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Groove_Daddy
10-19-2019, 11:47 AM
THIS RALLY IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.

Guys, sorry. We have to kill this rally. You know why. I hope you'll forgive us.
Would've been fun. Next year, maybe.
Hey, at least it now has a name! The Corona rally! Thoughts?

But some of your are resistant to this, so if you're going anyhow, read on ...

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TWISTED ROAD RENTAL DISCOUNT

One day of free riding: https://twistedroad.com/ref/TheRidingObsession <- Fly in, pick up your bike, ride the rally, drop off, fly home!

UPDATED DETAILS ...

So that we can TRY to keep people grouped for pre/post-ride social noise, here are some possible motels (ordered by priority/price) ...

1) Outpost Motel (https://outpostmoteltx.com/) has 10 rooms. 3 have two beds. The rest are singles. Cheap 'n' dirty. (512) 858-0052
2) "Next Cheapest" Sleep Inn/Suites (512) 858-2400
3) "Next Closest" (to the dirty, dirty Outpost) Holiday Inn Express (512) 858-0280

NO ROOMS are "blocked out" for this group. Everyone is in charge of their own reservation. Actually everyone is in charge of their own everything, though again I will provide digital format maps/directions/etc.So, yeah ... check this out: Twisted Road gave us a discount code for this event (and others). If you want to fly in, ride a rental and fly home, go here and profit (ONE FREE DAY OF RIDING!) ... https://twistedroad.com/ref/TheRidingObsession

Schedule: Arrive on the 19th. Ride the 20th/21st, head home on the 22nd. That's it in a nutshell.

Friday/Saturday morning, we'll all meet at Austin Java (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Austin+Java/@30.1952556,-98.0510601,13.38z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1saustin+java!3m4!1s0x0:0xa8f91a 131be4c62c!8m2!3d30.1961977!4d-98.0243969) for breakfast.
My suggestion is that we meet there right at 7:30am ... maybe even 7am on the nose. The routes cover big miles, so we'll want to get rolling earlier than later.

Dinner: Let's keep the groups in regular communication with the intention of meeting at https://homespunkitchenandbar.com/ around 5pm ~ 6pm.

I have no idea what numbers we're looking at, so if folks want to drink/socialize at one location but are sleeping elsewhere, let's work to be sure bikes and shuttle assistance are accounted for. Don't go drinkin' and riding off to your hotel/motel. Capeesh?

MAPS ...

As I said before, I'm not printing anything for anyone. These links lead to digital copies of the routes. You can also download the zip file here (https://www.theridingobsession.com/gs-resources-texas-rally.zip).

Day 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32040518 <- There's also a shorter version (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31266877) for anyone who's looking for a mild(er) first day.
Day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28893708

Printable Directions: Day 1 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32040518/print) | Day 2 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28893708/print)

Annnd ... here's a bunch MORE maps. I'm thinking I might ride the "PR 4 + Pie" route instead of what I initially posted. Because Pie.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31997597
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28990644
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31875946
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29074318

If you're tech savvy and open to smartphone GPS ...

Android geeks: https://www.theridingobsession.com/motorcycle-touring/tour-software/custom-voice-guided-gps-navigation/
iPhone dorks: https://www.theridingobsession.com/motorcycle-touring/tour-software/scenic-gps-navigation-iphone/

I myself have a dedicated RWGPS account, so I suppose that makes me a super nerd. Whatever.

Like I said, while I hope we'll gather and interact, this is a hodgepodge free-for-all and nobody is designated "leader". As Krusty and crew say: "Everyone is welcome. Nobody is invited."

ORIGINAL POST ...

One Mr. J. Godin made mention of a stealthy convo he had at the '19 Ozarks rally. There were subtle hints of how we "used to" do a rally in TX. Apparently that got him thinkin' because he hijacked my GS Resources account, using me as a typing monkey to revive such a concept.

Godin is playing host to Maggie and I. We explored a lot of great riding down here last winter and are doing the same as you read this.

Routes will need to be solidified. Lodging will need anchoring (even if only temporarily). I'm posting this as radar.

Who'd like to come ride in hill country during March of 2020?

Chime in.

Redman
10-19-2019, 12:23 PM
Interesting.
well, exciting anyway.

i doubt that I could get there next year, but let me say that Texas hill country ride (March 2005) was my first GSR rally, and was quite an experience for me. Some of us stayed in motes in new bruaunfels/sanmarcos and others camped in canyonlake(?). Meet in bandera for a days riding. Quite memerablr. I did not know there were roads like that outside of Southern California.

i would highly recommend it to any rider.

Groove_Daddy
10-19-2019, 01:12 PM
Well, if anyone is on the fence based on bike availability, I know @GBW has had some luck with both Riders Share (https://www.riders-share.com/) and Twisted Road (https://twistedroad.com/) rental options.

Maggie did a long comparison write up about them some time ago (read here (https://www.theridingobsession.com/?p=20987)).

gbw
10-19-2019, 02:06 PM
Interesting. Following. I might be coming out sooner for some scouting runs.

Groove_Daddy
10-21-2019, 10:58 AM
One thing that's been brought up is the option to camp vs. hotel. I think that'll be easy to coordinate here in Dripping.

Also, we're considering grilling/cookout options here at J. Godin's home (where all can camp if they so desire). He's got a full machine shop on site + plenty of peace/quiet to make use of in rowdy raucous fashion.

Big fire pit. Plenty of space. Beautiful hill country views (the sunsets are just crazy). Great eats. Great riding. Blah blah blah

RichDesmond
10-21-2019, 03:14 PM
If I'm around that weekend I'll try to make it. Sounds like fun.

Dogma
10-27-2019, 06:35 PM
I asked Google to show me how far away this is, and I could see the curvature of the Earth. If I can make this, it'll require some logisticals.

Groove_Daddy
10-27-2019, 06:52 PM
You can make it. We all know your logisticals are big enough for this kind of rally.

gbw
10-28-2019, 12:11 AM
Here's my 2 cents. Not that anybody asked for it.

It's a long way. That's for sure. Farther for you (Dale) than me. One time I drove my truck out there and back with the bike in the back and spent a few days hanging around and riding. It's a full 14 hour drive each way for me. Probably spent more time driving the truck than riding the bike. Plus, my truck gets horrible mileage, so I spent a lot of money, probably $500, driving there and back.

Makes a lot more sense for me to fly (I have a lot of Southwest miles) and rent a bike. From a cost perspective, I figure as long as spend less than $500 on the motorcycle rental I'm ahead of the game. Last year the one I rented was about $120 a day, so that worked out fine. This year I'm looking at one that is more like $50 a day. Plus, I save about 12 hours of travel time each way. It's just a lot easier. Of course if I had to pay for air fare it would change the math a little.

I flew out there last year and rented a Triumph Tiger. Just like the one in my garage. This year I think I'm going to rent an FZ-07, or maybe a BMW. There are lots of options with Twisted Road and Riders Share. I used Twisted Road last time. Will probably give Riders Share a try this time. But I did switch my motorcycle insurance to make sure it covered rentals.

Also, the riding is different. It's not the Ozarks, or the Smoky Mountains, or West Virginia. There are some twisties, but there's a lot of straights between them. However, it's very scenic. The Texas hill country is lovely and very different from the other areas we ride in.

I'm headed out there in about a month, so not sure I'll be able to go back for this rally or not. Hoping to, just not sure yet. And honestly, if it were just to ride, I probably wouldn't make the trip. But I'll get to hang out with Godin and the Deans and do all that crazy Austin stuff. That's the real draw for me. The riding is just icing on the cake.

Here are a couple of the pics I took from the rides last year.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48972300867_14a8f242dd.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hBvQSX)TX113018 (https://flic.kr/p/2hBvQSX) by Greg White (https://www.flickr.com/photos/184309811@N03/), on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48972120581_0554dc2f3f.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hBuVhz)TX112818 (https://flic.kr/p/2hBuVhz) by Greg White (https://www.flickr.com/photos/184309811@N03/), on Flickr

jimhickcox
11-28-2019, 03:01 AM
I know I'm basically a stranger here, but if I'm not working I'd love to come ride.

Groove_Daddy
11-28-2019, 08:26 AM
Well, we're keeping the plan super loose to start but bookmark this thread, @jimhickcox (https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/member.php?46363-jimhickcox) and we'll just see what happens.

@GBW was down here last week and we found what look to be good "hard riding" routes. Easier riding is a breeze to map and most coordinate well with Dripping Springs as a base camp.

jimhickcox
11-29-2019, 12:02 AM
Bookmarked.

I was just out your way a few hours ago. It's lovely country out there.

Deuce
11-29-2019, 12:24 AM
I couldn't make the one the guys on the CB-F site just had in the hill country, so I'd like to try to make this one. I need to make my vacation plans for next year soon, so the sooner you can come up with a date, the better for me. :)

Groove_Daddy
12-05-2019, 05:45 PM
Please keep in mind that I'm not an "organizer", per say but am conveying what small group discussions are worthy of mention.

That blathered,

I think we're eyeing the first or second week of March. I myself have to head back to IL/WI before April 1 (getting new RiderCoach certifications + track stuff).

The BASE for this rally would be Dripping Springs, TX. We're still spitballing hotels. There's also the option to camp (maaaaaybe, don't quote) at Ranch Road Fabrication(.com) where there's parking, yada, etc.

... but he'd need some fundage for this I think. I'll talk to Godin about it today.

I have two specific routes in mind. One is that of the Twisted Sisters (Friday, day 1, to avoid the herd of two wheeled turtles) and another that outsiders might not consider for Saturday.

Day 1:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28893708

Day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31266877 <- Ignore the short length. This is actually 50% of a figure-8 route.

alke46
12-21-2019, 12:57 AM
Not really related to this upcoming rally, but tonight (friday, 12/20) while standing in line to pay my bill at the local Cracker Barrel, there stood before me a young lady with a sweatshirt on that had "Dripping Springs" embroidered on the back. So naturally I had to start a conversation with her. Turns out she was visiting friends in the Omaha area.

As the comic Stephen Wright once said, "it's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it".

TxGSrider
12-21-2019, 02:40 AM
Hmmm, I might be in on this.

TxGSrider
01-21-2020, 08:25 PM
Are there any updates on this?

Groove_Daddy
01-21-2020, 09:07 PM
Are there any updates on this?

Not really but I wish.

Here's what's what ...

Buddy down here was like "We should have a rally but you should post about it because I like the GSR guys but I don't want to join."

And I was all like "Yeah! I LOVE DORITOS, man! You ever try the spicey version?!"

And he was all like "You're in charge of a rally"

And I was all like "I hate your face".

... and then we drank whiskey.

AAANNNYYYHOW ... Here's what I propose.

If you guys want to do this, we should find decent lodging here in Dripping Springs. I have two routes that I can anti-up in digital fashion. That's it. That's the gig.

Any other organization will have to fall on someone else's shoulders and I'm more than listening for volunteers.

I think it'd be fun. I hope I'm not coaching an MSF course should this happen. If I am, I wish you good folks a solid good time.

What I will do is hunt around for a decent place to stay in the area. You all should do the same.

But then I guess, first ... WHAT DATES do you all like?

If you want the REAL low-down, I've got Godin's email. I'm sure he'd love to field as many questions as possible. He's a real people person, that guy. Loves phone calls. Long walks on the beach. Discussions of anything beard grooming or fashion related.

Say the word ;-)

Groove_Daddy
01-21-2020, 10:55 PM
It would appear that if we do stick to Dripping Springs (should DEFINITELY stick to what's near hill country), this is our best contender: https://outpostmoteltx.com/

TxGSrider
01-22-2020, 06:21 AM
As an ex event coordinator for a small car club, I know that getting a gtg can be like herding cats. 1st everyone is on board and sets a date, then some folks start asking if you can change the dates for whatever reasons, so you change the dates then some others can't make it. Then when the time comes about 25% of the people show up. Lol
I suggest you leave the dates alone. Make up some itinerary of where everyone should meet up for the ride or food and let every show up there.
Just my .02...
I think it sounds like fun.

trevor
01-22-2020, 12:18 PM
As an ex event coordinator for a small car club, I know that getting a gtg can be like herding cats. 1st everyone is on board and sets a date, then some folks start asking if you can change the dates for whatever reasons, so you change the dates then some others can't make it. Then when the time comes about 25% of the people show up. Lol
I suggest you leave the dates alone. Make up some itinerary of where everyone should meet up for the ride or food and let every show up there.
Just my .02...
I think it sounds like fun.

I have organised many successful big group rides over multiple days. I find it to not be that difficult. Last year I organized a 12 day trip to California for 13 guys. And of course my annual Gold River ride here on the Island where I have had as many riders as 36 one year.

Here is what I do

I pick a couple of dates and discuss them with my close friends/riding buddies to pick a date that works for them. And then I stick to that date.
I then send an email to the guys that have been on previous rallies with us and ask for as solis a commitment I can get.
Then I Book the motels on my credit card based on numbers I get but add 25% more rooms to that..I can always cancel rooms.
Then, in the case of california I plan the entire route and send maps to everyone via email so that they can download them.
I also booked our places for breakfast each morning and booked our dinner places.
This might seem like a control factor...well it is...ask anyone that's been on one of my multi day rides and they will tell you they go smoothly.
I also send an email to everyone with everyone's cell numbers to keep with them.
https://i1063.photobucket.com/albums/t513/trevorf1/100/B4CCDE70-DB40-4171-85E3-97484A6E84E3_zpsvohfug6p.jpeg (http://s1063.photobucket.com/user/trevorf1/media/100/B4CCDE70-DB40-4171-85E3-97484A6E84E3_zpsvohfug6p.jpeg.html)

Groove_Daddy
01-22-2020, 12:18 PM
As an ex event coordinator for a small car club, I know that getting a gtg can be like herding cats.

Agreed. So the dates are what they are.

I will say that beyond linking folks to a digital map or two (or three) + maybe print directions in .PDF format, my only planned involvement in any of this is to ride it.

Organizationally speaking, I'll make a phone call to that hotel and see what their availability is before posting their response.

Then, it's up to everyone to call & book their own rooms, plan riding hours, figure out the eats, all of that.

Sidenote: It's TX so there's a LOT of good food. As far as Dripping Springs goes, they definitely meet the bar on tasty depending on where you look. Hint: gas station breakfast tacos (homemade by co-renters) are king.

Groove_Daddy
01-23-2020, 04:55 PM
I called the hotel (https://outpostmoteltx.com/)

They have 10 rooms. 3 have two beds. The rest are singles. Cheap 'n' dirty.

Also, there ARE other options if they run out of space. I didn't block any rooms out. Everyone is in charge of their own reservation.

Actually everyone is in charge of their own everything, though again I will provide digital format maps/directions/etc.

So, arrive on the 19th. Ride the 20th/21st, head home on the 22nd. That's it in a nutshell.

I plan on asking Mista Godin how he feels about folks camping here at his place if they so desire. Stay tuned on that.

bwringer
01-23-2020, 09:26 PM
Gaddang, I would love to do this.

Southwest wants a downright shameful sum to haul one (1) mangy carcass thither and hither again. Coupled with a criminal dearth of vacation time or airline miles, it just ain't happening for me.

Y'all have fun, take pictures, ride fast, and shift a lot.

I'll just try not to freeze to death here in Indiana. Mid-March is usually the first time it warms up a wee bit so we can bundle up and go for a long season opener ride, so hopefully I'll at least be on two wheels that weekend.

Groove_Daddy
01-23-2020, 10:06 PM
Coupled with a criminal dearth of vacation time or airline miles, it just ain't happening for me.

It's a damn shame, man! Would love to see you here.

jimhickcox
01-24-2020, 01:04 AM
I'm putting the dates on my calendar.
SxSW often brings a pile of work my way, so my attendance will depend on whether or not someone is paying me to shoot video of drunk tech folks on Rainey Street in Austin.

TxGSrider
01-24-2020, 10:16 AM
As long as nobody makes fun of how crappy my bike looks, I'm pretty sure I'm in. I think Gregory (a member of GSR too) is going too.
If anyone from the area, or passing through the area around Texas Motor Speedway on the way, wants to meet up and ride with us, let me know.

Groove_Daddy
02-05-2020, 01:35 PM
I've once again updated the details. See the edits to my original post on page 1.
https://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?256988-2020-quot-Yet-To-Be-Named-quot-Rally-March-19-22-Dripping-Springs-TX&p=2568799#post2568799

Gregory
02-05-2020, 02:16 PM
Looking forward to it. I dont think youll have to worry how bad your bike looks if it is anywhere near mine. Im glad we found that airbnb in wimberly...saving $300 in hotel expense to put toward gas and meals.


As long as nobody makes fun of how crappy my bike looks, I'm pretty sure I'm in. I think Gregory (a member of GSR too) is going too.
If anyone from the area, or passing through the area around Texas Motor Speedway on the way, wants to meet up and ride with us, let me know.

Groove_Daddy
02-05-2020, 04:34 PM
UPDATE: Twisted Road gave us a discount code for this event (and others).

If you want to fly in, ride a rental and fly home, go here and profit ...

http://twistedroad.com/ref/377DQ

gbw
02-06-2020, 12:08 PM
I'm seriously thinking about coming down for this ride. Since work screwed up another trip I had planned, I can use those vacation days to attend this. Just need to decide for sure if I'm coming and need to decide if I'm driving down with a bike in the back of the truck, or renting. It's about a wash from a cost perspective.

Groove_Daddy
02-06-2020, 12:50 PM
I'm seriously thinking about coming down for this ride.

You know we'd love that! Joe's got you covered. Maggie says "cool!"

gbw
02-07-2020, 05:08 PM
Ok, I'm for sure attending. And my wife tells me there is no way in heck that I'm driving 14 hours pulling the bike down there, so I'll be flying down and renting a bike.

Now, what to rent? Here are my choices:

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050 (I've rented this one before, it's great, and just like the one I have at home)
2012 Duc Monster 626
2016 XSR900 (LOVE that Yamaha triple)
2008 Ducati 1098
Triumph Trophy 1200
Moto Guzzi Breva V 750
BMW RnineT Urban GS
Triumph Speed Triple

Choices, choices. It's good to have choices :) Shame there are no Suzuki GSs for rent. Wonder why no one is renting out their late 70s, early 80s, classic GSs?

bwringer
02-08-2020, 12:01 AM
Speed Triple and a supply of Preparation H.

trevor
02-08-2020, 02:19 AM
Ok, I'm for sure attending. And my wife tells me there is no way in heck that I'm driving 14 hours pulling the bike down there, so I'll be flying down and renting a bike.

Now, what to rent? Here are my choices:

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050 (I've rented this one before, it's great, and just like the one I have at home)
2012 Duc Monster 626
2016 XSR900 (LOVE that Yamaha triple)
2008 Ducati 1098
Triumph Trophy 1200
Moto Guzzi Breva V 750
BMW RnineT Urban GS
Triumph Speed Triple

Choices, choices. It's good to have choices :) Shame there are no Suzuki GSs for rent. Wonder why no one is renting out their late 70s, early 80s, classic GSs?

Shoot if you are going to fly somewhere...come out here for our rally!!! Lol

gbw
02-08-2020, 03:09 AM
Shoot if you are going to fly somewhere...come out here for our rally!!! Lol
That would be awesome! Alas, all my frequent flier miles are with Southwest. I've yet to convince them to fly me north of the border.

trevor
02-08-2020, 03:41 AM
That would be awesome! Alas, all my frequent flier miles are with Southwest. I've yet to convince them to fly me north of the border.


Lol...cheers!

cowboyup3371
02-08-2020, 08:58 AM
That would be awesome! Alas, all my frequent flier miles are with Southwest. I've yet to convince them to fly me north of the border.

Greg, Southwest flies into Seattle and it's not much of a drive up to Trevor's neck of the woods

gbw
02-08-2020, 11:44 AM
Greg, Southwest flies into Seattle and it's not much of a drive up to Trevor's neck of the woods
Honestly, that's not a terrible idea. I'd have to rent a car and find a hotel. That's not in the budget this year, but I could see making that happen. Would be super cool to attend Trevor's rally. Maybe next year.

trevor
02-08-2020, 01:28 PM
Honestly, that's not a terrible idea. I'd have to rent a car and find a hotel. That's not in the budget this year, but I could see making that happen. Would be super cool to attend Trevor's rally. Maybe next year.

You are always welcome here (And that goes for anyone here) I have lots of room. I'm sure there is a member you could stay with near Seattle.... :)
Ok I'm done hijacking the thread...sorry. :)

alke46
02-08-2020, 01:45 PM
Greg, rent the Moto Guzzi just so the rest of us can get your review of the bike. I've always thought the Guzzi "looks" intriguing.

gbw
02-08-2020, 03:12 PM
Greg, rent the Moto Guzzi just so the rest of us can get your review of the bike. I've always thought the Guzzi "looks" intriguing.
I think it looks very cool. I've never ridden a Guzzi of any kind so it would be cool to experience it. It's definitely on the list.

I rented an MT-09 last time and it gave me a great appreciate for Yamaha's triple. It also gave me a great appreciation of more wind protection, as everything over 75 mph was very unpleasant with just the little fly screen. And we had several long stretches where we were riding in triple digits. Definitely made me long for the fairing and screen on my Tiger.

gbw
02-18-2020, 01:24 AM
This little rally is beginning to shape up. Between Godin, Robin, Margaret, the 2, 3, or 4 local TX riders that have chimed in, a couple of guys riding down from Chicago, and me, we might really have something here.

Now, of course, we're putting ourselves in Robin's hands. But seriously, what could possibly go wrong? :)

Groove_Daddy
02-18-2020, 11:58 AM
We're putting ourselves in Robin's hands. But seriously, what could possibly go wrong? :)

I started making a list the day I posted to this forum! ;)


We had several long stretches where we were riding in triple digits.

In the voice of Sargent Schultz, "I know nothing! I know nothing!"

TxGSrider
02-18-2020, 08:18 PM
All this interest and it still hasn't been named. Lol!

Groove_Daddy
02-18-2020, 08:26 PM
All this interest and it still hasn't been named. Lol!

Hill Country Hoedown?
Rust Bucket Dust Chuckit?
Prickly Pear Getaway?

Someone else figure it out. I'm barely involved as it is :cool:

gbw
02-18-2020, 10:40 PM
... I'm barely involved as it is :cool:
Are you even going to be there?

TxGSrider
02-18-2020, 10:41 PM
Hill Country Hoedown?
Rust Bucket Dust Chuckit?
Prickly Pear Getaway?

Someone else figure it out. I'm barely involved as it is :cool:
Hey, I'm just along for the ride...

Groove_Daddy
02-19-2020, 10:19 AM
Are you even going to be there?

Physically, yes.

Mentally, I checked out in 2011.

Groove_Daddy
03-02-2020, 12:52 PM
Alright, folks. Here's the latest update.

REMEMBER: All "major" info is added to my original post (last page of thread) for your reference. Here's the latest blather ...

MAPS ...

As I said before, I'm not printing anything for anyone. These links lead to digital copies of the routes. You can also download the zip file here (https://www.theridingobsession.com/gs-resources-texas-rally.zip).

Day 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32040518 <- There's also a shorter version (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31266877) for anyone who's looking for a mild(er) first day.
Day 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28893708

Printable Directions: Day 1 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32040518/print) | Day 2 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28893708/print)

If you're tech savvy and open to smartphone GPS ...

Android geeks: https://www.theridingobsession.com/motorcycle-touring/tour-software/custom-voice-guided-gps-navigation/
iPhone dorks: https://www.theridingobsession.com/motorcycle-touring/tour-software/scenic-gps-navigation-iphone/

I myself have a dedicated RWGPS account, so I suppose that makes me a super nerd. Whatever.

Like I said, while I hope we'll gather and interact, this is a hodgepodge free-for-all and nobody is designated "leader". As Krusty and crew say: "Everyone is welcome. Nobody is invited."

TxGSrider
03-05-2020, 11:59 AM
We are at the 2 week mark, and unless something major comes up I'll be there. I plan on avoiding I35 as much as possible and taking 281 down. If anyone wants to meet up I'd think Buccees in Fort Worth (by the Texas Motor Speedway) would be a good spot but I'm not sure what time yet. If anyone is interested let me know.

Gregory
03-05-2020, 12:36 PM
We are at the 2 week mark, and unless something major comes up I'll be there. I plan on avoiding I35 as much as possible and taking 281 down. If anyone wants to meet up I'd think Buccees in Fort Worth (by the Texas Motor Speedway) would be a good spot but I'm not sure what time yet. If anyone is interested let me know.

I am in for sure! So do we know how many in total will there in Dripping springs?

Groove_Daddy
03-05-2020, 01:52 PM
Can't speak to the final headcount but my little Facebook "gang" (group page) lists 4 "going" + 6 "interested".

I highly doubt those #'s are accurate, though.

Where is everyone booked?

GBW + myself are staying with "GS Resources friend but non-member" Joe Godin. Another friend is at the Sleep Inn or whatever it's called.

I haven't made definite plans for Thursday night but intend to try and figure out a dinner hang for those interested.

Groove_Daddy
03-05-2020, 09:31 PM
What about the "Dust Devils Rally"?

Annnd ... here's a bunch MORE maps. I'm thinking I might ride the "PR 4 + Pie" route instead of what I initially posted. Because Pie. And it's tested.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31997597
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28990644
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31875946
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29074318

gbw
03-08-2020, 08:12 PM
Yeah, I'm in for sure. Arrive AUS Wednesday evening. Pick a Guzzi V7 Thursday evening. Looking forward to meeting some GSR'ers that I've never met before!

Groove_Daddy
03-15-2020, 05:35 PM
THIS RALLY IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.

Guys, sorry. We have to kill this rally. You know why. I hope you'll forgive us.
Would've been fun. Next year, maybe.
Hey, at least it now has a name! The Corona rally! Thoughts?

But some of your are resistant to this, so if you're going anyhow, read the original thread (last page).

gbw
03-15-2020, 06:06 PM
Understandable. I cancelled my flights and bike reservation early today. With possible domestic travel restrictions looming, there's no way I'm going to get stuck out of town. Was considering driving down. But the world is wacky right now. I think I should be home with the family.

Gregory
03-16-2020, 02:17 AM
THIS RALLY IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.

Guys, sorry. We have to kill this rally. You know why. I hope you'll forgive us.
Would've been fun. Next year, maybe.
Hey, at least it now has a name! The Corona rally! Thoughts?

That sucks since I dont think my AirBnB host will refund. Guess I may come anyway. It is hard to beleive that dripping springs is a huge epicenter of contagion.

TxGSrider
03-16-2020, 07:25 AM
I'm still officially in as well, however looking at the weather forecast it's possible that will change. I'm more likely to catch the Corona, flu, cold, strep, staph, or some other contagion from a trip to Walmarts than riding down some back roads on a bike. I'll bring germx wipes for the stops at gas stations and pack sandwiches for the road. Lol

gbw
03-16-2020, 09:32 AM
Gotta say, if I was there I would ride. I think any risk is very low (non-existent) if you're there and riding around.

I even considered riding down. But 1000 miles in the predicted rain and cold doesn't sound fun.

I could trailer a bike down, and that was my plan. But the more I thought about how crazy everything is right now, it doesn't seem like the best time to leave the wife (who has the flu) and the kids to their own devices.

This is very disappointing. I was really looking forward to meeting y'all and riding around the hill country, and eating that awesome TX grub. But I'll schedule another trip once the world is more normal again.

Hope y'all that ride have a great, safe time.

Groove_Daddy
03-16-2020, 10:22 AM
To those of you who still plan to be here, have fun! Enjoy the ride!

There's a mess of map links in the original thread + instructions. Use them as you see fit.

Mind the hazards out here, though. TX hill country has it's unique pucker ingredients.

Open cattle country (cows, plural, in the road), water crossings (they're slimy-slick even when dry) and sometimes dusty opportunities for a step-out are everywhere.

Be safe and have fun.

Gregory
03-16-2020, 11:27 AM
Ok, I cant believe I am saying this, but I am thankful for the Corona effect because it looks like rain anyway.

If it werent for the Corona Effect I would have lost money on the AirBNB cancellation. I was able to cancel today and get a full refund - yay.

I hope there is a chance again in the future to plan this trip. As far as Texas goes, it looks like some good riding and some interesting things.

Groove_Daddy
03-16-2020, 11:48 AM
I hope there is a chance again in the future to plan this trip. As far as Texas goes, it looks like some good riding and some interesting things.

Gregory, I promise you that after the what/why/how I ended up smathering this rally onto the forum walls ... I'll be drawing up legal signature documentation that locks @GBW and Godin into a 3 year contract as CO-COORDINATORS ;-)

Joking of course but there will be a more cohesive effort for next season.

My wife and I (Maggie, many of you know her) are slated to snowbird it again TX style.

That's OCT~ DEC of 2020. <- so let's start thinking about dates.

After December, our hope is to roll into New Mexico (Silver City) for three months. <- hands down the best riding I've ever personally experienced and given the company of even my excited, first-timer gatherings, that's saying a lot.

So October ~ December it is. Let's look to it and get done what needs to be.

TxGSrider
03-16-2020, 11:58 AM
I hate to say this but I'm out now too. I was really hoping to do this instead of visiting my mother-in-law. Lol!

gbw
03-16-2020, 01:44 PM
I was able to cancel today and get a full refund.
Man...glad that worked out!


I hope there is a chance again in the future to plan this trip.
For sure. I know Robin has talked about setting something up for next winter. But I'm sure I'll be down there before then. Hopefully we can cook up something more or less soon. I'll keep you posted.


I hate to say this but I'm out now too. I was really hoping to do this instead of visiting my mother-in-law. Lol!
Sheesh...sorry about that. Maybe you should still go :)

jimhickcox
03-16-2020, 03:19 PM
I'm glad it looks like this will happen when the world starts back up again.
Maybe I'll try out some of these mapped rides during my quarantine/spring break/cancelled jobs, although I guess I'll have to bring my own pie.

gbw
03-22-2020, 10:55 AM
So somebody down there tell me the weather is terrible. That it's cold and wet and would have been a miserable ride. Maybe that will help me feel better about having to pull the plug.

Groove_Daddy
03-22-2020, 11:58 AM
somebody down there.

Somebody was right. Rained BIG all day yesterday. Foggy with 37% all day today.

Temps are starting to come back up, though with sun on the docket beginning tomorrow.

Is there already a forum thread around here that addresses "if the weather sucks and we're all here anyway, what we'll do is ..." ?

My thinking is that it would be good to have some itemized fallback solutions for 100% garbage weather ... indoor Go-Karting for example.

TxGSrider
06-17-2020, 05:31 PM
Things are returning to normal here in Texas. Are there any plans for a reschedule of this ride this fall?

Groove_Daddy
06-18-2020, 10:51 AM
Things are returning to normal here in Texas. Are there any plans for a reschedule of this ride this fall?

I don't see why not. We return to TX early October. Staying through end of December.

While I'm likely to be MSF-ing as much as possible, a weekend off to gather the crew and ride would be pretty excellent.

All I need to know are prospective dates. Within the above months, what works best for everyone?

I will stress however that "returning to normal" ain't normal. That 2nd COVID wave ain't mild, so we'll want to exercise some standards.

zuluwiz
06-20-2020, 09:38 PM
This keeps making me think of baseball. The Rally To Be Named Later. Just who and what are being traded for the Rally To Be Named Later?

TxGSrider
06-21-2020, 08:12 AM
Im usually unavailable the weekend of October 10/11 for family stuff, but I should be down for any other weekend from late Sept to mid Dec. Look forward to meeting up with you guys (if you're from up north) or y'all (if you're from the south).

Gregory
06-21-2020, 10:35 AM
It would appear that if we do stick to Dripping Springs (should DEFINITELY stick to what's near hill country), this is our best contender: https://outpostmoteltx.com/

....and airbnb are all around there too

Groove_Daddy
06-29-2020, 08:11 PM
I've NO idea why I'm not getting updates on this, but regardless, consider this a check in.

Talk amongst yourselves. Blather dates (between 10/1 & 12/31) of 2020.

We'll make somethin' happen.

TxGSrider
08-04-2020, 02:04 PM
Just checking to see if any dates have been set. So far I am in for any weekend except Oct 9-11.

Groove_Daddy
08-04-2020, 09:33 PM
We're vaguely arriving on or starting to head that way by October 1st. Birthday is 10/6 ... hmmm ...

Groove_Daddy
08-04-2020, 10:03 PM
Date options, folks. Let's have a vote.

TxGSrider
08-05-2020, 07:38 AM
The 22-25 sounds good to me. It doesn't overlap me being out of town 9-11th or Halloween.

Gregory
08-08-2020, 03:21 PM
Im in for the 22-25th as well.


The 22-25 sounds good to me. It doesn't overlap me being out of town 9-11th or Halloween.

TxGSrider
08-14-2020, 03:46 AM
Not many votes so far but it looks like 22-25 is leading. Just let us know when the dates are locked in and I'll tell my bosses (my wife and my employer) I need a day or two off.

Groove_Daddy
08-14-2020, 09:09 AM
There simply aren't enough numbers for me to commit, honestly.

I'm going to bow out in favor of a non-related event that I've been invited to.

HOWEVER ...

Should this thread suddenly go all big and rogue, someone should definitely take over, ie "run the show".

I nominate @TxGSRider and officially surrender to watching from the background.

TxGSrider
08-14-2020, 10:45 AM
There simply aren't enough numbers for me to commit, honestly.

I'm going to bow out in favor of a non-related event that I've been invited to.

HOWEVER ...

Should this thread suddenly go all big and rogue, someone should definitely take over, ie "run the show".

I nominate @TxGSRider and officially surrender to watching from the background.

I think part of the lack of interest may be the title has the old dates and "cancelled". Maybe start a new thread or update the title?

Groove_Daddy
08-14-2020, 11:08 AM
If you're game to "officially" run this shindig, I say make it happen, cap'n.

Have at it.

BrucecurB
04-22-2021, 08:03 AM
Anyone going to take a go at doing a Texas or possibly a Tex-Ok-Ark-La gathering this year?

Bruce

Gregory
04-22-2021, 11:50 AM
I haven't heard of anything yet but was curious as well.


Anyone going to take a go at doing a Texas or possibly a Tex-Ok-Ark-La gathering this year?

Bruce