Registration for the 2012 Around the Bend rally is now open. You can download the registration form here: 2012 Around the Bend registration
Mark your calendars: The 5th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend motorcycle rally is Mar 1 - 4, 2012 in Terlingua, Texas.
This is the 5th year of Uncle's rally and, as always, this event is open to all. It doesn't matter if you are a street only or a dual sport rider, there is plenty of good riding for all, so come on out.
What kind of event is this?
It's a motorcycle rally open to one and all. Street-only, adventure, and dual sport riders all all invited to attend. Come by yourself or bring some friends. Ride when you want and where you want. Have an adventure. Got a few extra days off? Then come on out early. Or stay a few days late. The main point is to have fun.
There are some awesome paved roads in the Big Bend area that really shouldn't be missed, especially if you are a Texas motorcyclist. In fact, Hwy 170, aka "River Road" is one of the top 5 motorcycling roads in Texas.
Dual Sport and Adventure Riders
Lots of dual sport riders show up to ride the Big Bend boonies, so if you've always wanted to go play in the dirt at Big Bend but just haven't made it yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so.
Pick up your registration packet on Friday morning in the Starlight Theater parking lot, 7-8am. Registration ends Wednesday, Feb 15th to provide enough time to order the commemorative glasses. Registrations received after Feb 15th will be handled as late registrations.
Got commitment issues? You can register late at the rider check-in table on Friday morning, 7-8am, in the Starlight Theater parking lot. Late registration gets you the breakfast buffets and the Saturday night banquet and show.
Thursday Night Meet and Greet Fajita Dinner
The High Sierra Grill is hosting us on Thursday
night with a Fajita Dinner on their upstairs deck. 6-8 pm This dinner is included with your paid registration.
Breakfast Buffet and Rider Meeting:
The Starlight Theater Restaurant is providing a breakfast buffet on Friday and Saturday morning from 6:30 - 8 am. Buffets both days are included with your paid registration.
Friday Night Rider Rally
Friday evening 6-8 p.m. the Starlight Theater will have a bar set up just for us on in their back courtyard area.
Saturday Night Banquet and Show
This year's banquet is at the Party Barn in Study Butte. We have a special Fire Dancer show scheduled for this year's banquet that you don't want to miss. The banquet and show are included with your paid registration.
Commemorative Drinking Glass
A commemorative engraved drinking glass is included with your paid registration. You get one glass with your registration but if you want extra order them with registration because only a very few extras will be available for purchase during the event. If you wait until the event to late register the odds are that you probably won't get a glass. If you wait till the event to buy an extra one you probably won't get it. Like I said, limited quantities.
Texas Adventure Rider t-shirts?
A time or two each year I have a new batch of limited edition Texas Adventure Rider t-shirts printed up. This is one of those times. If you don't have one of the new ones, now is your opportunity. Order one with your registration.
Texas Adventure Riders stickers
You can order stickers with your registration. Medium stickers are $2 each, Small stickers are $1 each.
Hanging Out at Uncle's Place:
Uncle's got a nice place in Terlingua. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. The grid coordinates to Uncle's place are 29°18'49.32"N 103°36'33.39"W.
Need a place to sleep? The El Dorado hotel in Terlingua is "hotel central". Their phone number is 432-371-2111. Call early, ask for Deena, and let her know you are with Uncle's group to get the group rate. They always get booked, so make your reservations now. For other motel options in the area, see the Big Bend ride guide.
Want to camp?
Free camping is available at Gareth Park (across the street from the El Dorado Hotel). The land is private property but the owner allows us to use the land during this event. It's just raw land, so no hook-ups or anything like that but it did have an outhouse the last time I was there. In the past, most campers end up at Gareth Park, which can be good and bad (good = lots of folks to hang out & visit with; bad = might be a little too close to snoring campers; the good probably outweighs the bad). There are also several pay camp sites where you can pitch a tent for a few dollars. See the Big Bend ride guide for a list of all the motels & camping places.
Can we ride in Mexico?
Absolutely. There is a really awesome canyon (Peguis Canyon) about 25 miles south of Ojinaga, Mexico that is well worth a visit. You don't need to do any paperwork to visit it either; just cross the border and head south, you can't miss it. Bring your passport or passcard though, because you will need it to get back into the United States.
Is it safe? Mexico sure is close.
As of this writing all the border drug stuff you've been hearing about on the news hasn't been an issue in the Big Bend region.
More information here: Around the Bend web page
2012 Around the Bend registration
About the $85 registration fee
Some of you may have noted that the cost of registration is quite a bit higher than in past years ($85 this year vs. $45 in year's past). I realize that is a pretty big increase so I would like to explain. In past year's your registration fee has covered the commemorative item (t-shirt or mug), banquet meal costs, banquet hall rental costs, and some money to pay those working at the rally. Well, this year we have added 3 additional meals (Thursday night dinner and 2 breakfast meals) plus we are having paid entertainment at Saturday night's banquet. To pay for the additional meals and the show on Saturday night required an increase in the cost of registration. My past rallies have shown that most riders do indeed eat breakfast and supper, so I thought it was reasonable to add the additional meals as part of registration.
With the closing of Kathy's cafe, we had to find a new spot for our morning coffee drinking, breakfast, and rider's meeting. The parking lot of the Starlight is ideal for a rider's meeting, but the Starlight is closed in the morning, so no coffee or breakfast. I thought it made sense to have coffee and breakfast available at our rider's meeting location and asked if they would open for us. They agreed but decided a buffet made more sense than trying to have full menu service.
Hopefully this all makes sense and won't discourage attendance. Hope to see you in Terlingua.