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Cascade Country Rendezvous and GS Rally, 19-22 July, Republic WA

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by ORexpat, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    EDIT: REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Check out our websites for seminars and vendors. Big push for off-pavement riders this year. Think of it as a mini-Touratech rally, with some pavement garnishes on the gravel. We're smaller, have a great location, and have both big-bike and small dual sport friendly riding.

    There are still some slots open for Dirt First's training on Friday and Saturday!! First come, first served!

    Go to wsbmwr.org and click on the "CCR" Tab to sign up for the rally and Whitney's training!


    Washington State BMW Riders have hosted the Cascade Country Rendezvous for the past 45 years. This year we're bringing dual sport and GS riding to front and center. It's about time we featured the riding that so many of us love!!

    (Full disclosure: BestRest Products is doing almost all the heavy lifting for off-road riding, gratis. The only fees we'll charge are listed below).

    All brands of bikes are welcome. Just because we're a Beemer club doesn't mean all brands aren't invited! Bring your Katoom, S10, Multi, Kawi, Penton, Bultaco-whatever ya got. It'll look a little bit like the rallies Touratech sponsors, but much smaller, some cool road stuff too, and, well, it's WSBMWR's traditional rally, just made dirty!


    Where: Ferry County Fairgrounds, Republic WA
    When: 19-22 July 2018
    How Much: We're gonna charge $30 for the rally which includes:
    Camping. Electricity and water at many site-no extra charge for trailers
    Morning coffee
    Afternoon refreshments
    Rally door prizes
    WSBMWR Country Store
    Friday night dinner
    Seminars
    Guided off road and road rides
    GPS files to ride on your own

    There will be an on-site beer garden featuring great local brews from Republic Brewing.
    There will be a catered Saturday dinner--that's $25 extra. Republic's a long drive for caterers!
    There will also be off-road training by Dirt Bike Safety. That's extra of course and we'll be providing a link to their website as soon as they set it up.

    As of late January, registration details are still being worked. You'll be able to sign up on the Washington State BMW Riders website. Details as they evolve will be there and on BestRest's website.

    http://wsbmwr.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=507138&module_id=150331

    https://bestrestproducts.com/shop/uncategorized/cascade-country-rendezvous-adventure-rally/

    Yes, there are commercial folks helping do this. No, they're not getting any money from your rally fee. We all just want to expand what's always been a great road riders rally to include a healthy dose of off-pavement options.

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    davidpetersen BestRest Adventurer

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    Here's one of the GPS tracks. It's an intermediate level ride

    Attached Files:

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  3. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Hey guys, REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Check out our websites for seminars and vendors. Big push for off-pavement riders this year. Think of it as a mini-Touratech rally, with some pavement garnishes on the gravel. We're smaller, have a great location, and have both big-bike and small dual sport friendly riding.
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    Hey, time to sign up! David Petersen of BestRest Products just spent several days in the Republic WA area, re-riding old ald exploring new route for the off-road riding part of this great rally! I'm going to get as much of his report on this site as I can!


    Scouting Off-Road Routes for the Cascade Country Rendezvous




    By Mr. BestRest (David Petersen)





    This year’s Cascade Country Rendezvous has an exciting new focus: Off-road adventure riding.


    When you ride on the street you can be assured that the road ahead is properly engineered, well-


    marked, smoothly paved, and fully maintained for public travel. When you ride off-road you can be


    assured of absolutely nothing. Your journey may take you down a forest service road made from gravel


    or dirt, or you may be riding a primitive trail barely wide enough for your handlebars.


    Off-road riding throws a series of punches at the bike and the rider; a left hook of mud, an uppercut of


    sand, rope-a-dope combinations of hill-climbs or descents, roundhouse swings of rocks and branches.


    One moment traction is good; a second later the wheels break loose. Around the next turn there’s a


    stream crossing and beyond that waits a fallen tree. It’s a mad dance for an off-road rider: Up, down,


    right, left, throttle, brake, shift, lean, duck, twist, slide, slip, paddle, sit, stand, and it all happens within a


    few seconds. And yes, sometimes you fall down. These are the things that make off-road riding so


    enjoyable.


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    Novice off-road riders might’ve just learned how to handle gravel roads, so they don’t want to ride a


    single-track mountain trail. Experienced riders would get bored with graveled forest roads so they


    demand more challenges. Big-bore adventure bikes can’t go places that a smaller trail bikes can go. Off-


    road routes must be tailored to every rider’s experience level, and every bike design.


    Mr. BestRest spent weeks on Google Earth, flying over the mountains near the Rally site. He searched


    for signs of single-track trails, quad trails, and jeep roads, and stitched them together into a series of


    coherent off-road routes. Then he created .GPX tracks and loaded them into his GPS, and printed the


    satellite images in case the tracks didn’t go where he hoped. Every track had to be confirmed by


    actually riding it, and every track had to be rated on difficulty, and whether it was passable on a small

    bike or a big 1200GS.
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    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    This image shows a few of those tracks.

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    Dr. Scott Reichard and Mr. BestRest just spent 4 days at the Rally site checking out the trails. Their bikes


    were KTM 450’s; light and nimble, able to handle any goat path, large enough to ride on the highway as


    they went from track to track. They took advantage of the KTM design, flying over terrain that would


    slow an ADV bike to a crawl. At times they’d be skimming along at 50 mph, dancing over rocks and


    sand. At other times they’d be pushing the bikes up a hill, or they’d be lifting their bikes after a minor


    fall. The bikes were packed with extra fuel, saws for cutting branches and trees, and surveyor tape so


    they could mark turns for those who don’t use a GPS. Their backpacks contained food, water, and


    emergency gear in case of breakdowns or medical issues. (None were needed, not so much as a flat


    tire)




    Scott and David rode every route to confirm it was open, and recorded the tracks on their GPS and


    Rever smart phone apps. They evaluated and rated each route based on the level of difficulty, and


    determined what type of bike could ride that route. By the time they headed home they’d ridden more


    than 300 miles of gravel and dirt, rocks and sand. (For a street rider that doesn’t sound like much, but


    an off-road trail only 9 miles long might take several hours.)


    Some of the trails they rode were deep in the forest, some were on rocky ridges, and some led to


    overlooks that had commanding views of Republic and the Rally fairgrounds. They saw bear, deer, and


    coyotes. David was even able to pet one curious deer who wandered up while they were cutting a tree


    branch. (He swears he also saw an aardvark, but no photos were taken so that might’ve been another


    one of his tall tales.)
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    In the coming weeks Mr. BestRest will be posting a series of .GPX tracks you can download from the Club

    website or from the BestRest website. Tracks will be marked “Dirt” (for smaller trail bikes) or “ADV (for

    larger GS bikes). Each track will have a difficulty rating (1-5) so you’ll know whether it’s something you

    want to ride. At the Rally we’ll have paper maps with descriptions of the trails.

    We’ll also create REVER maps that you can follow using your smart phone. REVER is a free app that

    allows you to use a smart phone as a GPS. We’ll share the REVER tracks before the Rally.

    Most of the trails start at the back of the Fairgrounds and head up into the hills above. Others take you

    down the highway for a few miles, then turn onto forest roads. One takes you deep into the Colville

    Reservation; another one takes you to Swan Lake where you can stop for a swim to beat the heat.




    For those of you taking the Dirt First training courses offered at the Rally, we’ve got trails that’ll test

    your newly-learned off-road skills. Two years ago Whitney and Jason took their students on those trails

    as part of the graduation exercise. Every student commented on how much they learned from the class

    and how the trails cemented what they’d just learned.

    If you don’t download the tracks before you get to the Rally, BestRest will have a “GPS Center” at their

    booth. Club member Steve Irby will do his best to get the tracks loaded onto your GPS (no guarantees

    so try it yourself before you arrive). If you don’t have a GPS you’ll be at a real disadvantage because the

    paper maps don’t show enough detail; in that case you’ll want to ride with others who can do the

    navigating.


    Mr. BestRest has arranged for a number of vendors to be at the Rally: Cycle Wipes, Cyclops Adventure


    Sports, Konflict Suspension, Racer Gloves,
    and hopefully a few more. He’s also set up some good

    seminars that’ll keep you entertained when you’re not on the bike: Emergency first aid, tire repairs,

    packing the bike, suspension setup, lighting systems, GPS operation, and more.

    We’ll have the Veteran’s Back 40 Adventures group joining us, and Fast Lane Washington (Christian

    Motorcyclist’s Association) will be volunteering and helping where needed. The Rally has been

    advertised on the GS Giants forum plus many other social media sites. All this means we’ll have higher

    than usual attendance. This will be a Rally to remember, whether you’re riding the highways an LT, or

    the mountain trails on a dirt bike.

    David Petersen
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  7. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    There are still some slots open for Dirt First's training on Friday and Saturday!! First come, first served!

    Go to wsbmwr.org and click on the "CCR" Tab to sign up for the rally and Whitney's training!
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