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September 2001 Louisiana HSTA Newsletter Bob Chappuis, Editor

NEW MEMBER WELCOME

A big WELCOME to Alan and Charles Tooraen of Shreveport. Alan rides an R100GS BMW and Charles rides a CB750 Honda..

CLUB NEWS

By Bob Chappuis

New Co-Directors

I am excited to announce that my wife Stacie and I have agreed to assume the duties of Louisiana State Co-Directors of the HSTA. Bob Hennessey has served the LA HSTA for the past few years and has led many an exciting ride. However, in recent months he has found it difficult to devote the time he felt was necessary to do the job justice. He contacted me and asked me to help locate a replacement. After consulting with my better half, Stacie and I decided to give the job a try. We look forward to working toward making the club more fun and rewarding for all our members. Stacie and I welcome your suggestions. Contact us at chappuis@demco.net or schappuis@hotmail.com

Email is becoming more and more important as a communication tool and I am already relying on it heavily. When possible I will try to plan rides far enough in advance to publish notice in the newsletter. That however may not be often. I have many of your addresses but not all. If you have an email account but have not received my recent messages please send me email so I can add you to my address book. If you do not have email and would like to be notified by telephone of scheduled rides send me your telephone number.


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Sunday Ride to the Races - September 16, 2001

Nine of us on 8 bikes showed up at Starbucks Coffee house in Baton Rouge. Stacie and I rolled up on our bikes a few minutes early but Bill Ellis and his girl friend Sherrie were already there enjoying a cup of coffee. Bill was on his red 98 VFR and I parked my 99 next to it. Deb and Joe rolled in a few minutes later on his Honda Magna and her Yamaha V-Star. We had the Starbucks front porch area to ourselves and we sat down to wait for any stragglers while we sipped coffee and munched on some pastries. Bobby Graham on his Kawasaki EX500 and then Tony Crowell on his Honda Blackbird soon arrived. We checked out the "Corbin" style seat that Bobby had just had made by a friend who does street rods. The thing looked better than most real Corbins! Our destination this Sunday was the new No Problem Raceway Park down in the heart of Bayou Country - Belle Rose, La. Several of us wanted to ride the Spectator Lap scheduled for 11:30 so we saddled up and headed out at 9:30 sharp. Just as we turned onto College Drive, Henry Pretus pulled into line. He had worked the evening shift at the hospital and was running a little late. It is always a nice to have Dr. Henry along for the ride since he is an Emergency Room physician!

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I had planned a scenic route along River Road just North of LSU up to the Plaquemine Point ferry landing. Luck was with us so far and we timed the ferry's arrival within a minute or two. The ferry ramp here is rather steep and the captain of this boat is not nearly as smooth as the one I am used to up at St. Francisville. There were no mishaps however and we continued through Plaquemine to another twisty Bayou Rd (3066) along Bayou Plaquemine. We passed the concrete houseboat recently written about in the Baton Rouge Advocate and enjoyed the peaceful bayou scenery. Uh oh! What'd that sing say? Slide area 1500 feet road closed! "I'll have to see this to belive it" I thought. A half mile goes by and nothing. HA! You can't fool me with your silly signs! Then another sign and then the road get's real narrow then a big pile of earth completely blocking the road, dense woods on the left, bayou on the right. Back the way we came, hang a right, another right on LA 75 and we are back on course about 20 minutes later, just enough of a delay to cause us to miss the Spectator Lap.

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The Western/Eastern Road Racing Association and RPM racing held their first event at No Problem Raceway Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 14-16. According to feedback from RPM racing organization event was a great success with an excellent turnout of spectators for a club racing event. The racers give high marks to the track layout as well as the track personnel. Our group enjoyed watching the races although as is typical for a club race with its multitude of racing categories and classes it was difficult to keep track of what was happening without a public address system. Hopefully this will be installed by the track owners for the next race. Several of us enjoyed a decent jambalaya and white beans lunch offerred by the concession stand. Towards the end of our stay we ran into Bob Hennessey of New Orleans cruising around on his Ducati Monster. Bob attended the track school held on Friday and said it was an absolute blast!

Although the track is new and spectator facilities are a bit limited as yet it was great to finally see motorcycle roadracing in my home state and I am looking forward to going back soon.... which leads right in to the next feature.....

OCTOBER SUNDAY RIDE

Based on the results of our recent email survey we will return to Belle Rose, Louisiana for Halloween Bike Fest on Sunday, October 28 at No Problem Raceway Park We will meet again at Starbuck's Coffee House on Corporate Blvd in Baton Rouge at 9:30 and depart at 10:00. For members planning to meet us at the track from other directions No Problem raceway Park is on highway 996 about 1 mile north of Highway 70. From Highway 1 take 70 West about 15 miles.

RAIN CONTINGENCY: I will show up at the meeting location unless it is raining when its time to leave home AND the forecast is for 50% or greater chance of rain in Baton Rouge.


REMINDERS

RESERVE YOUR CABIN OR CAMPSITE AT CHICO STATE PARK FOR CAJUN CHRISTMAS
December 7, 8 & 9 2001
1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652)


REGISTER FOR STAR 2002 in Hot Springs, Arkansas
DATES: June 23rd to June 27th 2002
HSTA’s 20 th Anniversary Register EARLY. Early registration insures that you receive advance information to help you and us plan for a better STAR.. The host hotel is the Majestic and the first 200 registrations will be in the Majestic. Pre-registration deadline is May 23 rd. Registrations after 5/23/2002 may not have rooms available at the Majestic or Velda Rose Hotels. Cancellations must be received in writing prior to 5/23/2002.
YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Registration Packet Touring Info and maps for region 20 th Anniversary Pin Welcome Social w/snacks General membership meeting Door Prizes Motorcycle wash facilities Special Interest meetings Touring the Ozarks Touring the Ouachitas Arkansas Vacation Kit Wednesday Banquet.


That's it for now. We may ride on Sunday the 20th in addition to the 28th but so far I have only two responders interested in riding on the 20th. If I get any more I will spread the e-word and we will do it. Route or lunch destination suggestions are welcomed!

chappuis@demco.net and my telephone number is (225)635-3171. Ride safe and keep in touch.Bob Chappuis