I'm open for:
I'm sure the camaraderie of the Moonshine event would be great, but riding in that part of Illinoisville is something I only do if I need to.
Boofer, it'd be awesome to see you! Mt. Ida's pretty, it's over on the flatter side of the lake. If we were going to that area, it might make more sense to go more on your side of the lake at Jessieville or up by Nimrod Lake. There just aren't a lot of great twisty favorites super close to there, which is why we usually default to Clarksville, Russelville, Harrison, Gassville or Mountain Home.
We could also find good stuff in southeastern Missouri.
I love riding in the Smokies... there's just a lot more traffic over there, even in the stupid-good stuff. My best times there have been alone, so I can ride like an idiot and there's no group to get arrested behind me. And for us middle-western guys, it's a lot of droning to get over there. (spoiled rotten brats, the lot of us)
One time I had a Dragon ride get diverted north by bad weather, and we had a blast riding the Kentucky and West Virginia roads out of Lexington. It was fun and scenic.
Point is... if you'd like to try a route on the Florida side of the Ozarks, I'm sure we could come up with something.
Looking forward to seeing you guys.
The week before Christmas, my 15-year old permit driver was chauffeuring me in my beloved old Chevy truck on MO19 just north of my ranch. Running off the road there is not forgiving. She got wheels off the pavement and before I could grab the wheel from the passenger side, she had the truck sideways and headed off a steep embankment. The truck flew and then rolled and rolled. Thankfully, everybody was okay, except for my KTM riding in the back... just beaten up pretty good. For the past four weeks I've been trying to get my muscles working again, but I'm good to ride. (All the bike crashes I've had... this one hurt like a sumbitch)