The Snake River Ramble Recap
What an epic adventure! On Sunday, July 9th 2017, two hundred fourteen GS Giants gathered at the Mountain River Ranch in Ririe, Idaho for what would turn out to be one of the best rallies ever! Many started their adventure early by hooking up with one of the Gypsy Tours led by fellow Giants and riding by way of breathtaking mountain passes through some of the best parts of this country. Once on site, our hosts, Annie and Tran King, along with their seasonal camp staff, Tony and Cherry offered us a warm welcome and tended to our every need.
What's a party without food? The Giants have become known for offering good eats. Mike and Julie Anglesey run the catering operation at the ranch and handled breakfast and dinner like the pros that they are. The sure knew how to satisfy a hungry crowd! By six pm that Sunday night, friendships were established or rekindled, the first of 14 beer kegs were tapped, the buffet line was open, and the party was just getting started!
Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we threw a 3-day party of epic proportions! Klim's headquarters are located just a 15 minute ride down the road and they opened their doors to allow us to tour the facility. While there, we learned of their creative processes from concept and design through to the manufacturing of the highest quality, most technical gear available. If you took the tour, you were also registered into a drawing for a new riding Carlsbad riding suit, won by Jeff De Wispelaere.
The campground was pretty quiet each day as most took advantage of the beautiful weather and awesome dual sport riding in and around the Tetons. BIG thanks to Kurt Forget from Black Dog Cycle Works , Lance and Ellen Gines from Into the Horizon Tours, and Shawn Lupcho from Moto Skiveez for leading rides and buying lunch!
Once again, Scot Clark and Michelin Motorcycle Tires hosted our send off dinner on Tuesday night. Just to change things up a bit, dinner was hosted at the Meadow Muffin Barn, situated right on the Snake River - and the only way to get there was by horse drawn wagon! Mike and Julie host weekly dinner theater events and have a tradition at the Mountain River Ranch. If you want to eat, you have to "sing for your supper". Apparently, the singing was just good enough that no one went without! Perhaps Brad Barker and his Epic Nomad crew captured some of the caterwauling on film? Time will tell!Based on the feedback, a great time was had by all. No one was injured. All bikes left in working order. And everyone agreed that this was the best GS Gypsy Camp ever. That leaves a tough road ahead for 2018 so we will have to start planning very soon.