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2021 Eastern Vstrom Rally......Thursday May 20 - Sunday May 23

Feels like we just had a Rally up in NC.......hey, we did!!!! But it's time again to start planning the 19th Annual Eastern Vstrom Rally/Gathering and putting it on your radar screen. The Venue = The Iron Horse Campground/Lodge in Stecoah, NC ……...just like the previous years. We have already reserved the date with them and make note: it is the SECOND WEEKEND after Mother's Day, not the first weekend. For those who missed the 2020 October Rally, we had another wonderful time without any casulties and were treated to beautiful Fall Weather on Thursday & Friday, with Saturday being a "wash"........literally. But that to be expected in October as well as in May. Someone once said "if everything goes according to Plan, then it's not considered an Adventure". The Dining Area was totally re-arranged this year (I assume due to COVID??) but worked well IMO......with a staff member bringing your food out to you instead of standing shoulder to shoulder in lines. The Office has been remodeled as well. I believe we saw some new concrete and roof systems out front at the "hitchin posts area" and an increase in RV parking now spilling over to the back area (across the crick). The small Bunkhouse is still there, but rumors are it is being replaced in the future....not sure when tho. The three (or was it 4??) Conastoga Covered Wagons were in place and at least 1-2 were being used when we were there. They lowered the rental price to $99 per night for the wagons.

For noobs never attending this Rally before, here are a few of the highlights/facts/figures: The IH has full cabins to rent, private rooms with a dedicated bathroom/shower, semi-private cabins (2 beds in a bedroom and you share a common restroom/shower with the next room), Bunkhouses (4 beds in one large room), RV camping with full power, and Primative Camping (with a few trees for you hammock campers). Call the IH for rates. Primative camping is first come = pick your own spot....no numbered "camping spaces", just spread out where you want. There are 3-4 gravel pit spots and two have power hookups for you CPAP sleepers?? NO RESERVATIONS required for primative camping. The Food: they serve us Breakfast and Supper each night in the Dining Area of the Lodge, and I personally, think the food is Very Good. Tea & coffee provided, soft drinks can be purchased in the office or out of a machine outside. Situated in a Dry County, so pack-in your own beverages of choice. Our guys are very laid back and over-indulging in "spirits" has never been a problem with our bunch.......most of the time after supper we are gaggling over someone's bike out front showing off each's "gearhead prowess".....!!! The large common restroom/bathouse complex is one of the cleanest I have experienced in a campground......(4) private showers and (4) stalls (on the Men's Side)....not sure about the Ladies'. We have a brief meeting upstairs right after the dinner hour each evening, to discuss tomorrow's events, next year's rally, to give away door prizes, and listen to Guest Speakers and/or Technical How-To sessions. Lots of laughs and good info at these meetings.

This past October event hosted 50 riders, in May of 2019 we had 100 attend.......COVID took a chunk out of our rears but we still had a great get-together this past Fall......shows the dedication of our members!! You don't have to ride a Vstrom to attend, and we encourage you to bring a non-vstrom-riding buddy when you come. It's all about the friendships made and stories to tell later of your ride in the area. The Rally Website for 2021 Sign-ups is up and running (Thankyou "Stalky Tracker").....make sure you sign-up there so we can get a headcount. Visit the Iron Horse Website every so often to see if they add anything new and by all means, put that weekend on yer calender ......don't wait until January to make your reservations for a room.
As usual, we need volunteers to help with the Rally: speakers, topics of discussion, events??, anything to make the rally better than last years...….and previous years!! (a hard act to follow sometimes). Have a Merry Christmas, hunker-down away from COVID, enjoy the Holidays with your families.........but First and Foremost: farkle the hell out of your bike so we can see it in May....!!!!!
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Norman Reedus from the walking dead has a show on Amazon where he rides motorcycles all over the place.

In episode three of the first season he rides some of the roads around our rally. there are some really great shots in there, definitely worth a watch for those of you on the fence about attending.
 

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Dang. It used to fall between Mother's Day and my wifes birthday. This one is on my wife's birthday and I haven't yet been able to convince her to come even though she had a Strom and now a CB500X.

I'd probably get the hairy eyeball if I take off on a bike weekend on those dates.
 

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Dang. It used to fall between Mother's Day and my wifes birthday.
Yeah Randy.........the first weekend after Mom's Day was already booked by another Group at the Iron Horse. If we originally had the rally back in May 2020, we probably could have beat that other group to reserving that weekend, but..........
It tells us that we all need to be dilligent about making our reservations early with the IH, and not wait around. I understand the IH has been doing really well (reservation-wise) due to COVID. They are actually staying open thru Christmas this year instead of closing at Halloween, like years past.
 

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hmmmmm...11 3/4 hours....that's be a ride, huh?
 

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Signed up, so far...........is your name on the list?? If not, go to the rally website and send Stalky Tracker a note.You are not "committed" to come, can always pull your name off, we just like to get a head-count to see how large attendance there will be.

1. mark444 - Alabama
2. Stalky Tracker - Wisconsin
3. Prowler - Kentucky
4. Bill C - South Carolina
5. Happy Hooker - Alabama
6. imrick64 - North Carolina
7. Korny - Florida
8. Simplemindedjohn - New Hampshire
9. Brickmouse13 - Georgia
10. GarmanJ - North Carolina
11. Mrs GarmanJ - North Carolina
12. EMTintruder - Kentucky
13. DSRider650 - Florida
14. strom lurker - South Carolina
15. Terk - New York
16. Terk's Bud - New York
17. Continental_Drifter - Florida
18. Chase - North Carolina
19. ....your name goes here....... ;)
 

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Very interested...How can I get into contact with "8. Simplemindedjohn - New Hampshire"? I would also be coming from NH, so maybe I could work something out with him to travel together.
 

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Very interested...How can I get into contact with "8. Simplemindedjohn - New Hampshire"? I would also be coming from NH, so maybe I could work something out with him to travel together.
You could PM him, I mean start a Conversation with @Simplemindedjohn. Click on your avatar in the upper right corner of your screen next to the three dots and select conversation.



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I missed riding last year so I am gona talk to the wife and see if I can get permission to attend this year. You guys let an old Southeast Missouri guy in on the fun? On average are there many tent campers?

I spent a few days out there a couple of years ago and that defiantly was not enough time.
 
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I missed riding last year so I am gona talk to the wife and see if I can get permission to attend this year. You guys let an old Southeast Missouri guy in on the fun? On average are there many tent campers?

I spent a few days out there a couple of years ago and that defiantly was not enough time.
Plenty of tent campers. At Iron Horse the tent area is in a great spot too.
 
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