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    Texas National Picnic

    In response to cries from across the land to have a Texas National Rally, the East Texas BMW plus Motorcycle Club has stepped up to at least partially fill the breach.

    OK, it's not a rally, but we haven't the wherewithal to host a rally so we're doing the what we can.

    Here is the info for the TNP:

    Where:
    Love's Lookout Visitor Center, located on the east side of hwy 69 approximately 4.5 miles north of the intersection of hwy 79 in Jacksonville, TX. It's marked with green signs.
    N32d 01' 46.03
    W95d 16' 46.93
    http://www.cherokeecountytexas.us/Lo...kout_Park.html
    http://www.tomatocapital.com/gallery2.asp

    When:
    Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at noon. That's when we'll fire up the grills and wait for the hordes to descend.

    Facilities:
    Restrooms, vending machines, covered picnic tables, grills, plenty of parking, and a great view.

    Food: Bring your own food and drink. We will provide charcoal for the grills.

    Camping: Here are some sites.
    http://jacksonville-texas.com/Reside...8/Default.aspx

    http://www.campingfriend.com/shadypinesrvpark/

    https://www.texasstaterr.com/parks.php

    http://www.ruskkoa.com/

    Motels are available in nearby towns.

    Things to do:
    -The Texas State Railroad leaves from both Rusk and Palestine Saturdays and Sundays.
    -Lots of fun roads in the area.

    Come join us for some food and meet some folks from east Texas.
    Exciting update: It looks as though we will have door prizes.

    Further info:
    Jeff Florentine@ 936-569-8343
    Last edited by Jeff488; 03-21-2013 at 01:32 AM. Reason: Addl info
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    TX National

    This sounds do-able. If you want to pick up the ball, then go ahead and have at it.
    The original concept for a Texas National was started by the Houston club, but, like everything else, was morphed over the years. So what I'm saying is that if anyone wants to take over the responsibility, then, by all means, go for it! Different locations was part of the original concept. llano is a great location but there are lots of other places that are more than willing to let us go there.
    It would be important to try to coordinate this with all the Texas clubs, in order to make it happen.
    Boxerbruce

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    Aspiring Profligate jeff488's Avatar
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    As the last club to do the TNR was the San Antonio club, I spoke with their Prez to be sure we weren't stepping on any toes. It was fine with him, so we went with it.
    This is obviously not a rally, just a get-together. Our club is too small to organize a rally and it's too late to put one together.

    This TNP was a last minute idea brought up at our last meeting, so we are going to give it a try.
    Maybe some larger club will do a TNR next year.
    This is our club's first stab at anything like this, so we're starting small.
    Hope you and many others can make it.
    Jeff
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    LOL! I thought it was a truck stop on the interstate when I first read the name, but after reading the links you have it sounds pretty interesting. Kind of sad how those little amusement parks faded away after the Six Flags and Disney World mega-parks took over. Different times for different folks I guess.

    Anyway, the wife and I might ride down and check it out. Thanks to you and the East Texas BMW club for stepping up. Be sure to post something on Two Wheeled Texans also (http://www.twtex.com/). I'm sure several of those guys will come. They're always looking for an excuse to ride.
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    Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff488 View Post
    In response to cries from across the land to have a Texas National Rally, the East Texas BMW plus Motorcycle Club has stepped up to at least partially fill the breach.

    OK, it's not a rally, but we haven't the wherewithal to host a rally so we're doing the what we can.

    Here is the info for the TNP:

    Where:
    Love's Lookout Visitor Center, located on the east side of hwy 69 approximately 4.5 miles north of the intersection of hwy 79 in Jacksonville, TX. It's marked with green signs.
    N32d 01' 46.03
    W95d 16' 46.93
    http://www.cherokeecountytexas.us/Lo...kout_Park.html
    http://www.tomatocapital.com/gallery2.asp

    When:
    Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at noon. That's when we'll fire up the grills and wait for the hordes to descend.

    Facilities:
    Restrooms, vending machines, covered picnic tables, grills, plenty of parking, and a great view.

    Food: Bring your own food and drink. We will provide charcoal for the grills.

    Camping: Here are some sites.
    http://jacksonville-texas.com/Reside...8/Default.aspx

    http://www.campingfriend.com/shadypinesrvpark/

    https://www.texasstaterr.com/parks.php

    http://www.ruskkoa.com/

    Motels are available in nearby towns.

    Things to do:
    -The Texas State Railroad leaves from both Rusk and Palestine Saturdays and Sundays.
    -Lots of fun roads in the area.

    Come join us for some food and meet some folks from east Texas.
    Exciting update: It looks as though we will have door prizes.

    Further info:
    Jeff Florentine@ 936-569-8343
    The big update, besides being a shameless bump, is that we have door prizes thanks to the MOA!
    '04 Silver R1150RT "Big Oel". '05 Yellow KLR 650
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    We should also have cake at the picnic and some additional door prizes besides what the MOA generously sent to us.
    Rich
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    Marakesh Red 1988 K75S "The S is, by far, the finest-handling BMW we have ever ridden." Motorcyclist, November 1986

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    Reminder...tomorrow is the day

    Weather looks great...come join us for the Picnic.

    Ron
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    Total BMW miles 306,000

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    Get those grills fired up. There will be at least 6 of us coming up from San Antonio. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
    Paul Mulhern
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    I wrote up a post on our club blog here:

    http://etbeemers.blogspot.com/2013/0...al-picnic.html

    I posted all of the pictures there. We should have a group photo posted later and I saw one member making a video, so hopefully I will have that soon. All of the picture are at our site above, but I will post the ride report here and a few pictures.

    This was our first picnic/semi-rally and it was a success! We had 24 people attend on 18 bikes and one corvette. There was one Flying Brick (my K75S), one other K-bike (K1200LT), 2 Airhead R100RTs, a few Oilheads (R1100RT & R1150RTs), a few Hexheads (R1200RT, R1200R, & R1200GS), an F-bike (F800GS), & quite a few other makes (Aprilia, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, and a couple others).

    We had many riders from around East Texas, at least one from Houston and several from the San Antonio MOA Club. It was a nice cookout with a lot of moto-talk and and a lot of fun visiting with friends and making some new ones. Love's Lookout was a great place to have a picnic - clean picnic areas, VERY clean restrooms, plenty of parking, and a GREAT view.

    The first rider made it to the park a little after 9 a.m. and laid claim to the pavilion. Since it is a Texas State Park, you can't reserve the sites. Other riders starting filtering in by ones and twos around 10:30. Close to noon a group arrived that had ridden in from San Antonio that morning, including the National BMW MOA Chartered Club Liaison, Paul Mulhern on his R1200GS, and his wife on her F800GS. By 1 p.m. all 24 people had arrived. It was good to be able to meet folks from other areas.

    We ended up with eighteen door prizes, which were generously donated by the BMW MOA & the BMW RA (we are a charter club of both organizations). With 24 people and 18 door prizes, almost everybody won something. We also had a couple cakes, more brat and sauerkraut than we could eat, and a really good time.

    We are thinking that we will mark the third Saturday in May as the annual date for the Texas National Picnic. So for now, the Second Annual Texas National Picnic will be at Love's Lookout on May 17th, 2014!

















    Rich
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    We had a great time and want to thank you for putting it on. Hope you can do it again next year. And special thanks for the tip on the great back roads. We had a blast.
    Paul Mulhern
    MOA# 56330
    '05 1200GS Big Blue

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    Group Picture

    Here is the group picture taken by Bill Burt last Saturday. I have a much larger version. If anyone wants it, email me at detbmw@gmail.com

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    Rich
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    Texas National Picnic - 2014

    Join us on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at noon for the First Ever, Second Annual Texas National Picnic, being held at Love's Lookout Visitor Center, just north of Jacksonville, TX.

    The Visitor's Center is located on the east side of hwy 69 approximately 4.5 miles north of the intersection of hwy 79 in Jacksonville, TX. It's marked with green signs.
    N32d 01' 46.03
    W95d 16' 46.93

    Loves Lookout info

    We will fire up the grills at noon and wait for the hordes to descend. There are restrooms, vending machines, covered picnic tables, grills, plenty of parking, and a great view.

    Bring your own food and drink. We will provide charcoal for the grills and condiments for your burgers, etc..

    Here are local camping sites:
    Lake Jacksonville Campground
    Shady Pines RV Park and Campground
    Texas State Railroad Camping
    Rusk KOA

    Motels are available in nearby towns.

    Come join us for some food and meet some folks from East Texas.
    There is no fee and there will be door prizes.

    Further info email etbeemers@gmail.com
    Last edited by detbmw; 02-26-2014 at 12:50 AM.
    Rich
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    Marakesh Red 1988 K75S "The S is, by far, the finest-handling BMW we have ever ridden." Motorcyclist, November 1986

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    Another bump in the thread and also to add that the weather is forecast to be great.

    In addition to condiments, there will be cheese for your burger.
    But the Rusk KOA is closed.
    Looking forward to seeing you there.

    Jeff
    Last edited by jeff488; 05-16-2014 at 11:56 PM.
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