard to see through the windshield.
Nothing to do but get a huge breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I must be off my game because I forgot to take a picture of my food.
San Antonio was fun and relaxing but it's time to put in some serious miles and actually get somewhere.
As soon as we hit Beaumont the love bugs appeared. I know they are love bugs but I really loathe them. Ugh! So many bug guts to clean off my windshield, not to mention my pants. Poor little bugs.. what a way to go.
Louisiana is so green! Such a change from all of the dying grass and trees I have been seeing for so long now. The flowers are pretty. The smell of the fresh cut grass is glorious. Yes, they actually have grass to cut!
Next stop is Baton Rouge. I've never been there before. Right now we are in Lafayette. Perhaps will make it to Hammond this afternoon. Tomorrow will be in Montgomery, Alabama.

**Tuesday, P.M.
We ended up in Denham Springs, Louisiana tonight.  Had a great meal at El Rancho Mexican Grill.  I think Big Daddy was tired.

Tomorrow I think I'll just go and visit 'ole Hank Williams!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride And Cookoff

Honoring HFD Captain Grady Don Burke
June 25, 2011

We gathered early at the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department where the ride organizers were serving pancakes and bacon. After enjoying the meal it was time to look at all of the bikes that were lined up for the ride. There was every kind of bike you can imagine. Many older bikes and a lot of trikes. 
This little Fire Truck was a remote control - it was too cute!
Jack and Jerry checking out the bikes

Jacks Bike ready for the ride

HFD Pipes And Drums

There was as short service and laying of a wreath at the firefighter memorial at the fire station

The Burke Family placed a wreath on the Fire Fighter Memorial at the fire station

HFD Honor Guard

When the firefighters rode in on their bikes and in the background I heard the bagpipe warming up, I was suddenly reminded of why were all really there, Houston Fire Department Captain Grady Don Burke. Captain Burke was the 59th Houston Firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty. He was trapped in a house when the roof collapsed and was unable to escape. Captain Burke was a Valor Award recipient, a husband and the father of three.
This ride was to support the Texas Line Of Duty Response Team. They support firefighters who are injured in the line of duty, or the families of firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty.
After the short ceremony started the ride. We rode through four counties, Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Galveston Counties. It was a police escorted ride which means we didn't have to stop along the way.  No red lights, no stop signs and no traffic. There were cars parked along the roadways and people standing on the side of the street while we went by. There was some very pretty scenery along the way since we took the back roads there.  

Jack at the start of the ride
The Lumberton County Fire Department escorted us the whole way

Me in the rearview - yes, Big Daddy is driving me!

I'm sure Buc-ees was thrilled to be overcome with about 500 bikes and about double that with bikers!

Flag wavers along the way

I love wonderful trees...

A VFW Post along the way
We saw some real bikers along the route

So many cemeteries, so little time!

When we arrived at the Galveston County Fairgrounds there were people there watching the bikes roll in.

The riders were served BBQ sandwiches and chips after getting to the fairgrounds.
There was a barbecue cook-off and fire festival at the Galveston County Fairgrounds in Hitchcock, Texas. I enjoyed looking at all of the fire equipment and of course the BBQ cook-off teams. Jerry and I have a friend who has a team, actually a team of two!  Luke makes wonderful ribs. His sauce is a bit sweet and spicy at the same time.

Luke with his award winning ribs

Fire Station 26's BBQ team in honor of Firefighter Damion Hobbs killed in the line of duty on April 12, 2009

HFD Pipes and Drums


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