I don’t know about you but I find that as I get older winter seems to be a longer and longer season. When I was a young whippersnapper (yeah, my grandfather used that term too), I was into alpine and Nordic skiing so I kind of liked cold weather and snow. Lately though, not so much. Around the end of January I’m usually getting just a bit of cabin fever and although I live far enough south that I can ride even during the winter months on good days, I definitely suffer from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) to some degree.
For the past several years Roger Hazlewood has graciously hosted a crew of mostly MSTA folks at his Terlingua, TX compound for a week or so of riding in and around Big Bend National Park. This probably started years ago as an Eldon Rix just-for-fun event and is now mostly a dual sport outing but only because those tend to be the folks most interested in riding that time of year. The street riding would be excellent too if someone wanted to do that.
Last February (2015) Mickey Tyler and I could stand no more winter so we decided to join the Big Bend festivities. Most people camp on Roger’s property. Good for them. Personally, I prefer walls, heat, warm showers and a comfy bed so Mickey and I opted for lodging at the 5-Star (Ha!) El Dorado hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town. It did provide the essentials, however, and it was just across the road from Roger’s place so it was all good.
The day before we were to depart, we got a pretty good snow at home which blocked Mickey’s trailer and bikes in his garage. Yeah that was a pain for him – had to find someone to plow his drive to extract his trailer. Then, when he came to pick me and my bike up before dawn we found the cul-de-sac at the end of my street was blocked too so he had to disconnect his trailer to turn around there. Bother. But, we eventually got away and headed west before the sun came up so we were happy for the time being. It’s a long, long way to Terlingua from the mountains of east Tennessee and the most direct route (~1700 miles) is through Dallas. However, late in the day when I checked the weather I saw that Dallas was expecting a big ice storm later that night. We elected to circumvent Dallas and headed due south out of Memphis to Baton Rouge where we would pick up I-10. Had we planned on I-10 from the outset it wouldn’t have made much difference in our mileage. Unfortunately, changing plans in Memphis added about 200 miles to our trip. Even so after we passed San Antonio on day two we encountered snow and icing conditions on I-10. The mighty Honda Element never missed a beat however and we arrived at Terlingua around 9pm. A couple of brews in the adjacent High Sierra Bar (not sure if that refers to the location or the patrons???) and we called it a successful journey.
So, a picture blog of our trip follows. Did we have a good time? — Oh yeah, what a great break from winter. I hope to go back again.
The annual Big Bend gathering is scheduled for Feb 22-28, 2016. Contact Max Hendrix or Eldon Rix (in your MSTA Blue Book) for more info.
Big Bend 2015 – picture blog
July 24 – July 26, 2015 Little Switzerland North Carolina
You are all invited to the 2015 MSTA Big Lynn Lodge Ride
The Big Lynn Lodge is located 300 feet off the Blue Ridge Parkway on http://diamondbacknc.com/
Be sure to tell them this is for the MSTA Event
You will have to phone them to make your reservation. I have negotiated special rates for this Big Lynn Lodge Ride. When making your room reservation be sure to provide your T-shirt size as they will be giving free event T-shirts to all MSTA who attend the event.
The Big Lynn Lodge is located in/near Little Switzerland, NC and is literally hanging on the side of the mountain right on NC-226A. You will be AMAZED at the view and you will be ASTONISHED by the roads! The riding is what I go there for but the scenery and the locating is what has me staying.
The Big Lynn Lodge has a unique “formula” in that their nightly room rate INCLUDES an excellent home styled cooked meal and a full Breakfast for each person!
MSTA Event Registration:
Pre-Registration will be $20 for Members and $15 for M.O.H.
Deadline for pre-registration is postmarked by July 17, 2015
Registration at the event will be $25 for Members and $20 for M.O.H.
Sustaining and Lifetime members receive a 10% discount
For more information contact:
“Brick”… Dave Brickner 828-448-5429
Click this link for the event registration form
If you’ll be attending this event please click the link below and fill in your information:
Click this link and fill out your information Indicate if you want event route information You’ll be notified when it’s available.
David “Brick” Brickner | North Carolina
Sixty one participants gathered in Little Switzerland at The Big Lynn Lodge for the fourth year. We managed to almost fill the entire property. They have 42 rooms, we filled 39. We have them all reserved for next year, so let’s fill’em all! The check in table was manned by Brick, Helga Turner, Jeff Turner and Howard Baumwell. They gave each participant an event t-shirt, a bag filled with local information provided by the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce and directed riders to the wide variety of planned route sheets.
Continue reading Big Lynn Lodge Ride July 2014
Gary Fourman | Indiana
This summer our daughter landed an internship at Sterling Publishing (Barnes & Noble) in New York City. I wanted to go see her for a weekend but driving from Indianapolis to Upper Manhattan didn’t sound appealing. Nor did flying. Going on my Honda ST1300, now that had possibilities for adventure! The dilemma, though, was where would I park the bike once I got there?
Enter dinner at STAR ’14 with Archey and Theresia Shearer. Theresia talked about riding to Portland, Oregon, dropping her bike off at a local dealer for an oil change, and then flying on to Hawaii for a wedding. The bike not only got its oil change but it was in secure storage until she got back and picked it up to ride home. I thought if she could do that on the west coast, perhaps I could do the same thing on the east coast in New York City.
Continue reading Ride to the Core of the Big Apple