UN VIII August 10-13, 2009
"Ye Olde New England UNrally"
The 2009 UNrally VIII dates have been set for arriving Monday, August 10th and departing Thursday, August 13th
and now, were announcing the location!
Next years UN HQ will be based at Roger's Campground & Motel
and is located 2 miles east of Lancaster, New Hampshire
and about 30 miles west of Mt. Washington.
This region of New Hampshire is known as The White Mountains
. There is wonderful riding in all directions with many Notches that the roads twist and travel through. One of these is called the Kancamagus
What weve stumbled on (Woodie, Armando, and I found this place while on a Saddlesore run) is an ideal HQ
that, based on learnings from past UNs, has everything we need in one location:
- Motel and Campground are on the same site
- Motel where people can open rooms and hang out in parking lot
- Plenty of centralized space (like a dedicated recreation hall) to congregate
- Dining area large enough for a group our size
- Paved roads in the campground
- Helpful staff with experience hosting rally's in our sweet spot
- Close proximity to local town with interesting restaurants and shopping
- Great riding portraying what this part of the country has to offer.
- Centrally located to wider destinations should you want to branch out after the UN.
To the right of the picture are two banks of motels, each with two levels of 26 rooms and spectacular views. Behind the motels are tenting areas where campers can all be co-located. Towards the bottom is a large Recreation Hall with Garage Doors that can either be opened or closed and, a very large fire pit in the field. The Rec Hall is where we will put UN HQ and will be ideal for registration, message boards, ride coordination, dinners, and evening socializing. In case the August heat is high, the yellow strip to the right of the motel is a large water slide and there is a hot tub and several pools to the left.
Turning left out of the campground brings you to Lancaster, NH
in a couple miles. Turn right and in 30 miles you can take the Auto Road
to the top of Mt. Washington
. South is the town of Conway and, one of my favorite rides, is to the northeast along the Androscoggin River towards the Rangley Lakes Region. The offroad options are plenty as well.
For those looking to expand beyond the UN:
- Montreal is 3 hours northwest and Quebec is 4 hours due north
- Acadia National Park
on the coast of Maine is 4 hours east
- Boston is 3 hours south and New York City is 6 hours
- Nova Scotia
is 10 hours and the tip of Gaspe
is 12 hours
Well be working on updating the unrally.com
website soon In the meantime, please go directly to our Online UNrally Registration Site
. We've kept the fee to $50 which, as in the past, will include a breakfast, dinner, UN t-shirt/sticker, and route maps.
Also, since everyone will be traveling to the Northeast, we are considering a traditional New England Clam Bake (example menu)
as an "Upgrade Option" to the usual group dinner. However, we're still working on the pricing and will get out a follow up announcement if we can keep it reasonable.
We are requesting a check be written for the registration fee so that we may put the money towards the event rather than administrative fees. However, PayPal is also an option and the $50 can be transferred into SAMSAR's PayPal account at email@example.com. Checks should be mailed and made out to:
Paul L. Soucy
47 Talcott Range Dr.
East Granby, CT 06026
Memo: 2009 BMW UNrally
As with past UNs, you will make your reservations directly with the campground. While the website has an online reservation system, we have been asked to call the owners son, Randy, directly so the better rates will apply. Mention the BMW UNrally
and he will know exactly who you are. One nights deposit is required up front. Rates
are as follows:
- $55/Night for Each Room
- $15/Night for Each Tent Site with Electric
- $29/Night for RV Site
The rooms have been blocked for now. However, we do need to book all 52 motel rooms by January for the best overall rates to apply.The Cancellation Policy for the UNrally is favorable:
"Guests may cancel up to 30 days in advance to have their deposits back. If a guest does cancel [in less than 30 days,] and the room can be utilized, either by an UNrally member OR a regular hotel guest, the deposit will [also] be refunded. Any rooms that cannot be filled will forfeit deposit if the previous conditions are not met, however this will not increase the group rate unless the difference is substantial (10% or 6 rooms or more). Paul and Randy will then sit down, discuss the situation and agree upon an outcome."
The number to call Randy directly and reserve a room/site is 603-788-4885.
Let the number ring so it can rollover to his cell phone. The mailing address is:
ATTN: Randy Peck
10 Rogers Campground Rd
Lancaster, NH 03584
Since he has already closed up for the season, and the power/phones cut, the credit card machine is offline and he will be requesting a check be mailed to him. PLEASE Lock down your room reservation now
once the rooms are booked, anyone else will need to stay down the road in Lancaster. REMEMBER:
1. Make your hotel/camping reservations directly with Roger's Campground and Motel. 603-788-4885
2. Register for the UNrally here <linky>
3. Send your $50 Registration Fee to Paul Soucy
4. Let us know with a posting here or PM that youve made your reservation so we can start getting a count.
With the site now chosen, the core planning team will be moving into route recon mode and working thru all the other logistics to make this a great time for everyone. Weve already benefited greatly from the experiences of the past UN hosts and would like to say Thanks!
SAMSAR, Armando, Francis, Spyder, and Woodie