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I'm neither the Rally Master, nor a Club officer, nor on the Board, but I thought it would be useful to start a thread to summarize/consolidate information found elsewhere on the website.

The Rally Master is Mikel Murray.

Rally Dates are June 14-16, 2018 [Father's Day is June 17]

Rally will be held at the Little Farm on the River RV Park near Rising Sun, IN. Site is on the Ohio River about 30 miles down-river from Cincinnati OH.

1343 E. Bellview Lane, Rising Sun, IN 47140 812-438-4500 Little Farm has a few cabins and RV Camping Trailers for rent.

For non-campers, there are at least a few choices in Rising Sun: Anderson's Riviera Inn has 5 rooms; The Empire House has 5 rooms and a 2-bedroom Suite; Tuggles Folly has a 2 rooms with bath and 2 rooms with shared bath; and the Rising Star Casino has 294 rooms. There are 2 sets of rooms at the Casino: One set in the Casino itself, and another set in "The Lodge" across the parking lot from the Casino.

I don't know if any of the above are taking reservations yet.

I'm sure there will be more information available soon



2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

22 miles downriver is the Follow the River RV park.

2 miles away downriver is the Rising Star Casino and RV park

2.5 miles upriver is the Camp Shore Campground

20 miles downriver is the Belterra Casino and Resort. Fairways motel

13 miles upriver is the Hollywood Casino and Resort and hotel

Confort Inn 15 mi
Baymont Innand Suites 14 mi
Wishing Well Motel 14 mi
Riverside Inn13.5 mi
Double Tree by Hilton 13 mi
Hillcrest Motel
Anderson’s Riviera Inn 1.5 mi
Empire House Hotel 2 mi
Tuggles Bed and Breakfast 4 mi

Risng Sun eateries within 2.5 mi downriver
Jack’s Place
Rising Sun Cantina
Caudillio’s Pizza
Snack Shack
Wellington’s Steakhouse and Skyline Chili at Casino
Riverhouse Bar and Grill
American Legion
Snappy Tomato Pizza
Rockies Bar and Grill

Aurora eateries 6-8 miles upriver
Applewood Bar and Grill
Third and Main Restaurant
Acapulco Mexican
Combs Pizza Subway
Dairy Queen
Burger King
Long John Silvers
Taco Bell
Bob Evans

Lawrenceburg eateries 9-13 mi
Gold Star Chili
Domino’s Pizza
Pap Johns Pizza
Pizza Hut
Zorbas Gyros
Sakura Japanese Steak
Frisch’s Big Boy
Happy Dragon
Steak and Shake
Little Caesars Pizza
Skyline Chile
Penn Station
Grand Buffet
Dunkin Donuts
Beef and Bubs
Acapulco Mexican
River Watch
Final Cuts Steak and Celebrity Grill Hollywood Casino
Mavericks firewater grill
Taco Bell
Burger King
Howie’s Diner truck stop
Waffle House
White Castle
Wills Grill
Larosa’s Pizza
Buffalo Wings and Rings

The Rally location at Little Farm on the River is taking reservation for next year.

I just reserved an RV spot. This will be new for me, looking forward to it! Now I have to wait a whole year.

Hardly KAmes -- we are already under 289 days to go!!! 😉

phlaug - 8/29/2017 2:26 PM

Hardly KAmes -- we are already under 289 days to go!!! 😉

Ha! That's awesome. I'll have to show that to my wife.

Thanks for all the work you have put into this.
Tex. Rep.

hello , Rich here ..the new Florida rep.(what have I gotten myself into)...I will be planning a ride to the 2018 rally .. my goal is to get at least 10 fellow Floridians to ride with me (pay attention Florida)..
I am calling it more to come

Rich: At this point I am planning on going to the rally.


Although there is no information in this thread, yet, I've heard a rumor that the club has arranged for a block of rooms at a reduced rate to be held for us at the casino lodge. Maybe the Rally Master or one of the Club officers can confirm this and post the necessary information - like room rate, how to get the special room rate, the phone number to call, how long the rooms will be held, etc.

Also, whoever is in charge of the website needs to fix the website header link to the national rally - if you click on it now it takes you to the 2017 Rally


2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

Hi Duncan:
YUP! I just took a look at the link on the website and it took me to the registration for the 2017 Rally. I will check with Mikel, Belinda and Steve Woodward or Al Olme to see if we can get that changed. My print copy of the Sidecarist arrived today and Joan asked about the online registration (after she got done raving about the quality of our magazine). Has anyone tried to register for the motel at Rising Sun? It seems I read something about the folks at the Casio were ready for us to register yet.

I have already had people contact me about registering at the casino. Originally I was told reservations could be made with our code starting mid October, but when people were having trouble I checked again and was told the second week of December. I will keep checking with the casino to make sure this gets done.

As far as the website ... I do not know how to make that happen. Can someone help with that?


Belinda Schraeder EA, USCA Treasurer

Here is more information for Rising Star Casino:

For Rising Star Casino Lodge Reservations call 800-472-6311 or 812-438-1234. Use code USCA Rally starting the second week of December.

Room Rates are:

Thursday, June 14, 2018 $69
Friday, June 15, 2018 $99
Saturday, June 16, 2018 $99

These rates are based on the room not number of people. On the web there is a "Get AWAY Package" that looks good, but it is based on a per person per room rate.

If you reserve with the Lodge a $10 Free Slot Play will be provided to anyone that is 21 years of age or older, who provides the required information at the time of Hotel Reservation to create a Rewards Club account, which includes name, address, date of birth and phone number. The Rewards Club card will have the $10 Free Slot Play loaded onto it, and the Rewards Card will be available at the hotel check-in. If interested request the card at the time of placing your reservation.

Belinda Schraeder EA, USCA Treasurer

Thanks for all the info. Just made reservations for a campsite at Little Farm on the River. Very nice people to deal with. Looking forward to seeing many of you again in June! Have a very Blessed and happy Christmas!

Hi All

Just checked the National Rally link on the USCA Homepage - it Works now. YEAH!!!

Checked all the links on the National Rally page - they work too - Yeah! - with one exception: In the upper right corner of this page - - is a link "rally lodging" purportedly taking one to lodging information. It does , but for the Coeur d'Alene Rally. IIRC that was bout 5 or 6 years ago. Maybe someone can update [or remove] that link.

One more suggestion: How about putting a Rally notice in the BMW MOA News - and the Club mags for other marques. I'll write and submit to MOA unless someone directs me otherwise [the UNODIR principle].

Thanks and Merry Christmas.


2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

Hi, Duncan,
please link use / the 2018 USCA rally with BMWMOA.
the current place to get fixes for sidecar . com is Steve Woodward , e-mail
anyone who can link the rally anywhere please do so.
happy new year.

Check with Mikel and Bellinda to see if they have already contacted MOA. Even if they did there is no guarantee that it will get in the MOA mag. It took us several tries to get their attention. I would bet that Mikel and Bellinda would appreciate any help you can provide to get MOA's attention. (What is the UNODIR principle?)

We have not contacted MOA or any other organizations yet. If you could do the contacting, that would be great. When you do, if you could keep us posted with whom you have contacted it would be appreciated so we don't duplicate. If you need information, files, pictures, etc. let us know.


Belinda Schraeder EA, USCA Treasurer


Do you have an email for Mikel and/or Melinda? You - or one of them - can PM it to me. BMWMOA requires an email address for a point of contact. I hope they [ Mikel and Belinda] are monitoring this thread and would tell me to sit down and be quiet if they had already contacted MOA. But for that the form would already be submitted.

I guess I could use president at

Re UNODIR: An acronym for UNlessOtherwiseDIRected - it's how a lot of things get done in the Navy: "UNODIR I'm going to sail due east dropping depth charges until I see an oil slick" It lets higher command know what you're going to do unless they say no. It avoids a lot of "mother may I" nonsense. And requires higher-ups to pay attention and read their mail.


2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

Just made reservations at the campground! They are open all year long. Great people beautiful surroundings! A real pleasure to deal with! Really looking forward to seeing you all again. Have a very Blessed and happy Christmas!

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