For those that don't want to read the entire thing --- I am providing a down and dirty executive summary. However, really nothing has changed, so if you know the routine then just pluck out the necessary details. See y'all in OCTOBER!
SFO will be held October 24th thru 27th in Jemison, Alabama. We'll ride during the day and eat and socialize in the evening. Dinner will be served Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. You can camp onsite for free or stay at a nearby hotel. We have a group rate at the Inn of Clanton, 12 miles from SFO Central. (see below for rate and contact info) The cost for the event is $60 per person and includes meals all three nights and tipsey taxi to and from the hotel if necessary. If all of this interest you and you aren't familiar with the details, then see The Details below. If this doesn't interest you, feel free to move on to the next thread.
After some light discussion, it was decided that we'll hold SFO at my property in Jemison, ALABAMA again this year. The only change is the date. Mrs. Bandit and I will be hosting this year at the end of October.
As many have learned over the past couple of years, there is actually some decent riding around the state of Alabama. While certainly not on par with the Ozarks or the Smokies, there are areas with some nice elevation changes, sweepers and even a few areas with some technical riding. We also have some fun dual sport riding nearby. So those of you with dual sport bikes might want to consider bringing those instead of the FJR, just a thought.
This is also posted over on the fjriders forum and fjrforum. This event is wide open to all, it doesn't have to be FJR only. So tell your non-FJR buddies as well. Generally, folks just need to be sport/adventure tour minded and you are welcome! So on with the plan -----
This event will be held Thursday, October 24th thru Sunday, October 27th. The average temperature at the end of October in Central Alabama typically ranges from around 45 in the morning to upper 60's lower 70's in the afternoon. In the past couple of years we have had unseasonal weather around the time of SFO. I am expecting Chamber of Commerce type weather this year!
My property is located in Jemison, AL, which is only about 30 miles south of the Birmingham suburbs. It's only one mile off of Interstate 65 at Exit 219. The site is located on 21 wooded acres of serenity and is ideal for camping, grilling and chilling.
Directions from Exit 219 to the property
Just as last year, after we return from riding, on Friday night we'll have the low-country shrimp boil with kielbasa, corn, and potatoes and on Saturday night, Stan the Man will be preparing Boston Butt BBQ and ribs for us again this year. Of course, an assortment of pies will be available each night for dessert, or even for your main meal if you so desire! biggrin.png We'll also have something for the Thursday arrivals as well. Not sure if Mrs. Bandit will be preparing her chicken sausage gumbo or if I'll be grilling burgers, but either way, we will be serving dinner Thursday night. There will also be pastries, fruit and coffee on site each morning for the tent campers. A very large, full breakfast buffet is available at Shoney's next door to the hotel at no additional charge as it is included in your nightly room rate.
The event is BYOB - but for those that will be staying at the hotel, fear not, the tipsey taxi will be running again this year and we will get you from the hotel to SFO Central each night and back to the hotel after the festivities.
Let's plan on $60 per person again this year, whether staying onsite or at the hotel. That will cover all three evening meals, morning pastries and coffee for those staying on site and the cost of the port-a-potty.
Method of payment - either cash or Pay Pal. [email protected]
Feel free to wait until a month or so before the event to send payment.
Accommodations - Tent Campers
Just as last year, my property will be open and available for tent campers. I have plenty of space for as many tent campers as could even possibly show up. There is at least an acre of wooded area that is cleared out, grubbed and generally level. If you are camping you shouldn't have any trouble finding an ideal spot!
For those that prefer not to camp outdoors, I have a large metal building that has a 1,000 sq. ft. apartment built inside. It is complete with a full eat-in kitchen and a full bathroom. While I will be utilizing the one bedroom in the apartment, those that don't want to camp are welcomed to use the large shop area inside the larger building if you just want to throw down an air mattress. It's certainly not Holiday Inn but at least it will provide free sheltered "accommodations" and can be used by the tent campers in the unlikely event of inclement weather.
Since my apartment onsite only has one bathroom we'll also have a port-a-potty on site. While everyone is welcomed to use the facilities in the apartment, it will just be a space available issue. And you better keep it clean, or my wife will kick your ass!
Accommodations - Hotel
For those like me that need a real bed, I have arranged for a group rate at a hotel about 15 minutes away on Interstate-65. I will also arrange for transportation to and from the hotel in the evenings after we get back from riding so that you can enjoy a few adult beverages and not have to be on the bike to and from the evening festivities at the property.
The hotel recommendation is the Inn of Clanton, same place as last year. I have received zero negative feedback, only positive comments on the place over the past three years we have stayed there. It's no frills, but clean, reportedly comfortable and the price is right. They have a mini fridge in each room and the price includes a FULL breakfast from the breakfast bar at Shoney's Restaurant next door to the hotel.
The price this year is $62 for single or double, plus tax for a total of $70.68 and includes the breakfast bar next door at Shoney's each day.
Please contact the hotel directly and inform them that you will be with the SFO group to get the special rate.
Inn of Clanton
946 Lake Mitchell Road
Clanton, AL 35045
I 65 - Exit 208
Current List of Attendees
- (will be updated here regularly as the list grows)
As of August 16th
FJRbandit and Mrs. Bandit
Redfish and Pops (Peach Queen Campground)
Top_Speed1 and his better half (Peach Queen Campground)
Abercrombie FJR (tentative)
DSbiker (and Wanda)
Bkerchuck (and Diane)
Iris and Jim
LKLD (and his better half) wink.png
Just post up in this thread if you are going to be able to make it. Please let me know whether you will be staying at the hotel or camping onsite
. I need the headcount of the people staying at the hotel for tipsey taxi purposes. Also, if you want to volunteer to be a responsible tipsey taxi driver, please let me know as well.