Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gopher Huntin’

Whale, just returned from a very brief visit to “The Gopher State,” a.k.a. Minn-uh-sota; Yeah, sure, Yuh-betcha! As this stately moniker was derived from its population of the ‘lil striped critter way back when...

Although I didn’t see any of the cute critters, I did learn that the “Mighty Mississippi River originates in the state while doing a very brief search on Open Wheel talent to come from “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” in which I discovered that Flinstone Indy Lites driver Leilani Munter was originally from Rochester, MN before moving to Mooresville, NC to bask in the glow of the Stock Car capitol...

So, it was a timely coincidence that I spotted “Press Dawg’s” glowing commentary upon the Easy on the Eyes Leilani... Who’s apparently having’ some sorta trouble with her new britches, just prior to leaving for Minneapolis, which was a short, but sweet trip, as once again Jefford shoehorned the Motley Crue of aspiring Motocross riders into the Team Shasta motor home, this time setting off for the wide open fields of Meadow Valley, MN for the weekend.

And Team Shasta, Jefford’s trusty 1984 Ford 460 (24’) RV was pulling an impressive armada of dirt bikes behind it, with six of the nasty beasts wedged precariously upon the little open trailer, as the two young boys Dundee and Jonathan were sent to the rear of the motor home several times to check upon the precious cargo...

Thus, we had two “Thumpers” aboard, as Jefford and Mike had brought their brand new Honda CRF450 four strokes along with Mike’s brother Jeffery bringing his recently acquired Honda CR250 two stroke with us, while Dundee and Jonathan’s matching KTM SX 50’s (two stroke/automatic’s) were present as well as Dundee’s Suzuki 65 (two stroke/manual trans.) was along just-in-case Dundee wanted to ride it also? As this “Scooter” has quite the pedigree, having previously been a Suzuki “Works” bike for rising AMA 250 Pro Star Ryan Dungey...

With the weather having been crisp and clear, but cold the previous two nights, we set off for Meadow Valley Saturday morning and were met that afternoon at the facility by Brian and his support crew Anna and Debbie... And we watched Brian bouncing about the gravel road upon his go-kart, which would shortly meet its demise with a broken clutch mechanism from the excessive road travel, prior to Brian joining the rest of the “Boyzs” upon the big track aboard his Kawasaki KX250. Meanwhile the two young boys had the “Kid’s” track all to their selves and I joined Anna and Debbie in the brilliant sunlight grass covered field with the various shrieks of two and four stroke motorcycles assaulting us from all sides of the wide open expanses...

Later that evening, as night fell upon us and the temperature got decidedly chilly, we congregated around a much needed bonfire as tales ‘O yore were swapped about the days riding activities… Before it was finally time for Smore’s… Which of course Jonathan and Dundee were particularly fond of; while much later, as we all tried to catch our “40 winks,” unfortunately around 3AM the skies began to deluge us with rainfall, which always sounds much worse upon a vehicles metal roof… And thus I still cannot get over Jeffery’s less than obvious pronouncement in the wee hours that “It’s Raining!” Uh duh, dude! We already know and thanks for waking us up!

Thus any hopes of getting a little more riding in Sunday morning were completely scrubbed as the drizzle still persisted and we were unwilling to pay the daily $25 per rider fee to go slog about in the mud, and hence, after a leisurely breakfast and returning of the allotted motor bikes to the trailer, along with packing up, we headed back for the big city of Hopkins.

Thus it was of stark contrast to me to spend Monday hanging’ out in Hopkins in peaceful tranquility listening to the tails of Sherlock Holms, while Jefford was busy at work, before returning home with Dundee, who wanted to surprise me… And then Dune Buggy Bill dropped by to take us out for all you can eat Chinese buffet, before that dreaded precipitation returned early Tuesday morning, just-in-time for my return to Seattle Tuesday evening…

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