STO 2016 will be September 14-17 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This is a riders' rally with opportunities to ride the twisties in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas each day of the rally. All scooters are welcome, modern and classic, mopeds to maxi scooters. Registration is now open, with Early Bird (reduced fees) registration lasting thru January 8.
I'd like to share what Lance, our STO Rally Coordinator, posted on STO's Facebook page earlier today:
Hey folks..It's just under 2 month's away until our 9th annual STO Rally. If you have never been please come at least once. It's nothing fancy. We are all pretty much a very laid back group of folks who enjoy riding twisty roads, enjoy beautiful scenery, and enjoy each other's freindship and fun. There are lots of photo opportunities around there. For some folks or most it's a getawy for a few days from our everyday routine to enjoy something different. It's my yearly get away to a different atmosphere. Somewhere I can go and more or less to clear my mind so to speak.
Eureka has a special charm about it. Some say if you've been there once then you've been there. The staff work together every year to make this an enjoyable time for everyone. We have a fee to help cover the cost of organizing etc.. We(The Staff) make no profits on this whatsoever. No one gets paid a penny. Just our own personal time put into this to see other riders and their rides.
I know in the earlier years there were some sort of vendors set up. But now days it's almost to near immpossible to get one to attend a Scooter rally. This is considered a riding rally. Where we try to focus on a daily ride somewhere. There will be self guided rides and formed group rides of 10 with a ride leader. I'm thinkinhg about maybe trying to do a photo op ride. Where we can just ride and find places to stop and take a few pictures.
I've been asked and recieved a few calls about motorcycles. They're fine to come ride along with us too. We won't stop you from joining us if you don't ride a scooter. You're on 2 wheels and 3 on some. Trikes & Can-Am Spyders have been there. But the main thing is if you ride and want to enjoy a fun time in a peaceful setting with other like minded good folks who are there for the same thing. Come check us out in September.
There will be at least 1 meal included with the fee. depending on how many folks come, there might be another one. The food cost is what takes the most. so I try to keep a resonable fee.
Oh 1 more thing You don't have to stay in the host hotel that's just where we all gather before going on a ride. There are some wonderful campgrounds around if you choose that. It's just not everyone can stay at a campsite. We have to also look out for our older generation who come to the rally. Sit and talk with some of these guys. Everyone has a story.
It is getting close to Rally Time! Here's what our rally coordinator posted on Facebook yesterday evening:
Hey guys...... Hope everyone is good and looking forward to the rally that's soon coming in the next few days 13 and counting to be exact. If you are coming to the rally and have not sent your registration please do so now or let me know if you will be registering at the rally. Just trying to get an approx. head count for the meal. I will go ahead and tell you this for the 10th Annual STO Rally 2017. I think it's time to change locations entirely. As I have already started scoping out new places and working to gather info. of new areas, places, lodging and camping. As soon as I get this info I will post it ASAP. I am very aware that folks are bored with the past location, and I understand. Quality Inn (formerly Comfort Inn) have been awesome to STO. They have been more than accommodating for the past rally's. But we need a change and I would love to open up new doors in other areas. I've ran some ideas to other staff members and I think and hope that its safe to say they agree. I will discuss this a little more at the rally. So until then, stay cool and safe. Have a great rest of the week and weekend.