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STATE FAIR OF TEXAS – OCT 2018

October 20, 2018 — October 26, 2018

 WHO WANTS TO GO TO THE FAIR?  We’ll depart T74–Taylor at 9:30 AM to arrive at KLNC–Lancaster around  11:30 AM. We’ll get lunch then spend a few hours at the fair before returning home about 7:30 PM.  This should be a fun way to spend a Fall Saturday afternoon. Hope you can join us. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

 

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HOUSTON to FT WORTH (March 30, 2018)

March 30, 2018 — April 5, 2018

AFTER THE TRIP

You never know what’s in store when you head out on a GyroTrip.  Dayton and I departed T74 – Taylor at about 7:00 AM Friday morning and flew down to KTME – HOUSTON EXEC to pick up Chandler. Weather was a bit chilly, but almost perfect. We departed HOUSTON EXEC for a 45 minute flight to KCXO – NORTH HOUSTON REGIONAL where we had a fantastic breakfast at THE BLACK WALNUT CAFE, located on the top floor of the Airport FBO. From Conroe, we made our way to KFWS – FT WORTH SPINKS airport, arriving at about 2:30.  Our rental car was gassed up ready when we landed.  We made it to  UNCLE JULIOS between the lunch and dinner rush and were able to kick back and enjoy good food and good company. Downtown FT WORTH was not too crowded which made for an unhurried walk around SUNDANCE SQUARE,  ending with drinks at the REATA rooftop bar and a steak dinner in the downstairs restaurant. 

We were up early SATURDAY morning and drove to MONTGOMERY STREET CAFE to plan the day over sausage, eggs and pancakes. Strong south winds were forecast  so we opted out of flying to LLANO and flew to T74 – TAYLOR for lunch with the FAM at HIT THE SPOT CAFE in Hutto.

About 4 O’Clock, Dayton headed north to McGregor to meet Brittny, I flew back to Houston to drop off Chandler. On the solo flight back to Taylor, I thought about what a blessed experience it is to be able to fly gyros across the country, experiencing food, fun and life with family.

Yes, this one was as good as it gets!

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BEFORE THE TRIP

We had a change of plan for our Gonzales, LA trip. Most of the restaurants in the New Orleans area are closed for Good Friday, including the one’s we wanted to visit. So, we decided to fly to Ft. Worth instead. We’ll fly down to KTME in Houston Friday morning, pick up Chandler, then fly to KCXO in Conroe for breakfast, then on to KFWS Ft. Worth. We’ll depart KFWS-Ft Worth around NOON on Saturday and make our way to Cooper’s BBQ in Llano. Weather looks good, so it should be a good trip.

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LUNCH TRIP – Taylor, TX to San Antonio (SAT – JAN 20, 2018)

January 20, 2018 — January 31, 2018

BEFORE THE TRIP

Let’s give it another shot.  The LUNCH TRIP to JOSEPHINE STREET CAFE in San Antonio is rescheduled for SATURDAY – JAN 20  Departing T74 – Taylor at 12:30 PM, returning that evening.  Join us if you can.  Thanks for following! ENJOY THE JOURNEY

 

AFTER THE TRIP

After a short delay departing T74 – Taylor, we were wheels up at 1:10 PM.  Weather was chilly and bordering on IFR and we fought a strong headwind all the way, but no one was in a hurry. When we landed at Stinson Airport at 3:00 PM, Imperial Aviation FBO loaned us the “crew car” for the short drive to Josephine Street Cafe.  By the time we got there, everyone was hungry and ready to eat. As always,  Josephine’s has something for everyone – chopt steak, ribeyes, bacon wrapped filet, Hawaiian chicken and gulf shrimp, all served in a Texas Friendly setting. After an hour or so of eating and visiting, we headed back to the airport, fueled up the gyros, and were in the air at 5:40 for a quick fly-by the Tower of The Americas in downtown San Antonio, then on to a fly-over downtown Austin, and finally touching down at 6:50 at T74-Taylor.  We were sorry Ray and Chandler couldn’t join us. We’ll hold a spot for them next time. It was a fantastic day. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY. 

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HARD 8 BBQ – Stephenville, TX (Nov 18, 2017)

November 18, 2017 — November 30, 2017

Mike Baker suggested this trip to Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville. Looks like a good destination for a 1- Day Trip. Click on the ITINERARY SUITCASE for details. Thanks for following! ENJOY THE JOURNEY

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COOPERS BBQ – LLANO, TX (Sept. 5, 2017)

September 5, 2017 — September 14, 2017

SUMMARY – AFTER THE TRIP

What a great way to start September – good weather, good food, and good folks. Four gyros made the trip to Cooper’s BBQ in Llano today. Ray Hancock, Ed LeBlanc, Dayton Dabbs, John Craparo and KathyD and I  landed in Llano around 11:30 and took the airport van to town for a fun get-together at Coopers. Kathy took a quick pic of us before we saddled up and headed home. Dayton lead the way with an Indy-Style flight through the Canyons south of Llano that included 90 turns with the canyon walls about 100 feet above our rotors.  As George Strait says “Texas is the place I’d dearly love to be”. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

 

 

BEFORE THE TRIP

FALL is almost here and that’s time for a trip to COOPERS in LLANO. Some say it’s the best BBQ in Texas. We’ll leave T74 – TAYLOR at 9:30 Tuesday morning for the one hour flight to Llano. Let us know if you want to join us. Looking forward to it. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

 

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Lake Hamilton – Hot Springs, AR (Aug 9, 2017)

August 9, 2017 — August 18, 2017

AFTER THE TRIP

This trip was a good blend of flying, boating, and seeing the sites. We landed at Hot Springs Municipal Airport  about 7:30 Wednesday evening after dodging storms all day. Lookout Point Lodge was an exceptional place to stay, right on Lake Hamilton. We took to the lake on Thursday morning for Kathy to recapture her youth on the skis – lots of fun. We had to skip breakfast at the lodge Friday morning in order to outrun the storms that were moving in from the west.  We took off with about a 30 minute window before the storms hit Hot Springs. The weather improved as we flew southwest toward Texas. After a quick fuel stop in Winnsboro TX, we flew non-stop to T74 – Taylor where we touched down at 3:15 PM. Saltgrass Steakhouse in Round Rock was a welcome sight as our final stop on this fantastic trip.

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BEFORE THE TRIP

It’s about 700 miles round-trip from TAYLOR, TX (T74) to HOT SPRINGS, AR (KHOT).  We’ll fly up on Wednesday and stay at Lookout Point B&B, located on Lake Hamilton. On Thursday, we’ll  rent a pontoon and cruise the lake, then fly home on Friday. Click the ITINERARY graphic to see departure times and fuel stops.

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Taylor, TX to New Orleans (Oct 13, 2017)

October 13, 2017 — October 27, 2017

AFTER THE TRIP

From the beginning, GyroTrips was created to bring people together who share a common interest in flying gyros and having fun. The ten people who took part in the New Orleans trip brought that dream to life. We enjoyed good weather, fantastic food and the sights and sounds of the Crescent City.  I think everyone returned  home with good memories that will last a long time. 

 

BEFORE THE TRIP

Great!  A total of FIVE GYROS are confirmed for the New Orleans trip on FRI – OCT. 13 through SUN. – OCT. 15. Should be good flying, good food, and good company. Click on the ITINERARY SUITCASE graphic for details.

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Taylor, TX to Taste of Texas – Houston Exec (June 25, 2017)

June 25, 2017 — June 29, 2017

SUMMARY – AFTER THE TRIP

For a while, it looked like we would have to cancel the trip due to weather. At our original departure time of 1:00 PM, showers and thunderstorms still hovered over Taylor and along our route.  But, we got a break about 2:30 and were able to fly around the storms for a pleasant two hour flight down to Houston.  The folks at KTME were very accommodating in parking our gyros under their covered canopy and providing transportation to the restaurant. Taste of Texas is a comfortable place for friends to gather, and the food and service are top notch. It was great to see Chandler and Kelly.  When we departed KTME at 7:00 PM, the weather had started to brew again. We had to divert to the north toward College Station to avoid two significant storms, but, with the help of a tailwind, our ground speed was about 100 mph and we slipped through and found clear skies all the way back to Taylor T74. Thanks to KathyD, Mike and Cyndi, Bobo and Jeanette, and Chandler and Kelly for making this a fantastic GyroTrip. Thanks for following – ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

BEFORE THE TRIP

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate better than it did last time we tried this trip.. Plan to take-off from T74 Taylor at 1:00 Sunday afternoon for the flight down to KTME (Houston Exec) and an early dinner at 4:00 at Taste of Texas. We should get back to Taylor close to sundown at 8:00. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

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Taylor, TX to Apache Pass, TX (June 17, 2017)

June 17, 2017 — June 21, 2017

About a twenty minute gyro flight to the east of Taylor, there’s a stretch of land known as APACHE PASS, officially located in DOWNTOWN, TX. It’s one of the more unique venues in Central Texas and includes a private landing strip, a steakhouse, where you choose to have your steak grilled over pecan, mesquite, or oak.  And, there’s the San Gabriel River that runs across the back side of the property, complete with a swinging bridge and all kinds of sights you won’t see anywhere else.  Mike Baker put this trip together – several gyros should be flying. Looking forward to take-off at 5:00 Saturday. Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY

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Taylor, TX to Natchez and New Orleans (June 09, 2017)

June 7, 2017 — June 14, 2017

 

Recapping this trip:  That’s lots of flying in two days – about 900 miles. Weather was perfect, company was, too. Flew over the middle of Lake Pontchartrain in route to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. Messina’s Runway Cafe was closed for the weekend due to a big Hollywood movie being filmed on site.  Had one of the best breakfasts in town at Russell’s Marina Grill on Shoreline Drive, next to the lake.  Landed back at T74 just before sundown.  The trip was fun. Spending time with Chandler – Priceless! Thanks for following. ENJOY THE JOURNEY

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