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Thread: The GS Giant 2014 - It's kind of a BIG deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    ... will there be a pannier sticker or t-shirt available indicating that we.... have ridden the TWAT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Well, The ol' GS Giant is on a budget this year....
    Does the budget include an Adventure Mountain like at the MOA Rally last year? Or is it going to be more like the wet grass track we had at the RA Rally this year? I'm wondering how much gear to pack!

    ~Jessie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post

    Photo by Chad Berger

    Oh hell... it's called the TWAT. Get over it!

    Thanks to the generosity of fellow GS Giant Chad Berger of Lone Wolf Expeditions, we have access to the route info of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail.

    To suit the needs of the Gypsy Tour, Chad helped make a few modifications to the route so that it started at an affordable/accessible campground (Pikes Peak Park in Iowa) and ended with the rest of the Gypsy Tours at the St. Croix Campground in MN.

    This is a 2-day ride like the rest of them... meet up on Sunday evening and ride Monday and Tuesday. The Monday night stopover is The Black River Lodge and Resort, on Lake Arbutus near Black River, Wi. Contact them for reservations.

    There are two GPS files attached to this post, one in Garmin format and the other in GPX. These have been prepared using the latest version of Garmin City Navigator, so if you don't have that, please do not recalculate the route.

    Here's a map (rough), and please do not use the routes available via this service, as there are some incompatibilities due to the Google base map. If you zoom in far enough, you'll see the problem.



    There's a lot of chatter in the GS Giants Facebook group about this.... but we still need a volunteer leader/kitten-herder to help show the way.
    Thank you very much Chad and Vision. Now I just have to steel myself for the sand on the northern part.

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    I've Got Mail!

    Thank you for putting all this together, Ian! This is gong to be a great time!

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    ~Jessie
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    Trip Details

    Quote Originally Posted by TELBOY View Post
    Bloodyhell,you could of worded that a bit better,this is a motorcycle forum not a dating agency,if my Mrs sees that she'll let me tyres down.))

    Righto then, call when your'e ready.
    Terry; I am up for going on the Brimley State Park route from the east. I would like some details on how you think the trip should happen. Leaving on Saturday, sat nite hotel or camping, etc. On these trips do you cook at the camp sites or just eat out somewhere? Anything you could think of to help me plan for this would be appreciated. You can email me at: cftsanvil04@yahoo.ca

    I enjoyed the ride on Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TELBOY View Post
    Bloodyhell,you could of worded that a bit better,this is a motorcycle forum not a dating agency,if my Mrs sees that she'll let me tyres down.))

    Righto then, call when your'e ready.
    Another question for you. I was planning on putting the GS route into my gps but it is too small and would except all the track points (over 2600) so how are we going to navigate the route?
    Terpster

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpster View Post
    Another question for you. I was planning on putting the GS route into my gps but it is too small and would except all the track points (over 2600) so how are we going to navigate the route?
    Terpster - You must not have any memory in your GPS.

    PM me your e-mail, I will send you the routes that I made from the tracks. For a number of reasons, I didn't distribute these, but will send them to you off-line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 143510 View Post
    Does the budget include an Adventure Mountain like at the MOA Rally last year?
    Well, it will be more like an Adventure Plateau.

    Here's a look at what we'll be building.




    Or is it going to be more like the wet grass track we had at the RA Rally this year? I'm wondering how much gear to pack!

    ~Jessie
    You must've missed the "red" course through the woods at Barber, or the 2-track trail we rode on Saturday morning. I think the tracks we had available to us at Barber were the best we've ever had.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Well, it will be more like an Adventure Plateau.

    Here's a look at what we'll be building.



    You must've missed the "red" course through the woods at Barber, or the 2-track trail we rode on Saturday morning. I think the tracks we had available to us at Barber were the best we've ever had.
    Adventure Summit looks Awesome!

    Holy cow! I totally missed the "red" course. Was that the section on the other side of the track? They told me that one was for small dirt bikes.
    ~Jessie
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    Pikes Peak

    I reserved a campsite at Pikes Peak. It's site # 22. They said 6 people are allowed per site. If anyone wants to tag along instead of reserving your own site, you're more than welcome.
    #THEGSGIANT2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    My backbone of my GSTour is HWY200 crossing ND, so if we stray off that its not far and Hwy200 crosses all the way. Look for the camps and towns mentioned above, you'll likely find me or a GS in adventure mode. Make contact if ya need to. Ive posted my data a few times. Minnesota crossing will be wild and small roads I wont post again, due to much alternatives crossing MN.. I am exploring the Mississippi River as its headwaters flow that region. Only time frame I am concerned about is making St.Croix Haven Campground by a reasonable hour to camp. I have a long list of byways that I will encounter and you want off the beaten path, better be in my group of riders. You're very welcome to beat your own trails, just find us later anywhere. Ride safe, stay dry.
    Randy, wasn't sure we were going to make it this year, new job, "homeless" while in-between houses, but we will be meeting you in ND. Not even the 12 stitches in my hand today (bicycle accident) won't keep us away. See you Sunday night

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    Quote Originally Posted by 143510 View Post
    Holy cow! I totally missed the "red" course. Was that the section on the other side of the track? They told me that one was for small dirt bikes.
    Yeah, we laid out a pretty cool section of single-track at the edge of the woods.

    The "other side of the track" was the ride on Saturday.... some excellent 2-track roads, plenty of elevation change and a practice course that's normally used for the Porsche Cayenne off-pavement driving school.

    I swear, the riding we had at Barber Motorsports Park is some of the best I've ever seen at a Rally for this kind of thing. The people who took it on had a blast!


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    Polarbear is on the loose!

    For those of you not using Facebook, Randy Owens is on a roll!

    He's on his way to Medora, North Dakota...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 160860 View Post
    Not even the 12 stitches in my hand today (bicycle accident) won't keep us away. See you Sunday night

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