Fishing and biking can go together


Gone fishing on a motorcycle lately?

In the sweltering summer heat you have to be creative in planning event rides and runs.  Staying cool while looking cool is a new challenge when the temperatures rise over 100 degrees.

Time your ride for morning or evening to enjoy the coolest temperatures.  A group of area bikers left out from Houston the morning of July 4 to participate in the 10 a.m. slated 4th of July parade in Willow Springs. Decorating their bikes with pinwheels, ribbons and pulling tin cans, they enjoyed the company of Abe Lincoln on a bicycle, Uncle Sam on foot as well as a host of vintage vehicles and floats from each branch of the military. Horse and goat drawn carts, Girl Scouts on bicycles, and dozens of clowns all donned old glory’s colors paying tribute to America. One biker from Raymondville even had a rider hop on his bike and enjoy the parade with him for a block or two.

Holiday spirit and an empty schedule led to an impromptu road trip west on Highway 76 toward Ozark County and Rockbridge, which is home of a privately owned trout ranch and resort featuring an 1800’s grist mill and top notch restaurant which sit just yards from the clean cold Spring Creek.

After cooling down and re-hydrating over lunch, the group enjoyed walking underneath the mill, watching the trout fisherman, and the cool air coming off the water. Several wet their doo-rags in the cool spring water and reapplied them. A couple of lady riders enjoyed a near dip in Spring Creek as a prankster attempted to push them in.  What a way to cool off in a hurry!

While admiring the finesse of the fly rod handlers, one biker noticed a lady fisherman appearing to have difficulties with her cast. Although we now kid him that he wrestled her to the gravel for her rod, he truly offered to help her with technique. She handed the rod over and with his first cast into the azure waters he had a strike and subsequently landed a five-pound rainbow trout!

Who says you can’t take a motorcycle fishing?

Avid motorcyclists can purchase evaporative cooling vests and bandanas that really help to keep the body’s core temperature down during a ride.  These items are available via Internet shopping pages or these can be ordered at our local bike shop. Prices range from $25-$100. Hydration is the key element however for surviving the heat, so consider investing in a cooler for your bike and freezing fluids to accompany you on your rides.

Wherever you ride, be safe my friends. Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up. “Remember, it doesn’t matter what brand you ride, the air is all the same.”

Kerry York is a lady rider and resident of Houston, Mo., who coordinates monthly Houston Downtown Cruise-In events from spring to fall. Email