2023 March Carmine Ride’s Report

It is a joy to travel to Carmine for the first ride of the season. I can personally count 25 people who attended and we had beautiful weather. This was the 16th Annual Carmine Ride hosted by James and Jane Press.

James and Jane Press in their Pecan Grove B&B kitchen.

On Friday, March 9, 10 scooters took off to wander the surrounding area of Carmine.

Larry Freeze, Frank Turbeville,John Allbright, David Pickett, Richard Kesselus, Diane and Richard Simpson, Don Reed, Paul Kruska, Johnny Pearce, James Press, and Martin Stafford.

The ladies had a fantastic tour of the Painted Churches in the area.

Ann Reed, Jane Press, Mary Kruska, Joyce Pearce, and Karen Pickett
The guys saw historical sites also. This is the Independence General Store built in the early 1900s.

Saturday was another busy day.

Board of Directors met at 7:00am to make more plans for the 2023 State Meet in Snyder plus hear the financial report. Your officers look forward to keeping the club continuing.
Part of the delicious breakfast provided by James and Jane Press.
On the left is Jim Press, James and Jane Press’ son who spent the day driving the chase vehicle. On Friday, Jerry Krenek drove the chase for the ride. Thank you to these who provided and followed the scooters.
Sharing meals is another great part of the meet

Saturday morning after breakfast, 11 scooters took off for a day of riding plus a car show. There were some smiling, satisfied guys when they got back that afternoon.

JJ Mooney posing for the camera before the Sat. Ride
Safety meeting reminding everyone to watch the road and the other vehicles.
James Press, leader of the pack.
Frank Turbeville and Larry Freeze preparing to ride.

More details will be provided in the July newsletter.

The next event is Water Valley, Ride to Eat. April 21 and 22, 2023. Call Raymond Love (806)759-8870.

February 2023 Newsletter is On Its Way!

The first newsletter of 2023 has been mailed and if you are a current member, expect it in your mailbox soon. IF you don’t receive it in a timely manner, please contact Chrysti Love. Our USPS has been known to “misplace” our mail.

Hope you enjoy, please note: I now have no backstock of articles, if you have an idea or your own story to share, let Chrysti know.

Chrysti Love texascusmaneditor@gmail.com or (806)548-1823

Former Member Gil Kasparek has Passed

Services: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Grandview Funeral Home

8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505

Visitation at 11:00. Service at 1:00. Burial at 2:00.

Gil and Debbie Kasparek joined the Texas Cushman Club in 1989. Their number was TCC# 346. They last paid dues in 2015.

Thanks to Johnny Pearce for notifying me. Johnny said “ he was an old friend and a longtime Cushman guy.” Another loss to our club.

Richard Miner, former member has Passed

Richard Miner, TCC # 1880, passed away on November 16, 2022. His memorial service was to be in Houston on December 17, 2022.

I have not received any obituary and if I do, I will post it on this site.

Richard and Sue joined the club in 2011. They enjoyed spending time and riding with the club. When he had his accident in Paris, 2020, his strong will helped him to recover. You can read that story on this post: https://texascushmanclub.com/2020/05/04/richard-miners-story-may-2020/

He and Sue were favorites among the members. He will be missed.

Don Henry- presenting Richard’s repaired scooter, Richard Miner, James Press, and Raymond Love at Snyder, Tx 37th State Meet, 2019.

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.