Cuba 2008 ITSA Trial
by Captain Dick Septer
The ITSA Midwest trial at Cuba, Missouri. You got to go, it is the best time. I’ve heard this for the last three years. I wanted to go, but just couldn’t pull it off. This year was different though as my sons started riding this year I now have someone to ride with, in the truck that is. They kept telling us if you like rocks you will love Cuba. So Barry and I took off for Cuba on Saturday morning. Not knowing what we were getting into, were these rocks boulders or gravel or bowling balls? Being the first ones to get there we grabbed a drink and headed off to the woods to see if we could find the loop and check out some of the sections. Well, what we found was all of the above style rocks, plus shelf rocks.
We went back to the truck to start unpacking our tents and gear when some of the other riders started showing up. One of which was Don Brookshire, the man who laid out the sections with a little help from his wife, who commented to him that some of the sections may be a bit challenging. Along with Randy Blackwell, he gave us a tour of the loop. Feeling pretty good about the trial we went back to the truck to welcome and meet anyone else that was going to camp that night.
We drove through rain all the way to Cuba and we were thinking it was going to be another one of those weekends where you have to be towed in and out of the parking lot. Low and behold the rain stopped just before we got there and the weather was great. This is where the trouble starts. We are all waiting for Fearless Charlie to show up because he is the campfire king, but he doesn’t make it. Now what? Larry Bast, the land owner and rider shows up and tells me we can burn what ever we can find. When Tony Glueck showed up with a kerosene heater in hand and asked if we were going to have a fire I had to go to work. We burned a pile of brush that we found and at one point they say I even burned myself. Thanks to Pee Wee and Charlie Spann for the music, I think we all had a good time.
On Sunday the weather was perfect. We set off for section one to find out that Don was a nice guy to talk to, but must have been mad at the world when he laid out the sections. Not dangerous, but a challenge for all riders. The sections did get a little easier after the first one, but not a lot. You had to pay attention to every detail. Don’t take anything for granted. The rocks were sand stone so the traction was great for the most part. A couple of well placed logs made some of the sections very interesting. The rider turn out was good and I got to meet some guys that were just starting and some that had been riding a long time, but had not made it down to Tennessee. The Midwest guys are a great bunch of guys and I’m glad I got to meet them. Bast Farms is a great place for a trial and I hope they continue to have them.
Everything I was told about Cuba was true. It is a good time and they do have rocks. Talking to Don after the trial and telling him what a good job he done he said that he may have went a little over board, 'cause he whipped his own butt. He should have listened to his wife. And I'm sure she said "I told you so".....