August 2003 Louisiana HSTA Newsletter Page 1


A brief newsletter this month, nothing much going on in the dog days of summer. But check the UPCOMING items. The weather should soon be cooling off and as soon as the lovebugs die off it will be prime riding weather.


by Bob Chappuis

Maybe it was the heat. Maybe everyone was on vacation. Maybe I did not get the word out soon enough but August's ride was a single bike affair. Hoping to get some of the New Orleans area members involved again I scheduled the ride for 9:00 a.m. Saturday August 23 in Covington. I prepped the VFR the night before and Stacie and I started out early to make the meeting at the International House of Pancakes. I underestimated the trip time and also made a wrong turn and we ended up arriving at IHOP 35 minutes late. No one in sight!

We went inside and had a cup of coffee while we debated what to do. We decided to go ahead and ride to McComb and have lunch. I chose a route that included some roads I had not been on before, LA 25 and MS 27 from Franklinton to Tylertown, 583 North to Enon and then 44 Southwest to McComb. These roads turned out to be nothing special, however. Once in McComb we rode around looking for a place to eat. We decided against the Dinner Bell as we have found in the past that the Bell is not nearly as much fun without a group. We got hot and tired before we found a good spot so we settled on a Ruby Tuesdays. Again, the food was nothing special but at least it was cool inside. We did cover some scenic back roads on our trip back to St.Francisville.



Several Louisiana members have made plans to attend the races in Birmingham. So far we have at least five rooms reserved at the Baymont Inn plus several more reserved by Texas HSTA.Baymont Inn, 513 Cahaba Park Circle as our motel in case you want to try for a last minute reservation. With a little luck we will have some relatively cool and hopefully dry weather for this trip. Read about it in the next newsletter.



Corporate Blvd/Energy Plaza off College Dr. in Baton Rouge. We will pick a lunch destination and RIDE at 9:30ish. Question? CALL! Find my number in the members only area.(225)281-0799


Friday & Saturday, December 5 and 6

We are going to hold Cajun Christmas at Caney Creek Lake State Park near Chatham, LA about 45 minutes Southwest of Monroe. Located on a peninsula in the middle of this 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.CajunXmasThmb.jpg 180x121

Stacie and I have reserved Cabin 12 for December 5 & 6. We stayed there last month for our anniversary and had a great time. There are 17 cabins arranged in pairs. We need someone to get Cabin #13 reserved so we can have a secluded area between the two cabins for our festivities. 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

Hopefully this change of venue will help revive Cajun Christmas and return this event to the popularity it has enjoyed in the past. Another plus about moving the event to North Louisiana is the hilly terrain which means twistier roads. For those interested in some riding on Saturday we will have some route maps prepared. 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 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

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Gone but not forgotten

Keep riding & smiling.

Bob Chappuis, Editor
7060 Barrow Creek Dr.
St. Francisville, LA 70775