NTNOA Lake O’ the Pines Rallye
October 2, 2010
The morning temperature did not feel too bad as I left very early Saturday morning to head east to the piney woods. I had decided on a long-sleeve shirt under my mesh jacket, knowing it would warm quickly with the blue-sky day forecast. But, once I was out in the country, the temperature dropped into the high 40’s, and I was trying to find still air behind the short shield on the K75S. I was traveling light, knowing that I needed to return back home mid-afternoon for other activities. The route to the North Texas Norton Owners Association Lake O’ the Pines Rallye was twisty, and interesting, but the rising sun was blasting my ocular senses. I may do the same route again soon with a bit later start so I can actually see the scenery.
A tradition of the rally is a vintage bike show, with some great examples of days past. Also at this year’s rally was Rollie Free’s Vincent HRD Black Shadow, on which he set a Bonneville speed record in 1948 at 150.313 mph, wearing a bathing suit .
It was cool seeing the CT-70 like I had in the early 70’s, and the Montessa trials bike brought back memories of our English Trials competitions in the mid-70’s.
I ran into some of the usual suspects at the rally today, Stephen, Miss Vickie and Bob. The weather did indeed warm up for a very comfortable return back to the metromess. It was a nice day ride, and a great place to spend a little time unwinding. I’ll just have to start packing more warm stuff for the early hours, though.