This was the first MSTA Rally I have attended outside the states of Arkansas and Missouri. I was excited to attend the event. Due to the current world situation, the riding had been limited. This was going to be the first long trip I had taken since we went to NC a couple of months back. Here is my Ride Report from the Rally. I am looking forward to attending more MSTA events in the near future.
I packed up the Versys and was ready to hit the road for my 45 mile commute to the store. I worked a good 3/4 day and actually got out of the store without incident. This is a rare occurrence so I took it as a positive sign that the weekend would be a good one. I rode the 3 hours to St Roberts Mo where I met up with Bill. We got checked in and then headed over to Cantina Bravo for a quick dinner. The food was good and the service was exceptional. We headed back to the room and made it a short evening. We had a good 500 miles day ahead of us so a good nights rest was in order.
Thursday started bright and early as we wanted to hit the road around 7am. It was very muggy out as the humidity was very heavy. We did a few miles of slab but then headed off into the Mark Twain National Forest. I did not get a lot of pictures on this day of the ride. I did take some video, so please take a moment at the end of this ride report to watch that video.
We arrived at the hotel and there was already a good group of people there. We got checked in at the Ramada, kicked some tires and just relaxed. We hit the Cracker Barrel located in the same parking lot of the hotel, so that was a nice touch. That was the end of the day. We had rode 517 miles and we were looking forward to the next two days of Bluegrass exploration on two wheels. Let’s Ride!
Friday morning arrived and there was excitement in the air. It is always exciting riding in a new area. With that being said I was not expecting to have to lead a ride group. As you all know I lead many rides, however I was hoping to play tourist on this trip. Alas that was not meant to be so I took on the task. We had a good group of 8 bikes. We headed off around 8am. The roads in Kentucky are beautiful, but they are also tight, not very wide and some of the road surface was not very good. I have been spoiled in Arkansas when it comes to the state of the road surface as it is very good.
We enjoyed a good day of spirited riding, exploring the countryside and just taking in the smells and scenic views of the Bluegrass state. We did have one incident, as one rider went around a corner and decided to park his GTL 1600 in the ditch. the good news was the mud kept the bike upright so no one was harmed and the bike only sustained minor damage. The bad part was the mud was thick and it took 6 of us to pick up that bulky machine. No harm no foul and we all enjoyed the rest of the day. We did get rained on a little (A lot at one time) but it was no big deal and only added to the adventure. We all made it home safe and sound. I apologize for the lack of pictures. Jamie usually takes the pics and since she did not come along on this trip, we did not get as many pictures as usual. Sorry about that.
We got back, hit Cracker Barrel again before joining the group in the parking lot, kicking tires and telling stories. This is one of my favorite parts of attending rallies. The good conversations and meeting new friends.
Now for a little bad news. On Friday night after dinner I rode the Versys from the front of the hotel, to its spot behind for the evening. The bike was very heavy steering… yep you guessed it a flat tire… uugh! I went inside and got some soapy water and went looking for the leak. I could not find the culprit. It was kinda funny cause at one point there had to be 5 of us looking for the reason my poor Versys was flat. I did not find anything and decided I would air it up and see if that fixed it… NOT! It was flat within the hour. Nothing I could do on a Friday evening, so I grabbed my adult beverage and went back to kicking tires and hanging out. I would worry about the tire in the morning.
Saturday morning arrived and I was on my 2nd cup of coffee at the local waffle House waiting for Gateway Cycles to open their doors and to hopefully help get my trusty steed back on the road. I want to take a movement to thank the fine folks at Gateway Cycles for taking such good care of me. They found a small shard of glass in the depth of the tread pattern that caused the leak. They had a new tire and within two hours we were back on the road and riding! Thank you to gateway Cycles for all of the help. If you are ever in the area stop by and say high. It is a cool place. On a side note Bill sold his Valkyrie with 240K on it for a 2005 Concours, just like the one Jamie and I had back in the day. Bill road it all the way to NY and back home to Arkansas with no issue. I think he enjoyed his purchase. Another member of the rally also bought a bike. A brand New Moto Guzzi 85TT what a cool looking machine. That is a great testament to the fine folks at Gateway Cycles. Go check them out. tell them Jerry sent you.
We were on the road by 11am. We did a short loop and enjoyed more of the Kentucky landscape. We got back to the hotel around 4pm, ate dinner at .. you guessed it the Cracker Barrel and then finished the night hanging out with some new friends. What a great way to end the event. Great stories and much laughter was enjoyed. It was a great evening. I stayed up until 10 but then hit the sack as I wanted to be on the road at 5am on Sunday morning. It was a 700 mile ride home.
Sunday morning started at 4am. I glanced at the weather ap and it looked like the route I wanted to take through Paducah KY was going to be very wet. I decided I would try and skirt it by heading up to Louisville and going thru St Louis. This was a good plan as I never did get wet. I rolled home around 4PM, safe and sound and having logged almost 1800 miles. What a great trip. Until next time everyone.. Ride Safe!
First off I will apologize for the length of this video, but I wanted to get all 4 days into one video.
This was my first MSTA rally outside of AR or MO. The event was a lot of fun and I will make sure to do more of these in the future. Special Thanks to Patrick Mogavero for hosting the event.
I also want to shout out Gateway Cycles in Mt. Sterling for getting me in and getting me back on the road. https://www.gatewaycycles.com
You can see all of the pictures from the rally here: https://lonestarlobos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Road-Trips/2020-Road-Trips/Red-River-Gorge-MSTA-Rally
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