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STAR 2022 CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – two wheeled memories that will last a lifetime!

Jamie and I headed out on Saturday morning for the 6 hour drive to Cape Girardeau, MO for this years STAR rally. We really enjoyed last years event and we were excited to see what this years event had to offer. It was an uneventful, but hot drive to our camp site. We love camping at these events and this year would be no different. We stayed at the Trail of Tears – Mississippi campground. We rolled up and were very impressed with the site. The campground was clean, had nice showers and the site we had chosen was full of shade!

This set up has worked out well for us.

Chillin in the lobby

roughing it at STAR

The only bad part of the campsite was the Train that would pass by at 3:30 am every morning. We had set up our tent within 20 yards of the train track, so when the train went by it felt like it was running through the tent. There were some nights that the train would come by 2-3 additional times. After a while Jamie and I could only laugh. It will be something we always remember from this years STAR.

Hear for yourself.

We got set up and headed into town to check in for the rally and to see who was already around. There were many folks hanging out in the lobby. It looked like old home week as riders were smiling, laughing and hugging it out! It resembled a family reunion. This is just one reason we love this rally so much. Registration was easy and we got to catch up with some friends that we had met at last years event.

Check in Desk

Kelly was all smiles!

What a warm welcoming committee.

We decided to head downtown and eat with a few of the STAR faithful. I am not going to mention names as there were too many folks to remember. We ate at the Minglewood Brewery on the patio, while a slight breeze kept everyone very comfortable. We enjoyed our pizza and conversation.

A wonderful night on the patio.

After dinner Jamie and I played tourist and walked around downtown taking in some of the sites. The murals painted on the walls by the banks of the Mississippi were beautiful. We hung out for an hour or so before heading back to camp. We were beat from the day of travel and all of the excitement from the afternoon. Tomorrow we ride! So we wanted to be rested. Click on the video below to listen to Jamie as she walks you by the Mural.

Just one of many murals on the boardwalk

Just another night on the river

Take a Tour with Jamie

Jamie and I slept very well. The temperature actually got down in the lower 60’s so it was chilly waking up. We were not going to complain as it was forecasted to be much hotter later in the week. We were supposed to lead a ride this morning, but since no one signed up we decided to join Norm and his group ride. We were not disappointed. The ride was spirited and we got to experience some of the great Missouri landscape.

Beautiful morning for a ride

Yash’s C-14 sounded so good!

We decided to break off from the group after 150 miles. Jamie needed a bathroom break and we both needed some coffee and breakfast. After a nice little breakfast at the Double A, we took our time and rode another 175 miles to get back to the hotel. We wanted to get in as much riding as possible before the forecasted heatwave hit. Nothing beats a nice STAR ride to kick off an event.

Jamie was all smiles after she got her coffee.

Beautiful day for a ride

not a bad view

We got back to the camp site, took a quick shower and then headed back over to the hotel. It was so cool seeing the parking lot fill up. We just hung out and enjoyed everyone’s company. The hotel offered some food and a bar with drink tickets if you attended the rally. Now that is a nice touch!

Almost to the campsite

Not a bad ride to the camp site

The gangs all here!

Fun times

More stories being told

We stayed for the welcoming ceremonies and reception. It is always fun meeting new folks that are attending STAR for the first time. Jamie and I are fairly new to MSTA, so we are always meeting folks we have not met in the past. So many warm and caring hearts ride motorcycles. Who would have thunk it? 🙂

Patrick welcoming everyone to STAR

Monday greeted us with a fantastic sunrise. Our morning alarm train ensured we were up and ready to take on the day. We love camping for this reason. Beautiful sunrise, fresh coffee and a fantastic view of the river. Then we realized that we got to ride this morning as well. Let’s just say it was going to be hard to beat this Monday morning.

Nice sunrise

Today we joined up with Ron Myers to ride. We were doing the Elephant Rocks loop, just one of the great routes provided by the Rally. If you would like to download the routes form this years STAR click here. Another great reason to attend this event. There are pre planned routes and many folks to ride with. This group is always willing to let folks join the rides. We are a sport-touring group and these rides are the highlight of these events. The weather was again in our favor and the ride was fantastic. We seemed to leap frog groups all day, as many were out enjoying the countryside.