Event Previews – 3403

Pedro Gregorio | Feature Editor


STAR 2015
As of this writing there are currently 230 people registered for STAR 2015. To encourage group travel and contact prior to STAR, Harry Hemstreet put together a list of registrants sorted
by state, a great idea: http://www.planetreg.com/msta/staratt03-21-15.htm.

If you’ve never ridden in Arkansas and are wondering why those of us who have rave about it, check out this promotional website of Arkansas Motorcycling listing 21 different rides around the state. I’ve ridden a few of these roads and still talk about them to anyone who will listen: http://www.arkansas.com/outdoors/motorcycling.

DATE: Sunday (6/21/14) – Wednesday (6/24/14)
LOCATION: Springdale, Arkansas
LODGING: Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Northwest Arkansas,  1500 South 48th Street, Springdale, Arkansas 72764
PHONE: 479-872-5923 (register before booking a room)

Instructions will be provided on your confirmation (after registering at the link below) on how to reserve your room at the Holiday Inn of Northwest Arkansas on line. When you follow the link on the confirmation, you will be directed to our private (MSTA) inventory and rate (91.00 per night plus tax – includes breakfast buffet).
Online Registration: http://www.planetreg.com/STAR2015
Mail-In Registration: http://ridemsta.com/mstaforums/downloads/?sa=downfile&id=111
STAR 2015Website: http://ridemsta.com/srblog/star/

If you are registering your partner (spouse, SO, roommate, etc.), you must register them as a Guest unless they are actual MSTA members (Member of Household is an MSTA member). You can register more than one person at a time; i.e. Member and Member of Household, etc.

Contact Event Coordinators:
Bill & Becky Wing, 479-824-5738, bwing@pgtc.com
Bill (479-409-2878) & Gayla O’Brien, 479-409-2893, neirbog@yahoo.com
Dennis Villarose, ipnman2002@yahoo.com

DATE: Friday (7/24/15) to Sunday (7/26/15)
LOCATION: Little Switzerland, NC
LODGING: Big Lynn Lodge, Highway 226A,  Little Switzerland, NC 28749

  • Pre-Registration will be $20 for Members and $15 for M.O.H.
  • Registration at the event will be $25 for Members and $20 for M.O.H.
  • Sustaining and Lifetime members receive a 10% discount
  • Go to the event website below and send your registration form and payment to Brick

NOTE: The Big Lynn Lodge is fully booked. Information about overflow motels will be posted on the event website:
Event Website: http://msta-se.com/BLynn/
Contact Event Coordinator: Brick (Dave Brickner,) 828-448-5429, dwbrick@gmail.com (NEW EMAIL)

If you’re going, please contact the Big Lynn Lodge and tell them your t-shirt size. Everyone gets a free Big Lynn Lodge/MSTA t-shirt, even if you stay at the overflow motels.


TOUR DE TUSH – (See event flyer on next page.)
DATE: Saturday, June 13, 2015
LOCATION: Grange Park. Allentown, PA

Some of you already know, I went through a struggle last year with stage III colon cancer – was diagnosed when I went for my first colonoscopy, then had to have immediate surgery and 6 months of chemo. As I was sitting in the chemo chair, was thinking about what I could do to help raise awareness for this dreadful disease. It can hit you when you least expect it! I had no symptoms and if it weren’t for getting screened, I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it.

I partnered with the Colon Cancer Coalition to put on a benefit bicycle ride to be held in Allentown PA on June 13, 2015 (Saturday). I have been raising funds for the event the past couple of months. Olympus America has agreed to be the presenting sponsor, along with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Bicycling Magazine to name a few.

Gale Fritsche and his KTM 990 SMT
Gale Fritsche and his KTM 990 SMT

I’m looking for volunteers to ride the course during the event, to be course marshals to help in case something happens. There is a 60 mile and a 30 mile route and it goes through some of the most scenic areas of Eastern PA. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know. I am going to be riding my KTM around the course to make sure things go smoothly. The website for the ride is:

Event Website: http://events.getyourrearingear.com/site/TR?fr_id=2480&pg=entry
Contact: Gale Fritsche, 610-301-1586, gdf2@lehigh.edu

Jim’s Big Adventure 2015
DATE: August 23 – 27, 2015
LOCATION: Woodland Country Lodge, Woodland Park, Colorado
Contact information: Bob and Mary Jane Maddocks, 7974 Hunter Peak Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80924
(719) 465-3458 Home, (832) 330-7337 Cell,

Please mark your calendars for “Jim’s Big Adventure 2015,” another just-for-fun Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA) mini-rally returning to Woodland Park, Colorado. You don’t have to be an MSTA member to participate. We have reserved a block of double rooms which will be held until July 24, 2015. Each room has two queen-sized beds and a nightly rate of $109 for the four nights. As last year, more information will be provided as we get closer to the event. We will again host a kick-off brunch at our place on  Sunday August 23, 2015.

The Lodge: Located in the beautiful Pikes Peak area, the Country Lodge in Woodland Park, CO is located at the summit of Ute Pass, only 18 miles west of Colorado Springs. The natural surroundings include spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range, and the adjacent roads offer some of the finest motorcycling in the Rocky Mountains. The Country Lodge is the newest and only modern multi-unit property in the Woodland Park area. Guest accommodations feature deluxe rooms, large indoor swimming pool, hot tub, free continental breakfast, outdoor deck, food & bar service, fire pit, and more. The Country Lodge is a non-smoking hotel. http://www.woodlandcountrylodge.com/.

Reservations: By July 24th, please make your reservation at Woodland Country Lodge by phone (866) 687-4466 or (719) 687-6277) and ask for the group rate of $109 for “Jim’s Big Adventure 2015.” PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN INTERNET RESERVATION, as you will not get the group rate. Our primary point-ofcontact for any special requirements is Laura. info@woodlandcountrylodge.com.

Cancellations: For this type of special group booking, you must cancel 2 weeks prior to your arrival to avoid having your credit card charged for 1 night’s stay plus tax.

Weather: For Woodland Park, expect seasonal averages in the mid-70’s for daytime highs and 50 degrees for nightly lows. Record highs are in the mid-80’s, and record lows are in the mid-40’s. Average rain for the period is very low, but be prepared for occasional afternoon rain showers.

Road Conditions: Mary Jane and I regularly ride most of the Pike National Forest secondary roads throughout the year, and road conditions are generally good. As usual, make no assumptions regarding a Colorado mountain road in terms of surface conditions, as many may have winter sand, mud, runoffs, and possible fallen rock or gravel. Although less common than Texas white tail deer, large critters can occasionally present a hazard and include mule deer, elk, moose, bears and free range buffalo.

Riding: Below are a few of the typical routes we ride during JBA. Over the years, several have been “combined” and otherwise modified.


Summary: Take US-24 west to Divide, turn left on SR-67 and follow signs (and curvy roads) to Cripple Creek. Stop for coffee, or continue through town and follow signs and CR-1 towards Florissant fossil beds. About 8 miles north of Cripple Creek, go west on CR-11/112/102 and follow signs to Guffey, CO. After Guffey, take SR-9 south to Canon City, then do an out and back to Salida via Hwy 50 along the river, lunch in Salida, and return via SR-9/CR-1/US-24.


Summary: From Woodland Park, west on US-24 to Lake George, then north on CR-77 to Jefferson. At Jefferson go east on US-285 to Pine Junction and pick up SR-126 (Pine Valley Road) south to Pine. Lunch at Zokas or the Buck Snort Inn in Pine. Continue south to Deckers and pick up SR-67 there to return to Woodland Park. Most of route is curvy, technical and lightly traveled. CR-77 has been fully paved and is great fun and very scenic. Watch for free range buffalo on CR-77.


Summary: US-24 west to Hartsel, then SR-9 north to Frisco, short section west on I-70 to exit 195 and SR-91 south, then US-24 south to Leadville. Golden Burro Cafe is great lunch location in Leadville (try the meat loaf sandwich, Dave Gorham’s favorite). After Leadville, continue south on US-24 to Buena Vista and on to Woodland Park. Consider possible side trip on CR-82 to Independence Pass between Leadville and Buena Vista.


Summary: Take US-24 southeast towards Colorado Springs. At Cascade intersection, take a right and follow signs to “Pikes Peak (and North Pole)” to the scenic toll road. Road to the top is fully paved for passenger cars and motorcycles. Exciting views and very scenic. Enjoy a 14,110 ft doughnut from the shop at the top of Pike’s Peak. Return via reverse route, or head down to Manitou Springs for lunch or scenic drive through of Garden of the Gods.


Summary: US-24 west to Buena Vista and up to Granite, then pick up SR-82 west over Independence Pass (12,095 MSL) and into Aspen (or Buena Vista on return) for lunch. Return via reverse route.

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