Posts Tagged ‘big ruckus


htrbbq3: Pie to Die For!

I rolled into Ava at 2:00 in the afternoon on a perfect August day, the first one we’ve had in about 5 weeks.

local stopped to wet a line in Beaver Creek

Temps had finally climbed to the mid 80’s so it was cozy warm and without any humidity so the days ride had been one of the best. So I picked up a Busch single and headed the five or so miles out of town to suck a beer and check out the creek. One of the local boys was taking advantage of the day by attempting to snag a fish. I hollered ‘howdy’ and sat down to watch and enjoy a cool brew and marvel at the days ride.

It is 243 miles of typical Missouri two-lane between HiTech’s ranch and my little cabin on Swan Creek. Between the two is a roly-poly, curvy-swervy ribbon of road as fun as any New Jersey roller coaster. On advice I’d taken 95 south to get to 76 it made a big improvement in the route. You go thru Mountain Grove which is one of those older town with a proper ‘square’ in the center of town, It has a bandstand and several veterans monuments. It seemed like a nice little place then I saw the wall mural. The picture does not do it justice ’cause when you walk down the side walk it looks better from 2 feet, so good your tempted to just walk in and order a cherry phosphate!

Mural on the square in Mtn. Grove

The square in Mtn. Grove

Launch point for Saturday ride

Anyway, back to the event itself. It may have been a bit of disappointment to HiTech since the expected 75+ folks did not show up, but those few who did had an exceptional time on Friday and Saturday. Jeff and Julian and Passad and Moses did represent the St. Louis/Rolla contingent, but the rest of the guests came in from far coastlines and far flung parts of the midwest. So Friday was TotalRuckus day with a bunch of custom scoots around and custom folks to talk about them. From what I saw a Little Ruck is a great frame to experiment with.

A great time was had by all. Good food and an icy keg of Cream Ale from the Little Yeoman down in Cabool, tons of BBQ and sides from a most excellent host (and Diane too!), lot’s of talk and thoughtful late night conversation. A gold star goes to the pie lady down the road who brought peach, blackberry and heavenly blueberry pies wrapped in a real flaky crust !!!

HiTech's new hairdo, Paul from Denver

So I had a great time and was set to leave Sunday morning, then things started to happen. Funny things starting with the starter bendix. So I unpacked the bike, then more evil stuff started to happen, and an hour later I gave in and got a beer and said ‘screw it’ and spent the day with Paul and HiTech while we all recovered from the weekends events. So I rolled on Monday morning, and when I pulled to a stop at the end of the gravel road and slipped the tranny in neutral light came on I smiled. It too had failed to work on Sunday, but today the motorcycle gods had smiled approval on my journey and fixed it! I had a great ride that day


htrbbq3: prelude to cat herding

After dinner at the first BBQ

The 3rd annual BBQ at the Redneck Ranch is only about a week away. I made the first one two years ago, a small intimate group of about 6 folk, good food and conversation, my kind of get together. HTR said that lots of people showed up last year (say 30 to 40?) and locals get an invite, not just riders, so that keeps the conversation on the diverse side and plenty of folks to play redneck golf or washers.

There may be even more attendees this year as the main dish is comprised of 12 god damned roasting hens! So there will be some serious fire tending on Saturday morning.

Wanting some sort of task to do (or to avoid the crowd) I volunteered to offer services as sous chef. I have the time to arrive early, I enjoy cooking, and I used to hold dinners for 4 couples back when I sold Saladmaster cookware.

To complicate the weekend, HTR has invited an additional group to arrive on Friday for an extra day before the regular crowd arrives, so that ups the potential count of people over a growing length of time. So we may be looking two evening meals and Sat. & Sun. breakfast. Since none of these folk are arriving in a tour bus, but dribbling in one by two starting a midnight Thursday night (from both coasts no less!) thru Saturday afternoon, the event has no formal start time which makes meal planning a farce. At least we have a set dinner time for Saturdays big feed, but that’s it.

So I got an email last night that started the planning and I offered some suggestions. I couldn’t offer up any advice, per se, but I’ve always got a suggestion up my sleeve. I’m planning on chaos, but if we can sprinkle that with some advanced planning we can pull it off. I hope, maybe .. 🙂

By arriving early I get my pick of yard space for the tent. From the size of the event, I suspect the Redneck Ranch is gonna take on a Haitian feel when all the campers roll in and get set up.


Turing test results

Glamour shot at Shadow Rock Park

Powersite Damn on White River

Well, a couple of hours after I got back from town HiTechRedneck called me. “I’m 10 minutes away!” So I put a couple of brews in the freezer and walked out to the Scoottaashack to wait. Big smile on her face and she said “What a nice little road ya got from town” 🙂

This was around 5 o’clock Saturday evening so we went inside to have a few brews in the AC to slough off the ride and wait for the evening cool off. A few hours later we were out on the deck (a bit lubed up and well fed) and spent the evening listening to music and normal bullshit. I have tons of music she’s never heard so she piled on some new inputs.

After sleeping a bit late Sunday morning we got ready for Touring Taney County. So we road little one lane backroads up the creek then up MO 125 to Chadwick. That left us 16+ miles from lunch in Forsyth, but to get there you have MO H to traverse so I insisted she take the lead. This is a really curvy 55 mph road, not dangerous twisty’s, just fun and fast curves one right after another, and it makes

The crew from Harrison, Ark

for a very refreshing 20 minute exercise. Lot’s of 🙂 coming across the table as we sat at John’s Frosted Mug over lunch.

Then it was off to Powersite Dam for a close up view of Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake on the 25 mile leg over to MO 125 and down to Protem at the Arkansas state line. Ark. is ‘dry’ so Tony’s Pizza does a great business serving beer in icy-frosty mugs. Only one beer as it’s part of the ritual of the ferry. Then it was down the hill to ride the Peel ferry across the lake where we were joined by the guys from Tony’s on 8 fancy Harleys headed back to Harrison. On the way back across the ferry captain came over to chat HTR up about her Big Ruckus. Yep more 🙂

We then headed for home with a stop at Shadow Rock Park for a couple of glamor shots, stoping at the Eee-Zee Stop for fresh beer where she registered for the nifty all metal retro beer cooler being offered by the beer distributor. The back to the cabin for dinner and chatting on the deck. A little coffee with breakfast Monday

on the way home Outhouse stop

morning, then load up old #5 and she heads for home.

Now that might not sound too exciting but I’m sure it made for a relaxing 3 day trip for her. She got onto some cool places to visit, got in 20 miles or so of gravel work, found some cool places and people to visit, road some ass-kickin’ roads but I can’t say much more. She’ll post up those details on her blog so I’ll not spoil the surprise.

We had bags of fun, took lots of photos, and she video taped the morning riding session so I expect a big post about the weekend with a great riding video.
Stay tuned kiddies !!

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