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DR650 Rally - LaSal, Utah - Sept. 5-8

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by cyberdos, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

    Sep 2, 2005
    Queen Creek, AZ
    The DR650 thread is one of the most trafficked threads in all of ADV and through the years it has helped hundreds of riders diagnose problems, accessorize their steeds and navigate around the world. Most importantly, it has created strong bonds within the DR community. However, we've never really tried to put something together as a group although we've talked about it for years.

    Let's change that in 2019. :beer

    Scott (@DingWeed )and Julie of the 3 Step Hideaway will be hosting the first DR650 Thread Rally.

    Although this is being organized as a DR650 rally, of course, all makes of bikes, even those sinfully awful "KDM's" can join. :sweeti We would also love to be as accommodating as we can but, GS riders please note that the closest Starbucks is in the town of Moab. Transportation to and from the event will not be provided. :D All other bikes and unique persons are welcome and we will make up more stereotypes around the campfire as the nights progress.:wink:

    If it has been talked about in the tread, I'll update it here in this post so you don't have to read the entire thread. If what you're looking for is not clearly listed below, please feel free to ask your questions.

    The Details

    Date: September 5-8

    Place: 3 Step Hideaway, La Sal Utah. [map]

    $225.00 per person cash or check at check-in, includes tax. Cards are also accepted but will incur a 3% fee.
    If anyone wants a cabin, they can take a 20% discount off of the regular cabin price, for the event. Payment, as stated, needs to be on arrival for the total price. This question keeps coming up in discussion. Being that Scott isn't collecting money up front the least we can do is to give him an accurate head count and that is contingent upon us having an updated attendee list. I would, at the very least, give a week or two heads up if I were not attending so that the list can be revised and Scott can plan accordingly.

    Anyone wanting to arrive earlier that the 5th can camp on the premises for a rally rate of $25 a night. That will only include the use of services but no meals. If you're planning on doing so just let me know so that I can keep a tab on the approximate number so Scott knows how many early birds to expect. Any early day cabin arrangements should be communicated with him directly.

    Pricing includes:
    A place to camp for 3 nights, 3 Suppers, 3 Breakfasts, nightly campfires, use of shop and facilities. Space at the 3 Step is limited but overflow camping will be provided if needed. Depending on participation numbers we may have to cap the total number of people staying on the premises but there are plenty of places to stay in Moab if it comes to that.

    We've asked Scott about tiered payment plans for people coming only to camp and not take part in the food but Scott says that due to past experiences it is a lot simpler to have an all inclusive ticket rather than trying to figure out logistics of who is in, out or other. Please keep in mind that this is an extremely remote location and we should try to be as self sufficient as possible.

    The 3 Step has a gas tank that will be made available for the attendees at comparable prices to the area. Even though it is a large tank (500 gallons), we'll have many riders there. There is a general store 22 miles North which carries gas at the tiny town of La Sal. It is only open during normal operating hours (9ish to 6ish). 48 miles Northwest, Moab has plenty of places with gas. Monticello at 33 miles Southwest if you're headed over toward Monument Valley. Plan accordingly.

    The location has showers and a hot tub.

    Food menu:
    Plain and simple. Cowboy food. Whatever the gang can throw on the grill. Steaks, Hamburgers, Chicken, potatoes and salad. Breakfast will have eggs and toast and whatever can be scrounged up. Bring your own stuff to throw in the fire if you want to splurge. I will be bringing my percolator and lots of Bustelo coffee. Will also be bringing a generator to not tax Scott's resources. If you want to bring your own coffee maker and coffee, we will spare a few plugs.

    Plates and cutlery:
    Paper plates and plastic cutlery are provided with the meals.

    Cell-phone service:
    None. This is a very remote location. This is important to note when coordinating anything with other riders. Make sure you are ready to unplug and enjoy. :thumb

    Check out post #78 in this thread for details.

    GPX tracks available for day loops. However, there will be no guided rides. All riders are riding on there own. There are plenty of places to ride in this beautiful part of the country being so close to both Colorado and Moab.

    Keep in mind that although the rally location is close to Moab, it is still 48 miles from the downtown area. Plan your routes accordingly. Above all we want you all to have fun but ride safe.

    Mapping resources:
    Disclaimer: No affiliation with any of these sites below. If you have anything to add to the list please let me know. I will continue to add to the list as I find them and deem them useful for you all to use for your own routing.










    PM me for signup. If you are uncomfortable with asking any questions here openly, shoot me a PM and we can discuss privately.

    Being that the location is remote and off-grid it is critical to have an accurate attendance number so that we can have enough food and supplies ready for everyone and also help manage resources. I will keep a running list of the attendees and update the map of where everyone is coming from in the second post of this thread below.

    General Disclaimer:
    This should be common sense but it needs to be stated. I am only providing information regarding this event. Everyone attending this event does so voluntarily and at their own risk. We are not responsible for anything that happens to you, or your equipment/gear neither at the event nor while traveling to or from the event. In case of an accident, damage or loss, you and the involved persons are fully responsible to each other. You accept this by registering for the rally.
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  2. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

    Sep 2, 2005
    Queen Creek, AZ
    The In List
    1. @cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop Extraordinaire
    2. @Lil' Steve The Beer Whisperer
    3. @NC Rick of Cogent Dynamics which we all know and love. :rayof
    4. (NC Rick +1 [Joyce])
    5. @procycle Yes, THE Procycle. :ricky :nod
    6. (procycle +1 [Mrs procycle]
    7. @freewheelin'
    8. @GoingSolo
    9. (GoingSolo +1)
    10. @yehaaa6
    11. (yehaaa6+1)
    12. @psmcd Mr. Arm chair instigator
    13. @drhippie2 Aussie fisher
    14. (drhippie2 +1)
    15. @wee-twin
    16. @joefromsf The Cliffhanger
    17. @Buckee
    18. (Buckee +1) buckee wife
    19. @Nmunro
    20. @Mongle Cracking skullz and splittin' DR650 heads. :deal
    21. (Mongle +1)
    22. @espi
    23. @Nobade
    24. @Todd157k
    25. @Grace157k
    26. @Carl57y
    27. @drmiller100
    28. @dan_e
    29. @Fishnbiker
    30. @J-min
    31. @backcountrymedic
    32. @PR61
    33. (PR61 +1)
    34. @Terek
    35. @BergDonk Easy Bonus Cross-continental Loop
    36. @pontoon
    37. @qartis
    38. @ER70S-2 Image Yoda (sans the big ears)
    39. @amp333
    40. amp33 +1 orange koolaid drinker friend
    41. amp33 +1 DRZ1 friend
    42. amp33 +1 DRZ2 friend
    43. @TrophyHunter
    44. @sandwash
    45. @Rick1952
    46. @EastBoundAndDown
    47. @DR790
    48. (DR790 +1)
    49. procycle's Brother Terry
    50. Terry's buddy Lynn
    51. @JagLite
    52. @Burro driver
    53. @Seaballs
    54. @AlH
    55. @Dick Handy
    56. @warp9man (Yes, from Warp 9 Racing!)
    57. @97707
    58. @Bravo Zulu
    59. @murphyKTM
    60. ...

    Attendee map: (now with more kangaroo bell, Eskimo pies and kiwis!)


    Map Link
  3. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto Supporter

    Apr 27, 2007
    Tulsa... it's OK
  4. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

    Aug 31, 2007
    Asheville, NC
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  5. freewheelin'

    freewheelin' Been here awhile Supporter

    Sep 25, 2002
    evanston wy.
    I must have made the cut too.
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  6. Ride Now

    Ride Now Graybeard

    Aug 17, 2011
    Yakima, WA
    So, I'm guessing, no bonus loops? :lol3
  7. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur

    Oct 3, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ
    Bonus loops might require a lawyer and a separate signed waiver. :D
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  8. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

    Apr 12, 2009
    4 Corners
    Looking Forward to a Great Rally!!

    Thanks a Million to cyberdos and Lil Steve for putting all this together!!

    See you in September!

  9. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

    Aug 27, 2012
    Pendleton, OR
  10. Beaumont Paco

    Beaumont Paco Been here awhile

    Dec 2, 2012
    Beaumont Cali.
    I'm interested hope I can make this happen, pm sent.
  11. 306dad

    306dad Been here awhile

    Oct 31, 2012
    Mooresville indiana
    I sooo wanna attend. Pretty far from indiana
  12. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

    Aug 27, 2012
    Pendleton, OR
    I'm in! There are a lot of people I look forward to meeting and riding with in this group. Big plus is the area to ride which can be viewed a bit differently than the typical, near Moab routes (that are also within reach.)
    One I'd like to revisit (if my :gerg skills feel up to the tougher stuff) is Hwy 211 to Beef Basin down Bobby's Hole up Devil's Lane over Elephant Hill through Squaw Flats and back out 211. This is full panorama riding with some sand and a few technical rock ledges and steeps. Indian ruins, places like Cathedral Butte, things like Hoodoos and Grabens, and more to see and feel. It would be a very ambitious, early start loop requiring 4 gallons + of fuel and 2 of water along with the weather not having done anything ugly to Bobby's Hole. Even so, an out and back no further than the Hole is a ride to consider by everyone with most of it being gravel/dirt and turnaround where ever the sand might demand. I'm excited, the maps are out and google's making my computer scream for more memory. Lockhart basin, Dark Canyon Plateau, the LaSals - so much country to see!

    I'm sure Scott at Hideaway will have all the info on gas availability but I intend to show up with reserve gas cans in the truck as well. Back in the day you always had to confirm if Needles Outpost was open but it looks like it is these days. https://needlesoutpost.com/ Rides out 211 from the Hideaway might warrant a trip to the Outpost to top off then return to whatever route north or south of 211.
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  13. colberoni

    colberoni Adventurer

    Jul 8, 2018
    Salt Lake City
    When is your cut off? I have one other big trip in September (and by big trip, I mean im walking down the isle a week later :rofl), but this sounds like a fantastic trip! As long as funds aren't too tight, I'll definitely be attending!
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  14. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

    Sep 2, 2005
    Queen Creek, AZ
    The cutoff "date" will be determined by the number of people attending. When a few of us were talking among ourselves about this our estimated numbers where all over the place. Being just a few days into it with all this time to go, already having as many sign-ups as we have I think that my low attendance prediction may be in jeopardy! :D

    @psmcd -
    You know I'm game for an easy bonus loop, bbf , back by noon! :ricky Surely one of the days needs to be a ''let's see what these bikes can do" day and I'll be happy to lead that route.

    Scott does have gas on site. He can provide the details of how much and how to go about purchasing that.
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  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

    Sep 2, 2005
    Queen Creek, AZ
    IMO, the best thing to do for people that are coming from far away is to buddy up. Long, long time ago I used to be one of those guys that had something to prove so I wanted to ride everywhere. Trailers are for Harleys, ya know? :rolleyes But the reality is that it's so much nicer when you can drive there with one or more buds and split expenses and drive time. Throw the bikes in the back of the trailer/truck and just do it.

  16. procycle

    procycle Long timer

    Jun 7, 2007
    Center of the DualSport Adventure universe
    Even if 3 Step Hideaway fills to capacity there is still lodging in Moab and camping opportunities in the area.

    I say if 3 Step is full that's all the more reason to figure out how to show up and socialize with a huge number of DR650 riders! :freaky
  17. colberoni

    colberoni Adventurer

    Jul 8, 2018
    Salt Lake City

    True that! I don't know if I can pass up on an opportunity to hang out with a bunch of guys who also ride big ol' pigs :jkam
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  18. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

    Sep 2, 2005
    Queen Creek, AZ

    I think something like that would be pretty freakin' cool. Have a bunch of DR650's invade the area and have people cris-crossing each other out on the trail. :D

    The riding will be great, this I know. But most importantly this is a chance for people that have "known" each other for years on the internet to actually have a little bit of face time.
  19. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

    Aug 27, 2012
    Pendleton, OR
    With some pokin around on air b and b it's possible a trailer could be found to be landed near the Hideaway even with provisions and gas. People do anything for money and camping is legal on BLM land many places so if it exceeds the Hideaway overflow I bet folks could still camp close and get in on the campfires.

  20. Nogoodnamesleft

    Nogoodnamesleft Long timer

    Jun 9, 2015

    :thumb :thumb :thumb

    i'm still day dreaming about it.

    i see pets are listed as ok..
    But no mention of Australians.. :lol3:lol3:lol3
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