Chapter 'C' is pleased to introduce our new Chapter Couple of the Year for 2015
Phil & Annette Lockler
What an honor and privilege to be chosen to be the Chapter “C” Couple of the Year for 2015. We are excited to be the best ambassadors for our chapter & GWRRA we can.
Just a little history on how we began to ride. We purchased our first Gold Wing in June of 1997 just on a lark. Just to see if this was something we might want to do. What if we didn’t like riding a bike together, especially on long rides? We didn’t know, at the time, what a long ride meant. Our first touring bike was a burgundy 1981 GL1100 Interstate. We got a really good deal so we thought we would give it a try. That’s where it all started.
We have been with Chapter C since 1998. Our long-time friends, Pat & Berta Burgess, invited us to a chapter meeting. The people were friendly and made us feel right at home. We enjoyed being with people that not only share a desire to ride motorcycles, but to ride safely, share what they have learned with others and most important, have a good time.
Our first “long” ride was to a Texas District Rally in Corpus Christi. We had a great time and met a lot of new friendly people from other chapters around Texas. On the return trip back to Baytown, Pat insisted we ride his new 1998 GL1500. Well, we were surprised at how much smoother the ride was. When things settled down after the trip, we started thinking about buying a new Goldwing. We purchased a beautiful red 1999 GL1500 SE in October, 1998. Phil got all the bells and whistles to make sure I was comfortable because he wanted me to ride with him.
In 2009 we were in Eastside Honda and there set a beautiful periwinkle blue. We took care of our business and left. For about a week he kept talking about the beautiful color of that bike. Now mind you there wasn’t anything wrong with our 1998 red Goldwing. I finally told him if he really wanted the bike to go buy it. So he did. Then we had to start all over again buying all the bling can buy to go on a bike.
We have enjoyed riding the interstates and back roads of these United States. They have been wonderful places we would have never seen had we not purchased a motorcycle and joined GWRRA. We’ve been to North Carolina twice, and then we went to Montana, and over to the state of Washington and all the states in between. We traveled to Northern California twice. Yes through that hot dessert. It’s amazing to have so many memories of the rides we have made, chapters we have visited, the rallies we’ve attended and the friendships we have developed thru Chapter C.
It truly is an honor and privilege to be named “Couple of the Year” for Chapter C. It goes without saying that we have big shoes to fill. David & Kathy have been great ambassadors for our chapter. Remember to thank them for their commitment and service. We will do our best to represent and promote our great chapter everywhere we go.
Ride safe—ride often,Phil & Annette Lockler
Congratulations Phil & Annette !