It's that time, again Summer is here in full force now, but in October, near the end of Summer, ...the days get shorter, our moods get longer,..... We have an ADVRider gig going on help make the Summer last: The Apple Valley Rally ........October 3rd - 6th, 2013 For the last two years, I've called this thing the Hood River Upper Valley Rally. But last year, Little Posum first coined it the Apple Valley Rally....and so it forever shall be Just like the last two years, my wife and I (and our two Hooligan Hounds) invite you all (and your dogs ) to come invade our 5 acre place 16 miles South of Hood River. Beginning Thursday, October 3rd, and running through Sunday, October 6th, anyone who wants to join us can come ride mostly dirty bikes (clean bikes are OK, too) on Hood River and Wasco County and the Mt Hood National Forest's GREAT forested dual sport roads, several dirtbike OHV trails, and many sweet & long beautiful forest pavers, come back to camp to eat good food and drink good....whatever it is you drink , and then help to tell the day's stories by an evening campfire Sound like fun? Then come join us...... If you are reading this on ADV, then YOU are invited !! It's as simple as that, and plenty of room for all. Post an "IN" so we can get an approximate head count for food and porta potties, but don't worry if you can't make it at the last minute, or even if you decide to come at the last minute. Just come if you can, and enjoy yourselves; we're easy! Camp in our yard, in your Tent, Toy Haulers, RVs or whatever you have, or skip that stuff and just bag it inside plentiful covered and enclosed space to travel light. .....Then, wake up to this: We feel that we are blessed enough to look out our window to see the Great Hood every morning, to ride 5 minutes out our Garage to enter the National Forests, ride 15-20 minutes to touch the edge of three different true Wilderness areas, and we get to ride all around them, in the midst of Oregon's great Cascade Mountain Range. So, we also feel like we hafta share this with you fuckers . We are much drier than Western Oregon and much greener than Eastern Oregon, and traditionally have fantastic Autumn weather all the way through to November. But, it gets cold at night, so bring warm stuff too, even when the forecasters say The Food Deal: Like past years, this will be a combination of Pot Luck for those that want to share, or let us feed all of you great food for any and all of you that would normally just eat a Mountain House when you camp. Please eat our plentiful food, breakfast and dinner, and just drop a few bucks in our jar to help us cover our costs, so we can do this again next year. Not too much, now,... last year you were all a bit too damned generous, so this year we are rewarding you with a BBQd PIG Roast for Sunday's Lunch, before you all leave for home. I'd do the Pig Roast Saturday, but I wanna RIDE all day Saturday, and it's too dang depressing when you all leave too early Sunday, so we wanna keep you all here just a bit longer; we'll be done by 1pm for plenty of time to get home. Or......take Monday off too, and you're welcome to stay another night if you wish. The RIDE Deal: We have so many great places to ride here, even for paver lovers with Harleys or Sport bikes. But our area's specialty is that it is a freaking Dual Sport Heaven. Seemingly endless dirt-only two-track like Bennett Pass, Bonney Meadows and Grasshopper Rd, Mill Creek Ridge Rd, and even Clark's Mill Rd and Barlow Rd is all within an easy day's ride. We have 3 large OHV parks in the HR County two within 10 miles, and McCubbins Gulch OHV or Rock Creek OHV are just a 40 minute drive away. You want just good gravel or pavement? We have that too, and guidance to send you the right direction. Here's some pics from last year's thread, starting just after the Rally: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=817002&page=17 So......let's RIDE !! .