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Starting in 2010 I'm planning on making some significant changes to the yearly events I organize.

I've had a number of requests from riders to rotate the location of the events. I like the idea and after discussing it with some fellow adventure riders I think I have figured out a way to reasonably make that happen.

I plan to rotate the ds adv rallies between Junction, TX; Clarksville, Arkansas; Cloudcroft, New Mexico; and Galeana, Mexico

Going forward I'm planning to run 3 events per year and 1 tour. The Around the Bend event will still be in Feb. The other 2 annual events will be on Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend, but the location will rotate year to year.

For 2010 I'm planning MexTrek on Memorial Day weekend and an Arkansas rally on Labor Day weekend.

I'm also working on an annual 8 day tour of Mexico during Thanksgiving week. Each year the tour would visit a different part of Mexico. Over the next 3 years I'm wanting to tour Copper Canyon, Sierra Gorda, and Espinoza del Diablo. I haven't worked out all the logistics of the tour yet, so I don't really have any additional info about it to share right now.


My goal continues to be to contribute what I can to the ds adv community. Hopefully these changes will be well received and will help keep the rallies fun and interesting.
 
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Starting in 2010 I'm planning on making some significant changes to the Texas Adventure yearly events.

I've had a number of requests from riders to rotate the location of the events. I like the idea and after discussing it with some fellow adventure riders I think I have figured out a way to reasonably make that happen.

I plan to rotate the ds adv rallies between Junction, TX; Clarksville, Arkansas; Cloudcroft, New Mexico; and Galeana, Mexico

Going forward I'm planning to run 3 events per year and 1 tour. The Around the Bend event will still be in Feb. The other 2 annual events will be on Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend, but the location will rotate every other year, rotating between Junction, AR, NM, and Mexico every 2 years.

For 2010 I'm planning an Arkansas rally on Memorial Day weekend and a New Mexico rally on Labor Day weekend.

For 2011 I'm planning on TAR on Memorial Day weekend and MexTrek on Labor Day weekend.

I'm also working on an annual 8 day tour of Mexico during Thanksgiving week. Each year the tour would visit a different part of Mexico. Over the next 3 years I'm wanting to tour Copper Canyon, Sierra Gorda, and Espinoza del Diablo. I haven't worked out all the logistics of the tour yet, so I don't really have any additional info about it to share right now.


My goal continues to be to contribute what I can to the ds adv community. Hopefully these changes will be well received and will help keep the rallies fun and interesting.
Here are a few tips about planning a ride around Cloudcroft.
Memorial Day week-end almost always has partial fire restrictions in place. Which means all single track and all but the main forest service roads are closed. Some years it will be too dry for even those roads to be open.
If there are partial fire restrictions in place, lodging will usually be available. If they have a wet spring and there are no restrictions, you'll probably not be able to find a place to stay unless you book well in advance.
By the end of summer, there will have been enough rain to remove any fire restrictions, but since that's the last holiday of the summer, the lodging is really in short supply....and there will be at least 12,000,000 people in the forest....and almost all of the cabins or motels will only accept a 3 day (or more) reservation on holiday week-ends...

Hope this helps...:lol2:
 
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skinny,

Thanks for the info about Cloudcroft. I was planning on Labor Day weekend there but it sounds like lodging will likely be an issue. Ideas? Alternate locations (Ruidosa?)
 
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skinny,

Thanks for the info about Cloudcroft. I was planning on Labor Day weekend there but it sounds like lodging will likely be an issue. Ideas? Alternate locations (Ruidosa?)
Ruidoso is worse than Cloudcroft on Labor Day. That's the week-end for the biggest horse race of the year, so there are people from all over the southwest and Mexico pouring in. Nearly every town in New Mexico has some kind of Labor Day Fair or similar event, which makes it difficult to find lodging on short notice. All of the mountain areas in New Mexico are pretty much packed on Labor Day.
 
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Richard the Mexico tour sounds like a blast. I would Love to go but Thanksgiving is my favorite family Holiday!
It sounds like changing the event locations may take some pressure off the locals that don't like us in there area.
I feel sorry for the businesses that do appreciate us!
 
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I would love to go but Thanksgiving is my favorite family Holiday!
+1

:pound:

This is me getting smacked at Casa Tricepilot by the esposa when I tell her I'm leaving the largest family gathering of the year over Thanksgiving to go to Mexico....again.

Single guys will have fewer problems but guys with spouses and kids especially will next on the block after the turkey for planning to be gone without the family that particular holiday.

Bob :sun:
 
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Bob,

Tell your esposa that your family can celebrate Thanksgiving any day you want - don't be a slave to THE MAN and have your Thanksgiving dictated to you. Set yourself free! Pick your own Thanksgiving day. That or bribe your wife with a bunch of money to spend while you are out riding. :)
 
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I may be the only one, but I am sorry to hear that Mexico may only happen every two years. I mean, at age 61 I've got a few years left and want to take advantage of every opportunity to ride Mexico, which is my favorite. I guess I'll have to get together with one or two people and go on my own...
 
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Richard,
I like the Idea of moveing the locations and dates around. REALLY like the Idea of 8 days in different parts of Mexico, What a great place to ride. TOO bad it will never happen for me. Thanksgiving is a family weekend, just as much as Christmas and Easter. Never missed one in 59 years, not about to start. Some of my family members drive for 8 hours to gather at the old homestead. This is the only day of the year that all of my extended family (Uncles, cousins) get together. If you can plan another time for 8 days in Mexico, I would like to go.
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Richard, when are you going to just bite the bullet, go into the MC Tour business full time?
Then you could stay at home, slave over the grille in the backyard on Memorial Day, Labor Day. Say grace over the dead turkey on the family dining table at Thanksgiving? - VBG -

Think about it, there's enough ORF's (Old Retired Farts) around, you could keep busy all year long. 10 bike max with 8 clients, you and a swamper. Hire me to drive the Crew cab pulling the trailer. Spring & Fall in Texas, Arkansas. Summers in Colorado, New Mexico. Winters, all over Mexico.

Just Do It...
 
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Richard, when are you going to just bite the bullet, go into the MC Tour business full time?
Randy,

It wouldn't be all that hard to talk me into doing it. My wife, on the other hand, would require more persuasion than you and I combined possess. And you and I are persuasive fellows.

Seriously, though, if I could figure a way to transition from the corp world to MC tour and rally business without losing my home, wife, kids, retirement savings, etc in the process I'd do it in a heart-beat.
 
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Seriously, though, if I could figure a way to transition from the corp world to MC tour and rally business without losing my home, wife, kids, retirement savings, etc in the process I'd do it in a heart-beat.
hmmm.....oookaaaay.........but, are those your *only* objections?!?

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Richard,
Could a few TWs make it on these trips? I have always wanted to take them on a long trip. Longest I have rode on one in one day is about 125 miles and I was just having fun. Don't think I could do the Mexico trip because of work, but the others sound like a ton of fun.

By the way the TWs have been regeared and loaded they'll run 60 with no issues.
 

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I scoured the ride report from Mex Trek 2008 and would have loved to go in 2009. I've travelled extensively in Mexico and always loved the country and the people. My only riding in Mexico was in the Baja 2000 and reading about your event brought back the memories of some great riding. But my second biggest deadline of the year is October 15. I had hoped the 2010 ride would be after that date - but not in 2011!.

Any US destination is likely to be crowded on holiday weekends. That's the great thing about Mexico - July 4th, Mem Day and Labor Day mean nothing. And at the higher elevations you escape the Texas heat.

One man's vote - 4th of July or Labor Day in Mexico.
 
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Toltec,

I will be making additional changes to the 2010 calendar. Enough riders have made the point that lodging on holiday weekends can be very challenging for a large group, so I'm going to re-work the schedule.

I am planning on hosting MexTrek again in 2010. I just need to decide on a date (as of now, I'm considering if moving it to late spring might be a good time to have it).
 

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I am glad to hear that there will be a 2010 MexTrek. At the rate I am going, I need every possible opportunity to make that event :doh: Perhaps a different time of year might break my string of bad luck for making it in Oct. What about some time in May?
 
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You sure Bob?
You looked kinda Hot and Disgusted in some of the pictures! :lol2:

Wish I could have been there!

Hot and disgusted? I should have looked DEAD the last part of the Dia de los Muertos rides on Friday!!! lol! The Dual Sport God handed my my butt and gave me a certificate to boot!! lol :eek2: :rofl:

PS If Richard doesn't name that ride Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead, then my nickname for it will always be Dia de el Muerto - Dey of the Dead (me)! Lol!
 
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Richard,
You mention going to AR over Memorial Day weekend in your post above. Yet the MexTrek registration and itinerary on your website says that it will happen the weekend before Memorial Day. Likely the latest dates and destinations for 2010 are to be found here somewhere, but would you mind providing the info one more time?
Thanks much,
Richard, too
 
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Richard,

I'm planning on Arkansas on Labor Day weekend. My apologies if I said Memorial Day. I meant Labor Day (if I haven't gotten these 2 holidays mixed up).

Here's the 2010 schedule:

Around the Bend: Feb 25-28
MexTrek: May 27-30
Arkansas: Sep 2010
 
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Richard,

Just a thought. Why dont you schedule your New Mexico ride using the CDT. I am sure you can come up with an interesting route. Of course it means camping but it will be the real deal. One of my buddies rode the CDT and the TAT this summer/fall and he said he really enjoyed the NMex portion of the CDT. Even moreso than the Colorado portion. The NMex route was rougher and to him more scenic. Carry on.
 
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tx246,

Great minds think alike. I was just discussing the same idea today with my buddy Jammin' Jerry. I like the idea and would just need to figure out all the logistics.
 
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Richard,

I see that you have the Junction TAR posted for April 8-11, 2010, but the registration form is that of 2009. I also thought Junction was off for this year. Not sure what is going on, please advise.

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All of you enthusiasts egging Richard into the tour business should sit down with a cup of coffee and talk to Skip Moscorro of Motodiscovery. It looks all romantic from the outside looking in. There is much more than meets the eye.....the administration end of it is huge. Skip's wife Nancy holds up that end of the business model like a rock star, but she works her rear end off.

Skip is the pioneer, he's been going to Mexico since the early 80s and now, around the world. But he himself will tell you how much work he puts into it. The crux of the issue is, do you want to balance organizing these rides and riding them too, or cross the Rubicon into the full time tour business, where you'll find youself tied to the computer, phone, website, and file cabinet to make the business function and make a profit. Then, to go into the field, you'd have to have your wife or a hired gun run the phones while you go out into the field to have your own riding fix.

I'm not saying it can't be done, or that you can't do it and have fun and/or make money. I am saying that anyone thinking about following this path should take stock of the dues paid by those who currently make their living in this field.
 
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Richard,

I see that you have the Junction TAR posted for April 8-11, 2010, but the registration form is that of 2009. I also thought Junction was off for this year. Not sure what is going on, please advise.

Russ Locke
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Russ,

There isn't going to be a TAR in 2010. My three rallies for 2010 are Big Bend in Feb, Mexico in May, and Arkansas in Sep.

I thought I had deleted all TAR pages off my web site, but I must have overlooked one (or you have the old page cached). Can you post a link to the page so I can delete it? Thanks.
 
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Russ,

There isn't going to be a TAR in 2010. My three rallies for 2010 are Big Bend in Feb, Mexico in May, and Arkansas in Sep.
OK, that was my understanding but a friend and past rider sent me the link. Shows the April dates but nothing more. Here's the link:

http://www.texasadventure.net/TAR/TARHome.htm

Thanks Richard, good luck with the rides. I wanted to do MexTrek but had already scheduled a ride to AZ to meet up with old friends.

Russ
 
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Are you going to start a thread on mextrex 2010? I would like to start chatting up anyone who wants to go down early. To me, it's too far to drive for 3 days. I work for myself (and I'm a very good boss). I have either time or money but not both. So time in Mexico is precious and I want to take advantage by going down Sunday or Monday. Anyone else? This time, for variety, i plan on trucking to mcallen and riding. jeff and I had too many hassles with the whole truck thing, so it's not my turn to take a truck. I hope somebody else does, we really used the trucks well to get Don and his bike back.

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Dave,

Yes, I'll be posting a MexTrek 2010 thread shorty. I was waiting till most of the Around the Bend rally stuff was done.
 
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I thought you would. Forgive me for my impatience but these trips are the high points of my year. As a lot of people look forward to their birthday, Christmas, and New Years, I look forward to riding down a potholed, washed out, rock strewn river crossing whilst dodging a burro and some dogs, the heady odor of burning trash (the national scent of Mexico) wafting through the otherwise pristine air. I will wait patiently in the background........
 
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I may be the only one, but I am sorry to hear that Mexico may only happen every two years. I mean, at age 61 I've got a few years left and want to take advantage of every opportunity to ride Mexico, which is my favorite. I guess I'll have to get together with one or two people and go on my own...
Dave-

You're welcome to ride with me and the gang from Oak Cliff (pun intended) when we head towards Mexee-ko...

Give me a holler.

Richard-

You can most likely count me in for Galeana this year. Thanks for all the work you do for the DS Community in Texas.
 
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