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Monday Morning Coffee Opinion Column

By Billy Rainford

Welcome to a different Monday Morning Espresso, opinion and yarn spinning column. As I sit right here typing, I’m on the eve of one other journey down the I-75 to Florida. Of all of the intros I write earlier than a highway journey, the one which sees me making ready to do that drive is the one I do extra usually than another. It’s solely twice a yr, however because the years go by I discover it appears like I’m writing that quite a bit. Having mentioned that, I understand now that I’ll even be doing it so far as the north finish of Georgia for the Atlanta Supercross very quickly. I believe it’s fairly well-known that I like a highway journey, however this one is beginning to lose it’s lustre.

It’s not prefer it was again once I was a teenager. A lot of you studying this proper now most likely have somebody in your family who’s bouncing off the partitions on the considered doing this very same drive to both go race within the mystical state of Florida or get pleasure from every week on the magic of Disney World.

Like a lot of you, the primary itme I made the journey was once I was in elementary college, most likely grade 6, if I needed to guess. As a aspect gig, my dad was concerned in an organization that rented out RV’s to folks. It was referred to as Howard’s Holidays. I can nonetheless keep in mind being the native business for the enterprise with my sister. What fun that was.

Anyway, that they had a fleet of 10 or 12 motorhomes, some A Class and a few C Class. I don’t even know what a B Class on is! We determined to take our neighbours on the journey and we loaded 6 or 8 of us into one of many larger ones that they had. Now that I give it some thought, I can’t keep in mind if it was an A or a C. Reminiscence particulars fade over time.

A lot of the drive was spent working up and down the centre aisle or pretending to surf my approach down the freeway whereas standing simply over my dad’s shoulder as he put in all of the miles and not using a single grievance. I wasn’t the “King of city browsing” like Stiles in Teen Wolf, however I did what I might. (This highway journey was a few years earlier than that film got here out, by the best way.)

I do keep in mind that as we received farther and farther south, the quantity of billboards along with the highway elevated dramatically and began to seem like nothing extra that litter and junk. That’s till my dad lastly gave in and pulled right into a Shoney’s someplace on the south finish of Tennessee.

We pulled in for breakfast, received seated collectively, and waited to be served. The cash they spent on promoting should have meant the meals was scrumptious, proper? Who is aware of, that a part of my reminiscence has blurred significantly. The server came visiting and and not using a lick of sarcasm mentioned, “I’m sorry however I’ve to inform you earlier than you order that we’re utterly out of grits.

I believe I laughed out loud. For starters, I had by no means eaten grits and didn’t even know what they have been. My solely contact with the phrase was from TV when Flo would snipe again at her boss, Mel, “Kiss my Grits!” I suppose I simply laughed at her catch phrase again then with out understanding what she meant. Sort of like I did on sleepovers once we’d watch political skits on Saturday Evening Reside. Not a clue, simply snigger when the viewers does, and when is Mr. Invoice approaching?

Again to the story.

We let the server know that their lack of grits [Grits are made with whole dried white corn kernels from dent corn (a variety of corn with a higher starch content, which gives grits their creamy, soft texture). Traditional grits are made by either using stone-ground or steel roller mills. –] made little-to-no distinction in our resolution to eat breakfast there and went on to order the same old 2 eggs over-easy with toast and bacon.

What was my level once more? Oh ya, journeys to Florida if you’re a little bit child.

There was nothing extra magical to hearken to than when somebody got here dwelling from a visit to the Sunshine State and advised tales about palm timber and lizards throughout recess. I used to be at all times glued to each phrase the storyteller would communicate.


I used to be nonetheless a yr away from racing dust bikes, so it was the tales of House Mountain and River Nation that intrigued me essentially the most. My head would have exploded had I recognized something about driving totally different MX tracks in the midst of winter!

What I query is that if social media and the brand new pattern of prompt gratification has killed any of the sense of surprise in younger youngsters as of late? Earlier than you go wherever now you possibly can take excursions on Youtube of completely something. I’ve to think about that takes a few of the mystique out of journey for teenager, no? All we needed to evaluate to have been snap photographs in crappy little tri-fold pamphlets picked up on the CAA journey centre.

My level is, I’m not crammed with surprise anymore as I get able to make this drive down the I-75 like I as soon as was, and I’m wondering if youngsters are as in awe of the expertise as we have been again when all we actually had was our imaginations. Nowadays, I simply hope the engine doesn’t fall out of the #DMXVan! One. Extra. Journey…

So, what are your ideas on the Triple Crown format like we had in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night time? Evidently I get a special reply each time I ask somebody their opinion. I consider I’m already on report in a MMC column from years passed by as stating that I don’t like them.

I gave it my greatest shot Saturday night time however I’m nonetheless simply not a fan of it. I believe it makes your entire factor extra of a spectacle than an actual racing occasion. Go forward and disagree, however that’s my opinion.

I believe folks simply watch on the lookout for extra chaos. I’m keen to guess 50% of them don’t even know who wins when the third checkered flag has waved within the 250 or the 450 class. They undoubtedly wouldn’t know who received 4th total. “OK, so he gained the primary one, received sixth in the second, and now he’s 2nd. So…..who wins? Did my favorite rider get fifth?” We strive it with our collection too and I’m not a fan of that both. We’re all entitled to our opinions.

What do you assume? Go forward and tell us right here or within the Fb remark part.

Daxton Bennick took this one from wire to wire and regarded good. A number of of the riders dipped their lap instances underneath 50 seconds in order that they have been transferring. Canadian #622 Preston Masciangelo lined up for his first-ever Futures race and did himself proud, particularly after getting back from double damaged and dislocated wrists! We’ve received a podcast interview to do immediately, so be sure you look ahead to that one to listen to all about it. He was in a van with 10 folks on their approach again to SOBMX in South Carolina so we thought it greatest to attend till immediately.

#29 Nate Thrasher took the general within the 250 East class. He didn’t gentle the candles in any of the three races however his 2-2-3 was adequate to get the job executed. The present was stolen within the third race as #6 Jeremy Martin grabbed the win and was pumped. It is going to be a great Membership MX ‘Past the Race’ video this week, that’s for positive.

#96 Hunter Lawrence continues to be in management within the East, and I don’t see a chink in his armour that leads me to consider he shouldn’t take this one dwelling.

As I’ve been preaching the previous few weeks, I believe we’re witnessing Championship #2 Cooper Webb once more this season. They are saying the season doesn’t begin till Daytona, so if Cooper can problem #1 Eli Tomac this weekend, then we’re in for a barn burner of a second half. As we’ve all seen, #23 Chase Sexton is arguably the quickest rider on the observe however he’s turning into his personal worst enemy. In professional sports activities, there’s nothing worse than being regarded as somebody who crumbles underneath stress. I don’t put him in that class but, however he’d higher shut out a number of wins quick!

Subsequent spherical is at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. I like this race. Nonetheless, I’d have appreciated to be exhibiting as much as an unknown observe design. We’ll see simply how shut it’s to final yr’s once I get there.

The week begins with the Professional Circuit Open on Thursday night time at Tampa MX. I’ve hit this race a number of instances and it’s at all times a great time with nice showings by a lot of Canadians. I hope to see a number of there once more this yr.

Canadians Crush the MX191 Sprint for Money

I didn’t know something about this race till Greg Poisson despatched over a photograph of the outcomes. Wow, good exhibiting by the Canadians! The race was at MX191 in Milton, Florida. By no means heard of it? Neither have I!

I Googles it and it’s midway between Panama Metropolis, FLA and Cellular, Alabama.

Take a look at these outcomes:

MX191 2023 Dash for Cash results

Tyler Medaglia and I are going to do a fast podcast interview to speak about it as quickly as he’s again from his cycle this morning, so look ahead to that one too.

OK, I hope that received you thru one other cup of espresso to get this week began. I’ve received to go change the oil within the van AGAIN earlier than hitting the highway tomorrow. In fact, they’re calling for freezing rain right here later immediately so fingers crossed I get out of right here on time. I believe I’ll convey a mountain bike and a highway bike for this journey. I keep at Brendan Goldstein‘s home in Palm Value simply north of Daytona on this journey. Brendan owns the Mattress and Biscuit together with his spouse in addition to Ok Deam sun shades. Examine them out! Oh, Brendan can also be the man who went Tik Tok viral when he slipped on his driveway and went nuts on a palm tree. I’m positive you’ve seen it.

Have an incredible week and I’ll see you from the races in Tampa subsequent…