The Official LA-B-to-V Thread - November 27-28, 2020

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  1. Yellowjacket

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    Welcome to the Official 2020 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. If you have questions about AMA membership, call 800-262-5646.

    START LOCATION
    The start this year will be at Embassy Suites in Palmdale, like last year. (The Honda car dealership bought the property from Palmdale Supercycles south to the corner. They wanted it because it backs up to the freeway and is the closest property to the freeway on/off ramps of the Auto Center properties. Palmdale Supercycles closed at the end of June 2019 and the owner retired.)

    NEW HOTEL FOR BARSTOW!
    The Hampton Inn on Lenwood Rd. is our new headquarters in Barstow. You'll find it to be very nice, with a large lobby for visiting with your riding buddies. Next door is the Holiday Inn Express. Close by is the Ayres Hotel. Down the road, near the freeway, is the Comfort Suites hotel. We'll have secure bike parking near the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

    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.

    (Flyer to be posted any day now!)

    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, the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and The Orleans to receive the special group rates.) Make sure you cancel your reservations at the Ramada Inn if you made them last year!

    Embassy Suites (Start)
    Reservation code for Thursday, November 26: AMA
    39375 5th St. W.
    Palmdale, CA
    661-266-3756
    Cutoff date: October 29th
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room (suite) has a fold-out sofa bed, microwave and refrigerator.

    Hampton Inn (Headquarters)
    Reservation code for Friday, November 27: 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.

    Holiday Inn Express (alternate)
    Reservation code for Friday, November 27: AMA
    2700 Lenwood Rd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-253-9200
    Cutoff date: November 10
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has a 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

    Comfort Suites (alternate)
    2571 Fisher Blvd.
    Barstow, CA
    760-253-3600
    Includes hot breakfast. Each room has a fold-out sofa bed, microwave and refrigerator.

    The Orleans Hotel and Casino
    Reservation code for Saturday, November 28: AAM0C11 (It's a zero)
    4500 W. Tropicana Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV
    800-675-3267
    Cutoff date: November 6 (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 Hampton Inn 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 2020 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 2020 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 District 37 message board here: http://www.district37ama.org/forums/forum/district-37-division-forums/dual-sport?f=5 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 District 37 message board 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. That thread on the District 37 message board will be posted here: http://www.district37ama.org/forums/forum/district-37-division-forums/dual-sport?f=5

    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 37th LA-B-to-V! :clap
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  4. EvilTwin86

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    Is camping an option? Staying in hotels feels like cheating.
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    Hmm. Rarely are we asked that. Palmdale and Barstow are in the desert, but a lot of the land surrounding the city is private property. You'd have to know when you actually reach BLM land, then you could dry camp.

    Keep in mind, sometimes in Barstow the temperature is 20 degrees in the morning when we start at 6 a.m. Not often, but every once in a while.

    What you're not taking into consideration on this ride is that you don't want to be carrying camping gear plus a gallon of water while you're riding. There's too much sand and you don't want to be weighed down with that gear.

    Also, the time it would take you to set up camp, cook your meals, break down camp and pack it all away, you just don't have that extra time on this ride. People get in the tech check line Friday at 5:30 a.m. On Saturday, you need to LEAVE at 6 a.m. The motels serve their breakfasts at 5 a.m. to accommodate our riders so they can leave early.

    You have 200 miles to ride Friday and around 250 to ride Saturday. These can turn into long days if you have flat tires, mechanical issues or get lost. Plus when you get into Barstow, you need to lube your chain, maybe change your air filter, download the next day's GPS tracks, and unwind the day's roll chart and put on the following day's new roll chart. And then find a place to eat dinner after you shower. And you're tired on top of all that.

    Now do you see why no one camps? Now do you see why we do hotels?
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    Yes, I do see how staying in hotels makes the logistics much easier.
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    After missing this for several years since my last ride, this year I am in!

    Looking forward to another LAB2V!
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  8. Yellowjacket

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    Great! Shall I pray for snow, rain, or sunny skies for you?
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    Much rather have blue skies and sunshine, but either way I'm pretty sure I'll be freezing my a$$ off in Barstow Sat morning...
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  10. Yellowjacket

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    That's always a possibility. :lol3
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    Sun comes up...jackets come off. I keep my backpack empty enough to stuff my jacket into.
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