The big thing going on was the Ozark 100 Miler. That is an off-road motorcycle race that was held at the ranch where we stay. This year was big for all of the people involved because we went out and attracted some top national riders. We had a writer come to the event from a national motorcycle publication. You can see the story here: http://www.cyclenews.com/619/27317/Racing-Article/Steward-Baylor-Tops-Seventh-Annual-Kenda-Ozark-100.aspx
I spent the weeks leading up to the event riding around on a tractor, mowing:
This was the main pit area for the event. We had over 500 people through the gate.
The weekend before the event, 2012 National Enduro Champion, Steward Baylor came in to do a riding school. You can see his trailer and then mine in the background of this photo. It was great hanging out with the champ and hearing the inside scoop on all that I have read about. He is a really nice guy and only 20 years old.
One of the coolest things about this event is that the last 25 miles are run over extremely difficult terrain at night. The guys have lights on their bikes, but some sections are lit up to allow the spectators to see better. Here is one of those areas:
Here is the final podium for the winners. The guy standing in front is the promoter, my friend Spud. This is the guy that my son Scott works for. Scott was also very involved in putting this event on.
Stu Baylor won, he is from South Carolina, Ian Blythe was second, he is from Colorado. And Nick Farranger was third, he is from Ohio. It was really a dream come true to have this event at our ranch.
Just before the race, we tried to have Thanksgiving at the lodge. It got kind of crazy and I don't think it worked out very well. We will have to rethink that in the future. We did get some good pictures. This is Kim's mom with three great grand kids. (Connor, William and Cameron)
Here is 4 generations:
Here are Connor and William. They are going to be great buddies for many years.
We made a trip to Silver Dollar City this past Saturday. It was very crowded but we still had a good time. Here is a shot of William and Isabella.
We are just about ready to head south. We have been having good weather and we have had a number of things to do before we left. It looks like we will spend Christmas in Arkansas with my son, Michael and his wife Audrey. I could use some more grandpa time with Connor and Cameron. Cameron is getting so big.
I will start posting more often. We are headed to Texas, but that is about as specific as we are at this point.