Touratech DirtDaze Adventure Rally – Pomfret Vermont, August 15-18, 2019

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  1. AdamChandler

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    Note, I'm connected to this rally as a volunteer but I am not an organizer. I'll share a link with the organizers via the contact page so they could jump in if there are questions. As per forum rules, I'll post as much information as I can find. Will update this first post as needed.

    Where?

    When?
    August 15th - 18th (Thursday - Sunday) *link to schedule*​

    What is it?
    The DirtDaze Adventure Rally has been around for a few years in Lake Luzurne, NY and grew to one of the largest adv events in the east coast. In 2019, they partnered with Touratech, changing the date and location to mid August in Vermont because of its growth.

    This event and its activities are geared toward 650CC+ Dual Sport / ADV Bikes. All riders and bikes are welcome but a big GS will still feel right at home with the events, guided rides and rider training taking place. I did the obstacle course last year on my GS and it was totally doable so long as you have skills & confidence. This year, I plan on bringing my 500CC dual sport instead.​

    Amenities / Activities:
    • Prepared Breakfast & Dinner
    • Tent Camping
    • RV Camping
    • Demo Rides
    • Demonstrations on Travel, Safety, Exploration
    • Obstacle Course
    • Various competitions
    • Off-Road Rider Training with D.A.R.T.
    • Guided Group Rides
    • Rider Rodeo
    • Expo with Vendors selling things that you may want to purchase
    Cost: (pre-registration / normal price)
    • Full Pass: Thursday - Sunday, 4 Breakfast, 2 Dinners, 1 Guided Ride: $189/$205
    • Weekend Pass: Friday - Sunday, 2 Breakfast, 2 Dinners, 1 Guided Ride: $139/$159
    • Day Pass: $20
    • Camping (Tent): $10 per night
    • Camping (RV): $20 per night
    • Guided Rides: $29 each
    • Rider Training: $125 (2hrs) /$180 (4hrs)

    Who's running this thing?

    This event is still being organized by the Americade folks. You buy your tickets at the Americade site. The folks who planned previous DirtDaze events is the same people doing this one. Due to the move to Vermont, the core volunteers for the planning have changed a little bit with some newcomers (like myself) who are too far from Glen Falls to have had a big role in previous years.​

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    Other Info:
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    Attending? Please post below and maybe where you're coming from. Some people here may want to ride there together or form some camping groups.
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  2. AdamChandler

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    Guided Rides (One included in your Full OR Weekend Pass and more rides can be purchased separately):

    NOTE: The text of these events is subject to change so always check the website (link above) and read the description in full before buying tickets.
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    All sizes of bikes are welcomed, but generally, Touratech DirtDAZE is geared for 650+ sized bikes. Most rides could be ridden 2-up, based on rider skill.
    There are 5 Guided Rides (all including a great lunch) available. The Long Package and the Short Package already include 1 Guided Ride of your choice. You can also add additional rides to any of the packages.

    Vermont Ski Resort Run!
    ThurFriSat
    Experience Real Vermont!
    ThurFriSat
    The Ridge Route!
    ThurFriSat
    The New Hampshire Adventure!
    ThurFriSat
    Covered Bridge Bonanza!
    ThurFriSat

    *to ride on a guided ride you must have a valid DirtDaze wristband & have signed the release waiver.

    Vermont Ski Resort Run
    Distance: 160 miles Tires: 80/20 Pavement/Dirt: 70%/30%
    Difficulty: Intermediate Return Time: 4:30pm
    Enjoy this very scenic ride on dirt roads through the Green Mountain National Forest while visiting 4 famous Vermont ski resorts (vistas galore!). You’ll snake through dense green mountain forests, interrupted by open stretches through Vermont valleys. The rides up to the resorts are twisty, fun and scenic.
    Your day includes a several mile stretch of legitimate double track riding up and over ridges with expansive views. You’ll eat a nice lunch at one of the resorts, overlooking the ski slopes. Although the route has two [optional] semi-hero sections, it’s otherwise suitable for a passenger &/or 90/10 street biased tires. Lunch includes pulled pork, grilled chicken, or turkey panini, with sides and drinks.
    $29/person

    Experience Real Vermont
    Distance: 130 miles Tires (Pave/Dirt): 90/10 (except hero section) Pavement/Dirt: 30%/70% Difficulty: Easier Return: 3:30pm
    Experience real Vermont on this mixed terrain ride through rural towns and several covered bridges. We’ll take you down tree lined dirt roads, past picturesque lakes, along winding streams on the way to our out-of-the-way lunch stop in a small historic Vermont village with a covered bridge. A delicious buffet including freshly smoked BBQ pulled pork, grilled chicken and vegetarian choices will await us There’s a challenging section before lunch for riders to test their skill on a bit of VT Class 4 road. Of course there’s an easy bypass and we’ll all meet on the other side.
    After lunch, we return to base via fun, curvy, mostly-paved back roads with a couple of special dirt roads to finish the trip. 90/10 tires and two-up are OK for this ride except for the “challenge” section where more aggressive knobbies are helpful. A delicious buffet including freshly smoked BBQ pulled pork, grilled chicken and vegetarian choices will await us, including three sides such as cold potato salad, macaroni salad, and regular salad. Pitchers of lemonade, iced tea and water will be on every table.
    $29/person

    The Ridge Route
    Distance: 125 miles Tires: Knobbies preferred. Pavement/Dirt: 10%/90% Difficulty: Harder+ Return Time: 5pm
    A knobbies-preferred, all-day ride up the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains, with great views of the Adirondacks and VT/NH mountain ranges, to lunch at an iconic General Store with seating over the river. Covered bridges, coffee & photo stops, too. Even a floating bridge ! This 90% dirt route will keep you on the pegs.
    This ride is for, and led by, experienced riders, however there are go-arounds for all tough sections. Ethanol-free gas is available on this route. You’ll sit on the covered deck of this charming Vermont General Store, adjacent to a covered bridge. The deli is a popular destination for locals, offering creative sandwiches with plenty of sides, including cookies, chips, fruit and water.
    $29/person

    The New Hampshire Adventure
    Distance: 150 miles Tires: 50/50 Pavement/Dirt: 70%/30% Difficulty: Easier Return Time: 3:30pm
    Try this passenger-friendly route through extraordinary sections of New Hampshire’s thrilling woods, creeks, dams and lakes! It’s a big-bike friendly, passenger-friendly ride including a great lunch. You’ll spend over 70% of your day on graded dirt, offering switchbacks alongside creeks, dams, lakes and rivers. An optional hero section (knobbies recommended) is available before we stop for lunch at a delightful, lakeside New England Lodge.
    After lunch we’ll sample twisty local (mostly-paved) roads back to DirtDaze HQ, arriving by 3:30pm. There are several scenic photo opps at vistas along the way. This is not an expert course. 50/50s should be fine unless oddball weather. Apprx 150 miles. The lunch buffet will be served at a classic New Hampshire Inn. The menu will be announced on May 1, but we expect this to be the best lunch offered on our tours.
    $29/person

    Covered Bridge Bonanza
    Distance: 125 miles Tires: 90/10 Pavement/Dirt: 60%/40% Difficulty: Easier Return Time: 3pm
    Join us on this very scenic, big-bike friendly ride exploring historic Vermont as we cross four covered bridges. We begin on (mostly) well-maintained dirt roads following streams and brooks as they wind their way south. Mid-morning, there will be a chance to test your off-road skills on a short section of VT Class 4 road (70/30 tires preferred). An easy bypass will see all of us joined back up.
    Before lunch, we’ll ride to the top of Mount Ascutney, offering expansive views of the Connecticut River valley far below, then over the longest covered bridge in the US. After a great lunch at famous brewery we’ll head back along mixed dirt and paved roads and examine breathtaking Quechee Gorge, en-route home. The lunch menu will include choice of pulled pork or chicken sandwich, salad on the side, and ice tea or lemonade.
    $29/person
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  3. nk14zp

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    Any skiing and other snow sports? Will there be a SkiDoo tent?
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  4. ADKBumpkin

    ADKBumpkin Will Not Brake For Stupid People

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    This should be a blast, since it’s in Pomfret Vermont. Last year in Corinth New York my buddy went and had fun, but to really hit the class 4 roads you need to be in Vermont. New York sucks for trails...and right next to Pomfret is Barnard, Stockbridge, and Woodstock trails, which are awesome, and over 50-100 miles of excellent trails. I have been on almost all of them with my Sertao...650 was hard, but doable...KTM eats them up!
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  5. AdamChandler

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    Core volunteers met up yesterday at Suicide Six to walk the space and make plans for the Rally

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  6. AdamChandler

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    On Saturday, the New Hampshire (northeast route) was ridden by a few of us to test it out. Great route but first 25% needs some tweaking. Either way, this is going to be a ton of fun for people who are new to dirt and want to challenge themselves with a few off-road sections that we deem "hero worthy"


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