VERMONT OVERLAND RALLY, September 28-October 1, 2017

 

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Vermont Overland Rally

an Overland Bird Watching Rally!

Date:  September 28-October 1, 2017

Location:  419 Baileys Mills Road, Reading VT 05062

Presented by:

Vermont Overland Bird Watching Society

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 REGISTER HERE

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION OPENS NEW YEAR’S DAY AT 9 PM (eastern time).  THERE ARE ONLY 175 SPOTS AND WE SOLD OUT WELL IN ADVANCE LAST YEAR, SO DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!!!

WORRY-FREE REGISTRATION!  As with all VO events, if you can’t make it, you may assign your registration to whomever you like.  Simply log back into your bikereg account and change the participant information to your replacement before registration closes prior to the event.  No need to even contact the promoter!

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Check out Mountain State Overland’s great video of the 2015 VOR:

See Bryon Dorr’s excellent coverage of the event on HERE!

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And if you really want to get a notion of the general vibe and spirit of VOR, watch this awesome video by North American Overland:

 

And Chris Shontz’ lovely photos here.

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VOR 2016 will be held at Vermont Overland
Bird Watching Society Headquarters at 419 Baileys Mills Road in historic Reading, Vermont.  The property features multiple camping pastures, riverside camping, woods camping, a swimming pool, outdoor shower, wifi and potable water at the house.    We also have three awesome country stores all within five miles of us for provisioning, two of which have breakfast/lunch cafes!   Fuel is five miles south in Downer’s Corners (yes, they have diesel).

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Food:  We’ll have vendors on site with food available for purchase as desired.   We’ll have Pete’s Cookshack back in action for breakfast and now some great cookshack dinner options and we’ll also have Goodman’s Pizza Truck here serving homemade farm-table organic wood-fired pizza!  For those wanting a bit more pampering, just walk down the road to our local farm-table bistro, Keeper’s Cafe!

PLEASE NOTE:  MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY FEE.    YOU CAN PURCHASE FOOD ON-SITE FROM OUR VENDORS (CASH ONLY) OR BRING YOUR OWN FOOD TO COOK AT YOUR CAMP.    GOOD TO BRING BACK-UP FOOD ANYWAY JUST IN CASE VENDORS RUN OUT.  

GET OUT THERE!  The only “training” at VOR will be the OEX’s awesome training excursions.  We’ve bagged all afternoon seminars.  Why?   Because we want to give you more time for your self-nav overlanding excursions as that’s what sets VOR apart:  you can actually get out and do some real off-road overlanding exploration.  We’ll teach you how to navigate Vermont’s prolific unmaintained ancient road networks on your own to find the best bird watching areas.  You’ll be able to test your skills and equipment over a wide variety of overlanding terrain.  When you get back to the farm in the afternoon, grab a beverage and come over to the vendor area and just hang out, meet all sorts of fun-loving, interesting, like-minded people and thoroughly enjoy yourself.

Local nano-brewery, Bent Hill Brewing, will be on site serving their awesome beer each afternoon!

Local nano-brewery, Bent Hill Brewing, will be on site serving their awesome beer each afternoon!

Other overlanding events offer high quality training.  VOR gives you a chance to actually use it.

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Basic Itinerary:

 

Thursday, Sept 28:   Arrive anytime, register at the main tent, set up camp, open a beverage, relax and catch up with friends.

6 pm:  Introduction meeting at main tent.  Come meet your event organizers and staff and get a general overview of the event.

Friday and Saturday, Sept 29 and 30:

6 to 9 am:   Fresh brewed coffee and home-made breakfast and baked goods available from Jimmy’s Cookshack!

7 am:  Riverside pygmy goat yoga with Tayloe Denton:

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9 am:   Group informational meeting at the main tent.

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9:30 to 10 am:  Navigating Vermont’s unmaintained town road networks using modern apps and devices seminar by Peter Vollers.   Bring your device and Peter will show you how to download the necessary apps and maps and you’ll be off and running for your VOR overland excursion.   Learn how the VOT participants navigate!  Seminar will take place at the main tent (plenty of cell service).

10 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm:   Driving and recovery training by Overland Experts’ Erik Eisensmith along with Garrett Porterfield.  Learn proper driving skills from the best in the business.  These are the guys who teach our military how to drive off-road!  Erik and Garrett will walk you through the basics of overland driving techniques on our custom on-campus driving course.   

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10:00 am to 4:30 pm:   Self-navigating bird watching overlanding excursions.     Vermont Class 4 (unmaintained) roads are ideal bird watching access points.  We’ll provide maps of all of the local towns and on each map we’ll color-code the Class 4 road sections for difficulty.  Formulate your own routes based on your preferences and time constraints.   Each map will include suggested stops at great bird watching locations, historic sites, lunch stops at awesome localvore-oriented spots and other interesting stops and attractions!   After experiencing VOR, you’ll be able to venture out on your own into the Vermont backcountry with confidence!

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5 to 7 pm:  Vendor area mingling, socializing, bonding, tribe-building.  Grab a beverage, come to the vendor area, hang out and enjoy yourself.

5 to 7 pm:   Just for kids!   Design your own Land Rover under the main tent.   Drop the kids off at the main tent while you peruse the vendor area within a short distance away and within earshot.

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5 pm to 8 pm:   Dinner for purchase provided by Jimmy’s Cookshack and Goodman’s American Pie Pizza Truck!    A la carte and cash only.

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Also, feel free to stroll down the road to Keeper’s Cafe farm-table bistro!

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Saturday 7 pm:  AWESOME RAFFLE sponsored by Xtreme Mobile Adventures

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Saturday 8 pm:   Watch the 1993 Camel Trophy (Sabah Malaysia) with THE ACTUAL WINNER that year, Mike Hussey!!!!


Sunday, October 1:

7 am:  Riverside pygmy goat yoga with Tayloe Denton.

8 to 9:30 am:   fresh brewed coffee and home-made baked goods available a la carte from Jimmy’s Cookshack.

8 to 11 am:   clean up and good-byes.

REGISTER HERE

(event is limited to 175 vehicles, so register early!)

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A note about the VOR:

The focus for this rally will be to really showcase Vermont specifically and all it has to offer the overland traveler and bird watching enthusiast.   Our overlanding outings will be geared specifically to expose participants to the local products, beautiful scenery, lush green terrain and historical context of overlanding in Vermont.   Our navigation seminars will leave you fully capable of not only locating all Vermont public byways, but also knowing which ones are good to explore and which ones are better left untraveled.   And the food, oh the food!   Experience the taste extravaganza of food made from real, locally raised and grown ingredients.   There’s just nothing better.

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LASTLY, IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON COMING, PLEASE POST UP ON THIS EXPO THREAD  TO LET EVERYONE KNOW!!

REGISTER HERE

(event is limited to 175 vehicles, so register early!)

Vendors/Sponsors:  Click HERE for vendor/sponsorship opportunities.  

FAQ:

Camping in Vermont in October is not really my thing.  Is there a host inn nearby?  Yes!  We have the amazingly historic Baileys Mills B & B almost within walking distance of the venue not to mention the amazingly quaint Kedron Valley Inn about five miles away in South Woodstock.  Lastly, don’t forget to check Airbnb and Homeaway.

Can I just come and register at the event?  We’re afraid not.  All registrations must be online from the registration page.  See links above.

Do I have to go bird watching?  Of course not.  You can do whatever you like while out exploring.  The adventure is yours to experience!

Can I have a campfire at my campsite?  Absolutely.   Just make sure you douse the fire thoroughly when leave.  We’ll also have lots of firewood in the woods and stacked in various locations.

Can I come just for the day?   We’re afraid not.   We do not offer a day pass. It’s all or nothing with VOR.

Can my friends come and park their car on the property and then join me at my registered vehicle campsite?  We’re afraid not.  There is no non-participant parking on the property.

Will there be facilities at the event?  Cell service, portajohns and fresh water from the farm hose. The rest is up to you.

What if I break down on the trails?  There will be likely be others coming through who will be willing and able to help you.   You can also contact Performance Unlimited at 802-332-6383 for mechanical help and recovery (they will be charging their usual rates).

Will there be on-campus trails?  Only those needed to get to your campsite.  All off-road excursions are self-navigated exploration entirely on public roads.

Can I bring my family and the dog?  Yes, the price is per vehicle, so bring them all.

Speaking of, will there be a quieter, separate family camping area?  The main campfire will be by the pool so that’s likely where there will be late night noise.  Best to camp in the woods across the river for truly quiet camping.

Who’s responsible for me when I’m “off-campus?”   While we’ll go to great lengths to ensure your comfort and safety at the venue, during the day, when you go out into the wilds of Vermont, you’re on your own.   All planned overlanding routes are merely suggested and they are all on public state and town highways.  While there will likely be other groups coming through, you will truly be on your own out there.  Go alone or go in small groups, but just be aware that our responsibility for you stops at the gate of the farm.   VOR is where you come to actually use your training and knowledge, so be smart out there.

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