for being the
September 2016 Member Of The Month.
Wow! What just happened. I?m happily perusing st-owners.com and I receive a PM from Mellow. Uh oh,
what did I do now? Post a new post in the wrong place? Nope, just a congratulatory PM letting me know
I was selected for the member of the month. Ok, who hacked Joe?s account? When did Joe write a new
random algorithm to select member of the month? What did I do to deserve this honor? Well, maybe
it?s legit. OK, I?ll go with it. According to my account info on STO I joined August 16, 2009. I think I may
have been on here earlier but I let my account languish for a while and it may have been deleted. I know
I was on The List before that for a few years.
As a kid I loved my bicycle. I rode all over the place. Jumped trash cans, chased trains along the railroad
tracks near my house. My next door neighbor had a home made mini bike that I occasionally got to ride
and the bug hit. Around the age of 12 or 13 my dad bought me a Honda Z-50 and I was in love. I soon
learned he bought this with an ulterior motive. He flew radio control sailplanes and they were launched
in a field using a high start, a system consisting of a starter motor at one end of the field and a pulley at
the other end. Once the plane was launched someone had to walk to the other end of the field to
retrieve the end of the line that had a small parachute attached. Enter me on the Honda. It was now my
job to run down the field and retrieve said line. I didn?t mind, I was riding by butt off.
I rode that little Honda all over my ever expanding rural neighborhood for several years. Then one day it
disappeared. Dad sold it. I think Mom hated it. I was not allowed to get a bigger bike and that was the
end of my riding career. Years went by and I graduated from high school, went to college a little bit and
got married. All the while I was wanting a bike. Around the age of 40 around 2002 or 2003 the bug hit
hard. I was getting a bike. I picked up a 1985 Honda Nighthawk CB700SC that needed some TLC. I semi-
restored that and painted it and started riding with a good friend that had ridden all his life. His father
had owned a Honda shop in Jacksonville when he was a kid.
A couple of years went by and I discovered the ST1100. I knew this was the bike for me. Comfortable,
fast and good at long distance touring. I found one on Auto Trader about 4 hours from my house and
bought it when it was 8 years old and had just 16,000 miles. I started going to STOC events in the south
east and racking up miles. It was great going to STOCs and finally putting faces to names of all the great
people I had met online via ST-Owners. STO is truly a one of a kind site that feels like a family. At one of
my first STOC events, Campstoc 2010, in West Virginia I had a little oops. The gravel and I didn?t get
along too well. Luckily I was riding with Randy (Treemuncher), Ketih (TXST_Rider) and Mark (BigMak96).
They pulled my bike out of the trees while I rode in the ambulance to the hospital. Then my savior,
Gene, showed up and dragged me and my bike back to camp and then on to his house in Maryland
where my wife retrieves me the next day. I have no idea what I would have done with out all those great
people. Forever grateful. I quickly learned I need to further riding education so I was able to attend
some on track as well as off track training following that episode.
12 or so years later my 1996 ST1100 now has 90,000 miles. Just broken in and running great. It has taken
me all over the North Carolina mountains, to Colorado (Rockstoc) in 2015 and back and just last month
an epic 5,600 mile trip to ON-STOC and all of New England. The itch for something new(er) started
several months ago and I had been keeping my eyes open for a 2004 ST1300 (love the blue) and found
one 2 hours from me with 18,000 miles so I had to have it. I was just farkeling on it this past weekend to
prepare for another trip to the Blue Ridge Gathering in October to see Uncle Phil and many others from
I can?t begin to name all the friends I have made on ST-Owners but there are many and you know who
you are. Hope to see all of you at a future event. Here are a few pics from over the years.
I?ve never been very good about taking pictures of myself on trips so you?ll just have to find a few on ST-
Owners that others have taken. Thanks again for the honor.