Ridin’ in Ouray, Colorado.. August 2022


When in Ouray, Colorado a couple of years ago, I began thinking that some of our members might enjoy riding in the beautiful mountains.  Last year I mentioned this to a few of our Texas Cushman friends and received an enthusiastic response.  After consulting with Don Henry, I decided to put a specific date on our event calendar and see what happened.  The result was a very nice turnout for our first Ouray Cushman ride, August 19th and 20th, 2022.  We had fifteen people, including spouses, attend the event.

Our early bird dinner was held at the True Grit Café in Ridgway, about 13 miles north of Ouray.

LouAnn and Jerry Jordan, Joyce and Joe Faltinek

Jane Press, Don and Judy Henry, Thelma and Bob Story,

The first day we had eight scooters that rode from Ouray around to Telluride.  I say “around” because we had to go around some mountains to get there.  “As the crow flies” is about 13 miles; by paved roads it’s 49 miles.  We first rode to Mountain Village where we parked our scooters in a parking garage.  We walked over to catch the gondola system to go down to Telluride for lunch and shopping.

Telluride riders at Placerville rest stop

I think the gondola rides over a mountain peak and down to Telluride, dropping about 1000 feet, was the high point of the day.

Gondola down to Telluride (town below)

On our second day we had seven scooters and 8 riders.  Because of threatening rain, we rode about half way to Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway and stopped at the Red Mountain Mining overlook at about 10,000 feet elevation.  The tortuous hairpin turns gave us thrill after thrill! With no mishaps or breakdowns. 

Our Red Mountain Mine overlook with scooters, riders and trailer crew

We met at the Red Mountain Brewery for dinner after the Red Mountain ride.  Those attending were the Press’s, the Jordan’s, the Story’s, the Faltinek’s and the Henry’s.

Our third day, although unplanned, was a ride up to the Ridgway overlook.  The only ones left for this Sunday ride were Joe Faltinek, Gene Perry and James Press.  Jane Press and Joyce Faltinek pulled the trailer.  This was another thrilling mountain road with several switchbacks, but the view was breathtaking when we got to the overlook.

Jane, Joyce, Joe and Gene (James is behind the camera)

Majestic overlook without people in the view

Our first Texas Cushman Club–sanctioned Colorado rides were enjoyed by all, with no scooters loaded onto the trailer and no mishaps!  We did have some rain returning from Telluride, but that’s what happens in the Mountains.

Attendees:  Gene Perry, Greg Perry, James Perry, James & Jane Press, Gerald & LouAnn Jordan, Don & Judy Henry, Bob & Thelma Story, Joe & Joyce Faltinek, David Perry and James Perry Jr.

2022 Magazine is ON Its Way!

Chrysti Love with the final product at our local printing place, Company Printing, San Angelo, Tx

It is with great pleasure that Chrysti Love announces the 2022 magazine was placed into the mail here in San Angelo today, November 17, 2022.

So, Chrysti has her cup of coffee and is ready to enjoy this year’s state meet.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Head to Paris for the 40th State Meet

It’s that time! We are looking forward to having the State Meet in Paris . Sept. 28- Oct. 1. This is the fifth time the club has enjoyed the Paris Love Civic Center. Area rides are wonderful and the weather forecast is agreeable.

This year’s patch

And if you ordered early, here’s the t-shirt design.

2022 t-shirt design

AND A SPECIAL TREAT. A PIN TO MARK THE 40 years of the club. One per registration, additional may be purchased at $5.00 per pin.

Shine ‘‘em up!

Load ‘‘em up!

Come and join the fun!

And you can’t come, please remember to renew your membership by sending $30.00 to Jane Press. ASAP. The current dues end on Oct. 1.

Betty Kesselus, TCC # 892 has Passed

Betty Irline Gorham Kesselus
Betty was born on April 18, 1944, in Houston, Texas, to John Dean Gorham and Mildred Theresa Gantt Gorham. In 1948, Betty’s family moved to Austin as her father had been selected to organize the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Dean subsequently served as its Director for 32 years. His grandmother was a Cherokee Indian adopted from those from the Trail of Tears in middle Tennessee. He, Betty, and her sister Deanna, were very proud of their Indian blood line.
Betty attended Pease and Brykerwood Elementaries, O’Henry Junior High, and she graduated from the Old Austin High School in 1962. Betty pursued post-secondary education at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Colorado at Boulder Colorado and along the way she met Richard Kesselus, a native Bastropian, in Nacogdoches and they fell in love. They married January 31, 1965, at First United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas.
Betty and Richard began their marriage in Beaumont Texas where Richard was a Patrolman with the Beaumont Police Department and Betty completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Lamar University, graduating with a B. S. in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in History. Betty began her teaching career at Vidor High School. She soon became a stay at home mom when she gave birth to her first child Richard Darren Kesselus on December 8, 1966, and a second child John Kent Kesselus came into the world on October 25, 1972, after the family had moved to San Marcos.
In 1974, the family moved to West University Place, Texas, where Richard accepted the job of Chief Of Police for the West University Place Police Department. Three years later the family moved back to Central Texas to Lockhart where Betty and Richard both accepted positions at Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU) in nearby San Marcos.
Betty developed, authored, and presented Safety Workshops for Elementary Teachers across the State. She continued her education completing a Master’s Degree in Interdiscplinary Studies at SWTSU (Texas State) which afforded her credentials as both a Guidance and Vocational Counselor. Her first counseling position was with the Lockhart ISD as Lockhart High School’s Guidance Counselor. Betty subsequently accepted a position as Elementary Counselor at Mina Elementary in the Bastrop Inpendent School District as the family transitioned to a return to Richard’s hometown of Bastrop.
At Mina, students affectionately called her “Mrs. Garfield” due to her Garfield the Cat themed office; she was tickled by her school nickname and answered to it when encountering former students. Later in her service to the Bastrop Independent School District, she helped with the development of Genesis Academic Alternative High School. It’s success was a point of great fullfillment and pride for her. She became its first Counselor continuing in the position until her retirement. She loved her work and her students.
In addition to her devotion as an educator, another important part of her life was singing in Church Choir – which she did for 50 years. Singing was so important that, on her wedding day, and to the surprise of First United Methodist Church Pastor Hampton, she showed up to sing at the regular morning service just hours prior to her wedding in the same venue.
Betty’s parents preceded her in death as did her niece Susan McKay Lockhart. She is survived by her sister Deanna Lee Gorham Wilson, husband Richard, sons Darren and Kent, one very smart and beautiful granddaughter Danyel Cole Kesselus, two wonderful grandsons Selvin Alfredo Kesselus, and Alexander Ernesto Kesselus, nieces Diane Cannon, Linda McKay, Elizabeth Crownover and Anna Freeto, nephews Mike Mckay and Scott McKay and a host of great and great-great nephews and nieces.
Betty passed from this world on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop. The service will include internment in the Church Columbarium. A celebration of her wonderful life will follow the service in the Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flower donations, memoriums can be made to Calvary Episcopal Church.

Our condolences to Richard and his family.

The Passing of TCC Member Royce Freeman

Royce Lee Freeman Sr. was born on September 16, 1938, to Robert Lee “Bud” Freeman and Hazel Lucille (Abney) Freeman. He passed from this life on July 9, 2022, at the age of 83.
Royce attended Lindsay High School and was a graduate of the class of 1955. Shortly after high school, he attended college and joined the Air Force. While he was stationed in Waco, Texas, Royce met his loving wife of 60 years, Sharon Ann (Branch) Freeman. Together they had four sons, Royce Lee Freeman, Robert Howard Freeman, Darryl Edward Freeman, and Richard Wayne Freeman.
Royce spent all of his adult life in Lindsay, Oklahoma, and raised his four children during that time. He worked in the family business until semi-retiring in 1992. Royce was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lindsay.
Royce also belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, the American Legion in Lindsay, Oklahoma, the Rotary Club, and many more organizations. Royce enjoyed supporting Lindsay Schools Athletics, FFA, and Booster Clubs.
After retirement, Royce joined his three sons, Royce, Robert, and Richard, and their drag racing business in Oklahoma City, Lindsay, Pauls Valley, and Wynnewood. His idea of the perfect “retirement” was working with his boys and celebrating their continued success in the automotive and drag racing profession. Drag racing was truly Royce’s life passion. So, he found great joy as he watched his three sons race and build arguably one of the most historic Pro Stock teams to date. Royce was instrumental in the foundation of this successful business, along with the many more of the Elite Motorsports family. There is no doubt that Royce’s legacy will live on through his sons and grandchildren.
In his final years Royce was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. He also found enjoyment in riding Cushman Motor Scooters.
Left to cherish the memory of Royce are his wife, Sharon, of the home, his sons, Royce Freeman and wife Lisa of Duncan, Oklahoma, Robert Freeman of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Richard Freeman and wife Kim of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, his grandchildren, Kenley Freeman, Cale Freeman and wife Sidney, Chase Freeman, Casey Freeman, Austin Freeman, and Tyler Freeman, his sisters, Beth and Richard Skinner of Humble, Texas, Linda and Don Moore of Kilgore, Texas, and Donna and Randy Thompson of League City, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and tons of friends.
Royce is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee “Bud” Freeman and Hazel Lucille (Abney) Freeman, his son, Darryl Edward Freeman, and his brother, Robert Don Freeman.
A funeral service to honor the life of Royce is set to begin at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July13, 2022, at Trinity Baptist Church in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. He will be laid to his final rest at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay, Oklahoma, following the service.

Published by Wilbourn Family Funeral Home – Lindsay on Jul. 12, 2022.

Royce and Sharon joined the club in 2007 and again in 2015. As current members, Sharon replied to the renewal notice. Our condolences to the family.

40th State Meet — Time to register

The State Meet for 2022 is a month away! The summer has flown by ( maybe it melted by) and the deadline to place your order for the 40th State Meet t-shirt is on Sept. 2.

Your early registration helps us to plan for the numbers for the meals and gets you a PRINTED name badge. Come prepared to ride, play games, eat, and visit with some of the finest people you’ve ever hope to meet.

This year’s patch

IF you just can’t come to Paris for the State Meet, please remember this is when your annual dues need to be sent to Jane Press, TCC Secretary. Your current membership expires on October 1, the last day of the State Meet.

William Fowler’s For Sale

I am selling a 1963 super eagle built by Tommy Greer/original Texas Title /, known as a “Bandelero” / with the 31 hp B&Straton. dual belt drive, dual exhaust, dual Micunie carbs, I began refurbishing but my health deterated to where I could no longer ride or work on this scooter. It needs two new belts possibility 2 new front springs and good cleaning .this scooter can be returned to a one of a kind scooter. It is located in Garland,tx/469 816 9061

William Fowler TCC #3099

Ouray, Co —Here They Come!!!!

From Calendar of Events: August 19-20, 2022- Ouray, Colorado ride. James and Jane Press have invited their Cushman friends to join them in Ouray next summer for two great days of great rides in the cool Colorado mountains. Plan to arrive on the 18th for an early start on Friday. The Ouray Riverside Inn and Resort will be the starting point for rides leaving around 9 am each day. Call 970-325-4523 to make reservations for RV, Rooms, and cabins. Make reservations as soon as possible Contact James Press (281) 433-8845 or Gene Perry (972) 768-1081 for additional information. Some of us are planning on riding on Sunday and departing on Monday.

From a previous blog post:

Our mustering location for both the Friday and Saturday rides will be at Rotary Park, 0.7 mile north of Ouray Riverside Resort on Highway 550. The park is on the right when riding north. The meeting time will be 9:00 AM each morning. Please do NOT plan on leaving a vehicle in the park for the day–other parties may reserve the park and need the space.

Thanks in advance,

James W Press

Home Phone: 979-278-3965

Mobile Phone: 281-433-8845

Email: pecan1@pecangroveinn.com

James and Jane’s trailer in Ouray.
Cable car into Teluride. One thing we will do.

Have a wonderful time in Colorado.