What Goes Up?
Not my bike. It fell down, off the trailer at exit 269 between I-55 and I-355.
Everybody I met and had the chance to see again. Chris, Dave, Karen, Ethan, Grasshopper(sorry about the Bud Lite), Jeff, Steve(?), Butch(mobile machine shop and host wití da most!), Son(sorry, Bro, Iím just that short on brain cells today), and Ladies, Ron, Maria, & the Hix crew, Ken, the guys who helped me unload the bike and load it again at BHF after leaving my ramp on the highway Ė not to be disgusting but one guy was almost emasculated by my unsecured to the ball trailer when it popped off the ball while unloading the bike, Mr. & Mrs. Larsen Ė King and Queen of the breakfast burritos, Carol(? Ė NESBA registrar), Mr. Lange(? Ė NESBA guy), BHF Security guys, the guy on the ZX-9 who couldnít lose me at ACC, and Mark Bernard Ė who I finally passed and ran off track chasing Ė however, I still had faster lap times! Sorry, Folks. If I hadnít been so disoriented I would have left you with the beer I brought. Unfortunately given the events that transpired I was too preoccupied with leaving before the track went green. I was too afraid something REALLY bad would happen before I could get home!
Thumbs up to ACC for the north course. Nice flow, bad curbs, too few bathrooms and showers, however. I only made the last three sessions of the day and I still made it within two seconds of the fast two riders in my group.
Thumbs up to BHF. Very nice track, at least the where I crossed into the infield and could look out at the course! Older facilities or not, they more hospitable than ACC. Beautifully wooded surroundings too, just like home.
Thumbs up to the CCS folks. No matter how much they want to laugh at me and my antiquated bike they always treat me like Iím a competitor.
Thumbs down to Chicago toll roads! Either I was doing something really wrong, going from ACC to BHF and back home, or the tolls are so draconian that I couldnít afford to live in Chicagoland! I spent about forty bucks in tolls. I spent less leaving Ohio and traveling through Indiana than I did going from ACC to BHF.
Thumbs down for me not knowing how to secure a trailer! The trailer fell off the ball less than ten minutes into my trip. I obviously didnít know enough about my new trailer. Thanks for explaining how to fix that problem, Butch! Going home was all good.
Thumbs down for me not being prepared to leave early enough to make it to ACC for the full day.
Thumbs down to me for running so little air pressure in my front tire that the bead came unseated and I could have had the tire come off the rim while on the track! This was one of a few problems that prevented me from running at BHF. Did I mention that I lost some of my keys, my cell phone wouldnít work, and I couldnít get the pay phone at BHF to even call the operator?
I donít think Iíll make it back this season. My wife has had all the stress she can take. Be that as it may I had a great time and Iíll miss you all!
Christís peace and lithium grease!
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard..."
The first turn is the worst turn, between the left ear and the right one.