This year, our semi-annual gathering of sidecars riders in Texas/Louisiana happened at the KOA Campgrounds in Rusk, TX. We were here a few years ago. The campground owners took such good care of us we decided a return visit was in order.
Friday night was renewing friendships and meeting new riders around the campfire.
Campfires and sidecars go well together. This KOA has tent camping sites, tepees, cabins,
and RV hook-up sites. Plus a swimming pool, playgrounds for kids, and live music
Saturday morning the sun was bright, the sky was clear, and all forecasts for rain had dissipated overnight.
We rode to a small wedding venue south of Rusk in a renovated turn-of-the-century Schoolhouse/Chapel
in Lone Oak, a community that does not exist on any map.
We were greeted by Ruthie, who, with her husband Jackson, are renovating the old chapel in the wild.
Ruthie and her husband Jackson are slowly renovating this structure to serve the community.
After they purchased the acreage, they found out they also acquired the chapel and the surrounding grounds. After discussing what to do with the falling structure, they decided to bring it back to life once again as an affordable country wedding venue. It is a labor of love for them.
Ruthie welcomes the sidecar group to Lone Oak Chapel.
From the chapel we rode to visit the historical society museum in Rusk where they display the history of Cherokee County.
That evening, we shared a potluck dinner in the KOA clubhouse.
With rain on the horizon, we all quickly departed Sunday morning for home, hoping to beat the rain.
It was a fun time to see so many other sidecarists all in one location, sharing friendships,
recanting tales of sidecar rides and adventures.