Category: The Void Rally

VOID Rally 11: The Doubt Phase

VOID Rally 11: The Doubt Phase

Seemingly random pins on a map… different colors, different point values, all perplexing. That’s what I’ve got to use to put together a route for my Void Rally 11 ride. The object is to collect points, accurately document my stops, take at least a 3 hour rest break, and be back to rally HQ with the I’s dotted and T’s crossed on my paperwork and have it handed in before 31 hours is up.

Of course that is the most simplified version of what it’s like to ride in a rally. But that is the basic gist. Plan a ride, ride it, don’t lose any points for being dumb, and of course arrive safely. It sounds easy while you’re sitting in your cozy house, but when you’re standing in a gas station in the rain at 3am after having ridden 16 hours, re-reading the rally book to double-check the bonus stop requirements – it seems a lot less easy. This is just typical pre-rally jitters talking though. Come Saturday evening after scoring when I’ve got a few beers swirling through me I’ll tell you it was a piece o’ cake.

Each year that I’ve done the Void, I go through the cycle of excitement and wonder prior to receiving the bonus locations, followed by the doubt of trying to plot a route. And then trying to plot another one. And another. And… another. Each year I feel like a complete idiot because there is nothing that jumps out as being the obvious answer for me.

Since receiving this year’s bonus list I’ve made about 10 different routes, none of which feel “right.” They’re all shit. They’re either too long, too boring, too low scoring – though I can’t possibly know that they’d be comparatively low-scoring. Ahhhhh, nuts. ::sigh:: I’m hoping that by tomorrow I’ll at least settle in on a route that I know I’m capable of riding and that I’ll just be fine with it.

Maybe my strength really will be in doing the paperwork. I don’t have to do great. I just have to do less bad than everyone else.

My rally starts in Reading, Pennsylvania at 8:30 on Friday morning. I have until that point to navigate my head out of my own ass. 😉

Dear, Aunt Mildred – I’m So Confused About The VOID Rally 10

Dear, Aunt Mildred – I’m So Confused About The VOID Rally 10

 

Dear, Aunt Mildred-

Long time reader, first time writer.

Today I spent some time trying to plan my Void Rally route. You know, based on the waypoints sent out on Friday? There were over 300 of them in total! Oh, Aunt Mildred, I’m so confused, I just don’t know what to do! I’m like a deer in the headlights. Never before have  I been so unable to zero in on a route that seems right. Not even on my first rally.

No matter what I string together, I feel like my route is so low on points that surely it will be a disaster. I’m afraid that when they see our scores posted all the other riders at the banquet will point and laugh at me.

What should I do?

Signed,

Hopeless on Long Island


 

Dear Hopeless,

What should you do? Well you could start by going in to your bedroom, opening up the top dresser drawer and pulling out your big girl panties and putting them on.

Bitch, please. Get a hold of yourself!

So you plan a shitty route and you find yourself at the bottom of the score sheet. Who cares? Did you ride? Did you see stuff you might not have ever visited unless someone said “go here!”? Is there beer at the end?

Yes?

Well, then – Plan your ride, ride your plan and screw the small stuff like… points. Ride for riding sake and get your shit together, woman!

Yours in Horsepower,

Aunt Mildred
Badass Honey Badger and Dispenser of Motorcycle Advice

 
Void Rally 10: Preliminary Routing Or More Commonly Known As – Panic Mode

Void Rally 10: Preliminary Routing Or More Commonly Known As – Panic Mode

This morning when I opened my email, there was a message from those rapscallions who run The Void. It was the bonus listing file. Before receiving the full rally book with complete instructions on what to do at the bonus stops, the rallymasters for the Void send out waypoint files so that you can begin basic routing. A few days before the rally, participants are then sent the full rally book.

Boy, I though last year’s Yahtzee theme was puzzling. They’ve outdone themselves this year. This preliminary planning is really shining a light on just how anemic my grey matter has become. ::wipes drool from mouth:: With several layers of time and day availability for combo bonus groupings, I am just about at my limit with being able to keep things straight, even with color-coding waypoints in my mapping software.

I think I just need to draw a square on the map to represent my personal riding boundary and just nickel and dime my way back to the barn in Fredericksburg, Virginia at rally end.

For all those other times I thought I was fighting for the middle of the pack? This time I think I’ll be in a race to the bottom. Oofa.

I haven’t seen my rally flag yet. Hopefully the postal service isn’t being delayed by the nasty weather here on the east coast.

The Void Rally
October 9-10, 2015
rallythevoid.org

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Void Rally 10: Lights, Camera…Speculation

Void Rally 10: Lights, Camera…Speculation

The 2015 24-hr Void Rally 10 doesn’t say much by way of what the theme of the rally will be. As in years past, you are left trying to piece together clues based on tidbits of information that trickle out of HQ. But taking cues from the rally graphic and the text on the event homepage a little speculation is in order.

void rally 10

Captain Obvious would like to weigh in – it appears to be movies and/or TV related. Thank you, Captain.

But… you just never know with this wily Rallymaster. It could just be that you have to appear in all of your own bonus photos or (heaven forbid) a video. The reason I say that is because of this cute little tidbit on the rally homepage:

There will be lights, cameras and ACTION! in this year’s event. You’ll produce your own ride and have the opportunity to be the star of your pictures.

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A video might be a stretch but could it be a selfie-rally? Will bonus stops be places that appeared in movies or television or places that inspired a show? My first thought was maybe I’ll get a chance to visit Mayberry or Cooter’s Place. I’ve got my selfie-stick and my Gorillapod at the ready.

We’ve got about 6 weeks to go before the curtain opens.

The Void Rally
October 9-10 2015
rallythevoid.org

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Ride Report: Return from the Edge of Void Rally 9

Ride Report: Return from the Edge of Void Rally 9

I have returned from peering over the edge of the Void 9. A big ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who followed along on the SPOT and sent words of encouragement. You guys are the best.

The wet weather definitely made for additional challenges. But was I triumphant in my quest? Well, you’ll just have to read the full ride report to find out.

Void Rally 9: Roll Me and Call Me the Tumblin’ Dice

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

This week I received my rally flag for the 9th VOID Rally. Say hello to Rider 52.

fuzzygalore void rally flag

New for this year is a Yahtzee game component to the rally. As if I didn’t have enough of a hard time completing the rally as it was 🙂

The 24 hour rally kicks off on Friday October 10th. Scoring will open at 1:30pm on Saturday with 4:00 pm being the DNF cutoff. If all goes well and based on past performance, I will already have my paperwork turned in, have been scored and be in the process of enjoying a delicious nap by the time that deadline occurs.

Over the course of the next few days I will have a mental breakdown planning my route only to say “screw it, just have a fun ride” at the last minute. Good times. 🙂

I’ll have the SPOT tracker going for the rally this year. That way you’ll be able to see the when I’m in some fleabag motel listen to hooker-sex or having the bejeezus scared out of me on some dark and lonely road.

Just a few more days!

On the Tail of the Comets Comes a Girlie Motorcycle Rider

On the Tail of the Comets Comes a Girlie Motorcycle Rider

bill haley and the comets music notes chester paMy travels during the Void Rally 8 brought me to Chester, Pennsylvania. The bonus site was a tribute to Bill Haley and the Comets who recorded at a local radio station. Though the building and its musical history were torn down and lost to time, there are 2 black rubber musical notes embedded in the sidewalk.

…All that remains now are the anonymous inlays in the sidewalk on Crosby Street, cracked with age. Take a picture of a note inlaid in the sidewalk.

When I pulled up to 5th & Crosby I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I pulled into a parking lot and opened my topbox to read my rally book. As I stood looking at the pages, I caught a glimpse of a grandfatherly man walking with a little girl of about 4 or 5. I could feel their gaze fixed on me from about 50 yards.

After reading the rally book entry for the bonus, I closed up my topbox and set off walking across the street looking for the music notes.

By the time I photographed the music notes and walked back to my motorcycle, the man and the little girl were standing in front of my bike. I smiled and gave a nod, getting myself ready to shove off again.

As I stood there momentarily, the man walked towards me and said something. I still had my helmet on with my earplugs in so I let him know and asked him to speak up.

“How you doin’ t’day?”

“Doing great! You?”

“My little friend over here wanted to come get a look at you. I told her that you were a girl but she wasn’t so sure.”

I looked toward the little girl who had her face cradled between the bars of the parking lot fence . She was holding on with both hands and swinging one leg. She stared at me curiously.

I waved to her and laughed. “Oh, I’m definitely a girl, alright.”

“Oh, I know. I told her. But she had to see for herself.”

And with that, he put his hand on my shoulder as if to say take care and walked back to the little girl smiling.

He once again took the little girl’s hand and they walked back the way that they came. She kept looking back, stealing glances at me. As I exited the lot, I honked and waved to her once more.

It has been over a week now since I saw that little girl and I haven’t forgotten about the inquisitive twinkle in her eye. I hope that she doesn’t forget the lady on the motorcycle or at least the idea that if they want to… girls can ride motorcycles, too.

Sex, Motorcycles and Bacon – Tales from the Void Rally 8

Sex, Motorcycles and Bacon – Tales from the Void Rally 8

Sex, Motorcycles and BaconI have returned triumphant from the Void Rally! Well, maybe not triumphant but at least in one piece. That has to count for something.

The Void Rally Ride Report has been posted and you should probably read it. You don’t want to miss out on tales of sex, motorcycles and bacon do you?

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