|January 2004||Louisiana HSTA Newsletter||Bob Chappuis, Editor|
During 2003 we scheduled 8 rides and two weekend events. Day or "lunch" rides averaged 6.8 members attending, not counting one ride that was rained out. Realistically, our membership is too small (22) and spread out to expect more participation in centrally located day rides. The only answer to this is for members to step up and organize rides in the North and South. All but one of the day rides were centered around the Baton Rouge area. I will assist in every way possible if anyone wants to volunteer to organize rides in other areas. This can be on an informal, one time basis or, if preferred I can nominate you to our HSTA Regional VP as a permanent Assistant State Director
I feel our two overnight events: the Birmingham trip (9 LA plus 6 TX) and Cajun Christmas(20 from 5 states) were both big successes, in part due to enthusiastic participation by our good friends in the East Texas area. Thanks Texas HSTA, you folks are the best! and a special thanks to North Texas SD Jim Poulos, Reg. VP Robert Bashaw and AR NewsLetter Editor Kathy Mellembakken for their help in getting the word out to their members.
YES, although it was partly cloudy most of the day, it was dry and the temperature was just right for wearing proper riding gear: no electrics needed! Only four riders showed up at Starbucks Coffee House in Baton Rouge on this PERFECT riding day. Bill Ellis had to work, Mark Galyean's VFR is still in the shop but I hope the rest of you area members had a good excuse for missing a great ride.
Actually only two members, myself on my Honda VFR 800 and Tony Crowell on his Honda ST 1300 plus (ahem!) prospective members Ken Stewart, Suzuki GSXR1000 and Mike Myers, Buell Lightning 1200
The four of us sipped some coffee and checked out each others new tires/accessories while we waited to see if anyone else would show up. At 10:20 the four of us motored down Corporate Blvd to College and on to River Road. We turned upriver and ran the short section to down town Baton Rouge where we caught the I-10 West ramp and crossed the river, exiting immediately at Port Allen. We picked up the highway 986 just North of Port Allen which becomes 415 which runs along the West side of the Mississippi up to New Roads. There are some really nice sections of well maintained pavement with just about all a sport rider could ask for: wide sweepers, long straights, some medium tight 90s and one quick left right left ess. Due to the recent heavy rains there was a good bit of dirt in some corners and I was pussy footing it though some them. Ken and Mike went by me and started to pull away. I could see by their lean angles that they were having some serious fun and I decided not to try to stay with them on my heavier, less sporty VFR (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) and they soon were out of sight.
A half mile later I came around a bend and saw Mike standing in the ditch on the right side of the road. I parked the VFR and ran to see if he was OK. No apparent serious injuries. The Buell was surprisingly intact considering it had highsided. One mirror, one turn signal and the side mount air cleaner were history. The right handlebar was seriously bent but we were able to bend it back into a ridable position. Fortunately both the Buell and Mike did all their tumbling in some thick grass an top of some soft, soggy ground. There seemed be half a bale of hay jammed into the Buells frame as well as Mike's helmet! Mike took quite a tumble and no doubt will be quite sore. However, The Buell cranked right up and was ridable. Mike insisted that he could make it home OK and that the rest of us continue on our way. He seemed fine so we agreed, but after he took off, Ken followed for a couple miles just to make sure of no hidden damage to bike or rider and Tony and I rode on to our lunch stop at the Joe Dreyfus Store restaurant. We later checked in via cell phone to make sure Mike got home safe.
Tony and I made it safely to Livonia via highways 1 and 78 and took a table at the restaurant. Ken showed up a few minutes later and we had a nice lunch. We then backtracked a 1/4 mile to 190 and crossed the Bayou to 411. Until you get to Maringouin 411 is better than 77 which follows the other bank of Bayou Gros Tete. 411 is very smooth and has some great long sweepers with only bayou on one side and mostly cane fields on the other. Additionally there is rarely much traffic. A few miles South of Rosedale we re-crossed the bayou and rode 77 at a spirited pace all the way to Plaquemines. There, Tony turned East onto Highway 1 to head back home to baton Rouge. Ken and I waved goodbye and turned around and retraced our route back to New Roads and the St. Francisville ferry. It was a great ride day other than Mike's mishap and the VFR odometer logged just under 200 miles..
We will meet at Bob and Stacie's place just North of St. Francisville between 9:30 and 10:00. We will navigate a meandering back road route to either the Magnolia Grill in Natchez or the Front Porch in Clinton. The usual weather restrictions apply: greater than 50% probability of rain or 9:00 am temperature below 40 degrees will keep this wimp at home! Call or email for directions if you need them or log in to the members only area for a map.
The Daytona 200 will be run on Saturday, March 6 with support Road Races Thursday and Supercross Friday night. The Florida HSTA has arranged an HSTA dinner Friday night 3/5/04 Contact Phil Ridgdill, (904) 287 9654 or firstname.lastname@example.org INDIGO LAKES GOLF CLUB, 312 Indigo Drive, Daytona Beach, FL. The Daytona dinner is scheduled for Friday March 5 2004 at 5:00pm. Same location as last year. We will have a private Banquet Room and a buffet dinner, menu will similar to last year. Food is good & there is plenty of it. There will be an Open Cash Bar in the Banquet Room. Price will be same as last year, Meal $18.95 per person, with tax & service charge total will be $23.70 per person, children under 12 are ½ total price. Dinner will be by Prepaid Reservation. ALL CHECKS made out to the INDIGO LAKES GOLF CLUB (Please do not make the checks out to me). Mail checks to Phillip Ridgdill, 720 Opossum Lane, Switzerland FL 32259-8323 and last day to receive reservations will be 25 Feb 2004, all checks will be deposited with Indigo Lakes Golf Club. The Golf Club Staff will have the reservation list at the Banquet Room. Location: Indigo drive is the first intersection East of I-95 on International Speedway drive (US-92), Indigo Drive passes in front of the Holiday Inn, continue on Indigo Drive through a residential area until you come to the Golf Club. If you are coming from the Speedway, it's the last traffic light before I-95, then turn right on to Indigo Drive.The HSTA Dinner changed to Friday night because all the racing event schedules at Daytona International Speedway have been changed. We will not have a lunch Ride this year.
Baton Rouge area riders will meet at Starbucks at 10:00 am and we will ride our usual route: River Road and Highway 22 and then on to hammond via 51 North where we will pig out on some Prize Winning Bar B Q. New Orleans Area Members: If one of you guys wants to volunteer to coordinate a ride from your area to meet us either in Hammond or at some point South get in touch with me and we will plan a rendesvous.
The event date has been changed to May 14-16 this year. We had a great time last year lets do it again in 2004! If you have not seen this great facity and you like racing or motorcycle history you should make this trip. One of the best spectator tracks in the country and a fantastic motorcycle museum. The Baymont Inn where we stayed last year is reasonably priced (less than $50.00) and convenient to the track. Baymont Inn, 513 Cahaba Park Circle. I have already made my reservations!
Well, time to wrap up. We hope to see you on the road soon, ride safe!
and KEEP IN TOUCH!
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