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The Official 2021 LA-Barstow to Vegas Thread, Nov 26-27

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Yellowjacket, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer Supporter

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    Welcome to the Official 2021 LA-Barstow-to-Vegas thread. Registration is now open! Go to LABarstowVegas.com to sign up online for the event. Please note, AMA membership is required. Before you register for LA-B-to-V, you need your AMA number. To join the AMA or renew your membership if it has expired, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join. If you have questions about AMA membership, call 800-262-5646.

    START LOCATION
    The start this year will be at Embassy Suites in Palmdale, CA.

    NEW HOTEL FOR BARSTOW!
    The Holiday Inn Express on Lenwood Rd. is our new headquarters in Barstow this year. You'll find it to be a very central location, right next to the secure overnight bike parking area. Next door to the Holiday Inn Express is the Hampton Inn. Close by is the Ayres Hotel. Down the road, near the freeway, is the Comfort Suites hotel.

    FLYER
    Here is the link to the flyer. Please read it as it has a lot of pertinent information about the event and will answer some of your questions:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cExi2SJbiVxGx385xeFzDL_M__UBFv12/view?usp=sharing

    HOTEL RESERVATIONS
    Please make your hotel reservations right away. You can always cancel them before the event if you cannot go. Use the special reservation codes to get group rates. (Note the cutoff dates for Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, and The Orleans to receive the special group rates.)

    Embassy Suites (Start)
    Reservation code for Thursday, November 25: AMA
    39375 5th St. W.
    Palmdale, CA
    661-266-3756
    Cutoff date: October 28th
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room (suite) has a fold-out sofa bed, microwave and refrigerator.

    Holiday Inn Express (Headquarters)
    Reservation code for Friday, November 26: AMA
    2700 Lenwood Rd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-253-9200
    Cutoff date: October 25
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has a microwave and refrigerator.

    Hampton Inn (alternate)
    Reservation code for Friday, November 26: AMA
    2710 Lenwood Rd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-253-2600
    Cutoff date: October 1
    Cancellation policy: 30 days
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has a microwave and refrigerator.

    Comfort Suites (alternate)
    Reservation code for Friday, November 26: AMA
    2571 Fisher Blvd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-253-3600
    Cutoff date: October 25
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has an additional fold-out sofa bed, microwave and refrigerator.

    Ayres Hotel (alternate)
    2812 Lenwood Rd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-307-3121
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has a microwave and refrigerator.
    Pet-friendly

    The Orleans Hotel and Casino
    Reservation code for Saturday, November 27: AAM1C11
    4500 W. Tropicana Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV
    800-675-3267
    Cutoff date: November 12 (Special rate available for Fri. Sat. Sun. and Mon. night too.)

    STREET LEGAL ONLY
    This event is for street-licensed, legal motorcycles only. No exceptions!

    LUGGAGE
    Although some riders have pit or chase crews for LA-B-to-V, it is not necessary. You can leave your vehicle at Embassy Suites until Sunday or Monday. We will transport your small overnight bag for you from Palmdale to the Holiday Inn Express in Barstow and from Barstow to The Orleans in Las Vegas.

    ROLL CHARTS/GPS/ROLL CHART HOLDERS
    This event is guided by the use of roll charts and GPS. GPS download is available at signups each day. The Countdown slotted roll chart holder is the deepest one available and will hold the length of the roll chart. These are only available at Flanders Company in Duarte, CA. Telephone 626-303-0700. They are not available online. Please call them to purchase one. Limited quantities are also sold at the event.

    GAS MILEAGE
    The route mileage varies each year because the route varies from year to year. Usually, the farthest mileage between gas is about 85-90 miles on the easy route. The hard route could be up to 110 or 120 miles, but usually less. If you can't make it that far, you may need to carry additional gas.

    LUNCH AND GAS
    We provide lunch and one gas for you on Day Two in Sandy Valley.

    AWARDS PARTY
    There is an awards party Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. There will be hors d' oeuvres, lots of giveaways from our generous sponsors, and raffle prizes. Also, awards will be given away to recognize riders in certain categories.

    RIDERS' INSTRUCTIONS AND RIDERS' PACKET
    In October, a thread will be posted called 2021 LA-B-to-V Riders' Packet. You need to read this. These pages of information cover every question that you may have about LA-B-to-V, and I do mean EVERYTHING. This is a step by step process of what you do once you get to Palmdale and all the way to Las Vegas. (There are also lots of helpful tips.) We cannot post it earlier because we are still finalizing information about the event. About a week or two before the event, once the route is finalized, another thread will be posted called 2021 LA-B-to-V Riders Instructions. These two-page instructions show the mileages between gas stops, tell about important course information and list pertinent phone numbers, should you need assistance. Please read this also. At signups, you will be given this same information printed on the back of the course map. You won't have time to read it then, so read it when it is posted a week or two before the ride!

    RIDING BUDDIES
    We encourage everyone to ride with someone else. It's safer--and more fun. If you do not have anyone to ride with or if your riding buddy dropped out/flaked out on you, please post on this thread or go to the LA-Barstow-to-Vegas Facebook Group. Post what level rider you are, what bike you're riding and if you want to ride the hard or easy route. Those things are helpful.

    DRIVING HOME SUNDAY
    Many riders choose to travel back home on Monday. The Sunday traffic will take you twice as long to get to your destination. I have found if I leave Sunday at 5 a.m., there is no traffic. But leave after 5:30 or 6 a.m., and you're in for a traffic jam. Besides, if you stay til Monday, you can join the District 37 committee members and volunteers in their Sunday night bowling tournament at The Orleans Bowling lanes.

    GETTING BACK TO PALMDALE
    Riders will start posting on this thread and on the LA-Barstow-to-Vegas Facebook Group a couple of months before Thanksgiving weekend that they need a way back to Palmdale for themselves and/or their bike. If you have space for riders and/or their bikes, please post that. There has never been a rider/bike that has been left behind in Vegas, so just know that arrangements always get worked out.

    VOLUNTEERS
    Lastly, we couldn't put on LA-B-to-V without the many volunteers who step up to help out in Palmdale, Barstow and Vegas. Some help out all along the way! If you have no plans for Thanksgiving Day or the weekend, your pit crew is bored and would like to help us out while waiting for you to show up each day, or you are interested in riding LA-B-to-V but want to see what it's all about first, please contact me and I'll put you on my volunteer list. There are many positions available from signups to parking lot attendees, greeting riders to selling t-shirts. We have a position for YOU! Send an email to me, Julie, at yellowjacketD37@yahoo.com and let's talk!

    Looking forward to an exciting 38th LA-B-to-V! :clap
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  2. dmark84

    dmark84 Been here awhile

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    First timer here, got my hotel rooms booked.
    When I called today, Holiday Inn Express was already full.

    What time does tech open?
    I have seen the long lines at sign-up.
    What time to arrive to be first few on the trail. 5:00am?
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  3. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer Supporter

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    If you don't give the Holiday Inn Express the reservation discount code of AMA, you will be told the rooms are sold out. I just spoke to the front desk. Rooms are still available.

    As for wanting to be the first one on the trail, since you are a first timer, you will take longer to get on the trail. Just relax, breathe, and enjoy the atmosphere that is LA-B-to-V!

    You'll need to place your rider sticker on your front fender or number plate and load your roll chart into your roll chart holder. Read the Riders' Instructions if you haven't read the ones I posted on the internet ahead of time, drop your luggage bag off at the luggage trailer, etc. If you have a pit crew, there are certain items in your rider envelope you receive at signups that you'll need to take out and give to them.

    All this is gone over in great detail in the Rider Packet that I will post in a few months here and on multiple Facebook pages.
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  4. dmark84

    dmark84 Been here awhile

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    Thanks the the quick reply! That’s strange, I did give them that code. No worries, I already booked next door.

    I have read and studied multiple previous year’s rider packets and daily instructions, so I am familiar with the protocol.

    Just want to avoid wasting time standing in line, even if that means sitting around waiting for tech to open.
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  5. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Let's go see what's over there Supporter

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    That is the same plan as 400 of the 500 riders.

    Those same 400 are determined to be in the first 20 off the line, good luck.
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  6. dmark84

    dmark84 Been here awhile

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    Good info, thanks. :D Not concerned with being first. Just wanted to utilize as much daylight as possible to attempt the hard routes. I am surprised there is no check-in the night before, but am sure there is a good reason such as course control, etc.
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  7. HBSURFDAD

    HBSURFDAD Let's go see what's over there Supporter

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    Registered.
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  8. Los Vagabundos

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    :clap Tickets are now live!

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  9. cdoodr

    cdoodr n00b

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    All sign up and ready to go
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  10. Los Vagabundos

    Los Vagabundos Rally9T

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    Awesome! See you there
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  11. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Signed up, rooms booked!
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  12. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    As a side note, don’t get too crazy on the paved roads in order to be first to the trailhead. It’s not uncommon for a rider to crash on the way to the trail, especially on day 2 when it’s still dark out in the morning.
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  13. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Day 2 last year was a surprise… less that 30 seconds and we were in the dirt. Bonus with the new host hotel and that years route selection.
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  14. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    You can always pray for a hundred year winter storm like in '19. It was 20* and several inches of snow on the ground. They cancelled the tech inspection that year! Lol

    As long as you minimize stops and keep a good pace you won't have any trouble making it in during daylight. Just relax and enjoy the event. You'll have a blast.
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  15. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    For some odd reason sign ups last year opened the night before at about 7pm. Can’t imagine why, but it did.
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  16. cdoodr

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    Wasn't that great that they open signups for a couple of hours on Thursday night. They should do that every year. I
    t has to make the lines shorter in the morning also. It's a win win for everyone.
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  17. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer Supporter

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    It was a last minute decision. We only did that because 1. We were trying to shorten the long signup line Friday morning in case health officials drove by, saw the crowd, and decided to close down the event due to Coronavirus. 2. There happened to be enough volunteers present for signups to open Thursday night. Usually they are at home enjoying Thanksgiving with their families.
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  18. Excndez

    Excndez Girly Adventurer

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    Signed up and looking forward to another great time.

    The CT125 will be ready to go! It had it's christening at the Gold Rush 150.
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  19. kmag

    kmag Average Sedentary Man

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    I had a great time working the Ridgecrest and Baker checkpoints last year. To be totally candid, it was a great way to be involved without riding 500 dusty miles (and saving the registration fee). Hoping I can free up the time again this year. I encourage others to step up and volunteer. It's definitely worth it.
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  20. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for being so dependable. Hope you bring some friends like yourself this year.
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