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2020 now 2021 USCA RALLY, MENA, ARKANSAS

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We are going to the Rally but we are trailering. 

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Don't worry Ace, a lot of us are trailering.  I don't see any advantage to riding the rig to three days to get to an event, just so you have to rest for three days, so you can drive the three days back home.  'See you in Mena.

Al Olme

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For some, it's the Rally; for others, it's the Ride to and from the Rally 😊 Back in the day I'd ride seven days to spend one day at a Rally then ride a different route 7 days home

It's only 800 miles from TwinCities to Mena - That should just be a long day for TLMA 😉

This year Mary Margaret will be with me and her work schedule has tightened things up. We will take our time getting to Rally -  then go west to Santa Fe where she will fly home and I'll let weather decide what I do.

I'm just hoping Eurowing has my rig back together in time so I don't have to drive .

Should be a great Rally however folks get there. Looking forward to seeing you.

Duncan

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2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

Self-Guided "Domino Runs" for the Benefit of CASA of the Ouachita Region - $10 per Play

Jena has worked up four self-guided tours seeking out trivial information at various sites in the area local to the Rally.  The routes vary from 40 to 90 miles, and should take no more than 1/2 day to complete each Run.  You may ride these routes as your schedule permits anytime during the week of the Rally. The four runs are identified as:

    Queen Wilhelmina Lodge Route      - ±41 miles all paved (with a ±12 mile unpaved optional extension)

    Rich Mountain / Three Sticks Loop - ±80 or ±87 miles all paved

    Cassatot River Loop                       - ±86 miles all paved (but maybe a little bumpy in places)

    Little Missouri Falls Loop                  - ±88 miles with 1/2 unpaved NFS gravel roads

There first two Runs and the second two Runs can be combined and run together.

Each participant will have a guide sheet (a "Run Sheet") with directions for each route with six questions to be answered.  Each correct answer equals one domino draw, up to six draws per play, but we'll only count up to five (that is, a correct sixth answer allows the participant to select the best five out of six dominoes - sorta like a poker run, but with dominoes).  High spot count wins each route, and splits the pot with CASA of the Ouachita Region.  Each participant can play as many draws per Run Sheet as they like.

Jena and a representative of CASA plan to have a table set up in the CMA meeting hall to accept the Run Sheets and play the draws on Thursday 6-8pm, Friday 6-8pm, and Saturday 5-6pm.  The four winners will be announced Saturday evening.

 

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Lee / Summer Grove, Louisiana: Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300

Avanell &I will probably take the shorter ride. See all of you in Mena about Wed. J.R.

 

Only 30 days till Rally Time.... get your registration in by next week, May 12th to include the Rally Shirt.  After that registration price stays the same but no shirt guarantee.

More activities are being added to the rally schedule, come early or stay later,  both the pavement and off-road riding in the Mena area is fantastic and the people are very welcoming. Wave and smile as you explore the Ozarks. 

Counting down the days till we gather at Iron Mountain. 

Jan "CCjon" Daub

Rallymaster

 

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As a CMA member Mena is a great place to ride lots of beautiful roads as well as many challenging logging roads for those running dual sport hacks. When will the schedule of events be posted or listed ?  

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Totally agree with you Rick, the roads around Mena are spectacular.  

We are updating our preliminary schedule, adding new activities, adjusting others.  Final schedule should be out by mid-month.

 

 

Final week to register for the USCA National Rally and be guaranteed a rally shirt. Have to place the shirt order Friday the 14th.

Stroker and Klaus with EPM are both planning to be at the rally. First responders are offering accident scene do's and don'ts. A Tech Session on sidecar alignment is set for Friday.

No poker run but four different Domino Runs are ready to go, winners take home $$$.

Sidecar Checkers will be going on every day of the rally.

A country style breakfast will be available Friday and Saturday morning to support the local CMA Chapter and their mission work.

Thursday night, Texas Sidecar Company is sponsoring a casual Hot Dogs / Beans / Potato Salad dinner.

Friday night is an Ice Cream social after the rally included dinner.

Last we heard, the local vintage car club is bringing some of their pride and joys out for the ice cream social. They want to check out all the sidecar rigs. This event is creating quite bit of talk and excitement in Mena. It's their first and hopefully not their last national sidecar rally.

Next day Saturday is the parade, bike show and sidecar games in downtown Mena, Mayor Seth Smith riding in the lead sidecar.

Want to see something other than sidecars? The 18th Annual Lum & Abner Ozark Crafts Festival is going on that same weekend in downtown Mena.

Saturday night is the included awards dinner: Special custom made Trophies by USCA member Elmer Sveda in Arkansas will be announced for:

Games Champion
Checkers Champion
People's Choice Winner
Hard Luck Story
Grand Tour
Ugliest Rat Rig


As well as the 50/50 drawing to benefit CASA, the Mena based children's charity. Then there are a few surprise door prizes to be given away.

If that is not enough, there will a free refreshment station open every day of the rally for the attendees.

Am sure I forgotten to mention something, but most important, get your registration in today...

https://sidecar.brushfire.com/USCANationalRally2020/460255

See you in Mena in June.

Is the Thursday night meal sponsored by Texas Sidecar a donation, pay for, or included in registration event. 

USCA was founded on being a supporting family oriented group for sidecar owners and their families.

The free Thursday night meal is sponsored by Texas Sidecar Company. There will be a donation bucket near the meal line to support the local children's charity CASA.  2020 was a rough year for the children of Mena, Polk County... and the rest of the country. 

Though you might not see the evidence in Mena, Polk County is one of the poorest counties in Arkansas. We have selected CASA to benefit from various rally activities, including the Thursday dinner. 

 

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If we registered in 2020 and ordered shirts, will we still get the t-shirts?

Excited about the rally!

Thanks,

Butch and Penney

 

Yes there will be Rally shirts for those who registered last year. Everyone who registered last year was rolled over to the 2021 Rally list. There will be a packet for you at check in with name badges, wristbands, rally schedule, area information, door prize tickets, Checkers chip and more...you will receive a 2021 rally shirt in the size you ordered at check in.  Only those who pre-registered last year or this year are guaranteed a rally shirt. 

More rally activities are being added daily. Several new sidecar tech sessions have been added to the schedule.  

We are getting number of requests from potential sidecar owners interesting in learning more about sidecars. They want to drop in for a day, see the rigs and ask questions of the owners. We welcome anyone who is interested in sidecars. Don't be surprised if strangers start asking you simple questions about your rig, where you got it,  how much you paid for it, etc.  We are not charging a rally fee for day visitors to walk around and look at the rigs. We encourage people to consider joining the sidecar community. You can best advise them on how to go about finding the right rig for them.

See you in Mena, bring the sunshine with you.

Jan: Is this on the list of activities for Mena?

https://youtu.be/WH-Cnd88yO4

Duncan

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2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001

DH, If you'll be my monkey.... there are some Mena area logging trails with more bumps and switchbacks than that track.  

Take a look at Charlie Mac's video from 2018 for a sampling of what to expect on the Domino Runs:

 

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Lee / Summer Grove, Louisiana: Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300

Nice video - thanks for posting.

Makes me even more bummed to be rig-less for the Rally. Can cars participate in Domino Runs😊

Duncan

2011 R1200GS + EML CT2001
Quote from dholaday on May 13, 2021, 10:07 am

...rig-less for the Rally. Can cars participate in Domino Runs😊

Duncan

Under extraordinary circumstances.  This may well be such. 😊

Lee / Summer Grove, Louisiana: Ural cT, CJ750, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L, GTV300
  2021 USCA RALLY SCHEDULE  
WEDNESDAY       June 2nd ACTIVITY LOCATION
Early Arrivals Area Ride Maps Available Mena Area
10:00 AM Volunteer work session CMA Pavilion
Noon - 7 pm Coffee, Donuts, Refreshments CMA Pavilion
3:00 - 7:00 pm Registration Open CMA Pavilion
6:00 and on DINNER ON YOUR OWN See area restaurant list
     
THURSDAY           June 3rd ACTIVITY LOCATION
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Coffee, Donuts, Refreshments CMA Pavilion
8:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration Open CMA Pavilion
9:30 am est. Group Rides Depart CMA Pavilion
All Day Domino Runs                        4 Runs - $10 each CMA Pavilion
All Day Sidecar Checkers         Yellow Chips CMA Pavilion
All Day Independent Rides Area Maps available
NOON LUNCH on your own or Food Trucks See area restaurant list
6:00 - 8:00 pm Submit Domino Run sheets CMA Pavilion
5:00 - 7:00 pm Hot Dogs, Beans, Potato Salad, Chips              Sponsor by                       TEXAS SIDECAR Company Donations to Benefit CASA                      CMA Pavilion
     
FRIDAY                   June 4th ACTIVITY LOCATION
7:00 - 8:00 am CMA DONATION BREAKFAST CMA Pavilion
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Coffee, Water, Refreshments CMA Pavilion
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open CMA Pavilion
9:30 am est. Group Rides Depart CMA Pavilion
All Day Domino Runs                        4 Runs - $10 each CMA Pavilion
All Day Sidecar Checkers        Yellow Chips CMA Pavilion
All Day Independent Rides Area Maps available
10:00 AM Class 1:  What to do  if in an accident First Responder led session
11:00 AM SUSPENSION Q&A with Klaus from EPM CMA Pavilion
NOON LUNCH on your own or Food Trucks See area restaurant list
2:00 PM Class 2:  What to do  if you come across an accident First Responder led session
3:00 PM Tech Session:    Sidecar Alignment by Texas Sidecar Techs CMA Pavilion
6:00 - 8:00 pm Submit Domino Run sheets CMA Pavilion
5:00 - 7:00 pm Hamburger Steak  with sides INCLUDED DINNER        CMA Pavilion
7:00 - 9:00 pm ICE CREAM SOCIAL Church Youth Donation              CMA Pavilion
7:00 - 9:00 pm Live  Country Music CMA Pavilion
     
SATURDAY             June 5th ACTIVITY LOCATION
7:00 - 8:00 am CMA DONATION BREAKFAST CMA Pavilion
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Coffee, Water, Refreshments CMA Pavilion
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration Open CMA Pavilion
9:30 AM Go to Parade Staging Area The Crossing,       Mena St, Mena
10:00 AM Downtown Parade Starts, ends in Games Area Mayor Seth Smith in lead sidecar
10:30 AM Sidecar Games, Bike Show judging,  Downtown Mena
NOON LUNCH on your own  Downtown Mena
3:30 PM Return to CMA Iron Mountain Last chance to deposit door prize tickets
4:00 PM Door Prize        Contest Closes  
4:30 PM Door Prize Winners Posted CMA Pavilion
6:30 PM DEADLINE to claim Door Prize Claim your Door Prize or forfiet it
4:00 PM USCA Board Meeting TBD
5:00-6:00 pm USCA Membership Meeting CMA Pavilion
6:00 - 7:00 pm Country Fried Chicken with sides CMA Pavilion
7:15 - 8:30 PM Announce Awards, Door Prizes,  Trophies, 50/50 CMA Pavilion
8:30 PM Announce Next Year's Rally Location and Date CMA Pavilion
8:45:00 PM till… Social Time CMA Pavilion
     
SUNDAY                 June 6th ACTIVITY LOCATION
7:30 - 10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Refreshments CMA Pavilion
9:00 AM Religious Services See list of area churches
10:00 AM Volunteers clean up Pavilion, pack rally  goods CMA Pavilion
NOON Rally Over                       Travel home safely          See you next year Thanks y'all
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Only two weeks waiting remain till the start of the USCA National Rally in Mena, Arkansas. Come on and join the gang if you haven't signed up yet. It's not too late.

Sidecar Alignment by Texas Sidecar and Sidecar Suspension with Klaus are two Tech Sessions we have just added to the program. Here's your chance to see, meet, ask questions and get to know the people who are at the top of their game in the sidecar world.

If you have never been to a national rally, expect to be blown away by the diversity of rigs, expert knowledge walking around and friendly people of Arkansas. You will learn more about sidecars in a couple of days than what you learned on your own in a couple of years. Just by talking with other owners and asking questions.

https://sidecar.brushfire.com/USCANationalRally2020/460255

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