This year marks the third year we have gone out for the Giddy Up in New Braunfels, TX. It may have been the hottest year to date, but nothing was going to stop us from having a blast. It never ceases to amaze me how much a group of riders can come together and just feel like family. The builders, the hosts, the vendors, it truly is just one happy family. Every year we leave, we instantly can’t wait for the next trip. I have to give those guys over at the Giddy Up credit, they sure do know how to do it Texas Style.
The line-up of bikes up in the builders section is always so inviting. The only way to become a showcased builder is for one of the guys to invite you in. They see a bike they like, and they let you know they want to showcase it. No red tape, no deadlines, just a gathering of their favorite bikes. Such a classy way of going about it in my opinion. And they never disappoint in their selections, I can tell you that much.
But it isn’t just the bikes, of course it is a bike show by name, but they have so much more. The show is spread out over the grounds of the River Road Ice House, and again, in pure Texas style, it covers quite the area. I have always had the privilege of finding my favorite bikes and shooting them, and this year I was able to explore some of the areas surrounding the site, and the beauty astounds me. Such a perfect location. The outdoor bar, the trees to lay under to escape the heat, and the vendors to peruse throughout the day all give the perfect setting for this vintage bike show. But the icing on the cake is the stage; a big stage, with even bigger bands. There is something for everyone, everything from Tex Mex to metal. The dance floor is full and my ears are happy. Grab a cold one, listen to the tunes, and browse the showcased bikes. That is a day well spent.
And shoot, you can even win the giveaway bike, that part wouldn’t suck either! This year’s bike was built by Joey Cano of Slab Side Cycles, and it was of course gorgeous. The winner this year was simply known as Billy. His hard working self was on his way home when the phone call came that he is the proud new owner of that gorgeous Panhead. We all got to smack our foreheads to the sound of his voicemail coming on when the guys called to let him know. Luckily he lives close by and came back Sunday to pick up his new wheels. Some guys have all the luck, huh?
Although for a Cali-girl like myself, half the fun is the 1300-1500 mile ride out and then back that I get to enjoy. Campgrounds along the way, and a riverside campground when we finally arrive. Nothing like being on the road and then settling in for an ice cold beer, the sound of rushing water, and the smell of campfires surrounding you. I don’t know what else to say other than I certainly know what I am looking forward to at the end of March 2018! Until next time my lovelies.
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