19th Annual Northwest Tandem Rally knocks their socks off!
Hosted by the Evergreen Tandem Club and dubbed “Pedalin’ Round Puget Sound”, the 2004 NWTR was based at St Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington, one hour south of Seattle. A wide variety of routes and rest stop options were available to attendees (see route PDFs below). The college served as a hub, or “village” for lodging, vendor expo, activities, meals & police escorted mass starts. The 450 teams hailed from across the US and beyond including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Canada, and Switzerland.
The participant’s comments …
You put on pretty much the most organized tandem rally ever. You selected the best speaker – the best banquet – the best ice cream/beer/wine social – the most well marked routes. We got soaked with rain but we had a blast anyway.
(Laurie Foster, Carnation, WA)
Thanks for putting on a great rally. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a better-organized large event. Bravo. Even the weather wasn’t all that nasty.
(Kent Peterson, Co-Motion Cycles)
My wife and I wanted to thank you so much for making NWTR 2004 such a great event. I can’t imagine it being organized any better than it was. The weather could have been better, but you can’t organize that. Or else you would have. Your personal touch was obvious in making the rally what it was. (Scott Tuthill, Boise, ID)
Here’s some things participants liked about the venue:
- Everything was nicely grouped – nice facilities. GREAT JOB!
- Nice campus / and it allowed us to park our trailer with hook-ups
- Vegetation, smaller communities to ride through, everything is centrally located and arranged, all at one location at St. Martins; camping, showers, banquet & all
- Seemed to have plenty of parking – layout was good
- Great facility, close to hotels, ample parking
Breakfasts were great! The rally was well organized & obviously a lot of work went into the planning – GREAT JOB!!!
(Wayne & Mary Woodside)
Liked the convenience of the venue, good routes, good food. Very top notch rally. Many details were considered (Carol Hayes, ETC volunteer)