Believe it or nor, I finally sent off our registration for October’s Southern Tandem Rally over in Cullman, Alabama! I have NO idea why we had such a hard time getting excited about STR, other than having a cruddy year when it comes to saddle-time on the tandem, or any other bikes for that matter. Between health issues and the weather, I’d venture a guess that we have less than 1,500 miles under our belts for 2013, clearly a new record for us… record low, that is.
Even now as we appear to have a weekend that will offer some nice weather, Debbie and I both find ourselves with summer colds. Yup, another dose of the crud with its head and chest congestion, hack, sinus drainage and sore throats settled in over the past week. It hit Debbie first this past weekend — she believes she may have gotten it while attending to her mom during a brief hospital stay — and now I’ve got it as well. We’re hardly alone, during an off-site with 35 co-workers I’d venture a guess that an even dozen were all hoarse, coughing or heavily medicated due to the crud. Anyway, we’ve already said… some the crud or high water we’re getting out and riding the tandem this weekend!
Anyway, back to STR. Like I said, we usually get pretty pumped-up for tandem rallies, secure our rooms early and then send off registrations right after it opens. I think we may have subconsciously taken a wait-and-see approach to STR, as it just had a strange “feel” to it, or perhaps it was a lack of feel? I’m not really sure. The rally will be hosted out of Cullman, Alabama about 50 miles north of Birmingham. I suspect it’s an atypical, small Alabama town not unlike many of the small towns where Alabama Tandem Weekend’s and some past STRs have been held. It’ll be about a 2.5 hour drive for us on secondary highways instead of the interstate, as we’ve started to realize the two-lane state highways are a lot more scenic and less monotonous than freeways.
Just looking at the STR Website, it looks like the rally will visit a few local historic sights and points of interest, a hallmark of any rally hosted by Jack & Susan Goertz. I can’t recall if it’s Jack or Susan who tends to be the history buff: perhaps it’s both of them!? Regardless, they always do a nice job of making sure the rides visit points of interest which is a nice touch. Some of the ones listed on the website thus far include Clarkson Covered Bridge, the Ave Maria Grotto, the Crooked Creek Civil War Battlesite and Museum and Cullman’s Larkwood Falls at Lake Catoma.
Now that we’re registered we’re looking forward to it. Now we just need to get some miles under our belts and figure out if we’re riding two-up or three-up!