If you like riding the twisties, you will love STO, September 15-18, 2010 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. STO welcomes riders of all scooters, maxis to mopeds. STO has an agenda full of rides, good food, vendors, poker run, DJ Dance/Karaoke, and more. STO will be giving away an Agility 125 to someone who pre-registers for the rally before Sept.1 and is present at the drawing.
STO’s host hotel is Travelers Inn. As of Monday, April 5, they only had 14 rooms left. When Travelers is full, you can book a room at the Red Carpet Inn (formerly Wagner Inn) and get the same rally rate as the Travelers. Jerry also owns this motel. Lou (Rally Coordinator Louis Larson) and I personally inspected this motel last year when we were in Eureka & found it to be a very nice, clean place. There are MANY motels in Eureka Springs, but it is more fun to stay where the action is!
Lou has invited the local chapter of the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Assn.) to STO. They are going to set up a Hospitality Tent, and will bless your scoot for a safe rally, if you want. They have also offered to lead rides if needed.
This will be the third year for STO, and it gets better every year. Come join the fun!
Here is the June update from STO coordinator, Lou.
by Silver-Bullet » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:07 pm Terrible day outside here today so its a good oportunity to get some updates out. Rally Registration. Registration will be as it has been in the past. I have made arrangements with the management of Travelers to register you for the rally as you check in to your room. Even if you are not staying there you will register @ the front desk of the Hotel. You will pick up your nametags & your door prize tickets. You will be required to show your nametag for Pizza Night & the BBQ. No nametag no eats. I will have better nametags this year. So they won't be so easy to lose. With 3 months to go to the rally, I can say this is going to be well attended this year. We have already surpassed the total number I had Pre registered from last year. Tell a friend, This is going to be FUN! And someone is going home with a NEW 2009 Kymco Agility 125! Thank You to all that have Pre registered & supported STO. Without you this couldn't happen.
Thanks for the videos! A lot of the roads around Eureka Springs are like that. I don't know what routes our STO Ride Coordinator has in mind yet. He will wait until closer to rally time and ride the routes again checking for road construction or any other hazards. (He lives in the area.) Routes are always subject to change due to weather or other factors. Last year, ride coordinators used weather radar to re-route and reschedule rides to avoid rain showers, and had mostly dry roads as a result.
STO 2010 is fast approaching, just 7 weeks more to wait! So far we have a line-up of 8 vendors:
1. Lanny's Cycle World from Hot Springs, AR www.lannyscycleworld.com/ Lanny will be bringing the Grand Prize 2009 Agility 125 to the rally. Remember that you must mail your rally pre-registration and fees (NO credit cards) to Lou before September 1 and be present at the drawing to qualify to win the scooter.
2. Traveling2Wheel www.traveling2wheel.com small LED tail light bars, RAM-MOUNTS, Speaker Systems, Retro-Reflective Stickers, Beverage Holders, etc. Marty Olsen.
Only one month until STO 2010! You have until the end of August to mail your pre-registration to Lou. You must pre-register for the rally, and be present at the drawing, to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.
Our host hotel, Americas Best Value Inn (formerly Travelers Inn, 800-643-5566) still has a few rooms available. Rally rates are $50 plus taxes per night. Since the current owner took over last fall, carpets have been replaced, new floor tiles have been installed in bathrooms, and other improvements have been made.
Adding Jean Bartlow’s Safe Ride Seminar and his Maintenance Seminar (seminars) required a few adjustments in the agenda. We have a pretty full schedule, with something for everyone, maxi-scoot riders, small-scoot riders, and even non-riders.
STO 2010 is rapidly approaching. Planning for the many activities is done. We’re just waiting for the day we finally travel to Eureka Springs and start putting all the plans into action. You can look forward to 4 full days of riding, eating, visiting, and more! AGENDA
Ride maps have been posted. MAPS STO’s ride coordinator, Tim, recommends you print out the .PDF maps in color. He will bring b/w copies, but says the color maps are more detailed and easier to read.
We will not be selling shirts at the rally, but if you act soon you still have time to order and receive them before the rally. SHIRTS
Remember that Travelers Inn changed its name, and its sign out front, to Americas Best Value Inn. It is easy to find, right next to Pizza Hut.
With over 100 pre-registered, this should be the best Scooting the Ozarks Rally ever. Looking forward to seeing everyone SOON!
STO 2010 was lots of fun. There were over 100 scooters, even with a very few riding 2-up, and a few motorcycles in the group.
STO had great riding weather this year. Rained during the night a couple of times, but very little during the day. The guided ride on Thursday and the long poker run Friday were both over 200 miles of great Ozark hills and curves. There was also a shorter poker run for those who didn’t want to ride that far. Just one pot for the poker run, either route, and it all went to the highest hand (60%) and the lowest hand (40%). There was also a guided small scoot ride, and numerous ride maps of various lengths for self-guided rides. Thank you, Tim, for your hard work making maps, leading rides, organizing the poker run, and everything else you do for STO.
Nine vendors attended STO this year, with a wide variety of products to sell, from scooters to jewelry. About 15 people attended Jean Bartlow’s Safe Ride Seminar. Having ridden over a million miles on scooters, he had lots of information about the choices we make before and during a ride that determine whether or not we have a Safe Ride. There was a signup sheet for a maintenance seminar, but only a few signed it so that was canceled.
The karaoke on Friday evening was three hours of fun. There was singing, clowning around, dancing, and just plain silliness. Several of the “acts” had everyone laughing. Thanks to EuGene and Rack for bringing the equipment and running this event for us.
Many door prizes were given out at various times throughout the rally. Thanks, Marty, for helping here. The Agility 125 Grand Prize went to Kyle from IL. This prize was Lou’s idea and Lanny’s Cycle World of Hot Springs, AR helped make it possible. Thanks, Lou and Lanny.
STO 2011 is in the planning stages. The dates have not been set, but the staff will try for about the same time in September next year.