Green Bay, WI
The Final Crush was the title for the last monster truck show we will ever be a part of in the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. News has it that the building will be torn down this spring and replaced with something new. The way it sounds it will not be big enough to perform freestyle motocross in. Although we are saddened by this news we've had a solid 12 year run involved with the Monster XL tour and its been a blessing.
Cody and I arrived thursday morning to get our bikes inside to thaw out. Its been intensly cold here for the previous couple weeks and would take the full 24 hours we had before practice to get warmed up. Scot arrived shortly after us to get the ramp thawed and washed also. We finished up around 4 pm and headed home. Friday morning we all did some needed bike work and got the ramps set up for practice. Lord willing everyone made it through saftely and we were ready for the evenings festivities. The friday night show went awsome, it was good to get back out in front of a crowd after being off the bike for 4 months!
Saturday matinee was the best show of the weekend. The stands were full and the crowd was electric!! We all rode great and had a great time. Saturday night show was also good and we went out with a bang for our last performance! It was all hands on deck getting the ramps torn down and packed up so we could get over to the Tundra Lodge for Cody's suprise birthday party. It was great to hang out with the whole crew and tell stories of the years past, and a big thanks to Sick Air CO for including us in these shows for the past couple years. We also thank GOD for keeping us safe through the weekend and on to bigger and better things!!
Just in time to save my sanity we were heading southbound to meet up with Travis Willis, Trevor Cartmill and Team FMX at the 2019 Gears and Grub car show in Rincon, Georgia. I travel to a lot of these shows alone and it does get a little boring and lonely driving alone but for this trip I was lucky enough to have my Mom and Aunt Sherry tag along in their car behind me. They were also going stir crazy from the long winter and decided to head south with me and take a short vacation to Savanna, Georgia. I had a few stops to make in southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois so we met up just south of Chicago and convoyed south. Our goal was to make it to Calvert City, Kentucky where there was a Toterhome for sale that I was stopping to look at. We got in about 10 pm that night 30 miles west from our destination and stopped to get a hotel. Early the next morning we headed to meet up with the guy with the truck. After a brief look and ride in the vehicle we got back on the road for the 11 hours drive to Savanna.
The next morning in Savanna we had a few hours to spare so we all went downtown for a Trolley tour of the city. Later that afternoon I met up with Travis at the venue and we got set up and practiced for the Saturdays event. Trevor Cartmill arrived at the same time we did so we geared up and got through practice safetly.
The next morning we met back up at the venue and got ready for the shows. We were scheduled for three performances and the first two were the busiest. The third was still pretty good but the day was winding down. We both rode awsome and got great reviews from the promoter and everyone involed. We are already booked to come back next year and I can't wait to do it again! We thank Jesus for keeping us safe and look forward to the next show.
Oklahoma City, Ok
I recieved a call from Dan Weeks at Manuever Motorsports on tuesday afternoon to cover a 4 day circus show in Oklahoma City. Problem was I had to be there Wednesday afternoon and it was a 16 hour drive. So I ran home and got packed, had some dinner with Moira and hit the ground running. Put in 4-5 hours of driving tuesday night, stopped for a small 2 hour nap and pinned it to the destination. I arrived in OKC around 4 pm with just enough time to get another small nap in before set up and practice wednesday night.
The thursday morning show came way to fast! We got in a good nights sleep and showed up ready to ride for the 10 am kids show. The local schools bus in a bunch of the kids and we get a chance to run through the show before the general public comes for the thursday evening show. Dan brought in Derek Rule who is a new rider to the game. He has a couple basic tricks, huge whips and he is a great addition to the show! Everyone rode awsome and we continued throughout the weekend knocking shows out and keeping the people entertained.
Our final show was sunday night at 7pm but we didn't get done riding and packing up until after 1030. Either way I wanted to get a couple hours closer to home and didn't want to pay for another night of hotels so I hit the road. I made it a couple hours out and stopped for the night to get some sleep. I made it to my dads monday night to hang out with him for a bit for his birthday. I'd say the weekend was a success, I'd like to thank the GOOD LORD above for keeping us safe once again and we are looking forward to the next trip!
Fargo, Jamestown, Bismark, ND
We always enyoy this ten day run to North Dakota for the El Zagal shrine circus. We started this years tour in Fargo for a three day weekend, then a one day/one show stop in Jamestown, finally wrapping up in Bismark for the finale. Derek Rule was our additional rider for these three stops and he did an excellent job dealing with the tight conditions of these three arena buildings.
The Fargodome was the biggest of the three venues that we performed in over the duration of the ten days and it has plenty of room for a full 75 ft gap set up. We performed 6 shows over the first weekend in Fargo then had monday off for some R and R. Jamestown was scheduled for a tuesday evening show which was a sold out event and we rocked the house for them!! Finishing the shows in Bismark was awsome as always with a huge thanks to the shriners for their hospitality. They always treat us like family up in North Dakota! Also a big thanks to Dan Weeks at Manuever Motorsports for passing this run of shows along to us, and of course we are very thankful to THE GOOD LORD ABOVE for keeping us safe throughout the two weeks! Until next time, RIDE, BUILD, BELIEVE!!
Bangor and Presque Isle, ME
I know what you're thinking "why is there a picture of a garage door?"
Well.... thats the door that we had to shoot through on our landing area at The Forum in Presque Isle, Maine. This building is by far one of the smallest performance areas i've worked in in the last 18 years. The cieling hieght is just under 40 feet at the peak which limited us to jumping a show gap of 60 feet. We were within 5 feet of the steel rafters at our highest point of the jump which made for a pretty exciting show! We had to set the ramps diagonal across the arena floor and land through this 8 foot wide garage door into the maintenance shop to have enough room to stop. We sprayed coke syrup on the floor to help enhance our stopping abilities and bought a small piece of carpet for traction when braking.
Cal Werner accompanied me on this 10 day run for the Anah Shrine Circus. Our first stop was in Bangor, Maine for three days followed by three days off and finishing up in Presque Isle, which is 30 miles from the Canadian border. Cal rode great, the shriners were impressed and we all had a great time. As always we thank THE GOOD LORD ABOVE for keeping us safe through the shows and for allowing us to return home to our families safely after the 28 hour drive back home!!
Mike Silva International Festival Por La Vida was our next stop of the year. Using the skills and talents GOD gave me I was blessed to have the opportunity to team up with ZeroGravityOutreach.com to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I met up with Trevor Cartmill, the Zero Gravity crew and a few members of Mike Silva's team to scope out the venue and do a prayer walk on friday evening. There were over 120 poeple involved and we were fortunate enough to have the attendees pray over us and the event.
We returned to Iriquios Park the next morning to set up ramps and get some practice. It was a little breezy so we got the ramps back to a 68 foot gap and called it good. Trevor rode awsome as usual and the crowd was really into it. Tim and Debbie did a great job delivering the message and many people raised their hands and gave their lives to Jesus!! Praise the LORD! It was a great event and I believe it really impacted the local community. We look forward to working with Mike SIlva International in the future and we are excited to see the doors GOD will open!