Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club

Dallas Firefighters Chapter #8

Southern Rally 2007

Dallas had a great time at the Southern Rally this year. We had eighteen members attending: Richard Jolly, Jerry Rushing, Jennifer & Gary Freeman, Jim & Judy Pharr, Gary & Mindy Lovell, Cindy & Claude Bullard, Jim & Julie Phillips, Reed Russell, Chris Russell, David Smith,

Roland Cale, Robert Russ and Denny Hagen. A lot of members brought friends and family, too.

A bunch of us rode down to Austin on Thursday, May 31st to set-up our campsite at the neat location picked out by Rebel from Irving. Members from Dallas, Irving, Great Lakes, Lewis & Clark Chapters and Lee from Missouri all staked out a spot for the weekend. After unpacking and putting up a little shade, Dallas members hit the road for a little site-seeing tour out to Dripping Springs and Driftwood to the famous Salt Lick Restaurant for some all-u-can stuff bar-be-que. We saw a few deer and lots of wildflowers along the way. Judy picked a terrific ride for a cool summer night.

Friday morning was campsite breakfast burritos then another little ride. We headed east out to Bastrop then back to Austin for the meet-n-greet at Jackalope’s on Sixth Street. The Southern registered fifty-seven riders but a lot more folks showed up. Chapter members from Houston, Lone Star, Cen-Tex, Mid-Cities, Cross Roads, Irving, Los Bomberos, Great Lakes, Lewis & Clark, Texas Fire Dogs, Dallas and several out-riders came by. John Bergstrom, International Vice-President, Sierra-Nevada member (now from Conway AR), also joined us for a Full Moon (lager beer) and some good conversation. We stayed to watch the parade of thousands of bikes from the ROT to Sixth Street.

Friday night found us back at the Travis County campsite and grilling fajitas. The Republic of Texas Rally (ROT) always brings out some kookies and some lookies. This year was no exception and our gang took a stroll down to the drag to watch the other “parade”.

Several members met at the Capitol on Saturday morning for a good ride organized by Karl from Houston. Rebel led out another group and everyone met up in Pflugerville at Hanover’s for the Southern Rally! He welcomed all the riders and especially VP, John B.

We listened to some good music, had some good beer and told a few stories, and when the dust had settled, Dallas member Reed Russell, received the “Oldest Rider” award. Reed made all four rallies and “The Ride to Remember” in 2006 and has a good start on making ‘em all this year. Not bad for the “oldest” rider!

Sunday morning we cooked a little monkey bread then packed up to leave Austin. Another great Southern Rally was over but we’ll be back next year. Ya’ll come.


Gary & Mindy Lovell