Sunday, October 28, 2012

Six Days to the ISDE in Tulsa

In 1994, the RAMS club was invited to help at the International Six-day Enduro in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jake Herzog, Bud Peck and I volunteered and were accepted by the Tulsa club, which was only the second international six-day event in history to be held in the USA. The first was in the Berkshires in 1973 when several of the RAMS worked the event there also. I laid out a course for getting to Tulsa and back, which was six days each way; hence I called our trip, “Six days to the 6-Day.” Dave dela Gorgendiere rode with us. The photos below are from that trip, which was predominately two-lane road with a few gravel roads thrown in. Jake rode his BMW R1000GS to the event; he rode the event with it as a course marshal and then rode it home. I worked as a pit marshal and Bud drove the bus that transported the riders from their lodgings to the competition area. The photos are from our 5,100-mile trip there and back, and a few were taken in the competition area.  

Somewhere in northern West Virginia

West Virginia



West Virginia



Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, below Blue Ridge Parkway




We even rode some 2-track road





The pit area at the ISDE in Tulsa

 A competitor changing a tire

Another tire change


An Irishman changing a tire



A US rider in the pit area



The paddock in the evening


The motocross race


A US rider


A cotton field in Arkansas

Crop dusting the cotton

We stopped at Bill Decker's farm in Tennessee

Jake and Dave


Bill Decker and Jake talk farming. Bill won the overall High Point at the 500-Mile Championship Jack Pine Enduro in Michigan in 1965 on a 250cc Greeves.




New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia

A view from the bridge

In the gorge below the bridge.


Atop Spruce Knob, West Virginia


Great Cacapon, West Virginia

A little roadside maintenance on the course marshal's bike




A huge backhoe blocked the road



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