2012 Regional Rallies
There were six regional rallies held in 2012
2012 South West Regional Rally
When: May 29-31, 2012
Rally Headquarters: Bob Bon Inn
Rally Leader: Joel "Waterman" Schneekloth
Rally Co Leader: Jared "Utah Motorcyclist" Gant
Wednesday: The ride went to Zion National Park to see the amazing rock formations. Later that evening the group dinner was held at the Parry Lodge. Once back at the motel a raffle was held for items donated by Bud "Idaho" Smalley and ROK.
Bryce Canyon is known for its unique rock formations called "Hoodoos" that fill an enormous limestone amphitheatre. Navajo Bridge was the stopping point for a break before moving on to Glen Canyon Recreational Area and the views of
Lake Powell in the distance.
Check out the article on this
rally in Accelerate Magazine!
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2012 North Central Regional Rally
"Melody Marchbanks Memorial Ride"
When: June 7-10, 2012
Rally Leader: Dave "Biscuits N Gravy" Mills
Rally Co Leader: Ray "Rayski" Slansky
Rally Co Leader: Greg "glwilson" Wilson
Our 2012 rally was dedicated as the Melody Marchbanks Memorial Ride in honor of our great friend who passed recently and will be dearly missed.
The rally location provided some of the best riding available in the Upper Midwest within the North Central Region.
Prairie du Chien, WI is located along the Mississippi River; where huge bluffs jut out to meet the river's banks providing beautiful scenery and great riding roads -- where eagles and other wildlife might be viewed.
Rides included roads along the river both north and south; and on both the Wisconsin and Iowa side.
Other rides ventured out from the river both east into Wisconsin; and west into Iowa that provide winding & twisting roads through the rolling hills and bluffs of the unglaciated area.
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2012 South Central Regional Rally
When: June 7-9, 2012
Rally Headquarters: Travelers Inn
Rally Leader: Jim "Oldbikers" Hardin
Rally Co Leader: Dave "BudMan" Jesse
Written by Jim "Oldbikers" Hardin
We have some of the best people in the SouthCentral Region. I asked BudMan & Crystal, and Jesse & Gina to help with the rally this year and they jumped in and did just about everything, Thanks folks. Most people arrived on Wednesday and we had plenty of refreshments waiting for us thanks to Dave & Crystal. We were lucky enough to have Teri Conrad of Riders of Kawasaki to join us this year.
Thursday morning we started out at 8:30 for a ride Jesse had planed, which took us into Oklahoma to Sequoyah's Cabin near Sallisaw. Sequoyah is the inventor of the Cherokee's alphabet. We then went north on U.S. 59 thru the Cookson Hills before turning east back into Arkansas and the Boston Mountains. We stopped at Devil's Den State Park near Winslow. Just out side of Winslow we stopped at Grandma's House Cafe for some great country cooking. We then rode south on U.S. 71 and AR 282 back to Van Buren. About a 150 mile ride. That night Crystal had us 2 huge trays of chicken nuggets and fresh fruit and of course plenty of cold drinks.
Friday we left at 8:30 to go the other direction and ride south on U.S. 71 to Waldron then east on AR 28. We crossed the Fourche La Fave river several times on our way to Rover. From there north on AR 27 then west to the lodge at Mt. Magazine State Park. It's Arkansas's newest state park. Signal Hill, a peak on the mountain is the highest point in the state. We had lunch at the lodge before riding north to Paris. To get back across the Arkansas River we went to Ozark and then headed west to Van Buren. This ride was about 200 miles.
Saturday was a free day but for those that wanted to Jim Morrow took a group on a ride on Arkansas 23, The Pig Trail. But of course the main thing on Saturday was food. Dave had a friend that has cooked at the Kansas City B.B.Q. cookoffs bring his smoker and cook for us. We had 4 very large Boston Butts, 15 racks of ribs and enough chicken for an army with baked beans and potato salad. After supper we had raffle where we place items on the table and put a sack in front of each item we then sell tickets at a dollar each to be placed in the bag of your choice, after all the items have been given away we take the money and divide it up and put all the tickets back in a bag and the draw until all money has been given away. This is handled by my wife Bea.
Sunday we said our goodbyes and every one left for home after a great 4 days of seeing old friends and making new ones.
We had 40 bikes and 55 people. Thanks everyone for coming.
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2012 South East Regional Rally
When: June 14-16, 2012
Rally Headquarters: The Lodge at Valley View
Rally Leader: Ron "CoachA" Allan
No information is avaible at this time. It's possible that such a good time was had that it can't be put into words.
Or that no one can remember what happen, or nothing happened worth mentioning, or a judge has issued a gag order.
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2012 North East-Canada East Regional Rally
"Pennsylvania Wilds Rally"
Rally Leader: Larry "Fish" Trimble
Rally Leader: Norm "CNC" Ward
Rally Co Leader: Tim "Top Cat" Conley
Written by Larry "Fish" Trimble
Monday: Arrivial day started that evening with the meet & greet at the Canyon Motel in Wellsboro. The meal was pizza and refreshments of the participants choosing. We also held a prize giveaway. Most of the prizes were courtesy of Kawasaki and ROK. Group pictures were taken at the motel with the VBA banner.
Tuesday: The first scheduled ride was along Route 6 to the Kinzua Bridge State Park. The railroad bridge which was built in the 1800’s was destroyed by a tornado that ripped through the area in the 1980’s. A walkway has been constructed over the remaining piece of the bridge. Quite a view. The ride continued to St. Mary’s and a stop to eat at Hoss’s. After lunch we went on to Emporium (Rt. 120) to Rt. 155 eventually to Rt. 872 to Coudersport then back onto Rt. 6 to Wellsboro.
Wednesday: Was a free day to socialize or go on your own. Some went to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania which is close by.
Thursday: Our second scheduled ride was down scenic Rt. 287 to Rt. 180 and Rt. 44 with twistees. After following a slow descent on the mountain we traveled south on Rt. 120 to have lunch at "Curt’s Smoking Ribs" in Mill Hall. After a finger lickin’ meal of BBQ, we travelled to Williamsport via Rt. 180 to ride the Paddle Boat "Hiawatha" on the Susquehanna River. The participants were treated to an eagle sight and other natural wonders. After a relaxing ride on the river boat we travelled back to the motel via Rt. 15 to Rt. 414 and then back to Rt. 287 and Wellsboro.
Friday: We said our goodbyes and wished all a safe trip home. The day was overcast with light rain.
It seemed appropriate because after the comradery and good time we hated to see it end.
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2012 North West-Canada West Regional Rally
The Canadian Rockies Rally
Rally Leader: Kris "Netnorske" Olsen
Rally Leader: Rick "Rickyboy" Cole
Written by Kris "Netnorske" Olsen
The “Canadian Rockies Rally” was a combined event of the VBA Western Canada Region and the VBA NW US Region.
The forecast for the week of the event looked challenging at first, and we thought we might be in for some rough weather during the rally. Although most of the attendees got a little wet on their way to the event, all were delighted and surprised as the weather during the rally itself was fantastic, with the final day being the best of them for our last group ride through the crown jewel of the Canmore area, the Kananaskis Trail.
For those who have never been to the Canadian Rockies in southern Alberta near the cities of Canmore, Banff and Jasper, you have no idea how surreal and stunningly beautiful the entire region is. You are surrounded by endless mountains, lakes and rivers that keep the shutter on your camera working overtime. It is one of the most scenic places on the planet, and we could not have chosen a better venue.
In the words of rally attendee Bud Smalley, “everywhere you look is a picture”.
The Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge in Canmore served as rally headquarters and provided a 360 degree view of mountain vistas to be constantly enjoyed, especially when gathering in the evening to recall the day’s events over suds and cocktails. An older hotel, its price range made it an affordable place for rally attendees in an area where tourist dollars get squeezed pretty hard. General Manager Donna Trautman was very helpful in all regards. Most of the places in Canmore or Banff can be very cost prohibitive, so the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge served us well and provided a great base from which to muster some fantastic group rides. Most, but not all, rally attendees rolled into Canmore on Monday July 16, with our first group ride scheduled for Tuesday.
Tuesday July 17. After a quick welcome and overview of the rally, we lined up the bikes for a one-hundred mile run from Canmore to Radium Hot Springs, BC for lunch. This ride took us through the spectacular Banff and Kootenay National Parks, providing some great photo ops and constant eye candy. Lunch was at Back-Country Jack’s, where they had set places for our group on their patio. We returned via the same route to further enjoy the bountiful views of both parks.
Wednesday July 18 Was a free day in which rally attendees could explore the region in whichever way they chose. Some went shopping in town, or took rides up toward Lake Louise and even Jasper. My wife Tricia and I joined a few others in taking the famous Banff Gondola to experience the breathtaking views from the top of the world. We then took a short ride up around Lake Minnewanka just out of Banff and got one of my favorite photos of the entire week, a beautiful shot of my wife and me with Mike and Lorna Donahue of Armstrong, BC.
We held our Rally Dinner that evening at the Iron Goat Pub and Grill in Canmore, where the staff and menu were outstanding in every regard. We sold tickets and held a raffle for the many great door prizes that were donated by very generous vendors, donating all of our proceeds to the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue. All told, we raised $680.00 for an outstanding local charity, whose leadership was on hand to gratefully accept our donation. It was a first class dinner/fundraiser if I do say so myself, and we always enjoy leaving the communities in which we gather a better place for us having been there.
Thursday July 19 We awoke to sunny blue skies and anxious riders ready to hit the road for our final group ride of the rally. We took off heading east on the Trans-Canada Hwy toward Calgary before turning south through cattle country to the very small town of Longview, AB. In between, we took a short break at Bragg Creek Provincial Park. Once in Longview, we re-fueled and enjoyed one of the best meals of the entire week!
The Longview Steakhouse is a small, family owned establishment that you would not look twice at if just driving or riding through town. Having made prior arrangements for our group visit, we were pleased well beyond our expectations with both the food and the service. Simply outstanding on all fronts, and it was apparent from the time we rolled in with nearly thirty hungry riders that this place was on their game. With several choices on the lunch menu, there was something for everyone and the food was not just good, it was fabulous!
Our ride continued back toward Canmore on the Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40), a popular route alive with wildlife and scenic views nearly beyond words. In numerous places we encountered many small herds of Rocky Mountain sheep both on and along the roadway, causing us to slow way down and in many cases ride through them as they licked salt off of the roadway. It made for great memories and I am pleased to have shared them with so many wonderful people.
Friday morning July 20 Saw us loading our bikes and heading for home in multiple directions. Some would be home in a day, others several days, and still others were continuing with their travels. It was great meeting new friends as well as seeing old ones, and attending these rallies is always the highlight of my riding year. Thanks to all who attended and I’m sorry for those who did not, because they missed one of the best VBA rallies yet!
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