If you’re curious about where I am during the 24-hour Titan Quest Rally, you can follow along below. I’m not in it to win it, as usual so I’ll be doing some sightseeing while collecting points. My SPOT will start tracking at 6am on Saturday 8-8-15.
On Saturday morning August 8 at 6:00am, Rally Master Hammy has cleared us for take off for the first running of the 24-hour Titan Quest Rally. We will have 24 hours to ride around looking at giant chickens, muffler men and whispering giants while collecting points on the clock.
In an interesting twist compared to what I’ve done in previous 24-hour rallies, we are able to start from anywhere we want as long as we end up a Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, Pa. by 11am on Sunday. So we can actually finish the 24-hour riding portion of the rally with an end receipt anywhere too. That’s different.
The only downside to this plan is that after having brunch I’ve still got at least 4 hours to ride home from New Holland, Pa. on Sunday. I think I’ll need to work out some time to take a nap before I head home. I’m already tired just thinking about it.
The good news is that I feel less pressure on this rally. Maybe it is because I’m essentially riding around looking at stuff that I love. It’s a “forced sightseeing,” can’t lose scenario. My anticipated route might be a little bold (for me) but I’ve got a couple bonuses marked to drop if I start getting tired or pressed for time. We’ll see how it goes.
Hammy has foregone traditional rally flags and sent us mini knock-off Lego mascots instead. Just as traditional rally flags would have, our mascots must appear in each bonus photo. I gave my mascot a makeover. He was a wee bit butch and a whole lot grouchy for me. Now she is more my speed. Say hello to Glamazon:
I’ve got my route squared away and waypoints loaded in the GPS. I’ve got my helper index cards written out for each bonus stop and my bonus stop list printed out. Now I just have to make it through the next two days of work, remember to charge all my stuff, put fresh batteries in the SPOT and think about having a great ride.
More Posts about the Titan Quest Rally
Yesterday I signed myself up to ride in Hammy’s 24-hour Titan Quest rally. Titan Quest is a flag & bonus scavenger hunt style rally. Starting from anywhere, at 6:00am on Saturday August 8 the rally finishes at 11:00am on Sunday in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
Could there be a more perfect set of bonus stops?!
…this will be a self-guided adventure (NOT A GROUP RIDE) that will include such bonus locations as Whispering Giants, Muffler Men (including Nitro Girls), and extraordinarily large objects.
-Hammy’s Experimental Rallies
Registration is open until Monday July 27, if you’re feeling like you might want to jump in!
- Hammy’s Experimental Rallies – Facebook Group
- Titan Quest Rally – Meetup Page
- Hammy’s Experimental Rallies
After visiting the Kinzua Viaduct, I pulled up the list of favorites in my GPS. One of the closest was the Whispering Giant in Dunkirk, NY. At less than 100 miles away, stopping for a visit seemed like a no-brainer.
Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh was restored by Peter Toth in 2014. He cuts a very handsome image there by the shores of Lake Erie.
My hope for the now missing Williamsport, PA giant is that he will also undergo some restoration. Hopefully he hasn’t been discarded. ::crosses fingers::
Dunkirk, NY 14048
No matter how much I tried to squeeze and shuffle my stuff around, he just wouldn’t fit in my Givi box 🙂
Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh has its own Facebook page. Scrolling through the timeline, I noticed that someone posted photos of what the interior of the giant looked like during its restoration. A neat behind the scenes look:
Other Posts about Whispering Giants
The Williamsport, Pa. Whispering Giant was right up the block from the hotel I stayed at in town. My plan for the day was to swing by, take a picture of it and then head off towards Lock Haven to start a ride loop.
When I pulled up the spot where I’d seen it on Google Streetview there was… nothing.
I parked and walked up to find only the pedestal and plaque remaining. My heart broke a little.
One of my friends who is also doing the Whispering Giant Grand Tour posted a photo of it on Facebook in April, so I knew it hadn’t been missing for long. I was bummed.
Now that I have had an opportunity to search the web, it seems that the Giant was removed in mid-June. I came up a day late and a dollar short on seeing Chief Woapalanee.
Other Posts about Whispering Giants
- Whispering Giants Grand Tour: Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh in Dunkirk, NY
- Whispering Giants Grand Tour: Williamsport, Pa. Giant is Missing
- Whispering Giants Grand Tour: Enishkeetompauog and Enisketomp
- Whispering Giants Grand Tour: Omiskanoagwiak - Springfield, MA
- Planning: Whispering Giants Grand Tour