Well I’m all set boarding pass is printed I’ve check-in. Delta says I’m ready to fly! I know I am! Just went to bed and thought of two things I needed to do. One was to try to find where to post the “more” like I said in my first post. I did add a comment as I thought that’s where I continued the blog. Jay our WebMaster says no just do a new post. I guess I wonder how it is supposed to be linked to the first post? If anyone knows… well let me know. I might be able to check this during one of the waiting times that there is when flying.
Well I thought I would give this a try. I’ve never blogged, is that a word? Anyway here goes.
Since before I started riding I read and heard about riding in the Alps. Yes, those Alps the ones in Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy! One day in like February this year I was saying something about my desire to Ride the Alps. So Patricia says, “You should go before you can’t”. I say, OK… let the planning start. I wanted to see if I could afford to do this. I never wanted to do a guided tour I just wanted to go Ride the Alps. The more I looked the more I realized I could do this.
So then in April I’m almost set to start making reservations I had set it up for a 10 day ride. Patricia says to me, “What’s the most expensive part of your trip?” The airplane ticket, I say. The she says, “Well then you should stay longer”! Who are you and what did you do with my Patricia? So now it’s a 20 day trip. I fly into Munich, Germany and rent a bike and start my ride on July 1st with my friend Chris Jernigan.
On a wet and chilly August, nine of us left Dallas, Texas, for the National Championship TT in Peoria, Illinois. The plan was to cover just over 600 miles and just short of St. Louis via the interstate. This left us with only about 300 to do the following day as we followed the Mississippi river and back roads finally settling in and enjoying the ride. Upon arrival some of us went into Peoria that night for the pre-race festivities that the promoters set up along the river. The next day was another bucket list item. This race, which started in 1947, holds the title for the longest running dirt track race. It is held in a small valley owned by the club and provided viewer friendly racing. After the races we all went separate directions with everybody headed south but myself. It was already about 4:00 P.M. so I headed toward Indianapolis.
Living in Nevada, or the Quad-State area (California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona) a bucket list trip item is Death Valley. In the past I had gone part way to Shoshone, California to eat at “The Famous Crowbar Café and Saloon.” It is an old time establishment that has good comfort food.
In mid-November, when most of the country was suffering under a harsh and early winter, my wife, Missy, was working within walking distance of the beach in Southern California. So, I looked at the weather and the map and left Austin, Texas on my Ducati ST3S and headed west. Normally we all avoid long trips on the highway, but I-10 has a speed limit of 80 mph and very little traffic to negotiate. The long wide roads allow the rider (yours truly) to enjoy the gradual unfolding of the landscape from the highs and lows of the Texas Hill Country to the relatively flat but subtle differences in terrain of the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Joe “Iguana” Thomas | North Carolina State Director
In 2014, TriSTAR was again located in Sparta, NC at the Alleghany Inn. Named for the fact it is located in close proximity to both Tennessee and Virginia, the MSTA sanctioned event is also the only event outside of STAR which lasts for three days, and is scheduled for a holiday weekend (Memorial Day).