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Off Topic / Re: Monday morning funnies...
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:55:09 AM »
And then on a more serious note...

Off Topic / Re: Monday morning funnies...
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:53:36 AM »
Here is another Funny.  And true!

General Banter / Re: 125mi+
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:47:12 AM »
Roads should be clear of sand and salt after the 2-3 inches of rain yesterday throughout the state.  Happy Riding Days are coming!

General Banter / Re: Fargo/Moorhead Riders
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:49:20 PM »
Hello from southern Minnesota.  Only one person listed in the MSTA Blue Book of members, and I don't see any that may be from your area on this side of the swollen river.  You are not too far from some nice riding in Detroit Lakes and east area of Minnesota.  Just look out for the wildlife coming out of the forest.

Where did live before Fargo?

If you did not make it to STAR in La Crosse, or even if you did, plan for a trip to La Crosse for Twistar 2.0, August 9-11, 2019.  The members that were there this past year loved riding the Driftless area in that part of the country.  You will get to do some riding with many MSTA members.  That will also give you a chance to meet them and plan for some get together in between Fargo and southern MN.

General Banter / Re: WHO'S HERE
« on: April 01, 2019, 10:25:20 PM »
I am back, and reading forum. Was gone for a week to Puerto Rico on a Methodist Church Mission trip to help rebuild from Hurricane Maria.  1.5 years later and they still have a lot of work to do.  It was 86-89F during the day and maybe down to 79F at night with high humidity.  No AC, was lucky enough to have electricity and fans.  Not easy to sleep at night.

Most of the bike riders that we saw in Puerto Rico were the Polica.  Many times they were doing the lane splitting and weaving around cars at intersections.  Could not tell if it was a guy or girl riding, they had on a face mask, goggles and helmet.  It looked very hot in there.  They were very acrobatic in handling those Hogs, with a high large flashing light on the back, though traffic and around vehicles that were sometimes moving.

General Banter / STAR 2019 in Bristol, VA
« on: February 22, 2019, 09:33:54 AM »
Information from the National MSTA Forum:

If you are planning to attend STAR in Bristol, VA, registration is open and hotel rooms are filling up.  Make your reservations soon, while there are still rooms available at the host hotel,  Holiday Inn Bristol, VA.  Rate is $91.00.

Once our room block is filled at the Holiday Inn, the overflow hotel will be the Marriott Courtyard next rate will be $109 with no don't wait to long to book your accommodations at the Holiday Inn.

General Banter / Re: 2019 COTA Apr 12-14
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:55:45 PM »
Nope.  The only Pest that I know that is across the river or road is Buda in Hungary.  We were there in 2016, on a 15 day river cruise from Amsterdam.

But, there may be some Texas pests that we don't see in Minnesota, such as Armadillos.  Now that is a big LOL.

There are a lot of great BBQ places around there also.  Many places you are served outdoors on picnic tables under the trees with hanging lights in the trees at night.

If you decide to go, send me a pm and I can give more details, as my wife and I were there in Sep, 2017 for almost a week with a rental car.  Then I flew back for 4 days in October for the F1 race.  Friends that I was with, showed me many more places.  Every night was an experience of great BBQ and bands.  Texas style.

General Banter / Re: 2019 COTA Apr 12-14
« on: November 25, 2018, 08:35:36 PM »
More on Twisted Sisters

General Banter / Re: 2019 COTA Apr 12-14
« on: November 25, 2018, 08:34:41 PM »
Check out this article on the Twisted Sisters Roads near Kerrville, TX.  It was in the latest issue of RoadRunner mag.

General Banter / Re: 2019 COTA Apr 12-14
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:38:13 PM »
Last year we stayed in Kerrville, TX at La Quinta for a few nights.  Nice place at a good rate.  They were also doing some remodeling at the time with new beds.  Should be real nice now.
LQ is just across the street from the famous Y.O Ranch.  At the time, we did not know that, but that also looks nice and is used for many Rides in the Hill country.
When we went back to Austin area for the races, we stayed closer to COTA.  We stayed at Comfort Inn & Suites in Buda, TX.  Also very nice.
Research some side roads to COTA so that you don't need to use the toll roads.

General Banter / Re: Amish restaurant.
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:59:33 PM »
You are talking about the Amish Ovens, just on the south side of I-90.  I stopped there two weeks ago on my way back from WI.  Good Food, friendly people.  It is also a truck stop with gas and diesel fuel.

Off Topic / Re: Hello? Are you there?!
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:37:54 PM »
Here is an idea:  I live in Owatonna, about half ways from metro MSP and Nick.  Well, maybe closer to Nick.  Anyway, my wife rides on the back with me.  Had here own bike many years ago, Honda 350 4cyl.  after adding a header and 400cc kit, then needed heavy springs so clutch would not slip, she did not like it anymore.  Sold it and she bought a new car, followed by two sons.  Now she says she like to relax on the back and tell me where to go through the intercom.  LOL

Anyway, back to the original story, sometimes when we take a ride now, many times we take off and just head East on county roads until we reach the Mississippi River.  Then decide where we are and go towards Hwy 60 or such and come back home.  We don't just go directly East, we add lefts and rights and generally head East, never using a map or knowing exactly where we are at times or where we will end up.  Can't get lost, maybe just not know where we are, and if needed, pull out cell phone and put in a town, such as Wabasha if headed that way and they go from there.

We have done the same going West, and pick out at major highway, such as Hwy 15, then either go north or south to New Ulm and return on Hwy 14.

New Ulm is about 70 miles direct route, last time we did the county road thing, it took us over 150 miles to get there.  And it was on roads that we have never been on before.

General Banter / Re: SW Wis getting hammered by floods again
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:53:40 AM »
511WI.GOV shows I-90/94 is still closed, plus a page of road closures.  Glad I am not driving that way today.

• I90/94 EB and WB, Closed, MM69 to MM79, water over road, (EB Detour: north on 80 (New
Lisbon), east on 21, south on I39) (WB Detour: North on I39, west on WIS 21, back to I94 near

General Banter / Re: SW Wis getting hammered by floods again
« on: August 28, 2018, 06:14:17 PM »
I went to Sun Prairie today and back and on the way this morning we saw water about 2 foot below the I-90 near Sparta with a house having water up to the 2nd floor.  Workers were checking the bridge for logs and such the way it looked to us.  On the way back, we saw water in a low spots between WI Dells and Mauston very high.  Two spots it was within about 2 feet from being on the surface of I-90/94.

Back near Sparta, the place we saw in the morning, was actually a road under I-90, not a stream and it was about 2 ft from going over I-90.

At the time, the radio station that I had on, was reporting roads that were closed in the Sparta-Mauston and to Coon Valley to WI Dells area, and the list went on for a few minutes.  Many after local functions are canceled for tonight also.

If that was not bad enough, when we got to La Crosse, more rain came.  And not just a little.  Everybody was driving about 45mph or less for several miles until past Dresbach, it was raining so hard.

Must be a H-D function somewhere east.  We met H-D riders in groups all the way from Madison.

Safety and Riding Tips / Re: Observations....
« on: August 23, 2018, 06:23:17 AM »
A young daughter of a friend of mine had a similar thing happen many years ago.  It was on a straight stretch of road during daylight.  She decided to go to the opposite lane as he was getting closer he was actually on her shoulder.  At the last second, he swerved back to his lane.  Hit her head-on and she died.  Her passenger lived to tell story.  The other driver was drunk.  He got off fairly easy, for killing someone, as his lawyer said she should not have been in his lane.

So, don't ever go to the other lane, as you never know if the other driver will wake up and go back to his own lane.  Which is happening more all the time with cell phone distracted drivers, and they finally see they have crossed the center line and pull it back.

I hate those center line rumble strips, but hopefully they are helping to save lives from idiots.

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