Author Archives: Walter

Questions and Answers

I have been getting a lot of questions about the run this year. More than usual. This is obviously a failure on my part to disseminate information effectively. So lets see if we can fix that.

The Basics

  • Read through our FAQs and NEWS section to see if your answer is there.
  • There is no registration or fee to participate in the run.
  • The sponsors are not paying for your food, gas or camping.

The Run

  • We Depart from Cool Beans Coffee Shop Friday Morning at 10 am.
    •  304 Kinderkamack Rd, Oradell, NJ 07649
  • The chase truck my not be able to help you. Be prepared.
  • Make sure your bike is sorted out. Don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.
  • If the past is any indication it will RAIN and you will get wet. Be prepaired.
  • There are plenty of gas stations and places to eat on the route and around the campsite.
  • It is not a RACE. Find a pace you are comfortable with and enjoy the ride.
  • Maps will post before the run. As late as possible. There is a good reason for this.
  • Printed Maps will be available Friday morning at Cool Beans Coffee shop.
  • Saturday’s Maps will be available at the T-shirt Booth Friday Night / Sat Morning.

The Camp

  • We are staying at the same CAMPSITE Friday and Saturday Night
    • Narrowsburg Campground  69 De Mauro Lane, Narrowsburg, NY 12764 (800) 252-3925
  • There will be a food truck with delicious and affordable food at the campsite.
  • Beer is FREE, (You can thank the sponsors for this) while it lasts, as long as you are 21 or older.
  • You must PAY for your CAMPSITE. Cost is $20 per person per night.
  • You CAN NOT reserve a specific site. First come first served. There is plenty of room for everybody.
  • You must CHECK IN at the CAMPSITE office when you arrive and get a wristband.
  • You can pay for your CAMPSITE in ADVANCE. This makes check in twice as fast!
    • I can’t recommend this enough! You should really do this.

The Events / Awards

  • You can sign up for the EVENTS at the t-shirt booth.
  • You may win a trophy, bragging rights and awesome prizes.
  • Judges will have final say if disputes arise.
  • No bribing judges! (Just kidding, you can TOTALLY bribe the judges.)

I think that covers it? Seriously, if you still have questions email us and I will do my best to get right back to you.

Walter

Games of Skill! (and stupidity.)

Well is is that time of year. The inspiring, Herculean effort by our brave Olympians got me thinking about the annual gypsy run games.They have been good in the past, but I know we can do better. Ya know… for America!

Introducing the 2016 Gypsy Run Games!

  • Ax throwing
  • Knife throwing
  • Archery
  • Dunlop Horseshoes
  • Kayak Races ( Kayaks towed by motorcycles around a corse.)

We obviously have given this a lot of thought so it’s understandable that we have little to no rules as of today. You can sign up on Friday at the T-shirt booth and we should have all the details worked out by then.

Good Luck and Godspeed!

Walter

The Gypsy Run Tattoo Shop. UPDATE!

UPDATE!

Due to circumstances beyond his control Mike will not be able to attend this year’s run. He sends his apologies. Next time you are in Brooklyn visit him at Flyrite Tattoo.

Saturday Night marks the return of Mike Lucena’s Gypsy Run Tattoo Shop.

He is going to work as long as he can or until he runs out of ink. We will have a sign up sheet at the T-shirt booth starting Friday.

How to Ride with a Pack (REPOST)

I posted three years ago. Still worth a read.

I’ve been thinking a lot about crashing lately. Over the past year it seems that not a month goes by without news of a horrible motorcycle accident that involves someone I know. Our friend TWT Mike just lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, and has a long road ahead of him before he fully recovers. All because someone was not paying attention. That is all it takes, one split second and your life changes. On the run last year we had a few fine fellows hit the dirt. Many more than I would have liked to see. Luckily everybody was okay and the worst injury was broken toe. This year lets shoot for none. No crashing would be great.
HERE is a link to a CHOP CULT article that Biltwell Bill wrote a few years ago about Pack riding. Read it. Written in his patented smart ass style, the article has tips that everyone could benefit from. Wether its your first year on the road or your fiftieth. Included is a copy of the story “HOW TO RIDE IN A PACK” originally published in Roth’s “Choppers” Magazine in 1967. See ya soon. ~Walter

“One inevitable thing about contemporary grass roots events is that it’s easy to find yourself riding in a large pack of bikes, most of them piloted by people you don’t even know yet. Of course this can be fun or a complete ball-up depending on where you are in the pack and who you end up next to, behind, etc. While the accompanying story originally published in Roth’s “Choppers” Magazine in ’67 may be old, the concepts are not outdated, only accentuated by the diverse machines and high speeds that mix it up in today’s group rides. The Big Daddy’s advice may lean more toward beginning club riders, but these lessons can be valuable to today’s noob rider as well.” Click here to read the rest of the article…

Details for Camping

Starting today you can reserve your Campsite for the Gypsy Run.

To make it easier on everyone The campsite will be handling the reservations directly.

The campsite fee for this year is $20 per person per night.

Narrowsburg Campground
(69 De Mauro Lane, Narrowsburg, NY 12764)

When you call make sure you mention the Gypsy Run.
Toll Free: (800) 252-3925
Email: lander@ptd.net
www.landersrivertrips.com

Hours

Monday – Friday 9am to 8pm
Saturday – 8am to 8pm
Sunday – 8am to 7pm

Itinerary for GRX

Hello fellow and future Gypsy Runners! Here is a basic rundown for this year’s run

Friday Sept. 9th

  • Meet at Cool Beans Coffee Shop in Oradell NJ
  • Kickstands up at 10am
  • Ride all day through the Catskills region of New York (Around 250mi)
  • Arrive at our Campsite around 5pm
  • Dinner around 8pm
  • Music, Movies and drinks all night.

Sat. Sept 10th.

  • Wake up
  • Choose your own Route! We will have several maps to choose from. Ride as little or as much as you want.
  • Back to the campsite for Dinner and games of skill and stupidity.
  • Awards presentation.
  • Continue with the fun…

Sun. Sept 11th

  • Get up.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Ride home to the warm embrace of your loved ones