I was invited through Jaxon Fyffe to meetup with Aaron Gragg, the leader of Possum Kingdom Adventure riders which is a good bunch of guys Northwest of Dallas. He had a trip in the works going down to the coast. Not doing the math, I said sure. (It was a 1200ish mile trip over 3 days!😳)
We were joined by Tim Scholtz, Kevin Landis, James Queen, Zach Bagley, and the father and son(two up) team of Lee and Max Chestnut. Aaron agreed to let me park the Yamahauler on his ranch while we were away. More on the ranch later…
Day 1 was right at 500 miles at a very quick pace. We stopped in West, Texas just north of Waco for gas and lunch. West is known for several Czechoslovakian bakeries all serving meat filled rolls called Koliches. YUM! The route was all “Farm to Market” secondary roads. We showed up at the hotel in Winnie, Texas after about 11 hours on the road. I slept hard that night!
Day 2 was along the coast, new roads mostly for me. From Winnie, down to the Gulf Coast skirting the beach to the ferry to Galveston. A short (free) ferry to Galveston island and the touristy town that Galveston is. Then Bay City and seafood lunch in Port Lavaca.
Our hotel for the night was about 100 miles away in the very historic town of Goliad. All Texans are taught of the fort and battles that happens there. A really neat place!
Read more about it here…. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hjg05
Enjoy some of the pictures from the sleepy little town.
Day 3 had rain in the forecast all the way back to the ranch… yuck. I chose to take a more direct route that had me going through more rain then the others who normally follow the radar to avoid the clouds. Riding in the northwest for so long, I’m prepared for the wet stuff. Luckily, I only hit about two hours of rain of the 6+ hours on the road. I did meet up with Zack and James outside Seguin, Zack hit a slippery patch of pavement and went sliding across 3 lanes of highway. His handle bars got bent pretty bad and he lost 1/2 his foot peg but only got a little road rash on his forearm. He was lucky! Even with his bike in that condition, he still kept a pace faster then I cared to keep up with. Not wanting to slow him down, he sped off and I was happy to “ride my own ride”
When passing through Cherokee Texas, the smell of wood smoke had me activating my antilock brakes for open pit BBQ. It was South Side BBQ Ohhhh my! Was that tasty! The perfect place to stop and grab a bite after skipping breakfast wanting to beat the weather. I actually beat Aaron back to the ranch by almost an hour.
Aaron had some ranch duties to take care of as soon as he got parked, you see he manages 4000 acres with about 75 head of cattle! He also has “High fence” and “low fence” guided hunts form wild pigs, turkey and deer. He asked if I wanted to ride with him to feed the cattle and if we see any feral hogs, it was open season. We didn’t see any hogs but I did get a great tour of the ranch while we fed the cows.
To book guided Hog, Turkey or Deer hunts contact Aaron a Possum King Hunting Company in Graham Texas. He did say that a 2 day hog hunt has a 90% chance of getting at least one hog.
Once again, this is why I do what I do.. Meeting some great people along the way!
Thanks Aaron and all of the Possum Kingdom adventure riders! I hope I didn’t slow y’all down too much 😉