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Nashville and Paducah to the motorcycle races at Springfield IL

A group meets at Shoneys downtown on Saturday for 7:00 kickstands up to Paducah, where we join up with folks who have gone to Paducah Friday where everyone can get gassed up and on the road by 9:30. We will stop every 2 hours for fuel and a short break. It is a 400 mile ride from Nashville with Interstate riding between fun sections. Let's face it, Illinois is not exactly the most exciting back road riding state, so we'll just blast through sections of Highway to get to the fun sections. Ride across the highway 45 bridge (a bridge to remember!) then some nice riding in the Shawnee National Forrest, finally getting back on the Interstate near Marion, IL. Saturday night catch the short track races at the Illinois fairgrounds, then Sunday the mile dirt track race where the average speed is over 100 mph. This is the best racing of ANY kind in the world, IMHO. Highlights are: Pits are open Sunday morning, Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati, Triumph, Susuki and Harley-Davidson's will be racing. 22 year old darling of the dirt track, Shayna Texter will be on a factory Triumph this year, joining Nicole Mees for the female contingent. We'll stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Springfield Saturday. After the race we'll go to Benton, IL to eat and spend the night at the Econolodge.

Monday we'll take the ferry across the Ohio River at Cave In Rock, visit the historic cave, then have a nice ride through LBL, Dover and back via the twisties around Charlotte TN. Those who like ot camp can camp at the Springfield Fairgrounds. I'd guess there are a few thousand motorcyclists camping. With about 5-10 thousand motorcycles attending the races. You can purchase a parade lap around the track from Illinois ABATE, if you wish. I am open to suggestions and changes to the weekend. My desire is to ride to the races and have fun.

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  • Bob K.

    LOL Hassan, that year we got to step out onto the track surface. They had put 20 tons of sodium chloride on the dirt the week before the races and the track surface was unbelievable. Spongy, like the new tennis courts, but much thicker rubber. And the traction was more like walking on bubble gum... tennis shoes would not slide on the surface at all. There is no doubt that dirt and preparation is unequaled in the country.

    May 19, 2014

  • Hassan

    The last time you and I went to this race, I had a blast. If I wasn't going to Italy, this race would be my top priority.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Scott

    Gonna be out of town

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Bob K.

    If no one is interested, I'm just going to leave Friday and camp. :)

    May 16, 2014

  • Joe J.

    I will most likely be in COMMIEfornia again at that time.

    February 23, 2014

    • Bob K.

      The TT race weekend in Peoria in August is a great race weekend, too! And the Indianpolis MotoGP weekend. :)

      February 23, 2014

  • Bob Keim changed the location to Shoney's

    February 22, 2014

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