The GS Giant's Adventure Summit - July 15-22, 2012 in AR and MO

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  1. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WE GOTTA LOTTA GIANTS HEADING OUR WAY! :clap

    The GS Giant is back, and this year he's MO Bigga!

    “What is a GS Giant” you ask? A good navigator that ventures off the beaten path. Good storytelling, photo and/or video skills are also part of the picture. Ahead of the BMW MOA rally in Sedalia, MO, the GS Giant can take a dual-sport gypsy tour through the wilds of the Arkansas. And at the rally, on the track, the GS Giant will totally be taking everyone’s lunch money.

    This is a very good deal, just a hundred bucks for a truly great time... and if you're just going to the rally, everything there is free! The event is made possible through the spirited volunteer efforts of The GS Giants... the power behind Adventure Summits.

    There will be much more information posted in the weeks to come, so please watch this thread.

    For now, here's a video overview of what you can expect at the GS Giant's Adventure Summit:

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    Hope you can make it!


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  2. 1DzMotard

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    Enjoy the GS Giant's & BMW MOA Rally never know what you'r going to encounter. <iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wgg5_hZzuD0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  3. kaosrider

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    Nice video, looks like you had a great time. Not a bad first post either.:evil Weclome.
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  4. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    We've got the good folks at Butler Maps helping us lay out a ride from Oark to Sedalia.

    Maybe 1dzMotard's buddy can keep from throwing the bike off the hill again. :loll

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  5. 1DzMotard

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    Thank's! I did have a great time, met a lot of guy's that ride the same trails. I would have never thought that old folks would get down the trail or should I say cow path's, boy was I wrong. My 450 made it easy fun for me.
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    What a great weekend ride!
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  7. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    Thanks Troy and Sean... two of the Ozark boyz, GS Giants in the making.

    Stupid things done faster with coffee.

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    pssssssst: registrations for this event are coming in fast, and we have a limit... please register early.


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  8. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    While all the inmates here are mostly grizzled veterans, it seems that at every adventure event there are a goodly number of n00bs that are watching from the sidelines. Some just bought a dualsport bike, others haven't made that jump but are interested.

    So... at the GS Giant's Adventure Summit there are several opportunities to get you started in adventure riding:

    A longer discussion follows below, but for the ADHD among us, here are just the facts:

    Coach Ramey Stroud, free training in Oark, AR July 16-17
    Dylan Lane's Dirt Farm, fee-based MSF training in Sedalia, July 19 and 21
    Lt. Dan's GSM Motorent Dual-sport motorcycle rentals in Sedalia, July 19-21
    Adventure 101 seminar, check your rally program
    Adventure riding competition, July 20
    Open Track, easy to ride, July 21

    Dylan Lane gives the good word to a young beginner riding a rental bike from Lt. Dan's GSM Motorent
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    Here's the longer version...

    Adventure riding 101
    The GS Giants show you how

    If you think adventure riding is fun, it is. If you think it&#8217;s hard, it isn&#8217;t. And at the BMW MOA rally in July, the GS Giants will help you get started.

    Basic training
    This is your best first step, and you get two opportunities.

    The first is with Coach Ramey Stroud, who will give you basic pointers at the GS Giant&#8217;s Gypsy Tour down in Oark, Arkansas on July 16 & 17. You&#8217;ll ride your own bike, and learn essential techniques from one of the best in the business. Then you&#8217;ll party with the GS Giants, and explore some of the very fun and easy dirt roads in the area, some of the best in the country. Learn more about Coach at www.ridecoach.com

    The second opportunity is with Dylan Lane of The Dirt Farm, who offers MSF-certified training at various training facilities throughout the country. In Sedalia there will be at least two classes available for a very reasonable fee. The dates are Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, and the times will be in your rally program. If there&#8217;s an interest, Dylan can also provide &#8220;Individual Trail Riding&#8221; training for more skilled riders on their own bikes. Learn more about Dylan at reserve your spot at www.thedirtfarm.info

    Rent a bike
    You can even join in on the fun if you don&#8217;t currently ride a dirt bike. Dan Dickey of www.GSMmotorent.com will be at the rally with bikes to rent. You can ride on the adventure track or on the excellent dirt roads surrounding the rally. You can even rent a bike for The Dirt Farm class. Dan&#8217;s bikes include small and light 250s, middle-weight 650s and a heavyweight bike or two, all at very reasonable prices. It&#8217;s best to reserve a bike ahead of time, and If you&#8217;re a beginner, choose the small bikes.

    Seminars and socializing
    Several GS Giants will be giving a seminar at the rally, and you&#8217;ll learn basic information about bike selection, packing, camping, navigating and more. It&#8217;s a great primer to help you prepare for the fun to come.

    And any time during the rally, feel free to stop in at the GS Giants&#8217; area to say hi, ask questions and hang out. Don&#8217;t miss the track competition, it&#8217;s scheduled for Friday afternoon, July 20. Check your rally program for precise time.

    Try out the track
    So please join us, even if you can&#8217;t take a class, you are more than welcome to come ride the track on Saturday, July 21. There is an easy path you can enjoy, and you can choose some good adventure challenges to sharpen your skills if you want. About the only thing we won&#8217;t do is wash your bike... because it&#8217;s supposed to be dirty!

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  9. AnyDay

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    I won't be able to take off for the whole Gypsy Tour, but still hope to get the GS dirty. Will there be some off-road rides organized from Sedalia or routes available?
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  10. Visian

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    Yes, a couple self-led GPS routes along interesting gravel roads, and at least one ride to an OHV area where you can pick your poison. If we get someone to volunteer, an easy day ride or two are also in the cards.

    I did a little "research" in the area when visiting last October, but we could really use some local Missouri riders to help out. :ear

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    Hi - got a chance to stop by Byrd's Adventure Center in Ozark, AR on the way home from the Adventure Summit in Utah. Unfortunately, I was in an RV and couldn't spend a day riding around. :(

    The riding in this area is phenomenal, you really need to register and join the fun.

    Here are a few pics to whet your appetite.

    Your ride starts here with a stop-in at the Oark store. Getcha a burger....
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    The scenery is somewhat unique.
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    There is plenty of trail riding right at the campground. And wait until you see the surrounding area.
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    You're going to have a great time! :thumb

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  12. AnyDay

    AnyDay Wants more time off

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    Today I freed up my schedule to actually ride my bike out instead of sending it with friends and flying out. Very psyched about that! Now, should I ride direct to Sedalia, or spend the extra 5 hours and go to Oark and ride up as a Gypsy on Wednesday? (Can I do that?)

    Would love to see some day rides with 'hero' sections to use some of those skills I've been working on...

    -Dawn
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    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    You will have plenty of opportunity to be a hero around Oark.
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    AnyDay Wants more time off

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    Just a little bit would be fine :)
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  15. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    There are a number of challenging little bits right there at the campground, but take a look at some of the pics from the Ozark boyz. This will be the "hard" route to Sedalia from Arkansas.

    You leave Byrd's and get into 65 miles of fun stuff like this...
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    Hike a short way out to the Glory Hole and getcha some GS BS points..
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    Here's why the hard ride is a track and not a route. Garmin wouldn't draw the route through the river.
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    Registered and looking forward to the fun and meeting some new adventure friends! COME ON JULY!
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    Visian Look out!

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    Riders will be meeting up in Arkansas on July 15, and then heading north to the BMW MOA rally in Sedalia, MO on July 18.

    Some of the routes we're providing feature Peel Ferry across Bull Shoals lake.

    Peel Ferry is the last public ferryboat operating in the state of Arkansas. It transports vehicles and passengers across a section of Bull Shoals Lake. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    No, you don't need to dress like a pirate to ride the ferry... :lol3
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    About 60 miles from the BMW MOA rally, Cooper Creek offers an off-roading opportunity for riders heading to, or riding out from Sedalia. You can find out more specifics, including camping info, at the Adventure Summits FB page.



    Here are are few shots of where we'll be riding. The place also gets some ATV use, so many of the trails are wide and easy to ride. However, there were more than a few hero loops....

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  19. Visian

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    ... or a great place to stop on your way to the BMW MOA rally to the east.

    Fingerlakes State Park OHV area.

    Low fees, looks to be some really nice camping.

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  20. eakins

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    Very cool.
    Anyone heading to MOA should not miss this event!
    Ian puts on a great time.
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