What happened to Tess? Kudo's to all the people who worked on this but 20 people for what should be a major gathering at a prime time of the year doesn't count as a rally. Why in the world would the organizers not look at Hot Springs and BB & B and see how successful they are and maybe even think of combining with a section for scooters before they lose everyone who is not local or has a vested interest in keeping the same old, same old! I personally think the idea of a "family gathering" should not be the prime ingredient.
Even though the maxi scooter population may be east coast and west coast Arkansas is a good location with some great riding.
Agreed, Arkansas has some great riding for our maxi-scooters. But from what I'm beginning to see about these maxi-scooter "rallies", though, is that they all seem to be small albeit larger than the 20 at STO. The one in Colorado and the one in Virginia (that will be held in Wisconsin in '17) didn't seem to have that much more in attendance. But you are right that it'd be nice to have a larger, traditional "rally" in every sense of the word and not a "family gathering" type. That said, looking at the antiquated STO website and the fact that there is no online registration option among other things, as well as the demographic that showed up as seen in the pictures, I wouldn't expect any "cutting edge" progressivism from STO any time soon. Before this year's rally they spoke of radical changes for 2017, only to hold a meeting on one night at the hotel and decide to pretty much keep everything the same (same town, overpriced hotel, etc) except to try to draw in smaller scooter riders
Reminds me of a large group ride I was on this year, where the I was expecting the route to be different than last year, and the organizer went on and on about changes in the way stuff was going to be handled, etc. In the end on ride day everything was the same as last year and even the route was turn for turn exactly the same
as last year (and previous years I soon found out) Next year, I will not attend again. Been there done that.
Anyway, we'd love to hear what you have to say if you're there Tess.