THE SNAKE RETURNS
By Mike Melton
I got a phone call from Robb Mesecher back in October
of last year, and he started telling me about this cool
event coming up in April called the Boise Inter-AM vintage
motorcycle event. It sounded great to me, so I was in!
I figured I would have six months to get prepared for this
event. No problem. Fast-forward 5 1/2 months—uh oh!
Where did all the time go that I was supposed to use for
training? Well, I still had two weeks left. My friend Kenny
King persuaded me to use his KTM 350XC-F to practice. It only took me one lap around my seven-mile Hare
Scrambles course to realize it was way too much motorcycle for this frail old man.
We got out to the track at daybreak on Saturday. It
looked awesome. It was on the side of a small mountain
and was groomed perfectly. Robb talked me into racing
his beautifully restored 1973 Husqvarna 125. It was an
awesome bike and should be in a showroom, not on a
I also decided to race Terry Williams’ 1982 Husqvarna
500CR. I really liked that bike, and it was prepped to perfection both days. We got signed up and got our gear on
and made as many practice laps as possible.
When moto time arrived, I had a couple of tentative
plans: First, get a good start. It is easier to work your way
back than to work your way up. Second, ride my speed
and not crash. The motos went pretty much as I had
planned. I got decent starts, worked my way backwards
and didn’t crash. Sunday was more of the same. I was a
little sore all over, but the soreness went away as soon as
we started practice.
I had one of the best weekends of my life. I got to catch
up with old friends and make a lot of new ones. I would
like to give a special thanks to my family: Debbie, Jessica
and Cheyenne. Without them, the trip wouldn’t have happened.
Thanks to all the awesome people who were in Boise! o