The GS Giant vs. Bigfoot... who's bigger?
[CENTER][b][size=7]It is ON in OR![/size][/b]
The year: 2013 The date: July 14-20. The location: all over the Pacific Northwest, with the final destination at the BMW MOA rally in Salem, OR. It is open to all riders on all brands of bike, and all skill levels. [B][COLOR="#FF0000"]YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A BIG DOG TO HAVE A BIG TIME.[/COLOR][/B] This event is fun, it is an excellent opportunity to learn, and a great way to make new friends.
In 2012, a bunch of folks had a very big time in Arkansas and Missouri. For 2013, we're going to find out who's the biggest ground pounder out west and if you're not familiar with the fun we have, please enjoy this video.
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[B]"Who's the GS Giant?"[/b] you ask? We'll all find out together at the 2013 BMW MOA International Rally in Salem, Oregon.
[B]"What's a GS Giant?"[/B] The Giant is the winner of an adventure event that starts this spring and continues through the rally in July.
To win the GS Giant Adventure Event, you must be:
[LIST=1][*]A good navigator that rides off the beaten path to the rally.
[*]A good storyteller with photo and/or video skills being part of the picture.
[*]An adventuresome ride through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
[*]A decent rider on the track, someone who doesn't put their feet down.[/LIST]
However, it's important to know that most people ride it just for fun. [B]You don't have to compete to have a great time.[/B]
Of course, none of this happens without volunteers, and volunteering is a big part of the fun.
[B]Scorekeepers[/B] - good with a spreadsheet, and a good nose for BS (the Queen is iffy for Oregon)
[B]Data Wranglers[/B] - collect ridersÔÇÖ pics, vids and proof points. You'll need a laptop, we have the hard drive
[B]Event hosts[/B] - local expert who can show visitors a great time.
[B]Ride leaders[/B] - sweeps, too... riders who can help others with less experience
[B]Route planners[/B] - know the good local riding? Got GPS?
[B]GS BS Geeks[/B] - know all the bizarre POIs?
[B]Track setup and management[/B] - good with hand tools and picking up bikes?
[B]Competition judges[/B] - you need a good eye, and a hydration pack.
[B]Seminars[/B] - are you interested in giving one at either rally?
Many volunteers come from the ranks of the [URL="http://www.gsgiants.com"]GS Giants[/URL], a virtual club that formed at previous events and is growing like a, well, Giant!
More information coming here, so subscribe to this thread!.
Riding out of SoCal - Lake Arrowhead
My wife and I will be headed up to the Rally in July on our GS's. Will there be any branches of the Gypsy Tour out of California that we can join?
Some tips, California North!
ON MY list always is "Gold Country" running North up Hwy49 to its terminus at 89N, staying along the Sierra Nevada range to entering it further North above Lake Tahoe. My day would end in NCal somewhere above Tahoe 100 miles or so, camping. Thats about 400+m from ClovisCA., my home. I am very near the bottom of Hwy49, its start at Oakhurst and YosemiteNPs entrance. Crossing through YNP is also a hit, favorite of mine to 395N to Reno and back into the Sierra's near Quincy,CA. Alternate to NNevada(above Reno) desert touring offroad N.of Paramid lake to Oregon. LOTs of dirt this way and "REMOTE" as defined in Websters, GSA heaven for some:). Need gas and water on hand, LOTS...Just too much fun routing! There is a route across the very NCal from Gillette near Weed,CA that crosses the very N.of the state to the coast and the Redwoods, part dirt and a blast, less travelled byway indeed. Comes out at OrickCA in the heart of the Redwoods National Forest, you too can ride offroad there with GIANTS surrounding you. Not sure which way to look, UP of at your path:). The trees are enormous and very AWE inspiring, easy to forget your on a bike and surely glad you are, experiencing the fresh air of it all. In a car, no clue to this experience. I MAY intend to cross the states(CA and Oregon) a few times enroute to Salem so beware, have time on your side:). Probably night two near the state line camping near coast. Crater Lake a long time favorite of mine not seen lately, so it may be a target day three and into the Cascade wilderness heading North. Only to pic my way back to the Oregon Coast and a favorite Halibut and Chips hangout of mine on Highway1. No tell, my secret:). Oh, its just too good! Not shipped, local fresh halibut, oh boy,hmmmmmm:). I starve myself for this, no breakfast. Cheese factory in TillimookORE has always been on my bucket list and I WILL see it, take the tour, free cheese tasting and wine maybe? Better be end of day. I am in my beginning stages/planning this tour North, so please come along if you desire and share some of the best riding anywhere. Salem by day 5 or earlier, depending on GSGiants and where they are hanging out. This is a WING of the org., self made tour guide, GSA MOAMember heading your way. See ya in Salem, if not before. Randy"Polarbear"