|August 2006||Louisiana HSTA Newsletter||Page 1|
14 members and guests on 11 motorcycles attended the August lunch ride. The ride began from the McDonalds in St. Francisville with riders arriving from as far away as Marrero and Houma. Members included Jay Daigle (Marrero) and his wife on a BMW R1200GS, Bill Ellis of Baton Rouge, Yamaha FJR1300, Tony Crowell, Baton Rouge, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Bob Chappuis, St. Francisville, Honda VFR800 Interceptor. Guests included Joe Armato, Hammond on a Honda VTEC VFR800, Matt of Baton Rouge on a Suzuki GSXR600, Roadmaster Weave of Bush, BMW R1150GS, Nick & Jules, Prairieville, BMW R1200GS, Ted Torres of Houma on another R1200GS, and last but not least a Bill and Sissy Langeview from Denham Springs on another FJR 1300. Silas of Walker joined us later near at the Pond Store on his Suzuki V-Strom 1000.
Many of our guests this day are members of and learned about the ride though Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana, a new and rapidly growing online motorcycle enthusiast community founded and administered by Brian Noble of Gonzales. DSRL has something very much in common with HSTA, skilled, experienced motorcyclists with unmatched love and dedication to the sport as well as to their fellow riders. A big THANKS to Brian for giving the Louisiana chapter of HSTA it's own forum on DSRL!
But back to the ride. After much friendly getting to know each other and enthusiastic talk about the various machines lined up in the parking lot, we headed out on a circuitous route, first navigating the narrow, wooded loop around River Bend Nuclear Plant, emerging back on 61 at Starhill. We continued on 965 to Freeland Road, the hilly, narrow and twisty "back way" through the Bluffs On Thompson Creek, an upscale golf club and residential community. We managed not to hit any golf carts and made our way to Jones Vaughn Creek Rd. West Feliciana's version of a dragon's tail. I think there are about 55 curves in 7 miles. The surface is good and the curves are great but a rapid pace is interrupted by a few "Slow, Children at Play" zones. There are stretches where you get into a good rhythm and a couple of memorable curves however and JVC is Big Fun!
After JVC we made our way to Island Road. This proved to be a treat for the Dual Sporters. In addition to twisty, narrow and hilly we also had sections of gravel and dirt! We ran the 7 miles up to the Lake Rosemond area then 7 miles on Sligo to Angola Rd which we crossed then continued on Highland Rd. This is the point where the heat and the pace caught up with Joe and he wisely pulled off and dismounted. Fortunatly Nick and Jules noticed him stop and turned around to check out the situation. They immediately began attending do his needs and providing support. Due to the long line of bikes and curve-restricted rearview sightlines the bikes ahead did not immediately notice the missing machines. However, as per our procedure, we all stopped at the first intersection and waited. After several minutes and no sightings, scouts were sent back to search and soon the entire group was on the scene of our distressed brother.
Joe responded quickly to some cold water, shade and rest. He decided it best to return home to Hammond. He refused offers to accompany him so, once we were satisfied he was in suitable condition to ride home, we let him head back and continued on our way. (I called Joe later that afternoon and confirmed his safe arrival home!) We proceeded on Angola Road (LA 66) and LA 969 to Pond, MS where we stopped for a break and refreshments at the historic Pond Store. After more comraderie and tire kicking we rode the rest of the way to Woodville where we turned north for a few miles on US 61 to MS 563.
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563 is simply a great sport bike road! Most of us locals are familiar with it, for Ted, from far away Houma, it was his first ride and he was grinning from ear to ear when we stopped to regroup after the twisty section. At this point JayD wanted to film some video of our crew. He had his wife Lisa sit backwards on the GS (safely secured by the top case mounted behind the passenger seat) with his camera in hand and he rode ahead with the rest of us lined up behind. The plan was to ride by as a group, single file on signal. Here is the result, that's yours truly on point!
The road straightened out a bit and we picked up a little speed until we reached the Macedonia Rd turn off. After a brisk run down Macedonia we made a gas stop in Centreville before our final leg back to St. Francisville and lunch. MS 33/LA 19 south to Wilson and right onto 68 then 952. Half way along 952 we were brought to a halt by a large funeral procession! We backtracked to 68 and took 68 into Jackson, then 10 all the way to the Que Pasa restaurant. It was nearly 2:00 pm due to our various delays and leisurely pace ;) and there were not many other customers. The hostess seemed surprised when we asked for a table for 11. However, the place proved to be larger than it looked from outside and she showed us to a back room with a long table big enough for us all and we had the room to ourselves! The food and service were both quite good. An informal poll later indicated that everyone was more that satisfied. And no one went home hungry!
After the meal I said adios to new and old friends alike and headed home, just a few miles away. Definetely one of our better lunch rides in a good long while. I look forward to more to come as prime riding season fast approaches. Be sure to join us next month!
Tony, Kevin and prospective member Tim are planning to attend plus Drew and I are possibles. The event motel is sold out but we have reservations at the clean but rustic Apple Creek Motel one mile away.
Meet at Bayou Conway Chevron Hwy 22 Sorrento 9:00 AM
Thibodaux member Paul Lefort has volunteered to host this ride. He and our Thibodaux members will lead us on some of their favorite roads!
Details will be posted at www.barrowcreek.com/hsta and sent via email at a later date.
MAP of meeting location:
Come out and ride or just watch Team RE/MAX\Little Debbie Snackcakes Race Team at play.
Stacie and I are planning to attend this year's event and I think Tony, Kevin, Paul and Bill and Sherri are also in. Remaining non-smoking rooms are getting scarce so hurry.
MEET AT CABOOSE CAFE IN JENA for LUNCH at NOON
This is the location for our Cajun Christmas lunch ride. It was a hit in 2004. We will check it out and make sure it is still a good choice. We will also pre-ride some or most of our Cajun Christmas Lunch Ride route. That means LA 126, the best motorcycle road in Louisiana! I will lead a group from South Louisiana that will meet at the McDonalds in New Roads (TENTATIVE). Our Northern Liaison Drew Newcomer will be coordinating with me to get our North Louisiana contingent in sync. It would be great to get ALL members together for lunch! E-mail me with if you have any questions or suggestions.
Nothing planned yet so if you havean idea for a lunch ride send it in!
Friday night restaurant dinner, Saturday Lunch Ride, Saturday Night Cookout and Christmas Party with gift exchange. Cabins are going fast with members from Texas, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina threatening to invade and eat our Gumbo! The Louisiana State Park website now has an ONLINE RESERVATION FORM. 8 of the 17 2 bedroom cabins have been booked. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON Go online or call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652)
I often find myself in a converstion about past STARS I have attended and I can't seem to ever remember where and when anymore! Here is a link to a site showing the date and location of past Sport Touring Rendesvous.
That is all.
As the Moose would say: Keep riding & smiling.
Bob Chappuis, Editor
7060 Barrow Creek Dr.
St. Francisville, LA 70775