The first Motorcycle Sport Touring
Association (MSTA) FlyBy Week
rally at Marietta, Ohio was a big
success. Helped by perfect weather
all week (except part of Tuesday),
every day offered great riding on the
twisty backroads of Southeastern
Ohio and Northern West Virginia.
At the end of a riding day, MSTA
members want to get a shower,
change clothes and enjoy dinner
at a nice restaurant, but that doesn't
include putting their gear back on
riding their bikes into town. To solve
this problem, we offered "dinner
tours," going to a different
downtown restaurant each evening.
On Monday-Wednesday evening we knew attendance would be light
and were able to find enough four wheeled vehicles to carpool
attendees to and from downtown on those nights.
Most attendees arrived on Thursday, and we were ready with quick
registration check-in and a trolley bus to take the large crowd into town
for the evening's dinner tour. Thursday was also the day we set up the
"outdoor lounge" behind the hotel to give attendees a place to relax,
gather and enjoy a cookout on Friday night.
Thursday was also a fun riding day as Thunder Roads Ohio's own
Derek Smith brought his Yamaha FJR to ridedo his first sport touring
ride with me. We also had Charles Averell, a TRO reader who came to
the event on his Harley bagger to see what FlyBy Week was all about.
The three of us rode a West Virginia route that took us back across the
Ohio river on the Sistersville ferry and returned to Marietta on OH route
26. How did they do?
We started out slow, but by the end of the 200 mile route, both Derek
and Charles improved their average speed by fifteen MPH, were
comfortable and having a great time. Charles said, "These are the
kinds of roads I want to ride. I'll be back next year with some friends!"
Here's Derek with one of our
volunteer members Jennie Kimes.
Friday evening was the brat burn at
the "outdoor lounge" behind the
hotel. There was plenty of good
food and conversation.
Saturday was another big riding day
and everyone finished the week
without any crashes or performance
awards. The weather stayed dry
and cool, topping off a perfect week.
We even had enough volunteers
to share the work load so everyone
got to enjoy the rally.
Event volunteers Rob Bowling
and Allan Skinner take a lunch
break on a ride.
Here is what some of the attendees had to say about FlyBy Week:
Andray Hubble, Guntersville, AL: "I want to thank Norm Kern
and all of the folks who volunteered at FlyBy Week 2018. I
had a great time and look forward to next year! It was fun
catching up with friends I have not seen in a while and
getting out on the fun roads in southern Ohio and West
Virginia. Great weather, event planning, routes, and good
seeing so many friends. Ride safe!"
Michael Molnar with Rich Prindle and two others: "Awesome
ride today with great MSTA friends! FlyBy Week 2018 was a
blast. Thanks to Norm Kern and the many others that
helped keep this traditional ride alive!"
Dan Steinberg, Mike Suchara,
Rick Barnes, Ron Rieger and
Joel Sherzer make a stop at
the Big Muskie Bucket, Miners'
Memorial Park near
McConnelsville, OH. Dan says,
"The FlyBy Week event this
past weekend was awesome.
My posse from Illinois had a
blast and it was fun riding
many new roads. Thank you
for organizing and putting
W. Patrick O'Bryant,
Chillicothe, OH: "Home safe
after an incredible weekend at
FlyBy Week! A BIG thanks to
all the organizers, volunteers
and participants who made my
first MSTA weekend
outstanding! Special Thanks to
Patrick Mogavero for showing
me around, and to Dave and
Rick for letting me show them a
twisty route west!"
Cliff, Cook, Kingsport, TN: "Great stuff. Fun time by
all. Thanks to Norm and many more volunteers."