Category: ‘Our Events’

Where has the time gone?

June 6, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Wow, only 25 days until I hit the road to head to the start of Saints to Sinners and 27 days until the official start of the rally.

Things are coming together, at least I’m not thrashing on a car at the last minute this time around….except I still need to install my CB and figure out what I’m doing for tunes.  And a power inverter would probably be a good idea.  And I need to change out the wheels and tires and…..well OK I guess I have a little car thrashing to do as well.

 

 

S2S Hotel list is out!

May 9, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Captains check your emails, the S2S hotel list was just sent out.  Start booking your rooms, just one more thing you can do to procrastinate on getting your car ready 😉

I love this thing

March 30, 2014 Posted by JThw8

 

 

 

 

 

While I’m looking forward to seeing old friends on S2S I am just as excited about our new teams and some of the crazy things they are up to.  The very aptly named Team Pie Wagon sent me a little update photo tonite.  This father/son team has been building the pie wagon from scratch and plan to give it a proper shake down run on S2S.   I can’t wait to see this thing in person!

 

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The part where I ask for your thoughts

March 25, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Ok friends.  As I noted on the FB page we are currently doing some preliminary investigation and planning for an all new event this fall.  This event will be very different from the average Asphault Adventure but we are trying to grow and try new things.  It’s all about having fun right 🙂

But after talking with a location for the even which was, to be quite honest, perfect in pretty much every way for what we’d like to do we came to the painful realization it would be very expensive.  And we’re not necessarily opposed to going a little upscale if YOU aren’t  so I wanted to propose some ideas and get the input of you, the customer.

What I’m not going to give away is the whole idea of the event so some of this may seem vague, please ask if you need clarification.

Option 1 – the big plan!

Couples weekend in a mountain resort.  Activities galore including some great driving roads but also a lot of on site activities, and I do mean A LOT.  We could spend a week there and not do everything.  This would be an all inclusive weekend starting Friday morning with a scenic drive to our destination and a tour of a local facility which I believe most would find very interesting.  2 nights lodging in private mountain lodge style houses.  The site has hotel style too but we really liked the private houses for letting the group have its own area to cut loose and socialize, it also plays well into further themes for the weekend.  6 bedrooms per house each with its own bath so they are like small hotels with a common living room and kitchen.  Also a balcony.  Most meals would be included (dinner Friday, breakfast  and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday) A lake for water sports, including pontoon boats for a possible lake party,  and just some of the included activities are bumper boats (if its not too cold), bumper cars, go karts, paintball (small fee), arcades, live entertainment (bands and comedians), bingo, and on and on and on.  There would be time for organized activities as well as free play time to do as you like.  There is also a spa as part of the property although that would incur fees if you choose any services.    Basically everything we’d need to relive our youths and have a great cabin party in the woods minus the creepy serial killer.

I’d LOVE to do this but…. This would be a $1000 per couple weekend.  And don’t get me wrong, with everything that is included it is absolutely worth it.  We have negotiated this price, normally it would be much more.  It’s that kind of place.

 

Option 2 – less is more

After the crushing cost blow we’ve started researching other nearby venues and options.  We could get a place where we can still rent a group of cabins, still have access to great driving roads and still have a great time. These cabins are NOT hotel style where each room has its own bathroom so you’ll be making new friends or getting a single cabin (obviously singles cost a bit more than shared) We’ll also have to cover our own meals (hey we like cookouts right) kitchens and charcoal grills are included.  And we have to make our own fun.  There are some areas for play (and again a lake) but no go-karts, bumper cars, arcades, live entertainment, etc.  Rest assured we’d do our best to make it a fun time for everyone still and have plenty of activities and play.  But it is a bit of a let down after visiting the first venue.  And for all of that we would probably still be looking at a per couple cost of $500-800 although we haven’t started negotiating that option so I could be way off thus the wide range.

So honest opinions because we want to create an event that YOU want to do.

Comment in the forum or on FB and let us know what interests you.

S2S Questions

March 7, 2014 Posted by JThw8

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Now that the first question has come in from the team mailing I thought I’d post a reminder that all questions (unless they are of a private nature or team specific) which are emailed to me will be copied and answered in the forum so that others can benefit from the answer and discuss if there are any unresolved questions.

I will still reply to your emails but I will be replying with the forum link so you can view your answer and discuss.

All of these posts will be in the Upcoming Events section and will be prefixed with S2S – Question so you may find them easily.

Here’s how it looks for S2S

March 6, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Confession time. I am sometimes a bit of a stats geek so today I was going through the final teams list and here’s some interesting data for everyone.
We have 21 teams and 44 drivers (with 2 more potentially unnamed)
Almost 1/4 of all participants are female, a nice change from the normal sausage-fest that is banger rallying.
We have entries from US and Cananda witht he following states represented: California, Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Vermont.
California has the highest number of participants with 4, Followed closely by Oklahoma with 3
Assuming all the “undecided” class people go to Open we’ll have a close split with 12 cars confirmed in the beater class, 2 confirmed in Open and the rest undecided.

Team captains should expect an email later today (hopefully) with some early details and reminders. Please be sure to share it with your team mates, we only email the captains!

And as discussed on FB we *may* have some very interesting guests on the event.  I will post more when I have confirmation.

Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

March 1, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Registration for S2S is now closed.  We have a really great group signed up, a good mix of veterans of other rallies and total newbies.  I can’t wait to see everyone in July.

Now that we have a headcount we can finish discussions with all the suppliers, hotels and other vendors and we will have details to send out to the teams as soon as we can.

If you spaced out and forgot to register before the deadline shoot an email to jim@asphaultadventures.com and get on the wait list in case a registered team needs to drop out.

Teaser Time

February 24, 2014 Posted by JThw8

*Teaser Time* Maybe some of you have held off on Saints 2 Sinners hoping to hear about one of our other upcoming events this year. Well I warned you we were going to be doing some different things so here’s a little teaser of what else is bouncing around the planning department right now.
How about a 3 day event in the Pocono mountains in late October? The twist? This is to be a couples only event. We saw so many great couples on ETS enjoying some adventure with their significant others that we really wanted to do an event to cater just to you. This will likely be an all inclusive event, so one price for the event and lodging. Many many details to be worked out before I can give more info but I figured I’d let you have a little peek into what’s rattling around the bad ideas division.

It won’t be long now

February 17, 2014 Posted by JThw8

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If you, like many of us, have been shoveling out of yet another round of snow it may seem hard to believe that its now less than 5 months until we will be complaining about the heat as we pilot a fleet of beaters down historic route 66 in search of fun and adventure.  So, let’s all think some warm thoughts and share how our planning and preparation is going.

Time is running out!

January 15, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Just a quick note, we’re about halfway through our registration period for S2S and the roster is filling fast. The entry deadline (Feb 28th) and team limits are firm so don’t miss out.

We have to have firm numbers to complete the planning and if history on other events is any indication at least 10 teams are going to contact me in March begging for entry, sorry, can’t do it.

If everyone who clicked “attending” on the FB event page were to send an app today the event would be filled (and then some) and registration closed. Don’t miss out!