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    Midwest Summit Update: Important Stuff.....

    2004 Midwest Singletrack Advocacy Summit Update

    There’s a significant amount of news and updates for this year’s Summit. Please bear with us, as we’ve been extremely busy trying to bring you the best festival to date.

    LOCATION CHANGE
    We’re still holding the Summit at one of the Midwest’s premier singletrack destinations, Landahl Park.

    Due to scheduling conflicts, we are changing trailhead locations. The correct trailhead is the Argo Road trailhead, not the Truman Road trailhead.

    Directions: From I-70 take MO Highway 7 North to Argo Road. Turn East (right) on Argo road. After stopping at the 4-way stop, the trailhead and Summit location will be on your left. Parking will be on your right.

    This trailhead is the same one as last year.

    LODGING (HOTEL) CHANGE
    ERTA and Ramada had a misunderstanding regarding the Summit weekend rate. Since they’re holding the cards (or rooms in this case), we’re not going to be able to offer the Summit rate as we intended.

    We suggest reserving a hotel room at Knights Inn, located at the intersection of I-70 and Hwy 7. Their room rates at $34.95 (plus tax) for double occupancy. The contact information is:

    Knights Inn
    1110 NW Hwy 7
    Blue Springs, MO

    816-224-4466

    CAMPING
    Due to the same scheduling conflicts, Summit attendees will not be able to use the group camping area at Landahl. We are still offering camping at the Summit, but unfortunately fires won’t be permitted.

    We apologize for this inconvenience.

    FRIDAY PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS
    We’ve separated the advocacy meetings from the festival portion of the Summit in order to provide singletrack advocates with more benefit for their local trails. We realize that this may present scheduling conflicts for some of you

    We’re extremely excited about our presenters this year. We’ve secured commitments from a number of professionals who are focused on promoting singletrack advocacy. The schedule of events:

    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Introductions

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    IMBA, Advocacy and Freeriding
    Brandon Dwight – IMBA NMBP Coordinator

    Brandon will present on IMBA’s focus and thoughts on freeriding and freeriding trails that will offer summit attendees ideas and solutions to freeriding and incorporating freeriding trails as part of a singletrack system.

    10:30 – 12:30
    Trail User Impacts on the Environment
    Don Weir – Environmental Geologist and Environmental Assessment Specialist

    Published author and scientist, Don will present specific information regarding trail users and trail user impacts on the environment. Don will be able to provide Summit attendees with scientific tools to clearly and effectively discuss the science of trails with their respective land managers.

    12:30 – 1:30
    Lunch

    1:30 – 2:30
    Website Development and Management for Advocacy Organizations
    Cort Andersen – Principal Partner, Identis, LLC.

    Cort Andersen will present Summit attendees with website development and management ideas based on his expertise as a founder of Identis, a website development and management company. Summit attendees will benefit by learning effective ways to set up and establish their web sites.

    2:30 – 3:30
    Ticks and Tick-born Diseases: Facts and Myths
    Dr. Greg Cummins

    Dr. Cummins will present facts and dispel myths related to ticks and tick born diseases. Anyone who uses singletrack trails in the Midwest knows that ticks are part of the outdoor experience. Dr. Cummins has conducted research relating specifically to ticks and the diseases they carry. His presentation will allow Summit attendees to bring valuable information back to their respective areas regarding the truth about ticks.

    3:30 – 5:30
    Round Table Advocacy Discussion
    Panel of Experts

    This open forum will allow advocates from throughout the Midwest to bounce ideas off each other, discuss success stories and ask questions of a panel of experts that ERTA has assembled from advocates located throughout North America.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for Summit attendees to learn from and impart their wisdom on the group.

    Directions to the meetings are found at www.earthriders.org

    MUSIC
    This year we’re featuring live music from some fantastic local bands. The mix of bands we’ve been able to put together for your listening pleasure is a funky mix of several different styles and genres.

    The Music Schedule is:

    MARCH 20th

    12-2pm
    Bixby Lane

    2-4pm
    Levee Town

    4-6pm
    Jarvis Jort

    7-10pm
    John Paul & the Flying Circus

    ERTA BENEFIT RAFFLE
    On Saturday afternoon, after the guided rides are finished, ERTA will offer Summit attendees the chance to win numerous prizes and products. This year we’re excited to feature products from:

    New Belgium Brewery (Cruiser Bike, Jerseys, more)
    Dirt Rag (Dirt Rag Products)
    Garmin (GPS)
    Trek (Tons of Trek Products)
    Surly (Surly Products)
    Salsa (Salsa Products)
    Red Bull (Red Bull Products)

    And many more.

    The raffle tickets will be sold at $2 each or 3 for $5. Any proceeds generated from the raffle will go towards helping ERTA offset our costs for the 2004 Summit.


    CONCLUSION
    Thanks for your support and for attending the Midwest Singletrack Advocacy Summit. The trails are in fantastic condition and we’re looking for to showing you around what IMBA considers “the best urban singletrack trail system in the country, if not the world”. High praise indeed, but we’ll back it up with some tasty, technical and altogether fun singletrack.

    We’re looking forward to seeing you in a about a week.

    Earth Riders Trails Association

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    Camping Questions

    Camping with night time temperatures in the 20's with no fires. Explain where we will be camping in relation to where we camped last year. Will fires be allowed in portable fireplaces? Will there still be space for RV's. Will we just be camped in an empty parking lot.....empty field.......?

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    Fire!

    What about using one of those patio fireplace things?

    I am not a pyro - I am merely a connoisseur of flamming objects.

    Any flamming object.

    Especially big ones that shoot out different colored flames and make rifle shot noises that scare the sh!t out of everybody within 20 feet as sparks go sailing over their heads and...

    I guess I'd settle for a neutered patio fireplace.
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    Camping explained...

    Quote Originally Posted by LakeRaven
    Camping with night time temperatures in the 20's with no fires. Explain where we will be camping in relation to where we camped last year. Will fires be allowed in portable fireplaces? Will there still be space for RV's. Will we just be camped in an empty parking lot.....empty field.......?
    The group camping area where we camped last year isn't available. You will be camping in the same relative area as the expo area. Separate, but equal. If we're able to contain the fires in portable grills, etc. you should be OK.

    Although I appreciate the night's chill, when people camp they don't really sleep next to the fire. They huddle around the fire until they go to bed, but they stay warm with a sleeping bag, etc.

    Plenty of room for RV/campers. No hook ups, but plenty of room.

    Did I answer the questions?

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    Officially....

    Quote Originally Posted by retch
    What about using one of those patio fireplace things?

    I am not a pyro - I am merely a connoisseur of flamming objects.

    Any flamming object.

    Especially big ones that shoot out different colored flames and make rifle shot noises that scare the sh!t out of everybody within 20 feet as sparks go sailing over their heads and...

    I guess I'd settle for a neutered patio fireplace.
    According to the government, right now, the answer is "no". Unofficially on the other hand, when no one is around to enforce the rules, the answer is "I don't know what you're talking about". Clear?

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    well then

    I just happen to have an "I don't know what you're talking about." I'll bring it with me.

    Anybody have wood? We'll need leetle pieces - fireplace sized chunks 12-24 inches long.
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    I'm just going to light the first authority figure who tells me I can't light a camp fire on fire. I hear the fat eventualy catches and then the body acts as a wick and burns said fat as fuel providing a long burning comfortable blaze. Should be lovely. Perhaps if alot of folks bring portable camp stoves we could make an alter of sorts to the campfire gods by placing ALL of them in the middle of the camp site and then ALL sit around and talk about how cold it is and how camping just sucks without a camp fire while drinking our favorite beverage (I'll pour a little out to the deity, you pour a little out to the deity) until we are told we can have real fire. A sort of drunken cyclist rain dance. Surely someone throughout the night will recieve word from the heavens that fire is ok. At that momnet we can dispense with the formalities and light a campfire. If anyone asks just tell them GOD one ups their authority!

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    Watch out for the bullets...

    Quote Originally Posted by vladamir
    I'm just going to light the first authority figure who tells me I can't light a camp fire on fire. I hear the fat eventualy catches and then the body acts as a wick and burns said fat as fuel providing a long burning comfortable blaze. Should be lovely. Perhaps if alot of folks bring portable camp stoves we could make an alter of sorts to the campfire gods by placing ALL of them in the middle of the camp site and then ALL sit around and talk about how cold it is and how camping just sucks without a camp fire while drinking our favorite beverage (I'll pour a little out to the deity, you pour a little out to the deity) until we are told we can have real fire. A sort of drunken cyclist rain dance. Surely someone throughout the night will recieve word from the heavens that fire is ok. At that momnet we can dispense with the formalities and light a campfire. If anyone asks just tell them GOD one ups their authority!
    It's your call, but be careful because the Ranger's bullets explode when they're introduced to fire. It would make my life much easier if I didn't have to pay the fines associated with the Summit not following the rules, so I would consider it a personal favor if you would keep the "I don't know what you're talking about"s discrete and understated. That will allow ERTA to remain solvent so we can organize the 2005 Summit.

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    Sounds reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retch
    I just happen to have an "I don't know what you're talking about." I'll bring it with me.

    Anybody have wood? We'll need leetle pieces - fireplace sized chunks 12-24 inches long.

    I've got food for the "I don't know what you're talking about". I'll plan on bringing what I can. It'll be small stuff. We'll keep it nice and discreet. Ken's right, we don't want to jeopardize 2005 plans.

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    what are you talking about???

    See you at the summit. I'll be in a little silver Isuzu pickup with a silver topper. I imagine we'll prolly set up near Lake Raven. Your thoughts Mr. Raven?
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    Da Forecast

    The forcast looks really nice! Highs in the low 60's and lows in the mid 40's with no precipitation. We decided against bringing a (blank), cuz we can huddle around our turkey fryer if we get cold. Come on by and bring gnomes or small varmints for a deep fried frik-a-see.

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    New question here. Any of youse guys know...

    Quote Originally Posted by LakeRaven
    The forcast looks really nice! Highs in the low 60's and lows in the mid 40's with no precipitation. We decided against bringing a (blank), cuz we can huddle around our turkey fryer if we get cold. Come on by and bring gnomes or small varmints for a deep fried frik-a-see.
    whether one can pick up some GAZ canisters for mini-stoves anywhere near the campground? Don't think the airline will give their imprimatur for us to bring some along in our luggage, especially if you have any idea what drevil looks like, and I find the idea of munching dehydrated food a tad bit unpalatable.
    "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!'' -- Henri Desgrange, from an article in L'Equipe

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    GAZ canisters

    It's not close to the campground, but Galyans in Leawood, KS carries both styles of the blue GAZ canisters. It is probbly your best bet in KC to find them. If you were coming from the airport it wouldn't be too much truoble to get there on the way to Landahl.

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    I'm not exactly sure when I'll be pulling in, but look for me in the blue full-size dodge pickup with blue topper. See ya there.

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