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What Are The Must Do Events for 2019?

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I got started riding in mid-2018 and tried to hit all the events I could with the vacation days I had left. For 2019, I'd like to get a little more proactive with my planning so I can hit more of them and possibly take my daughter along so she can ride with me as well.

The "official" ones I enjoyed for 2018 were the TWT NW Arkansas trip and Roll The Bones. I'd like to do those again if they make.

The Rich Mountain one looked pretty cool as well from the pics.

What are the must do events for 2019?
 

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I'll probably do another trip in late summer/early fall of '19, but I'm looking west this time. Northern New Mexico/Southern Colorado area.
 

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Obviously ride to my home town of Durango, CO and then the Million Dollar Highway. Spend a lot of your tourist money to keep my home town alive...
 

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Would like to get a small group together (6 or less) to drive south to Mexico hope a plane to Cuba rent a scooters and see the island.
 
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If you enjoyed Roll The Bones. Then you should definitely plan to attend Around The Bend and the Hill Country 500.

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Are you just looking for TWT arranged events or wider dual sport? How far afield do you want to go? The AMA has a dual sport series that includes rides across the country. There are other local rides like the Pine Barrens 500 or the Reno 200 that will test your ability to ride and to tow a trailer from coast to coast.
 

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I'm mostly interested in relatively nearby stuff. Four to five day outings in Texas or neighboring states.

Also dig green/tree-lined areas instead of desertscapes.

If its a really cool trip, I might be able to do a week or longer. That's a little tougher logistically.

I'd love to get out to the Dragon deal at some point. The Smoky Mountains seem really cool.

I do have a goal of riding across the country at some point, not sure if 2019 is the year though.
 
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1. Celebrate having survived 2018 with better health than I had a right to expect.
2. Retire from my post at my church, probably about the end of the summer.
3. Meet a bunch of classmates from dear old Munich American High School for a 50th reunion. Nashville in May. Class of '69 rocks!
4. Take my wife on a moteling trip in June. Because after last year, she's officially tired of trailer camping for a while.

Oh, you mean riding?
5. Tour Utah red rock country in September with my buddy Mark from California.
 

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:tab My advice is don't get to hung up on "events". Don't get me wrong, I love going to a good riding rally with lots of people and many different kinds of bikes. However, it is also a lot of fun to do your own events on a small scale, like say planning a ride for 4-6 people. I find that you really get to know the other riders better if you keep the group smaller. You just have more time to spend with them.

:tab As an example, I was up in Colorado back in July. I think on the biggest day of the ride we had maybe eight people in the group. Most days we had maybe 5-6, and on some only 2-3 people. It was a LOT of fun. I planned the routes for each day, which I happen to enjoy. Some riders like to leave that to someone else and just enjoy the riding.

:tab I also like doing the occasional ride/trip with a small group for the whole trip. I've done several trips that had six days of riding with the same four guys the whole week. You really get to know folks well in that kind of situation, especially if the riding is challenging ;-) You have to learn to rely on each other and to look out for each other. I took my daughter on a seven day dual sport trip through Utah and Colorado riding two up on my 1200 GS. Three other guys went with me: ToeJam, Jfink, and Rsquared. She was 11 at the time. We all had an absolute blast. It was quite the adventure. If your daughter enjoys riding dirt roads (nothing super technical), she'd probably enjoy the route we did if you did it with her. I'd be happy to give you the routes.

:tab Then there are just the solo runs. I really don't get to do those much anymore beyond just an afternoon ride. In the days before kids, it was not uncommon for me to do a four day weekend and ride up to Arkansas. I often did 500+ miles a day, hitting most every paved road North of I-40. The solo time soothes the hermit side of my personality ;-)

:tab So enjoy the big events, but don't focus exclusively on them.
 
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Obviously ride to my home town of Durango, CO and then the Million Dollar Highway. Spend a lot of your tourist money to keep my home town alive...
And eat at Serious Texas BBQ while in Durango.:eat: And only do the Million Dollar highway if your not afraid of heights.
 

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:tab My advice is don't get to hung up on "events".
My favorite ride so far was the one that 2WheelNut started and MacDaddy led in the Arkansas dirt. I'm definitely leaving room for those too.

If your daughter enjoys riding dirt roads (nothing super technical), she'd probably enjoy the route we did if you did it with her. I'd be happy to give you the routes.
I would appreciate that, but her work schedule is more restrictive than mine. I doubt she'll be able to go too far.

:tab Then there are just the solo runs.
I'd like to do one of those next year as well. We'll see how it all plays out.
 
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Thanks.

I like heights almost as much as I like good BBQ :)
You'll love it then. Both the "Q" and the road. Make sure to get your Butler motorcycle road map from Mr2mch on TWT before you go. Do the north to south then. I think Tim would agree the south to north is a little less exciting.:eek2:
 

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I think the ride around Texas would be cool. Not in the LD manner but about a 6 day trip. Waking up each morning in a totally different landscape has to be amazing. I think I would go counter clockwise starting in rockport for me


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:tab My advice is don't get to hung up on "events". Don't get me wrong, I love going to a good riding rally with lots of people and many different kinds of bikes. However, it is also a lot of fun to do your own events on a small scale, like say planning a ride for 4-6 people. I find that you really get to know the other riders better if you keep the group smaller. You just have more time to spend with them...
I agree and disagree at the same time.

I ride a lot by myself and weaseling my nose into someone else's event is the way I get to know the smaller groups to ride with.

I love the smaller internet based get-togethers that happen around the country. They take place at spots all around the country, your ride your own ride to get there, visit with the regulars for a couple of days and let them show you around, and then you ride your own ride going home.

Places like here on TWT, or Sport-Touring.Net, BMW Sport Touring.com Motorcycle Sport Touring Association, etc...

I recently attended a BMW Motorcycle Owners of America board meeting and they are in the process of reaching/branching out to all makes, not just BMW anymore. All marks (without loud pipes) are currently being courted by the staff for their upcoming events.

This years big MOA rally is in Lebanon TN just outside of Nashville in June. Wonderful riding up there and I plan on just visiting the rally for a day and spending several other days just riding the area.

I'm not a rally rat. I dislike crowds, so the huge biker rallies are out for me. IE Sturgis, Republic of Texas and the like.

As a new rider I don't think you should plan your free time around the events. Take your free time and peruse the Net for something that fits that. Take them as they come. Get the "must do" thing out of your head for a while. You've got a long time to build a bucket list!
 

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State parks are also fun. Two years ago I wore out my park pass. I would try and hit two per day on the bike when I had a few days off


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Yea, events can backfire, especially big ones. LAB2V has about 500 riders and about as many crashes. It's a chance to ride areas that are generally closed, but the rules and traffic can be annoying. An acquaintance lives near Deals Gap and says there are a lot of roads in the area that are just as good as the Dragon with none of the traffic.

Like Yeeha Stephen says you might want to consider some BMW events. Rib Fest is put on by the Nashville BMW club in Centerville, Tennessee and is a lot of fun with a mix of gravel, pavement and food (sometimes all on the same plate.) Most BMW club events are open to all comers and are family friendly. Another club I've heard is pretty good at mini events is the Honda ST club.
 
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I'm not a rally rat. I dislike crowds, so the huge biker rallies are out for me. IE Sturgis, Republic of Texas and the like.
Right there with you! :thumb:

I also recently did an Advrider rally up in Montana. There were 50-60 riders, but we broke up into groups during the day. We all camped at the same place each night and I made it a point to wander around and try to meet other folks. It was a fantastic week of riding.

Yea, events can backfire, especially big ones. LAB2V has about 500 riders and about as many crashes.
This is a big issue. It is one reason why I try VERY hard to keep the group I am riding with down around 4-6 riders, 8 at most. I also like to know the riders or at least have some confidence in their riding abilities. When I was new to riding, I also paid a lot of attention to this and tried to avoid getting caught up with riders that were way above my skill levels. It was just to easy to get sucked in over my head without even realizing it until it was too late!

An acquaintance lives near Deals Gap and says there are a lot of roads in the area that are just as good as the Dragon with none of the traffic.
That is totally true! I usually avoid going to Deal's Gap unless it is on a weekday morning when there is hardly anyone else there. I would also say that many of the other roads are actually better than DG.
 
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Wanted to give Jarrett a big thanks for posting his routes in Hill County. I have recently acquired a DR650 and am planning to test some of his rotes close to home.
I sold a 2016 NC700DCT but it seemed heavy on the gravel roads. That is when I sold it and bought the DR. It left me with some funds to upgrade the DR. I just added heated grips today.
We have to go to Charlotte next week to see our Grandkids but when we get back I intend to start on Jarrets routes to get some time under my belt.
Hope to see you guys on the road.
 

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My estimated rides for next year:

February - big bend with TWT
March/April - Aaron @maximus_flavius and I talked about putting together a long weekend history tour to wichita mountains & panhandle of texas
May - ride and camp at Mokee Dugway and ride Burrs trail in AZ /UT
June - Alaska - Hyder and Dawson D2D
August - Africa twin rally Gunnison CO
August - Sturgis
August/September get Dave @2wheelnut and Steve @macdaddy to put together another Arkansas ride
September - Rich Mountain
October - RTB
November/October - Hill Country 500
November - Texas Hammock Hang

Additional:
1. Surely there will be something at Ghost Ranch next year?
2. Local moto-campouts about every week or so
 

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My estimated rides for next year:

February - big bend with TWT
March/April - Aaron @maximus_flavius and I talked about putting together a long weekend history tour to wichita mountains & panhandle of texas
May - ride and camp at Mokee Dugway and ride Burrs trail in AZ /UT
June - Alaska - Hyder and Dawson D2D
August - Africa twin rally Gunnison CO
August - Sturgis
August/September get Dave @2wheelnut and Steve @macdaddy to put together another Arkansas ride
September - Rich Mountain
October - RTB
November/October - Hill Country 500
November - Texas Hammock Hang

Additional:
1. Surely there will be something at Ghost Ranch next year?
2. Local moto-campouts about every week or so
I am guessing you are either retired or have a dream job... :brainsnap
 

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I think the ride around Texas would be cool. Not in the LD manner but about a 6 day trip. Waking up each morning in a totally different landscape has to be amazing. I think I would go counter clockwise starting in rockport for me


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I like that idea...hummmm....mayhaps we should discuss further...
 

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I think the ride around Texas would be cool. Not in the LD manner but about a 6 day trip. Waking up each morning in a totally different landscape has to be amazing. I think I would go counter clockwise starting in rockport for me


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6 of us did the IBA RAT ride a few years ago. I think we covered 3400 miles in 74 hours, basically 3.5 days. It was a whipping, but it was very cool to see the varied landscapes in our grand state in a short amount of time.

We started and finished in Sherman going clockwise. The other guys I rode with were a hoot. I led the ride most of the time and ran 2 guys out of gas. That is my special talent! The first day alone we started in Sherman and got 4 hours of sleep in Rio Grande Village, after going across the bridge to S. Padre Island. I think we covered 1150 miles that day.


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I'm mostly interested in relatively nearby stuff. Four to five day outings in Texas or neighboring states.

Also dig green/tree-lined areas instead of desertscapes.

If its a really cool trip, I might be able to do a week or longer. That's a little tougher logistically.
Hwy 191 (The Devil's Highway) will provide you with a challenging ride, and you don't have to go all the way back east to the Dragon. Plus, the majority of it is green / tree-lined.


My plans for next year:
End of March
SS1K to Dallas
SS1K within Texas for the IBA Big As Texas ride
SS2K within Texas for the kickoff of the 2019 Tour Of Honor
SS1K from Texas to NM to do the NM TOH sites
SS1K from NM to AZ to do the AZ TOH sites

April
SS1K Kactus Kilo Rally out of Kingman AZ

June
Flying to Boston, renting a bike, riding the New England states which are the last ones I need to cross off the lower 48.

November
Pink's Hot Dogs in Hollywood

And then I'm sure I can squeeze a few more rides in there now and again.
 

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I think the ride around Texas would be cool. Not in the LD manner but about a 6 day trip. Waking up each morning in a totally different landscape has to be amazing. I think I would go counter clockwise starting in rockport for me
That sounds cool, I'd be down for looking into that. Going to be in Rockport for NYE, btw.

Places like here on TWT, or Sport-Touring.Net, BMW Sport Touring.com Motorcycle Sport Touring Association, etc...

I recently attended a BMW Motorcycle Owners of America board meeting and they are in the process of reaching/branching out to all makes, not just BMW anymore.
Thanks, will check those out.

State parks are also fun. Two years ago I wore out my park pass. I would try and hit two per day on the bike when I had a few days off
I've got a thing for State Parks as well. I try to stop in everyone I pass. That reminds me, I need to renew my pass soon.

Wanted to give Jarrett a big thanks for posting his routes in Hill County.
You're welcome. Hope you enjoy. We have a FB group for local rides around Ellis County that we do. Feel free to PM me for more info, if interested.

My estimated rides for next year:

February - big bend with TWT
March/April - Aaron @maximus_flavius and I talked about putting together a long weekend history tour to wichita mountains & panhandle of texas
August - Africa twin rally Gunnison CO
August/September get Dave @2wheelnut and Steve @macdaddy to put together another Arkansas ride
September - Rich Mountain
October - RTB
November/October - Hill Country 500
November - Texas Hammock Hang
Local moto-campouts about every week or so
All of that sounds interesting to me.

I'll probably do another trip in late summer/early fall of '19, but I'm looking west this time. Northern New Mexico/Southern Colorado area.
Interesting as well.

Hwy 191 (The Devil's Highway) will provide you with a challenging ride, and you don't have to go all the way back east to the Dragon. Plus, the majority of it is green / tree-lined.
Thanks for the info.
 

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Do you have a GPX file for that, by chance?


We just did a point and shoot strategy. The IBA dictates what receipts you need, so we would put our gps to the next receipt after each stop.


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Looks like fun. Could pick specific days and places to stop each night, then folks could just join in as the ride nears them and drop off at their own finish line.


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Here is my spot tracker, it was April 13 2013

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The last gas stop on the east side of El Paso to Kermit was like 240 miles. We had to do the whole thing riding about 55 mph to conserve gas. We were all on Goldwings.
 
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Another Arkansas rally you might enjoy is the SLAP near Oark. There are a good many folks on vintage motorcycles and a lot of ADV riders. A few deranged cases who lust for ugly show up to beat the backwoods but there are plenty of folks who stick to pavement or gravel too. They post up sheets for different kinds of rides each day so everyone can pick the sort they want. Usually lead by a local or someone well versed in the cooler parts. There is a lot of stuff to see if you know where to look. *It has it's cliques and leans way more toward the flavor of an ADV crowd than TWT.
 

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Looks like fun. Could pick specific days and places to stop each night, then folks could just join in as the ride nears them and drop off at their own finish line.


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I'm liking it. Would enjoy a more leisurely pace than what misterk and his gw crew did. Props to y'all.
 
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Go ride arkansas. Lots of fantastic pavement, dirt, rock, mountain, roads. I go up there a couple times a year and its always fun.

Fun pavement roads: talimena scenic byway, pig trail, scenic 7, and pretty much anything north of I40 in the ozarks. My favorite is 103 just north of clarksville.


Stay in hot springs or eureka springs. Both towns are lots of fun.

Also look into the kiamichi trail if you're into dirt. It runs from oklahoma into arkansas just below the talimena scenic byway.

Broken bow oklahoma has lots of cabins you can rent and the area is littered with dirt logging roads.
 
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