USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
Posted 7/9/2012 2:50 AM (#65648) Subject: USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
The 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, Idaho July19th-22nd will be at the Kootenai Co. Fairgrounds. We have the entire South Section of the Fairgrounds where we can put at least 300 sidecarists. There are 16 light poles with multiple hookup for electricity. There are three restrooms. Two of them have full showers. There are multiple restaurants in the area. There are multiple hotels, motels and camping areas. Camping at the fairgrounds for the event is only $5 per night per tent or $12.50 for RVs. People who come on the 18th can camp at the same rate. We have discount coupons for Silverwood, the Northwests largest theme park, and for Silver Mountain Gondola, the longest one in the U.S. Hagadone's hotel has the longest floating boardwalk. It is free. There is a floating green for golfers. There will be a free $25 steak fry for all registered for the rally. If you need more information, please call 208-687-1086. or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can pre-register by phone. Just call and tell us you are definitely coming so we can get a head count. Dave Irvine
Posted 7/11/2012 3:45 PM (#65699 - in reply to #65648) Subject: RE: USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA
On the rally website , it says "Guided Breakfast Rides Friday and Saturday followed by Guided Tours." But no info on same. I'm planning a backcountry ride for Friday - 100 miles of mixed dirt, gravel and asphalt (with a 30-mile return on the slab) - but not sure if I'm wasting my time planning this ride if somebody else has already put together a good backcountry gravel ride. Wouldn't mind going to a fire lookout or some other remote scenic spot in the area with somebody who knows the forest roads.
Anybody have any info on these "Guided Tours"?
If not, and you want to join me, try to locate my rig on Thursday night. I'll be camped somewhere at the Fairgrounds not too far from a bathroom. I've never ridden in this area before so there might be some route-finding and head-scratching along the way, but that's always part of the fun.
My white and red 1150GS rig has the license plate WUMPA. Looks kinda like this--
Edited by DRONE 7/12/2012 10:13 AM
Posted 7/11/2012 6:41 PM (#65703 - in reply to #65648) Subject: RE: USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
We are having guided tours on paved roads to the scenic attractions around the Coeur d'alene area. We have some of the most magnificent scenery in the U.S. and want to show it off. Sorry that we won't be doing off road scenic tours. But there are several areas where you can do one on your own or with other like minded attendees. Sorry, but both of our sidecar rigs are touring bikes and can't be ridden off the highway.
Posted 7/12/2012 1:03 AM (#65710 - in reply to #65648) Subject: Re: USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
I would love to join you on some gravel on fri. Me and Mr. Locky will be tent camping as well. I have a silver and black GS with matching sidecar. Look for my Aussie dog as well.
Posted 7/12/2012 10:41 AM (#65712 - in reply to #65703) Subject: Gravel Ride
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA
Just to be clear, I don't ride my rig off-road and don't plan on doing it at the Rally. The Friday ride I want to do will be all on roads. But these are backcountry dirt and gravel roads through the national forest. Nothing technical or difficult--no jeep trails, no powerline trails, no ATV trails--nothing like that. These will be roads could be used by an ordinary SUV or Subaru. But they can get rough in places--potholes, washboard, ruts, and rocks. If you have a rig with less than say about 4" of ground clearance, or a rig where the nose of the car is likely to dig in if your front wheel drops into a big hole, then you'd be better off volunteering to be somebody's monkee rather than risking damage to your rig in the backcountry.
I kinda want to call this a "GS Ride" but don't want come off sounding like some kind of BMW elitist. All makes/models are welcome to join, including backcountry n00bies. This will NOT be a technical ride.
Posted 7/12/2012 3:48 PM (#65720 - in reply to #65712) Subject: Rally Schedule
Location: Tacoma, WA, USA
Dave--is there a schedule of events you can share?
I'm trying to plan my schedule for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.
Posted 7/12/2012 6:43 PM (#65724 - in reply to #65648) Subject: Re: USCA 34th National Rally at Coeur d'alene, ID 2012
The rally starts Thursday the 19th. It will be a day of sign-ins and getting acquainted. Friday will be the show and shine. At 4pm Silverwood, the northwest's largest theme park will have a special for our sidecar group. They have reduced their admission price from $37.50, to $19.95. They are going to have an incredible Laser Light show . There are all kinds of things to do and see. There is a water park, a train ride on a steam locomotive, rides on several different roller coasters. A raft ride, a floating log ride. Saturday, we have special rates to go on the longest gondola in the U.S. at Silver Mountain at Kellogg, just 40 miles away. We will be stopping on the way back at the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in Idaho. Then there will be a free steak fry, with steaks or chicken or bratwursts and corn on the cob. There will be live music after dinner. So you can see we have full itinerary planned. There will also be guided tours for those who do not want to go to the theme park or the gondola. The Idaho Star Motorcycle Safety program representative will be there to discuss safety programs that are available. Jay Giese will be there from DMC sidecars for a seminar on sidecar riding. For those who just want to do their own guided tour, there is Hagadone's floating green, the longest floating boardwalk in the world, all kinds of touristy things to do in downtown Coeur d'alene. The weather here is great. We are supposed to be having temperatures in the 80's, no rain, so it should be a great rally. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Owners must clean up after them. Children under 12 are admitted free.