Sunshine State of Mind
March 2011

"Midnight bugs taste best"
Author Unknown

Chow Along the Way

There is no guarantee that you will encounter enough bugs to satisfy your hunger. It is advisable to have a few good places to eat listed on your itinerary. For those that like to stop at corporate chain restaurants I would recommend checking out one of those glitzy, four-color magazines that have more advertisements than articles.

Balinese Room

You may not know what town you are in but you'll always recognize a Chili's when you see it. I have nothing against Chili's personally; I have eaten there at least three or four times in my life and enjoyed it. The eatery I am about to tell you about is pretty much a word-of-mouth kind of establishment. If you have never heard of it, you can say you heard of it here first, in the T.M.R.A.'s Daimler's Folly.

I am sure most of you have traveled on I-20. While it is not the greatest of roads to ride, it will get you in and out of Texas in an efficient manner.

On the north side of I-20, about half way between Fort Worth and Abilene, you can see a smoke stack rising high above the landscape. The monolithic symbol, representing prosperous times of long ago, marks the location of the small ghost town by the name of Thurber.

I may possibly go into detail in another article. Today I simply wanted to inform you of the existence of a great place to take a break, grab a tasty meal, and absorb a little Texas history.
Thurber Restaurant
It seems that at one time, Thurber was quite the place to be.

Before the exit from the highway there are state signs that notify you that there is a restaurant somewhere near by the name of the Smokestack Restaurant. If you can find the smoke stack, I am very confident that you will also find the restaurant. They are both located in close proximity. After your hearty meal, you might want to walk over to the brick behemoth and read the historical data prominently displayed at the base.


It just so happened, I passed Thurber on my way to Comanche, the home of the T.M.R.A. State Rally for the next three years. The State Rally is coming upon us soon, time to get ready. Let me tell you a little bit about what to expect when you arrive in Comanche.

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Welcome to Comanche, Texas

Welcome to Comanche

The pre-Civil War town of Comanche sits on highways US-377 and US-67. The Commissioner's Court authorized Ransom Tuggle to lay out the town site where T. J. Nabors built the first house in 1858-59.

Cora Courthouse
Cora Courthouse

Comanche replaced Cora as the county seat in May 1859. See the Cora Courthouse on the Comanche town square during your stay at the State Rally.

Comanche Park
The Comanche Chief
Comanche's Newspaper, Est. 1878

There are always wonderful food vendors at the State Rally. There are more than ample, free campsites as well. If you are out and about and get hungry, Comanche is loaded with good restaurants, offering something for every taste. Just a little north of the square, on TX-16, is the Comanche Trail BBQ and a favorite of many bikers is the Rockin' J at the east end of town.

As far as the motel situation goes and in order of how close to the rally site they are; Country Comfort Inn, America's Best Value Inn, Regency Inn and the Best Western. The Best Western is the newest of the motels.

If you are coming in from the east you will go over the JC Dingwal overpass and make an immediate left to get to the campground. An alternative, and what may be called the back way from Main St. is; Turn south on S. Elm, go over the railroad tracks and make a right (east) on W. Cherokee Ave. The rally grounds will be on your left.


Well Buckaroos, it is time to get Amana ready for the T.M.R.A. State Rally in April. For registration information, go to As always we have a lot of fun at the T.M.R.A. rally. Comanche does a great job hosting this event. There are plenty of beautiful roads to ride and spring is a perfect time to ride them. I look forward to seeing you there.

Ride em if ya go em!


T.M.R.A. State Rally
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The Chief