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Old 05-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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The GS Giant - it is ON in OR!

It is ON in OR!


The year: 2013 The date: July 14-20. The location: all over the Pacific Northwest, with the final destination at the BMW MOA rally in Salem, OR. It is open to all riders on all brands of bike, and all skill levels. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A BIG DOG TO HAVE A BIG TIME. This event is fun, it is an excellent opportunity to learn, and a great way to make new friends.

In 2012, a bunch of folks had a very big time in Arkansas and Missouri. For 2013, we're going to find out who's the biggest ground pounder out west and if you're not familiar with the fun we have, please enjoy this video.


"Who's the GS Giant?" you ask? We'll all find out together at the 2013 BMW MOA International Rally in Salem, Oregon.

"What's a GS Giant?" The Giant is the winner of an adventure event that starts ahead of and continues through the rally in July.

How do you ride in The GS Giant?
  • You register for the BMW MOA Rally
  • You click the "I want to ride in the GS Giant" button as you register
  • If you've already registered and didn't see the button, send me a PM or email with your contact info
  • You get a scorebook a week ahead of the event
  • You download adventuresome routes to ride on the way to the rally
  • You meet up and camp on July 14 in CA, ID, or NV, or July 15 in WA
  • You ride to Salem, OR and meet up with everyone
  • You ride the Adventure Track and the rally

To win the GS Giant Adventure Event, you must be:
  1. A good navigator that rides off the beaten path to the rally.
  2. A good storyteller with photo and/or video skills being part of the picture.
  3. An adventuresome ride through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
  4. A decent rider on the track, someone who doesn't put their feet down.

However, it's important to know that most people ride it just for fun. You don't have to compete to have a great time.

What's the schedule of events?

July 14 - Meet up in CA, ID or NV, July 15 in WA
July 15 - Ride and camp
July 16 - Ride and camp
July 17 - enter the BMW MOA rally and set up camp
July 18 - Training, Easy or Hard Day Rides, Track Practice
July 19 - Training, Women-only Ride, Track Competition
July 20 - Seminars, Open track

Volunteers needed

Of course, none of this happens without volunteers, and volunteering is a big part of the fun.

Scorekeepers - good with a spreadsheet, and a good nose for BS (the Queen is iffy for Oregon)
Data Wranglers - collect ridersÔÇÖ pics, vids and proof points. You'll need a laptop, we have the hard drive
Ride leaders - sweeps, too... riders who can help others with less experience
Track setup and management - good with hand tools and picking up bikes?
Competition judges - you need a good eye, and a hydration pack.

Many volunteers come from the ranks of the GS Giants, a virtual club that formed at previous events and is growing like a, well, Giant!

Like the GS Giant on Facebook.

Join the GS Giants Facebook Group.

Hell, join the GS Giants!


More information coming here, or visit www.GSGiant.com
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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This is a great event and well worth the few buck it costs. I wish I could make it to Oregon and participate again.

I hope you do it again in St. Paul, MN in 2014 because I'm planning on attending.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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This is a great event and well worth the few buck it costs. I wish I could make it to Oregon and participate again.

I hope you do it again in St. Paul, MN in 2014 because I'm planning on attending.
This year, the event is covered by your rally fee. But the GS Gypsy tour is a do-it-yourself affair. Not enough sponsors to cover the beer and the food.

Good to hear you're thinking about Minne-slow-tah in 2014, Eddie (aka the 2012 GS Giant.)
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:06 AM   #4
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Seaid Valley...

... anyone ridden this road?

Looks great from Google Earth, and I want to incorporate it in one of the the GS Gypsy Tours, the one that will be starting from Hayfork, CA.

and btw, there is free camping on Monday night, July 15 at a *really* nice campground not far from the end of this Adventure Detour.....





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Old 06-06-2013, 07:35 AM   #5
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Gonna be a BIG time

There are 61 hopeless souls already signed up to ride in The GS Giant this year... as evidenced by clicking the "I want to ride The GS Giant" button as they registered for the BMW MOA rally.

And I know of many more who will be riding but have not registered yet.

And if past events hold true... this number will double when folks at the rally want to ride the Adventure Track.






so......

WE NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS.

- Data wranglers - copy photos from riders

- Scorekeeping assistant... please, please, please, please, please!!!

- Track managers, baby sit the big dogs, and help them pick up their bikes.

- DAY RIDE LEADER.... please, please, please, please, please!!! (to the swimming hole at Opal Creek....)

- WOMEN-ONLY RIDE LEADERS ... we had one, but she had to cancel for business reasons. This is a great experience, please help out!

- A "ride leader" for Idaho and Washington. This is an informal position, just someone who can help orient folks and point them toward the rally from the GS Gypsy Tour's start locations. Polar Bear is doing this in California, and SA Mike is getting his arm twisted to do it in Nevada.


A big part of the experience, and a key reason for the GS Giants club is volunteerism. You meet people, make friends, and make it possible for events to not cost so much.

Please consider volunteering to help put on this event. PM me here, or send me an e-mail.




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Old 06-06-2013, 07:40 AM   #6
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Here's an overview of the GS Gypsy Tour

Four different rides, choose the one that's most convenient to you...

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... anyone ridden this road?

Looks great from Google Earth, and I want to incorporate it in one of the the GS Gypsy Tours, the one that will be starting from Hayfork, CA.

and btw, there is free camping on Monday night, July 15 at a *really* nice campground not far from the end of this Adventure Detour.....





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Yes, it's an easy paved road then a dirt road south of the lake to 96.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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Yes, it's an easy paved road then a dirt road south of the lake to 96.
Thanks very much. Looks like a great ride for bikes with mucho camping gear.

I found a nice OHV area near the lake, and some good primitive camping. But that'll have to be next time.


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Quick question, does anyone know if there are any dual sport riding trails near the rally site that you could ride to for day rides? I
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:42 PM   #10
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We'll have one led day ride up into the Cascades, and a few maps/routes for self-guided rides.

Salem is a fairly large place, and it's in a large valley.

Closest (but not the best) off-pavement riding is to the southwest.

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The Idaho Adventure Detour

2 days, 600 miles, true adventure riding
  • Meet up in Kamiah, Idaho (west end of Lolo Pass) on Sunday, July 14
  • Ride through Hells Canyon on Monday, July 15
  • Meet for lunch at Hat Point in Hells Canyon and score mega GS BS points
  • Choose one of many campsites in Hells Canyon
  • Ride the Oregon Back Country on a superb adventure route, July 16
  • Ride up to Spanish Peak for more GS BS points
  • Camp out in the sticks, July 16.
  • Or be a Giant Wuss and get a hotel in Mitchell.

From the end of this route, it's a nice day ride to Salem, where you can set up your camp at the rally.

You'll need to manage your fuel on this ride, and going with friends is advisable.







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Old 06-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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Heres the ride from California

2+ days, 650 miles...here's the drill:
  • Meet up in Hayfork, CA on Sunday, July 14
  • Ride through the Seiad Valley, or the Redwoods to a free campsite on Monday, July 15
  • Ride the Cascades back country and find you a place to camp on Tuesday, July 16
  • Be in Salem on Wednesday, July 17

Watch that Cache Mountain GS BS point... she's a tricky one!
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Btw...

The GS Giant for 2013 will ride home with a nice new BMW Navigator IV GPS.

(makes it worth chasing down those GS BS points like the world's largest pig hairball, eh?




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Old 07-09-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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Womens GS Ride at the 2013 BMW Rally in Salem, Oregon - Get Your Adventure On!

Calling all women GS riders going to the 2013 MOA Rally in Salem, Oregon!

If you are a woman or know a woman who wants to take her bike off pavement for the first time (or fairly new to this) we have a ride at the Rally for you!
ALL MAKE Dual Sport bikes welcome!

Ride will be led by Nick Beachboard-Dodson, member of BMWRO, from Corvallis, Oregon! Nick is the proud owner of Serenity, her 2007 F650GS, with over 12,000 miles in the saddle, just this past year!

There will be a brief instruction and intro info prior to heading out on the ride.

When: Friday 8am July 19th

Where: GS Giant tent at MOA rally

Who: Limited availability women only. All levels welcome. Ride geared to beginners.

Sign up: Text Nick @ 541.231.3719 or sign up at GS course if spaces still available.

The ride: The Willamette Valley if one of the most beautiful places to ride in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy views from the Coast Range all the way over to the Cascade Mountains! This well planned course will entail 70 - 100 miles of beautiful, smooth paved roads and beginner gravel roads with plenty of bail outs. Do some do all! All roads are close to the rally.

See you there!

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Nicole has been out there "researching"...

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