Hundreds of motorcycles roll into Heartland as part of the annual MSTA event

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – More than 200 motorcyclists are enjoying the weather and winding roads this week in southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

The Motorcycle Sport Touring Association brought members from across the country to Cape Girardeau to host their STAR (Sport Touring Association Rendezvous) rally.

“It’s an area we chose because of the facilities, the area and the ease of getting in and out, mainly because of the great roads for motorcycling that we find around this area,” said said MSTA President Patrick Mogavero.

The main objective of the club is to attract cyclists from different parts of the country to ride together on back roads, explore regions and enjoy meeting new people.

“We love riding motorcycles and we love getting together and enjoying each other’s company, meeting the locals and seeing the sights. It’s a vacation and a getaway for all of us,” Mogavero said.

Runners also support the local economy. According to a statement from Visit Cape, passengers could spend between $1,200 and $1,500 during their average six-day stay. It is estimated that the impact for the extended Cape Girardeau area could be at least $350,000.

“Hotel nights, restaurants, buying gas for our motorcycles, people who might need tires while they’re here or repairs on a bike, so maybe people can take a day off and shopping at local stores and seeing what there is to do. offer there,” Mogavero said.

MSTA began 40 years ago in 1982 with a handful of members and has since grown to over a thousand members nationwide.

The club met for rallies in several locations across the United States.

“Our rallies cover a number of regions in the United States,” said MSTA Ambassador Tom Biggs. “Center, East, North, South and West. So yeah, I’ve been in rallies from Colorado, Wyoming to Vermont.

Their next regional rally will be in Little Switzerland, North Carolina in mid-July.

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