White Stag is usually held the last weekend of January. However, due to some medical issues, the rally was delayed until February 25th. Rally HQ was in Beatty, NV at the Stagecoach Motel. This would be my 3rd White Stag. At the 2010 White Stag, I was a rally virgin but came home de-flowered (in a very good way). This year was to be a "Stagger" rather than a scavenger hunt type rally. All good fun. We were warned to arrive with a fresh condom.
Eric and I headed out on Friday, Feb. 24 and took a round-a-bout way to get to Beatty. We were also participating in the Big Money Rally and wanted to grab a few bonus locations on our way to White Stag. We rode through Las Vegas and then headed west on the Blue Diamond Hiway where we got our first BMR bonus - a summit sign, Mtn. Springs.
It was awesome to see many riders had already arrived and were ready to begin the White Stagger!
So, that's pretty much the first evening. Some of the folks walked down the road to a new BBQ place for dinner and some of us just went to Subway for a sandwich. We all got our rally packs and found out what Saturday would have in store for us.
The 2012 White Stag would be a "self-guided tour" of Death Valley or wherever you wanted to go. There were two checkpoints and each rider was assigned either Checkpoint 1 or 2. Eric and I got Checkpoint 2 which was a condom shoot at Titus Canyon in the afternoon. Hooray, this worked out really well for us because we intended to go BMR bonus hunting in the morning. Checkpoint 1 was a more northern location where the riders stopped at a summit and had to coast until they stopped with the winner having the longest coasting distance. But....someone who did that Checkpoint will have to tell that story. I heard lots of hilarious things went on there.......but not actually being there, I can't say. My lips are sealed.
Saturday morning we loaded up the bikes and took off on our self-guided tour. We headed to Death Valley and Stovepipe Wells. As we descended into the valley, the temperature went from 47 to 67, nice! The sky was blue and the roads were clear. Absolutely, flippin, fantastic riding. Did I mention I love Death Valley?
From Stovepipe Wells, we rode toward Panamint and turned south toward Trona, CA, our first BMR bonus location. For those who've never been, Trona should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Yes, it is run down and depressed. But...it is also a wonder. I'd like to explore more of Trona sometime. Yes, we copped the bonus!
At this point, we pointed our bikes to Ridgecrest and some much needed lunch. We ate at a cute little family restaurant that had great food. After a pleasant meal and a bit of a rest, we mounted up and headed back to Death Valley. We returned pretty much the way we went. Just glorious. Riding Death Valley is a treat and everyone should experience it at least once.
Backtracking, we stopped for a quick picture of the Death Valley National Park sign for yet another BMR bonus.
My very thoughtful sweetie blew up my EXTRA LARGE condom and tied it to the post for me to shoot. Unfortunately, no matter how big the target, I couldn't hit it. Three shots and no love. Oh well, I just reminded myself that I shot my condom last year at White Stag and I killed Barbie last year at Gerlach. So, I wasn't too concerned.
Cute, little Ms. Rosie Sperry shot after me and I think on her first or second shot, popped that condom dead. She's quite the gun pro, that Rosie!
Sorry, no pictures from Titus Canyon, but I think others have posted some interesting ones. Maybe a little incident about Bob M. shooting a flare gun at the condom and setting the desert on fire? Nah, that couldn't have happened. Good thing I had a pretty much full hydration bottle on the bike......
After our shoot, we turned the bikes around and headed out of Titus Canyon and back to Beatty. We arrived at the motel, cleaned up and did the parking lot tire kicking, lie telling and adult beverage drinking for a bit. Because the motel had changed restaurants to a Denny's we didn't have a banquet. Instead, we all got tickets good for $30 of food at Denny's! Who could possibly eat $30 worth of food at a Denny's? Geez, the guys all got steak and shrimp and more shrimp. I just couldn't do it and had a very nice chicken salad. So, because we had so much $$$ to spend, we ordered dessert and breakfast to go. Hahahahahahaha.
Following dinner, it was time for the final results and swag meeting. Oh boy, good fun. We all eventually filed into the meeting room and tossed our swag tickets into various buckets for all the goodies we wanted to win. This is a very, very fun thing :-)
I don't have a photo, but Fisch scored on the Bilt Multi Helmet, the prize most of us wanted to get. What's really nice is his old helmet was 11 years old. Yes, that's right, 11 years. And, best of all, the new helmet fit. We saw him as he headed out the next morning and he was all grins and giggles and wearing the new helmet. Congratulations. Couldn't have gone to a more deserving rider.
Well, folks, I cleaned clock on the swag. Seems like every other number was me! Whoopee. Call a number, put my hand up and I won something awesome. What good fun. I gave a few of my winnings to other deserving riders. Hey, they've done the same thing to me. Just an awesome, good, fun time. (PS - last year I didn't win a single thing.....).
Just yet another good score, the motel had three cases of Valentine candy that they handed out to everyone. How in the heck did I end up with six boxes? Yummy....canny.....ummmmm......
After the swag meeting, we all headed out to the bar. Oh surprise? Not really. Riders hanging out after a good day of Death Valley roads...everyone had a story and some should probably stay at Beatty. Suffice it to say, all had a great time. We enjoyed our rides and enjoyed visiting with each other. Yes, we got silly, but that's all in good fun. Never have I met a better group of genuine, good fun people who actually like to get out and ride a mile or two.
George S. provided a great swag for everyone, Klim hats! Sweet! This last picture pretty much sums up the rest of the evening. Look at RenoJohn's blog for all the photos. Seems like White Stag turned into White Tongue.......
White Stag 2012 was a huge success. Yes, it was postponed, but that was okay. The turnout was fantastic, we all had awesome rides and the gathering both at the front and the end was incredible. I love my LD family and thank you for enveloping me in your fold and making me feel a part of the group. You are the best folks ever.
See you on the next ride :-)