Well the beloved STI finally went, after months and months. It took less than 3 hours to get the new ride, a 2007 Audi A3 quattro. Needless to say the great state of Texas didn't make life any easier on me.
I spent a week to 10 days off in Utah freeriding with Jonathan Cheever and Maria Ramberger and just trying to heal up before I took off for Colorado. With the lack of snow in Tahoe all plans of racing at Squaw were eliminated, giving all of the SBX family another few weeks to go , "now what".
Back to the automobile dilemma...
I left Utah on March 1 headed to CO to take some more time to freeride and just enjoy snowboarding for what it is and have fun with friends. On the way the STI was sold in Fort Collins and later that afternoon I purchased the new car in Denver. TEXAS wouldn't let me do a plate transfer without seeing the car first, in fact, they wouldnt even register the car without a safety inspection. What's a safety inspection you may ask? Let me explain.... does your vehicle have headlights? taillights? blinkers? seatbelts? do your brakes work? horn?.... I had to drive 2000+ miles for 8 minutes in an inspection station to make sure I had a working horn! I could have flown down, taken 1/4 of the time, and still registered my car. Texas, you need to get your shenanigans together, if I still lived in Wisconsin I could have handled my plate transfer over the phone.
The next journey sees me travel, with Kellie in tow, 7200 miles in the next 25 days. Colorado twice, Banff, Big White, and all the fun places to hit on the way back to Austin. Stay tuned, the fun continues!