The Southern Tandem Rally returned after a one-year Covid hiatus. Tupelo, MS was the host city which made this Elvis fan very happy. What didn’t make me quite as happy was that attendance didn’t hinge on being vaxxed. Meeting new people came with some trepidation as we fished to learn if they were vaccinated.
The first day of STR featured a ”ride when you choose” out and back on the Tanglefoot bike trail. It also featured the best weather of the weekend, but we’ll get to that later.
A funny thing about tandem rallies, they are totally dependent on the weather. All week leading up to the weekend the forecast looked great, near perfect. But when you get those great forecasts, it’s time to worry! We were All Shook Up when we awoke to this weather radar on Saturday morning. Should we take the weathermen and Return to Sender?
But That’s All Right Mama, the storm moved out at ride time and Roger used his radar reading skills to determine that we could ride. It’s Now or Never–let’s roll! Those who wanted to ride the longest option trimmed their expectations, and those of us who chose to ride were happy we did. We didn’t get any water on our Blue Suede Shoes.
Lunch was at the Elvis Presley birthplace. We rode the shorter ride so we had plenty of time to finish the ride, return to the hotel, shower and change before lunch.
It drizzled during much of our tour of the birthplace, things were about to get better later in the evening. The banquet had a definite theme, including a genuine Hunk of Burnin’ Love.
Suspicious Minds will tell you that Elvis is not dead. He’s hiding in Tupelo. Let’s Bossa Nova, Baby!
The only thing that could top the entertainment was the conga line finale to one of my all time favorite songs from my favorite Elvis movie: Viva Las Vegas!
Sunday morning brought more Kentucky Rain to Tupelo and the surrounding area. It’s Now or Never–to ride or head home? Most of the 50 (or so) teams who were in attendance (including us) did not ride. At the last moment Roger proclaimed that we could ride, but at that point we weren’t dressed and had already blown off the ride. Two out of three ain’t bad…some attendees drove all the way to Tupelo for one ride (on Friday) which didn’t have a group start.
We are glad to be attending rallies again, we are glad to get to chance to see tandem friends after so much time away.
Next up. we head west and enjoy the bike lanes and bikeways of Orange County California. Is that near Blue Hawaii? Thank you…thank you very much.
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