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#3991 - 08/07/03 10:25 PM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: questrider]  
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I am so tempted to try and get myself to this festive gathering. It's about 10 hours from where I am outside of Chicago and being a "newbie" I've been working my way up to 3-4 hour rides lately having put almost 2,000 miles on my bike in the couple of months of owning my RT. So by October I could probably do it in two days of 5 hour road time with very relaxed riding of 2-3 hours separating gas and food breaks.

However, being this late in the game, I'd have to get a hotel away from Iron Stables being as though I just discovered this rally (sorry, UN-rally). And never having been to a rally I guess I'm just riding down to meet all of you having no idea what goes on or what I'll do (somehow I think I'll figure it out). So forgive me if I sound stoopid, but what goes on at a rally (or particularly at this un-rally) and what will I do for three days?! And staying at a hotel away from Iron Stables, what exactly will be "the thing to do" when I get there. I mean, I guess I'd just park my bike and walk around trying to find all of you!? Hahahaha...

Amazing that I don't know what I'm getting into but being drawn to it so deeply! The only thing I would definitely want to have by then is an AeroStitch Roadcrafter suit for the trip! Perhaps seeing as though I'm discovering this "sport" so late in the game this summer and I'm still too green at all of this, I should wait until next year to engulf myself in this insanity!

HA!




Magnuson,
Come on down. Last year the Un was in Gunnison, Colorado 1,100 miles from my home and it was my first mc trip longer than 500 miles total round trip. If I can do it anybody can. As a matter of fact you could make it in one day and not be the worst for wear. However, if you feel better breaking it up into two days, it's your ride do it the way you like it.

Once in Eureka, you'll ride your bike from your hotel to the Iron Horse and hang with us crazys. You'll get to put faces, and real names with posts, and ride some great roads with not so new friends. You'll eat more than you should, and build some fabulous memories that you can play back when a rocking chair is all you can ride. Of course it's up to you, but if you've got the time and the coin, I'd say come play this year. Who knows about next year?

Btw, I did Bentonville, Ar. to Gary, Indiana, in approximately 12 hours in one day, once again if I can do it anybody can. Hope to meet you at UN2. If not we'll talk about you real bad.


Murrayg
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#3992 - 08/08/03 02:20 AM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: questrider]  
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Amazing that I don't know what I'm getting into but being drawn to it so deeply!

Magnuson -

What a great post! I hope there are many, many members out there that have similar thoughts on their minds. What to expect? Closely followed with "I think I want to go!"

An UnRally is not unlike a big Thanksgiving dinner without the In-Laws! The genesis of "Un" is our desire to keep the focus of the gathering on people first, and riding a very close second. We have no interest in doing things like selling pins, or lining up vendors as they'd be very lonely since we'll all be out riding! An UnRally is a gathering spot for like-minded people who love to ride (fast and slow), who love to meet and put faces to names, who love to swill and tell lies at the end of the day, who will get up early and do it again the next day. We'll have an agenda, but it's rather agenda-less. People will be staying at the Iron Horse for sure, but most will be staying at nearby hotels. The Iron Horse will largely serve as a staging point for members to meet, and plan their day with whomever they choose. You could find yourself hooking up with a large group of riders who, just 5 minutes before, decided to take a 4 hour spin to Branson, or more appropriate to this group, they'll want to go somewhere like "West!" You might also find yourself hanging back at the Iron Horse with the stragglers (guilty) and heading out on your own, or with a couple of riders looking to take the long way to lunch somewhere. It's a DIY kind-of-a-thing, with caring and sharing people to do it with.

In short, it's us, for three days, as we pick up the keys and put down the mouse, putting on the hugs and Spreading the Love.

Stay tuned, I'm working with the UnRally Technology Department (Brant Herbert) to provide more information to all through the UnWebsite, soon to follow.


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#3993 - 08/08/03 03:52 AM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: questrider]  
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being a "newbie"... I guess I'm just riding down to meet all of you having no idea what goes on or what I'll do... if I sound stoopid... what goes on at a rally... what will I do for three days?... what exactly will be "the thing to do" when I get there... discovering this "sport" so late in the game... I'm still too green at all of this... I should wait until next year...






Yeow!

That sounds almost exactly what I posted last year. I too, was a little intimidated being a Newbie. Should I? Shouldn't I?

Got kinda queasy, like the first time you jumped off the "High Board" when you were a kid. But also like when you were a kid, It was a ton of fun, and when you jumped, you had to do it again and again.

Damn the Torpedoes! Man! Full Speed Ahead! Head down that way. And you'll get the hang of it as you go. You've got the desire, so you'll regret it if you pass this one up.

The folks here will make you welcome. You'll make many new friends. Lord knows why they took me in, but they did and I'm still here... alive and kickin'.

The thing that did it for me? I wanted to put the faces with the names, and most of all, the real personalities vs my imagined personalities. I hit a few right on... I missed a bunch.

Hotel vs Iron horse. There aren't going to be that many people staying at the Iron Horse anyway, unless they are camping. They don't have that many rooms/cabins.

Secondly, it's on the main drag through town and the main drag is thick with hotels. You won't be far from the action.

What to do? Visit with folks from all over the country. For me that was a big deal too. I haven't had much opportunity to get to know people from the ends of the country. Now I do!

Next, the roads! The area is a great place to get to know your bike. There are some really nice sweepers up there, and they don't feel quite as intimidating as a Rocky Mountain drop off feels.

Still not comfortable hangin' with the fast guys? Ride with Miss Vicki and me. We go kinda slow to medium and look at the scenery a lot.

Food! Latch on to someone that makes you feel comfortable and tag along to any of the many places to eat around ES. Eat and listen to life's wonderful diverse stories. I love to read the Ride Tales section of the board, but I really love hearing the stories straight from the horses mouth! I sat like bump on a log, many times, and just listened to folks "Tellin' Tall Tales of How It Used to Be".

Take lots of pictures! You'll not regret having them to flip out during the up-coming winter, and flashing back to the Characters and Adventures you witnessed on your own adventure to the Ozark Mountains.

I know how you feel. Kinda... Been There - Done That. If ya' know what I mean.

I also know how you'll feel after!

Don't say No. Come on down.







Yeeha! Stephen
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#3994 - 08/08/03 04:09 AM Re: I'm so tempted [Re: questrider]  
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Brian,

Maybe a personal invitation will help you make up your mind...

Check your PMs for one!


Yeeha! Stephen
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"Why eat a Burger when you can have Pie!" Miss Vicki 2002
#3995 - 08/08/03 05:17 AM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: Jake]  
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I too am tempted, and suddenly have the time to go.

I went to Eureka Springs on a four-days-out, two-nights-there, four-days-back trip on my 97 KLT in May of 1998. My girlfriend (at the time) and I stayed successively in Elkins WV, Blowing Rock NC, (last train to) Clarksville TN and finally two nights in Eureka before riding back via Memphis TN, Blowing Rock (again) and Lynchburg VA.

A non-riding friend rode the dog (took the bus) down from the Twin Cities and spent the same two nights at the Springs.

Our ride included portions of the Blue Ridge/Skyline Drive, the Dragon (at night), and a wrong turn (?) into South Carolina. Eureka is a one-of-a-kind place, extremely and unexpectedly hilly -- overbuilt with turn-of-the-century Victorian buildings. 20 years of development was crammed into 2 years when the springs in the area were thought to be of great medicinal value ... this in the 1890s before the advent of Viagra, Lipitor, Wellbutrin, you get the idea. They call 'em "motor-sickles" down here, and the next county east on US 62 is a "dry county," which I found out to my general horror on the way in from the east.

I don't think I would clock a SS1000 on the way as my girlfriend's parents live near Charleston WV, and I'd probably lay over both ways -- less than 900 miles from Eureka and just over 500 from home.

Sounds like I would leave Sunday to arrive Tuesday, and leave Friday to arrive home again on Sunday. If anybody from the NYC area (and points west on the way) wants to make a trip out of it, let me know. I haven't made arrangements yet, but am now leaning that way.



#3996 - 08/08/03 06:18 PM Not everyone is at the Iron Horse..plenty of places to stay....... [Re: questrider]  
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We are staying at the Wanderlust RV campground on Passion Play road (I think about 5 miles away).
Check out the town, lodgings, surrounding area etc at these sites....
Eureka Springs info (1)
Eureka Springs (2)
Maybe we will hitch up for a ride before then? We are at Shabbona over Labor Day weekend for 3 days.....!!


Phil C.
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#3997 - 08/10/03 01:59 PM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: questrider]  
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...what goes on at a rally (or particularly at this un-rally) and what will I do for three days?!




Here's the report I posted last year re: The Gathering in Gunnison. Have a look. There's LOTS!


Brant Herbert
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#3998 - 08/15/03 01:58 AM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: questrider]  
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Sorry, Mag, but I have to disgree with the group. Try your best not to come to the Un-Rally. This is a group you'd be better off not getting to know better. It will only lead you down the road to ruin. First off, you'll find that you can ride 10 hours in one day with no trouble at all. Then you'll think, "If I can ride 10 hours, maybe I can ride 15 hours in a day." You'll meet too many people that will make you think you've been best friends for years. "Oh", you say, "what's so bad about that?" Well let me tell you, now that you have all these new best friends, and you can ride 10-15 hours in a day, you start thinking, "Hmm, I could make it to Mayhem. I could make it to Paseo. Oh, meet David Baker for lunch in southern Illinois? That's only a couple of hours each way. Hey, maybe I could go to Torrey this year. It's only 2 days to get there. Or how about the MOA rally in Spokane. All my BMWST.COM buddies will be there. Better get a new saddle. Better get some new PIAAs." And before you know it, you're hooked! You ride 500 miles at the drop of a hat. The wife and kids can't remember what you look like. People know you wherever you go. You stop at a gas station somewhere in the country, walk up to someone riding an RT to say hello, and they say "Hey, I know you from the board. I'm Steves1150 out for a weekend ride from Southern California in search of the best tuna fish sandwich in Duluth," and there you are, off on another adventure. It's a nightmare, friends and family everywhere you go, brothers and sisters in every state. And then you get that phone call, "Hi, this is Marty Hill. I'm passing through. Got a couch I could crash on?" And all because you went to the Un-Rally.

Well, if I didn't convince you yet, then I guess it's already too late. You might as well suck it up and just go. Just as Russell Bynum learned when he went to his first Tech Daze at Glenos, not knowing a soul, and the rest of us have learned at countless formal and informal get-togethers, if you go to Eureka Springs, you're going to be stuck with some of the best people you're ever going to meet. It will be impossible to leave without at least one new good friend, and probably many more. The horror....the horror....


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#3999 - 08/15/03 11:43 PM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: PhillyFlash]  
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Howard is right. I was almost normal when I went to gunnison. It happened to me, now I ride all the time and hardly ever go home. It's terrible/wonderful.

By the way howard, got a couch for a night next week?


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#4000 - 08/16/03 04:57 AM Re: It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs [Re: TonyM315]  
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Well... my how life can change... guess I spoke too soon.

I recently started a new job which is a very good thing. Trouble is now (being that I'm new) I can't get the time off.

So... we cannot make it to Eureka Springs this Fall - or Torrey for that matter. Sadly, we're out.


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