USCA 2009 Rally
snowbum
Posted 8/3/2008 9:21 PM (#37624)
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Since many folks make Summer travel plans well in advance, and there are who will use nearby lodges and motels instead of camping; and, these often are reserved a long time in advance.....we are getting this out early.The United Sidecar Association will have its 2009 National Rally at South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 25-29, 2009. It has been twenty-five years since the 1983 USCA National Rally was held at Lake Tahoe (then at Alpine Meadows). Bob Fleischer, a 35+ year Lake Tahoe resident; and, his wife Penny Fairfield Fleischer, are the planners/coordinators for the 2009 Rally.The location and brief details:The primary site is the Eagles Nest Group Camp area of Camp Richardson Resort and Marina, at Lake Tahoe, California on Hwy 89, just 2 miles northwest of the city of South Lake Tahoe. The entire area is U.S. Forest Service land. There is plenty of shade from hundreds of tall trees. The group area is large with its own entrance. Restrooms have flush toilets, electricity, and free showers. Some tent sites will have electricity. The entire Group Area has been blocked out UNTIL MAY 1, 2009 for USCA Members and guests. Also blocked out are 25 RV campground spots with water and electricity; or, one can have full hookups. Nearly everything is within walking distance, including a bicycle rental store (bike trails, paved and off-highway are immediately adjacent), general store, a restaurant/bar at the beach (which often has entertainment right on the beach), and an ice cream parlor. Not much of a walk to the Taylor Creek Forest Service facility with its Stream Profile Chamber (an underground fish viewing area), meadows, etc...; AND!!...the Tallac Historic Site, consisting of several Old Estates (not to be missed). The Camp Richardson complex also has cabins and a hotel. Only a few miles away via a very scenic drive is Vikingsholm Castle (located on famous Emerald Bay), Ehrman Mansion, and other attractions. South Lake Tahoe is about 2 or 3 miles from Camp Richardson; and a few more miles northeasterly from South Lake Tahoe is the Stateline area with its casinos, fancy stores, etc.Pricing and detailed information and phone number for reservations, specific nearby motels, etc, will be found on the Fleischer's website. Reserve camping, RV, and motels early!...this is a VERY popular place! USCA Rally fees have not been set yet.Dogs are NOT allowed at Camp Richardson. Nearby camping and/or RV sites, as well as motels that do allow dogs are available; and preliminary information on them is already on the Fleischer's website. The website will be edited/updated frequently. Included already are photos and sketches of the campgrounds and surrounding area. The direct URL is:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htm
The Lake Tahoe area: Lake Tahoe, at an elevation of about 6225 feet above sea level, is a natural non-man-made lake, located between in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Lake has 72 miles of shoreline and a paved 75 mile road going completely around it. The Lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. In one area the Lake is 1645 feet deep. There is enough water in Lake Tahoe to cover the entire State of California to a depth of 14 inches. Lake Tahoe is the Crown Jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. About 2/3 of the Lake is in California, and 1/3 in Nevada. Sacramento is 2 hours away; Carson City about 45 minutes and Reno about 1-1/2 hours. Some amazing scenery as well as a VERY pleasant campground will be just two of your rewards for attending. The Lake Tahoe area offers wonderful mountain roads for motorcyclists or sidecarists. The expected weather:Mild, NOT-muggy (expect low humidity), sunshine and brilliantly blue clear skies are highly likely. Nights typically will be higher forties to upper fifties. Daytime temperatures are likely to be seventies to eighties. Rain is not likely. The over-all weather will likely be very pleasurable. Refer to the website for in-depth details: http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htm
Robert (Bob) Fleischer, aka Snowbum
Penny

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Posted 8/28/2008 7:21 PM (#38332 - in reply to #37624)
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If i planning to tent camp in the Eagles Nest Group Camp area of Camp Richardson Resort and Marina, at Lake Tahoe, California on Hwy 89, just 2 miles northwest of the city of South Lake Tahoe. Do i have to make reservation?
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snowbum
Posted 8/31/2008 12:32 PM (#38415 - in reply to #38332)
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I don't monitor this website forum all that much. Happened to check-in today. The posting I did, part of this thread, very specifically states in my website article, in more than one place, that you should make a reservation directly with Camp Richardson. I suspect you have not bothered to read the website article.
If you do not make a reservation, and just show up, while I do suspect that you WILL be accomodated, there no guarantee that you will be able to camp in the USCA group campground area. I do NOT have a feel, at this time, for how many sidecarists will show up. The Group Sites area can accomodate several hundred...but with only 98 specific sites, some will have to double-up. Camp Richardson is a VERY popular place before Labor Day. A lot of camping places are like that. If it had not been for the general date preference of USCA...see prior discussions, Board input, ETC....I would have recommended the Rally be held a week or two after Labor Day....as the vast majority of folks have left!
Bob
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sidecar49
Posted 9/19/2008 6:04 AM (#38912 - in reply to #37624)
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The information on USCA Rally 2009 are publish also on www.sidecaristisicilia.org.
Ciao Maurizio
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Joyce
Posted 10/28/2008 5:28 PM (#39797 - in reply to #37624)
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Here is the latest from Bob:

As you probably already know, next year's USCA National Sidecar Rally
will be held June 25-28, 2009, at Camp Richardson, at Lake Tahoe, CA.
My wife, Penny, and I, are the facilitors ...sort of like Hosts...

Camp Richardson will have its Reservation Desk and Telephone up and
running on November 1st.

I highly recommend that those planning to attend get reservations very
early. This is particularly important if you intend on staying at one
of the cottages or at the hotel at Camp Richardson. It is even more
important if you want to stay at one of the motels close to the Rally
site.

I cannot emphasize enough that advance reservations should be made.

The Camp Richardson group campground is presently entirely reserved for
the USCA and fellow sidecarists, etc., until May 1, 2009.....
thereafter, ANY UNreserved campsites are open to the general public.
Doubling up in campgrounds is being allowed by Camp Richardson for
sidecarists.

All reservations MUST BE made directly with Camp Richardson, NOT the
USCA! Camp Richardson's number for Reservations and Information is (800)
544-1801. BE SURE to tell the reservation clerk that you are with the
USCA Group, and want your 10% discount. This applies to both those that
are camping in the Eagle's Nest Group Campground; and, if you are
staying in the Camp Richardson RV Village. Discounts are also available
at the Camp Richardson hotel and cabins.

Camp Richardson should have its reservation desk and phone operational
by November 1, 2008.

A lengthy and detailed website page is being maintained on my personal
website, address for the page is below.
I will be making a lot of updates to that page later this
week....including information on the rates for camping, cabins, hotel,
etc.

Bookmark (favorites) this page and I suggest you refer to it now and
then, as it will be updated irregularly:

http://bmwmotorcycl etech.info/ USCARally2009. htm

Snowbum
aka Bob Fleischer



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snowbum
Posted 10/28/2008 7:03 PM (#39803 - in reply to #37624)
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The URL got broken up, somehow....here is the...hopefully clickable...URL:http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htmBob
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OlBroad
Posted 3/30/2009 10:32 PM (#42977 - in reply to #37624)
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BUMP..........SIGN UP, Times a wasting
Originally written by snowbum on 8/3/2008 7:21 PM

Since many folks make Summer travel plans well in advance, and there are who will use nearby lodges and motels instead of camping; and, these often are reserved a long time in advance.....we are getting this out early.The United Sidecar Association will have its 2009 National Rally at South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 25-29, 2009. It has been twenty-five years since the 1983 USCA National Rally was held at Lake Tahoe (then at Alpine Meadows). Bob Fleischer, a 35+ year Lake Tahoe resident; and, his wife Penny Fairfield Fleischer, are the planners/coordinators for the 2009 Rally.The location and brief details:The primary site is the Eagles Nest Group Camp area of Camp Richardson Resort and Marina, at Lake Tahoe, California on Hwy 89, just 2 miles northwest of the city of South Lake Tahoe. The entire area is U.S. Forest Service land. There is plenty of shade from hundreds of tall trees. The group area is large with its own entrance. Restrooms have flush toilets, electricity, and free showers. Some tent sites will have electricity. The entire Group Area has been blocked out UNTIL MAY 1, 2009 for USCA Members and guests. Also blocked out are 25 RV campground spots with water and electricity; or, one can have full hookups. Nearly everything is within walking distance, including a bicycle rental store (bike trails, paved and off-highway are immediately adjacent), general store, a restaurant/bar at the beach (which often has entertainment right on the beach), and an ice cream parlor. Not much of a walk to the Taylor Creek Forest Service facility with its Stream Profile Chamber (an underground fish viewing area), meadows, etc...; AND!!...the Tallac Historic Site, consisting of several Old Estates (not to be missed). The Camp Richardson complex also has cabins and a hotel. Only a few miles away via a very scenic drive is Vikingsholm Castle (located on famous Emerald Bay), Ehrman Mansion, and other attractions. South Lake Tahoe is about 2 or 3 miles from Camp Richardson; and a few more miles northeasterly from South Lake Tahoe is the Stateline area with its casinos, fancy stores, etc.Pricing and detailed information and phone number for reservations, specific nearby motels, etc, will be found on the Fleischer's website. Reserve camping, RV, and motels early!...this is a VERY popular place! USCA Rally fees have not been set yet.Dogs are NOT allowed at Camp Richardson. Nearby camping and/or RV sites, as well as motels that do allow dogs are available; and preliminary information on them is already on the Fleischer's website. The website will be edited/updated frequently. Included already are photos and sketches of the campgrounds and surrounding area. The direct URL is:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htm
The Lake Tahoe area: Lake Tahoe, at an elevation of about 6225 feet above sea level, is a natural non-man-made lake, located between in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Lake has 72 miles of shoreline and a paved 75 mile road going completely around it. The Lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. In one area the Lake is 1645 feet deep. There is enough water in Lake Tahoe to cover the entire State of California to a depth of 14 inches. Lake Tahoe is the Crown Jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. About 2/3 of the Lake is in California, and 1/3 in Nevada. Sacramento is 2 hours away; Carson City about 45 minutes and Reno about 1-1/2 hours. Some amazing scenery as well as a VERY pleasant campground will be just two of your rewards for attending. The Lake Tahoe area offers wonderful mountain roads for motorcyclists or sidecarists. The expected weather:Mild, NOT-muggy (expect low humidity), sunshine and brilliantly blue clear skies are highly likely. Nights typically will be higher forties to upper fifties. Daytime temperatures are likely to be seventies to eighties. Rain is not likely. The over-all weather will likely be very pleasurable. Refer to the website for in-depth de
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snowbum
Posted 3/30/2009 11:13 PM (#42978 - in reply to #37624)
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Lost the last message in preview mode, then it disappeared before it uploaded...so here's another try::

I cannot over-emphasize the need to pre-register with the USCA; and, if staying at Camp Richardson, the Rally Site, with them too. Pre-Registration with the USCA ends May 25th. Pre-Registration ends April 30th for Camp Richardson. On May 1st, Camp Richardson will start contacting the General Public that is already on a waiting list for 'OUR' campground, and 'our' RV area. I expect every spot to be filled before the Rally begins, hopefully with sidecarists, and those interested in sidecars.
The website page with every sort of information on it is:
http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htm
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Joyce
Posted 5/18/2009 7:27 PM (#44062 - in reply to #37624)
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As of about a week ago for USCA pre-registration:

149 total pre-registered with the USCA, via Tom Hansen,
consists of 141 adults and 8 children.

132 indicated they would partake of the Kiwanis Saturday morning breakfast
at Camp Richardson.

As of this afternoon, for Camp Richardson:

63 camping spaces for the Camp Richardson Eagles Nest Group Campsites are
pre-registered at Camp Richardson Eagles. 98 are available. That means
that only 35 spaces are left.

There are only 9 RV spaces (out of the 25 we reserved) left for
pre-registration at Camp Richardson RV Village area.

All but 3 rooms are now taken at the Camp Richardson Beach Inn.

Camp Richardson's Hotel is ENTIRELY taken, already, by USCA folks.
***Because of that, we are now able to have all our Seminars in the Hotel
'Great Room' !!!

Camp Richardson....in response to our 'begging', recently extended their
Registration deadline, previously April 30th, to May 25th. If you have not
pre-registered with USCA and with Camp Richardson, time is running out.
Get your reservations mailed before May 25th! We have limited capacity to
deal with those who show up without any reservations. On May 25th, Camp
Richardson releases all untaken spaces in the Campground and the RV village
('our' areas) to the general public. It was confirmed today that they
have a waiting list for quite a few non-USCA folks.

***We have a number of reservations of various types with the Camp
Richardson facility, that have NOT YET pre-registered with Tom Hansen, for
the Rally. It would be helpful for meal planning, mug ordering, etc.....to
know how many will be Registering with the Rally on site.

USCA pre-registration and T-shirt orders with Tom Hansen CLOSE with snail
mail postmarked May 25th.

We have a number of folks staying elsewhere's at South Lake Tahoe,
including motels and probably even at the City Campground....etc.

We expect many Rally-goers will be arriving on Thursday, June 25th, so we
will have Rally Headquarters open that afternoon for awhile starting at 3
p.m., for Early Bird Registration, dropping off of White Elephant
donations, etc.

As expected, we have some folks who are making a longer vacation of the
Rally, and are arriving days earlier, and leaving days later.

We seem to have fewer folks camping at Camp Richardson than Penny and I had
expected. We've concluded that a considerable portion of USCA members,
and fellow sidecarists, are not campers. Shame. It is a truly beautiful
heavily treed area, with free showers, tables/benches, heavy steel lockers
which are lockable, etc.

It's time for YOU to make that decision to come to the USCA National,
follow-through on it, and be one of the first 200 that receive a Rally Pin
(only 200 were made). If you want Rally shirts (the initial batch is being
printed this week), Rally Pins, ...or a campground or RV
spot...............register quickly with USCA and with Camp Richardson.
Time is running out....USCA pre-reg, and Camp Richardson reserved
registration closes in 7 days! Prices go considerably UP for USCA
Registration and T-shirts after May 25th.

The Canadian Big Foot sidecar folks will be combining with us. The
Pullman Hackers, the forerunner of the USCA, will have their 40th
anniversary reunion here with us. Carla King will be here to do a seminar,
as will "Coach" Ramey, and Al Johnson. The Bakker-Ryan Bonneville race
sidecar will be here on display.

We now have a full Rally Schedule, clickable from the website page.
Much of the Rally fun will be held at the Rally Site. You are going to
like Camp Richardson, and the weather.

The Rally Games and Show'n Shine, will be 4-1/2 miles south (about 7
minutes away)....we are taking over the entire north part of the Airport
ramp on Saturday morning, right after we all gorge on the Kiwanis breakfast
at the hotel picnic area across from the Rally site. There are going to
be Guided Tours too.

We have already collected some nice gifts from Vendors...and also about 25
White Elephant items, som
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Joyce
Posted 5/18/2009 9:27 PM (#44066 - in reply to #37624)
Subject: RE: USCA 2009 Rally


If you want to see a rally schedule:

http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/rallyschedule.htm

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grasslander
Posted 5/21/2009 8:02 AM (#44109 - in reply to #44062)
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Originally written by Joyce on 5/18/2009 6:27 PM

As of about a week ago for USCA pre-registration:

149 total pre-registered with the USCA, via Tom Hansen,
consists of 141 adults and 8 children.

132 indicated they would partake of the Kiwanis Saturday morning breakfast
at Camp Richardson.

As of this afternoon, for Camp Richardson:

63 camping spaces for the Camp Richardson Eagles Nest Group Campsites are
pre-registered at Camp Richardson Eagles. 98 are available. That means
that only 35 spaces are left.


Now:
150 registered
133 for breakfast
34 camp sites left

I'm going!


Edited by grasslander 5/21/2009 8:13 AM
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snowbum
Posted 5/21/2009 9:09 AM (#44110 - in reply to #37624)
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to: Grasslander, from Eastern Kansas:
Penny and I look forward to seeing you here. Don't forget to enter the 'est' contest, you might win for longest distance...or similar category. We passed through western Kansas last year on the way to the Cameron and Duluth rallies. Turned northward at Garden City. We made quite a trip of it, camping, and sometimes using a motel, or staying with friends, in Utah, Colorado.....wonderful wonderful scenery and a delightful trip (photos, etc., are on our website, in case anyone is interested).
Snowbum
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rudyr
Posted 6/5/2009 10:12 PM (#44492 - in reply to #37624)
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Do you think their is any camp spaces left at camp Richardson? The dog's in Co. want us to pitch our tents one place and park our bike's some other place. No way. I'm thinking about Calf. now. A nice ride(2050 miles). should take 2.5 day's. And I told my wife. She didn't jump up and down. It won't take me long to pack my condo, and. I'am going to call tommrow. Rudy. hell I've really got the tractor stuck in a hay fieid(IT'S DOZER TIME)
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Joyce
Posted 6/5/2009 10:58 PM (#44493 - in reply to #37624)
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UPDATE:

As of June 1st, we had 212 pre-registered with USCA, via Tom Hansen.
Pre-reg is closed.

Penny and I are trying to get an estimate of how many folks, who have NOT
USCA pre-registered with
Tom Hansen, are going to show up at the Rally and register on site and
participate in such as the Rally Dinner, etc.

Please note!>>>....this request for information does NOT apply to those few
of you who are simply 'visiting' for a awhile.


For those who DO intend to show up, AND ARE PREVIOUSLY NOT USCA
pre-registered, and ARE participating,
in such as the Rally Games OR attending the Rally Dinner::::::

(1). How many in your family, etc., will be attending, who have not
pre-registered?_____________adults;
__________children (and ages of children)

(2). How many of those in (1) above are going to partake of the Saturday
morning Kiwanis breakfast? _____________
Will be there for Sunday morning muffins/etc:____________

(3) Do you intend to purchase one or more Rally T-shirts?
___________________________number and sizes of each

The information will be used to help decide how many extra mugs, meals, and
T-shirts we will plan for. Decisions will be
finalized on Friday June 5th.


Please reply directly to me, and ONLY reply if you have NOT
pre-registered with Tom Hansen, and DO
intend to be at the Rally.

snowbum@bmwmotorcycletech.info

thanks!
Bob
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snowbum
Posted 6/5/2009 11:48 PM (#44494 - in reply to #44492)
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I spoke to our contact at Camp Richardson a few days ago. Although she does not have to save spaces for us, she DID. I do not know the status as of today...should still be a modest selection left. Call them, the telephone numbers for Camp Richardson are on our website page at:http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/USCARally2009.htmIf you make the decision to come...WELCOME!...we look forward to seeing you here. Please take the time to review the entire VERY long Rally Page on the website. Penny says to let us know if you want one or more of the Rally T-shirts reserved for you...and what sizes. They are $16 each, and the final order HAS BEEN PLACED, so it is first come first served on the few extras we had printed if you arrive without letting us know ahead of time.Bob (snowbum)
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snowbum
Posted 6/19/2009 10:30 PM (#44744 - in reply to #37624)
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Rally Time is almost here...less than a week to go. Weather is predicted to be near perfect with the daily high expected to be around 75° and with low humidity. Penny and I wrapped-up all major details today. We are looking forward to meeting old sidecaring friends, and making new ones. Next week we will be on both local radio and we will be interviewd on local TV to additionaly publicize the Rally and to invite the Public to the Sidecar Games and Show'n Shine at the local airport on Saturday morning. This will be a very memorable Rally; and we hope that you will all enjoy the many things to see and do here at Lake Tahoe. If you are a last-minute person who has not already registered.....and you intend to stay at Camp Richardson... we suggest you do not wait, and reserve with them immediately.(800) 544-1801 or (530) 541-1801. c-ya here,Bob & Penny
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Joyce
Posted 6/28/2009 7:31 PM (#44908 - in reply to #37624)
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Just home from the Rally! We had 247 registtered and a lot of lookers. I did an interview with the local paper and it made front page with pictures. A huge thank you to Bum and Penny, Tom Hansen, Norbert Monohan, and Linda Foster and their families who did a huge amount of work to pull everything off. We just couldn't have had better weather or a more enthusastic crowd. I was able to put a lot of names with faces, now if my crs doesn't kick in I'll be able to know people when they post.

Again Thanks to all and the 31st Rally is now on the books as a very good one.
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snowbum
Posted 6/28/2009 8:24 PM (#44912 - in reply to #37624)
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The 2009 Rally is now history. Penny and I, with the help of WONDERFUL volunteers...((and in particular Tom and Anita Hansen and the Monohan "family", who were hardly just Volunteers)).....well, we managed to pull off a good one. The Weather cooperated too.We set out the muffins, coffee, cookies, etc., this morning, and managed to sell the last few shirts, some mugs, whatever...AND, not hardly much was left after the wild free-for-all of the White Elephants last evening.We did not do a finally tally ourselves....Joyce's number (247) seems correct to what I remember. We have left-over food to go to a charity, and 50-50 money to also go to a charity. I think it will take another several days (at leat for me) to fully recover...I was so bushed this afternoon that I had to take a 3 hour nap. In the near future we will have what photos I took, and from others too, I suspect, sent to The Sidecarist for a Rally Coverage article.We heard a lot of very favorable comments on this rally (made my head swell...and it was already swollen). That's it for right now, just a quickie update.Snowbum
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Joyce
Posted 6/29/2009 11:52 AM (#44929 - in reply to #37624)
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My photos can be viewed here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jhcn92/USCA31stRallyPhotos?feat=directl...

Oh yeah, I even saw a bear.
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Al Olme
Posted 6/29/2009 1:23 PM (#44933 - in reply to #44929)
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Really nice photos! Thanks for posting them.
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grasslander
Posted 6/30/2009 9:16 AM (#44959 - in reply to #44908)
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Just got in last night. 705 miles on Sunday, 910 miles yesterday (monday) almost went on to Lawrence to make it a 1000 but just went home instead. (already did that a few times before they gave out the T-shirt) What a great event! Very well run, wonderful volunteers, great location, and fun attendees.

Thanks Bob and Penny. You moved the bar with this one!
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snowbum
Posted 6/30/2009 10:21 AM (#44963 - in reply to #37624)
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Good mileage...I won't do that many in a day anymore, not even on two wheels. Penny complains if we get near 400 these days.Glad you enjoyed the Rally, and we were very happy you came....and appreciate your help. And, thanks...!'bum
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Santa Ron & Shirley
Posted 7/2/2009 1:17 AM (#45010 - in reply to #44929)
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Hi Joyce, Your link to the photos now says there is nothing there. Not sure what happened, I looked at them last night.Thanks,Santa Ron
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Joyce
Posted 7/2/2009 7:05 AM (#45012 - in reply to #37624)
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The album is public again. Don't know exactly what happened.
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SwampFox
Posted 7/3/2009 7:19 AM (#45027 - in reply to #44929)
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Thanks for posting the photos, especially from those of us unable to attend the 2009 Rally.
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Jack H
Posted 7/5/2009 12:43 AM (#45058 - in reply to #37624)
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You mean you folks are home already? After the rally, I headed up the CA coast to Oregon, then east through ID to Grand Teton & Yellowstone, up Paradise Valley to Livingston, MT. About 4,500 miles so far and still a long way home to MI. Great rally! My thanks to all those responsible.
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gpers2
Posted 7/5/2009 10:24 AM (#45064 - in reply to #45058)
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Wow! Now that's the right way to do a rally. I think the journey should be the best part of any trip. Yours sounds great. So far, what's your favorite part? Your adventure sounds like a perfect article for submitting to The Sidecarist newsletter. Hope to hear more.
Ride safe,
gail
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Jack H
Posted 7/5/2009 11:01 AM (#45065 - in reply to #37624)
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The best parts (of many great ones) were the Oregon coast & the ride from Jackson Hole up through Gd. Teton, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley, MT. Spectacular. I may consider an article. Been keeping a journal.
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harleymystique
Posted 1/30/2010 9:58 AM (#48923 - in reply to #37624)
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We agree its the ride for sure. We rode up from Arizona.The ride was a lot nicer than the rally i must say.I never try to be neg about things but WOW we where extremely disappointed in the Tahoe Rally 2009.
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lacey_exit
Posted 2/9/2010 3:01 PM (#49100 - in reply to #48923)
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Jeez - had a really nice response written up, but am afraid my connection timed out or something, and it was lost to the innerwebz...

Bottom Line Up Front: Sorry you didn't have a good time at the rally - I sure as hell did. Couldn't let yours be the last post in the thread when I feel kudo's are in order for Bob, Penny, and all the folks that made it happen.
Hope you have fun somewhere's along the line.

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harleymystique
Posted 2/9/2010 10:04 PM (#49112 - in reply to #37624)
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Sorry that was not ment to be anything bad.Maybe it was just my wife and I being new to the rally.Who knows.We didnt know anyone for one thing and it was like nobody would even talk to us.But it was our first sidecar rally so maybe next time it will be a lot better.I am sure if we knew Bob and Penny and a lot of others it would be differant.Out of maybe the dozen people we tried to chat with I want to thank the couple from Colorado at the games on the Harley rig and the couple from New Mexico with the Ranger rig at the motel.They where sure nice people.The only people in 2 days that would take time to chat with us.I am sure a lot of hard work went into getting the run together to make it happen and my hats off to them.It was just hard to find out after we got there what actives or much of anything.Maybe it was our fault it seems we are the only ones not knowing what was going on {sorry}.Anyway thanks to the folks that got it all together.We had a good ride up there and back and we met a couple of really nice folks.
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lacey_exit
Posted 2/9/2010 11:13 PM (#49117 - in reply to #49112)
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Your first sidecar rally?! Really!! You should've hung out at the campground. I only knew a couple folks, but made a point of walking around and talking with folks about their rigs - you learn so much about the differences in handling and styles of riding that way. And the AIRhedz up on the hill... thought I'd written about them in my journal (STILL haven't finished that ride report!) but there were three or four NorCal riders busting up wood for a campfire... heh. Wound-up sharing a dinner table with them at the closing ceremony. Real charACTers!

Pretty sure I've read somewheres or another where Bob has recommended the 2010 rally print off schedules for everyone's welcome packet because he was disatisfied with the way things worked out too, so you're not alone in that respect! At the airport (for the games) it seemed a lot of folks were busy shining their bikes, or walking around taking in all the different stuff... although I guess there was some elbow rubbin' going on too.

Anyways, it's too bad we didn't cross paths. I try to keep a happy go lucky attitude, ~especially~ at rallies. I don't know Bob & Penny any better than some of the USCA folk that I'd met at the Chelan rally (and saw again at Tahoe) but I will say this... I hope I meet you and your wife someday, and then we can look forward to sharing some stories over the campfire at the NEXT rally, catchin' up!
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harleymystique
Posted 2/10/2010 3:01 PM (#49138 - in reply to #37624)
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Yea really, that was our first sidecar rally'.You got'a start someplace i guess.Thanks for the invite and we will take you up on the campfire stories.I do hope we meet sometime, that would be nice.I am sure next time it will be better for us ,knowing a couple of people and meeting people from on line like yourself.I am sure it was more us not know anyone than the Rally itself.Let us know of any good runs up your way.
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hdrghack
Posted 2/10/2010 6:12 PM (#49142 - in reply to #49138)
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Harleymystique, 

 There was a sidecar road ride that was in your neck of the woods called the Butterfly Rally if I rememdber correctly it started in New Mexico, I always wanted to try to get to that one Seemed that it was always pretty well thought out basicly they just toured a specific route seems it made it's way through Arizona and surrounding areas like everything it requires a ton of work in planning and so on but reading what some of the people that went had to say about it always made me wish that I could attend it.

maybe advertise a camp out or sometihng for sidecarist in Arizona and the surrounding states?   

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harleymystique
Posted 2/10/2010 7:07 PM (#49148 - in reply to #37624)
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Thanks Chuck: That was nice of you. I will check it out. Thanks again. Randy and Karen
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gpers2
Posted 2/10/2010 9:55 PM (#49166 - in reply to #49138)
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Hi Randy & Karen:
Just a note to let you know that the AZ USCA rep is Douglas Hasert. He lives in Mesa see: http://www.sidecar.com/Maps/arizona.htm for more. He may know of some local rides. ... The sidecar group is normally a friendly bunch, so I am sorry that you had a not so friendly experience at your last rally.. Now, if you had met Tony, I am sure you would have had a great time. ... Watch for him at your next rally! :-0

Personally, I have a better time at at smaller rallies, especially if you can kick back at the end of the day, and share stories. This is more easily accomplished if the attendees all bunk in the same area. -

I don't know where you are located in AZ, but there is a Brass Monkey rally located in Mexico coming up really soon. I know some of the attendees and they are nice. . Here is a link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/USCAWest/message/3569

I will not be attending the Brass Monkey, but I hope to meet up with you at one of the others.

Ride Safe, and if your weather is like ours - Stay Warm!
Gail

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gpers2
Posted 2/10/2010 10:05 PM (#49168 - in reply to #49142)
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Chuck:
Wish they still did the Butterfly. It really did take a lot of planning.. You would have had a great time. Good people, fabulous riding areas. We always have to ride through the dang desert to get there, but it was worth it.

Good wishes for a great rally.
gail

p.s. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/USCAWest/ is available for additional info postings.
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harleymystique
Posted 2/10/2010 10:21 PM (#49170 - in reply to #37624)
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Thanks Gail: We thought about the Brass Monkey Rally that is going on i think this weekend but couldnt get off.BOO Anyway thanks for the encourgement we will be around.We are new to the side car rallies but not so new to riding.We have been to a lot of the rides over the years Redwood Run Northen Calif to Laconia Bike Week New Hampshire to Sturgis South Dakota and Daytona ,on and on.We loved the Iron Horse Rodeo in Southern Orgeon but it looks like they are not doing it anymore.It was a great ride and rally.Same with the ButterFly Rally i think.But we arnt thru ridding yet.So off we go looking for those great roads and great people to met.I am sure Tahoe was more my wife' fault just not putting enough into meeting people.I hope she does not read that she will kill me.OK OK my fault also.If you ever see a black and whie Harley Softail with a Ranger sidecar attached to it PLEASE come over and say hi to us. Thanks Randy and Karen
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hdrghack
Posted 2/11/2010 5:21 AM (#49178 - in reply to #49170)
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harleymystique - 2/10/2010 11:21 PM Thanks Gail: We thought about the Brass Monkey Rally that is going on i think this weekend but couldnt get off.BOO Anyway thanks for the encourgement we will be around.We are new to the side car rallies but not so new to riding.We have been to a lot of the rides over the years Redwood Run Northen Calif to Laconia Bike Week New Hampshire to Sturgis South Dakota and Daytona ,on and on.We loved the Iron Horse Rodeo in Southern Orgeon but it looks like they are not doing it anymore.It was a great ride and rally.Same with the ButterFly Rally i think.But we arnt thru ridding yet.So off we go looking for those great roads and great people to met.I am sure Tahoe was more my wife' fault just not putting enough into meeting people.I hope she does not read that she will kill me.OK OK my fault also.If you ever see a black and whie Harley Softail with a Ranger sidecar attached to it PLEASE come over and say hi to us. Thanks Randy and Karen

 

So, Randy and Karen

Been to Laconia?  well if you are up to a bit of a road trip to Vermont in out side of Burlington is a town called Essex Junction there at the Champlain Valley Exposition the United Sidecar Association will be holding it's 32nd National rally in July the 8th - 11th.

Pre registration per person for members is $30. for non members $35. after June add another $5. each , kids 12 to 15 cost $15. each 11 and under are free

So if you have the time and would like to join us we would be glad to meet you two ,there are some pretty scenic roads to travel just to get to Vermont....let alone the ones in and around Vermont my favorite is the VT rt 100 North south.

As for some of the people coming there is a person pre registered coming from Colorado and another who also is one of our supporters and advertisers Jim Bryant,coming all the way from China, oh we may see Pam and Trever Quick from England to!

I'll be watching for HD Arizona bike tags   



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lacey_exit
Posted 2/11/2010 1:33 PM (#49191 - in reply to #49138)
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harleymystique - 2/10/2010 3:01 PM

...Let us know of any good runs up your way.
Now that you mention it, the Chelan Sidecar Rally 2 will be coming up in just a couple months if you're planning roadtrips. LOL

Nice venue - heard there's a poker run in the works too.
My plans for this year:
SNOWCAMP *already done - but had to leave the rig behind 'cuz of mechanical issues
Highland Fling *AMA sanctioned poker run
Chelan Sidecar Rally 2 (aka CSR2)
UN-RALLY *Haven't heard anything about this one lately - used to be okay... sponsored by the Bigfoot Sidecar Pilots (I think)
ABATE Spring Opener (for WA State)
BMWOA National Rally
Maybe one of Vernon's advanced class/tours (gotta check on that still... I think it's been two years since my last MSF course)
Lotsa' camping...
Then it's time for Oktoberfest! We have a couple good ones up this way.
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IndianDrives
Posted 6/28/2011 2:08 AM (#58705 - in reply to #37624)
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Glad to see you got some company lined up for some of the smallest. I am defiantly going to come Panquitch rally, so maybe next time. We will say hello to Tahoe itself forward to the rally.
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