The Stars at Night are Big and Bright…

Post #2 of a 5 part series. Scroll down to see post #1. All photos by Dee Ritter.

Thursday, April 9th, was our first full day in Texas and it was indeed a full day. We started with lunch at Ironworks BBQ. There’s lots of kinds of BBQ in the U.S. — some feature the sauce, some places only BBQ pork. In Texas they do both pork and beef and it’s all about THE MEAT.


The napkins are a roll of paper towels on the table, the food comes in a paper plate on a plastic tray with plastic utensils, beer is served in the bottle — it’s all about the meat, baby.

After lunch we went over to the Time Warner studio to do a TV interview about the book and to plug the upcoming races. They edited the conversation but they did a good job and I don’t come out sounding stupid or silly. Dee tried to capture the section I appear in and posted it on Facebook. The segment was broadcast on a local Austin station at 10pm that night. Let’s see if this link works (warning: I say “Colorado Springs” but I mean “Steamboat Springs”).

That evening we made an appearance at a party put on by Ducati Austin, where I did a reading from the book, answered a few questions from the Master of Ceremonies, and signed books folks bought. Toward the end of the evening the teo Ducsti MotoGP riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, made an appearance. They spent about an hour sighing posters, caps, t-shirts and what not, then they were brought over to my table where I gave them each autographed copies of my book. That was pretty cool.
The guys standing are a Ducati Corse staff, Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso. Vicki Smith is right between the two Andreas. I’m shaking hands with Dovi.

Tomorrow: The first day at the track.


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