|August 2004||Louisiana HSTA Newsletter||Page 1|
We had several members as well a several prospective members planning to attend this BRUNCH RIDE but a dismal but WRONG weather forecast and some ominous weather radar images scared most off. Two members and one prospective member DID ride and all were very glad they did as a great time was had. Prospect Chris Laderer, an MSF instructor who rides a pretty RC51 rode over from his home in Madisonville to join myself and Captain Mike Myers at Starbucks in Baton Rouge. Tony Crowell dropped by in his Envoy to say hello and see us off, opting to avoid the predicted thunderstorms. So at 8:30 the three of us launched a spirited two-wheel assault on the River Road and Highway 22. The roads were clean and mostly free of traffic and we had a great ride, arriving right on schedule at our brunch destination, the Broken Egg in Old Mandeville. By our 11:00 am arrival the skies were blue and it was hot and the weather men were once again proved nothing but pessimists!
The Broken Egg, located in a restored old home in quaint and trendy Old Mandeville near the shores of Lake Ponchartrain features eggs prepared in every way imaginable plus some, as well as a wide variety of other fare. The servings were delicious and more than we could eat.
After lunch we ride back to Madisonville and to Hidden Harbor where Mike keeps his 38 foot Egg Harbor. Chris had to return home but Mike and I, Mike's wife Wendy and Steve, one of Mike's Harbor friends climbed on board. Mike and I changed into swimming trunks and the twin 454 V8's roared to life. With some cooperation from the draw bridge operator we were out the mouth of the Tchfuncte River and into the clearer water of Lake Ponchartrain. A little ways beyond the channel buoys we set anchor and dove in for a refreshing swim. On the cruise back to the harbor Mike showed me his radar unit with which we could monitor an approaching thunderstorm. We returned to the marina and I was dressed in plenty of time to escape the rain. However, we spent too much time yaking with another boat owner who happened by as I was preparing to leave and was interested in the bikes. The rain started coming down as I rode out of the marina! Fortunately, 5 miles ride north took me into bright skies. Mike later told me they got a major thunderstorm with hard rain and big lights not long after my departure
Following my harbor friends' advice I turned onto highway 1077 immediately out of the harbor and was pointed North and out of the rain. After meandering a bit, 1077 runs into Highway 25 which also runs North but I soon turned on to 450 which runs through some beautiful farm country with gentle rolling hills and some nice sweepers. I followed 450 all the way to Stony Point where it crosses Highway 10 and a few miles further to Highway 38 where I hung a left. 38 West through Kentwood, Easleyville and Chipola. Then North on 67 briefly and a left on 422 to Norwood, south on 19 to Wilson and 68 to Jackson and then 10 to the turnoff to my road. Total miles for the day: 286. Some days it pays to take a chance on the weather!
9 or more Louisiana members are planning to attend this event in Heber Springs, AR and route planning is underway. With that many of our group there it is bound to be a blast so make your reservation.
|LA HSTA CAJUN CHRISTMAS 2004|
LOCATION: Caney Creek Lake/Jimmy Davis State Park near Chatham, LA about 45 minutes Southwest of Monroe. Located on a peninsula in the middle of a trophy bass lake, the park has brand new cabins with fireplaces and a large screened porch. The kitchens are supplied with microwaves and coffee makers and the cabins are quite spacious and comfortable. One bedroom has a double bed while the other room has two bunk beds. They go for $65.00 per night.
LA HSTA members have reserved Cabin 12 and 13 for December 3 & 4 to serve as the center of activities. There are 17 cabins arranged in pairs and the tables and grills behind these two cabins will be put to good use! The cabins are all in a row along the lake with #1 on the South end of the park and # 17 closest to the park entrance. Each pair of cabins is a 30 second walk away from its own fishing pier on their lake. Hopefully we will have enough attendees to book several cabins surrounding Cabins 12 and 13. In addition to the two bedroom cabins there are two, four bedroom lodges that sleep 14, 2 double beds, 4 bunks, 1 qss. These are $130 per night. For those who prefer to camp the park has a nice campground with improved sites suitable for tent and RV's
This new location received unanimous praise last year and word has spread so we are expecting a significant increase in attendance. Drew Newcomber also put together a fine route over the hilly North Central Louisiana terrain and we expect to improve on it this year for those interested in some riding on Saturday. As always, we will have a cookout Saturday night followed by the (0ptional) Crazy Gift Exchange and the usual holiday foolishness. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers and Cajun Sausage will be provided along with all the fixings. Bring a side dish, dessert or appetizer if it's convenient( i.e. you're traveling on four wheels), otherwise just bring your appetite. You are on your own for your beverage of choice. Please let us know when you make your plans to attend so that we can be sure to have enough chow.
It is not to early to make your reservation. Take a break and relax for a weekend before the holiday rush sets in. The number to call for reservations is 1-877-226-7652
Keep riding & smiling.
Bob Chappuis, State Co-Director and Editor