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    Updates From The Road

    JULY 7 - 5PM
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
    Chelsea Stratso

    After four weeks and more than a dozen tracks, the second leg of the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour has ended at our Georgia headquarters. The trusty Mighty Whitey got us through another trip safely. We pulled in late last night, but our work is far from over. No, I’m not talking about the next few hours that will be spent cleaning out our temporary home, but all the content that we will be busting out now that we are somewhat stationary. In addition to a full 800 MX gallery and a couple of interviews conducted from last week, the Fast Farms galleries are also on deck to go live this week. 

    We sure are missing the 800 MX wolfpack right about now..

    I was only part of the tour for two weeks, but I got to visit some awesome tracks in beautiful locations. Doublin Gap, Sleepy Hollow, 800 MX and Fast Farms are officially among some of my favorite tracks that I’ve been able to shoot at. All of them had some great spots to capture riders at their fastest, and the scenery took the opportunities for photos to another level. I have to say, the East Coast is where it’s at.

    Speaking of beautiful tracks, our weekend at Fast Farms gave me the chance to get some of my favorite shots on this tour. It didn’t matter where the sun was, there was always a section of the track that was perfectly lit, and no matter where I turned there was a great backdrop for the shots. Beyond the track, the experience at FF was one of a kind. It’s too often that when the racing wraps up, everyone heads back into their motorhomes and they are done for the day. The crew at Fast Farms made sure there were plenty of activities for all ages. On Friday it was the wheelie contest and slow bike race, followed by a movie screening. On Saturday they held a luau and served a great free dinner with BBQ, burgers, and cupcakes, yum! To top it all off, they held a dance contest that night where the people with the best moves won prizes. While I may have been too tired to really participate, Kaity went out and got some fun shots of the night. You’ll see more in the Fast Farms Saturday gallery coming out this week.

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of our journeys home. Crane and Kaity are headed back to California before they turn right around to go to their hometown in Illinois. I opted to head back to my hometown in Texas before heading back to California.. where I will turn around and go to Loretta’s. The travel never ends, coincidentally neither does the fun. The tour may be over, but keep an eye out for photos and videos coming out over the next couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted on when our next adventure is. You never know, we may be coming to your home track!

    JULY 7 - 12PM
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
    Kaity Butterfield

    Weekend Update: Fast Farms. Our weekend at Fast Farms so far has been even better than we could have hoped. Friday morning we were greeted by perfect weather and many sweet dogs. Yes, even the puppies were excited to see us! The weather couldn't have been better for the holiday and a lot of people came out for practice. The track was well maintained while they prepared the pits for the weekend's festivities. We pulled out our $13 grill and made burgers for a very late dinner; they didn't mention that what we saved in money would be spent in time, but Jason's burgers were worth the wait! Soon after the firework show at the track people made their way to bed to rest up for racing on Saturday. I woke up to a fly in my nose and knew that it would be a long day, but the weather was just as great as Friday's. Luckily, our tent was set up right next to the luau area where they dumped sand, set up tables and umbrellas and served barbecue...AND had a DJ for the evening! I can honestly say that I have never seen a track do anything like that...and especially at no extra cost for the guests. We grabbed some pulled pork sandwiches and lays and watched a select few be awarded with fireworks for winning the dance off. They really went big at Fast Farms for the holiday weekend and it was fun for everyone. Today, Sunday, has been bittersweet as we wrap up another leg of the tour. The sun came up this morning and had the last of our frozen breakfast sandwiches that we will all miss dearly and got ready for the last race we will be at on the tour. It was another long day, needless to say, but we really enjoyed the perfect weather, great people, and all the racing out on the track. We couldn't have asked for a better way to end our trip. It has definitely made it a little harder to leave, but I think we are all ready to shower and sleep in our own beds. It has been a pleasure, Fast Farms! Thank you for an incredible weekend and for hosting an amazing event for everyone!

    JULY 5 - 10AM
    FAST FARMS
    Chelsea Stratso

    While photographing yesterday evening’s wheelie contest and slow bike race, I noticed there were two other photographers on site. As we tried our best to stay out of each other’s shots while capturing all the fun, I noticed something really cool about all three of us: we are all female.

    If you’ve never noticed before, the male to female ratio of photographers is usually the about the same as that of the motocross industry as whole. Very rarely do I even see a fellow female snapping pictures, and I don’t think it’s ever been that every photographer on the track is a women. No offense to you guys out there, but this is awesome.

    After activities wrapped up, the youngest of the women came up to the vurb tent, and told us a little about herself. Her name is Faith Humphrey, and she is a 16-year-old motocross photographer from the South East. Motocross runs in her blood, and she is hoping to make motocross photography her career. She put together some images for us to look at, and I was blown away. She has a great eye and she was able to capture the light yesterday in a really beautiful way. I enjoyed her work so much that I pulled some of the best images together for a “Fast Farms Friday” gallery. Click the photo below to check it out. Enjoy!! And keep up the work, Faith! 

    JULY 4 - 9AM
    FAST FARMS
    Kaity Butterfield

    Good Times and Dirtbikes Merican Tour
    The Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour has taken us all through Texas and now all through the east. Living in Southern California, this tour has nearly taken us through the entire country. We have seen mountains, plains, deserts and forests across these varied United States, but no matter where we have found ourselves, no matter which extreme we face on which coast, we always see our American flag proudly waving in the wind.
    This great country, known for freedom, pride, and a strong love for beer, was born to protect our human rights. It was born as a place where people could say what they want, do as they please, and, in time, to ride their motorcycles proud and free. It has become a place where people are free to ride where they want and how they want without being controlled. That's what gives us that freeing feeling on a dirtbike.
    We will proudly celebrate our freedom this weekend with our fellow Americans. The 4th of July is a day to wish our great country a happy birthday and thank our forefathers and those who fight for American freedom. We will light our fireworks and watch them fill the sky with sparkling colors, represent the red, white and blue. We will cheers our beers for the people who give up their freedoms to fight for ours.
    Perhaps this holiday is considered to be a huge party day (and surely any given police officer's busiest day of the year), but that's why we love it. It is a day where everyone can set aside their differences and celebrate the fact that we are all proud Americans enjoying our freedoms. So let's all come together and recognize the many great things about this country. From coast to coast, let's put on our red, white and blue and wave our flags high in the air! This is Merica the Great and it's time to celebrate!

    JULY 4 - 9AM
    FAST FARMS
    Chelsea Stratso

    Happy 4th of July from the GTDT crew! We're at Fast Farms all weekend, and you can bet your motocross lovin' butts that we are celebrating our wonderful country all day long!

    The only thing that would make these overalls and red, white, & blue camo more American is a PBR in my left hand.

    Come by our merch tent so we can get a photo of you with our flag because why not?!

    This weekend the crew at Fast Farms is doing things a little different. In the spirit of Loretta's, tomorrow will be a one moto format to focus on endurance. Motos will run 15-20 minutes depending on the classes. FF wanted to mix things up a bit, while also giving riders a chance to prepare for the Ranch.

    We couldn't be more excited to be here celebrating our freedom and enjoying a good dirtbike race here at FF this weekend!

    JULY 3 - 10PM
    800 MOTOCROSS PARK
    Kaity Butterfield

    Vurb's Moto
    "So, do you ride?" A typical question that I usually have to answer "no" through blushing cheeks. Today, however, our friends at 800 Motocross Park helped me change my answer. Chelsea and I were promised a quick riding lesson before we pulled out today. Trevor Ezell and Garett "GB" Laine came knocking on our door this afternoon on the 250 for Chelsea's lesson. They later brought over the 85 for mine since I don't have quite as much experience as Chelsea (she ended up on the 85). While Trevor patiently taught us the basics, Jason took off on the big boy bike to put in a couple laps on the track that we weren't allowed on just yet. Needless to say, we don't travel with bikes and we don't get many offers to ride other people's bikes (we're off the track for a reason). It was really great to meet everyone at 800 MX and to spend some time on the bike for once. We had an awesome time with the wolf pack there and I'm sure we're all glad we had a chance to stop at their killer track! Thanks for the hospitality, boys (and Karen)!


    JULY 3 - 11AM
    EN ROUTE
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next Stop: Fast Farms MX
    It is hard to say goodbye to another awesome track, especially knowing that our next stop will also be our last. We are making our way to Fast Farms MX in Tennessee for this weekend's SAS Race. The past month has gone by so fast and it really is a blur in my mind, but once I have some time to rest my brain I know I will be able to enjoy looking back on some really awesome memories made. With that said, we still have one heck of a weekend ahead of us to create many more memories! We will be out at Fast Farms decked out in our American finest and we hope to celebrate with all of you. This will be your last chance to meet us, get on the site, or purchase a copy of Meta for only $5. Yeah, that's more than $10 off! So find us under the tent near the RV to hang out and celebrate America, the greatest country on the planet (Ricky Bobby sure said it best) and make our last stop one to remember!

    JULY 2 - 9AM
    800 MX
    Chelsea Stratso

    On our way to 800 MX in Crofton, KY, a quick look at the weather showed that we may have been driving toward a "derecho." I still have no idea how it differs from a regular storm, except that it's extra gnarly. I'm not sure if that's what we ended up in, but the track was definitely hit with something.

    I was concerned that it would ruin our final ride day of this roadtrip, but turns out the track was in need for a little water lovin'. We're on a delay this morning, but nonetheless, the practice day will begin shortly!

    JULY 1 - 1PM
    EN ROUTE
    Kaity Butterfield

    The Life of a Merch Girl
    I get the vibe that many people think that being a merch girl is easy. Sure, it's a pretty laid back gig and there isn't too much stress that comes with the job, but I do a little more than what you may think.
    My job description includes staying at the tent during events, selling merch, counting money, keeping merch and event papers organized, and talking to the people I meet at the track. It's pretty basic, but I like to take any job I get very seriously and I like to do it well. I'm very lucky to get to stay under the tent in the shade all day, especially when my coworkers are running around the track, dripping sweat, and getting fried in the sun. I know that my job is pretty easy, but like I said, a lot of people tend to think that's all there is to it.
    When we leave the track, I do the typical retail closing duties: clean up, count money, take inventory, restock boxes; the whole shebang. That's not where my work ends though. I love working, that might sound weird to some people but it's apparently some kind of gene that I get from my dad or something. When my coworkers are fully concentrated on what they are working on, I can't sit still and do nothing. Instead of laying around, eating Rice Krispies and watching Netflix, I ask to be put to work and I try my best to stay busy as long as they are. While they do their work, I write blogs for the tour page, help with blogs or articles for the site, help with transcripts, organize and clean the motorhome, make sure the Vurb Instagram is keeping followers updated, or do anything I can to help with Chelsea and Jason's workload. I know there is always work to be done, so I am always glad to help accomplish as much as I possibly can.
    From folding and bagging all the shirts to writing Hometown Hero articles for the site, I'm always sure to stay as busy as possible. Sure, I'm the one who decided to take on these responsibilities, but I believe it's the right thing to do and I know that it's what I want to do. I love being the one under the tent talking to fans, answering questions, and helping people get on the site just as much as I love helping the Vurb crew with anything I can. I'll always gladly admit that I am just a merch girl, but I'm happy to say that's not where my work ends.

     

    JULY 1 - 10AM
    SOUTH POINT, OHIO
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next stop: 800 Motocross Park
    The tour is winding down and soon coming to an end. Our ride day tomorrow at 800 Motocross Park will be one of our very last stops and we hope to see you all there! The riding starts at 9am and goes till dark. What better way to start a new month? The cost to ride is just $10 and privateers ride free. This will be one of your last chances to see yourself in a gallery or video and to pick up a shirt, hat, or a copy of Meta which I will be selling for just $5 at the track! Don't miss out on an awesome day with the Vurb crew!

    JUNE 30 - 10AM
    HIGH POINT
    Kaity Butterfield

    We have finally entered into our last week of the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour. It is so hard to believe that another leg of our tour is soon coming to an end. This week we just have two stops and a lot of driving.
    We decided to stay an extra night at High Point in order to finish some work before we venture to our next stop. Although we don't have an event to attend until Wednesday, our "spare time" won't be all fun and games. When we get time "off" we use it to catch up on site content, so we always stay busy. This tour isn't all about work though, it's about good times! We plan to work hard and earn ourselves some time to enjoy our travels through the east. The drive to Kentucky will be a long one, but that doesn't mean that it can't be fun! Who knows, maybe we will find a nice place to stop and meet some fans or enjoy the scenery that we don't get back home.
    On Wednesday we will host our last Vurb Ride Day at 800 MX in Kentucky and we will be at Fast Tracks in Tennessee this weekend. These stops will be the last chance for our friends and fans to come see us at the track and get the chance to be in a gallery or video on the site. I think I speak for the whole crew when I say that this trip has been one to remember. We have had so much fun meeting everyone and exploring new places. Thank you all who have made this trip special and we look forward to our last week on the road and celebrating the 4th of July with more great people!

    JUNE 29 - 1PM
    HIGH POINT
    Kaity Butterfield

    Weekend Update: High Point
    Through heat, humidity, and eventually some rain, the riders at High Point this weekend haven't given up on the final regional qualifier. The combination of intense heat and moisture hanging think in the air on Saturday called for a long day of racing and, for Chelsea and Jason, shooting. Although the weather was nearly unbearable, a lot of people came out and many took it as a chance to prepare for the predicted heat at Loretta's in August. The track was in great condition thanks to the crew who fought the stubborn sun and kept it watered throughout the day. Overall the day was a success!
    Today (Sunday) was a bit messy due to the rain that kindly held off for us all day yesterday. Although it was rainy and overcast, the racing went on. The clouds occasionally broke, letting the sun light the perfectly groomed track. We saw a lot of really great riding today as everyone racing tried to prove themselves for the final time.
    Our weekend at High Point was successful and enjoyable. When the riders are having fun, we have fun! It's all about the good times and everyone here contributed to that. Thank you, High Point for the great memories made this weekend!

    JUNE 29 - 12PM
    HIGH POINT
    Chelsea Stratso

    Disorientation Nation

    As with any roadtrip there comes a moment time starts to blur. The days start to mix in with one another, you aren’t sure what day you were at this track or that track, and sometimes you forget what month it is. It’s July right? Wait, it’s June? Where was I in May? These are all real questions I asked myself over the past few days... and I’ve only been on this trip for a week.

    I’ve been disoriented in general for the past year and a half (wait that’s when I started working at vurb... I’m seeing a pattern here) so this is nothing new for me. Just recently an airlines employee asked me what my final destination was and I had to stop to think about it for a suspiciously long time. While the disorientation that comes with this lifestyle is frustrating, it is equally addicting. I love going to new places, I love getting caught up in the experiences, and I love making the most of my time somewhere. Most of all, I really enjoy what happens when the days start to blur together.

    Last week we had the chance to go check out a spot in Pennsylvania with our buddy Eric Shirk at a swim spot that looked like the perfect place to spend an afternoon off. In my usual fashion I underestimated how long it would take to get where we were going. You’d be surprised how easy it is to confuse 300 feet with a much longer drive. We got there in time to go for a swim just before a huge storm rolled in. Regardless of the imminent thunder storm, I was not going to leave that place until I was fully submerged in water. It was at that same moment that it started pouring down rain. While most people would be disappointed by this, it was a great adventure. I wouldn’t be okay with myself knowing I had spent time in a state for the first time without doing something exciting.

    The next day, it was back to work. We headed out to Sleepy Hollow for another fun day of practice. We were greeted by the friendliest staff who really put forth the effort to roll out the red carpet for us. We were thrilled to see how many people came out to support us, and to help raise money for the McDade family with the $5 parade lap. We got to spend time catching up with the Meshey family, and we have a handful of riders for this week’s Hometown Hero article. Our favorite part of the day was the trivia contest for All Balls Racing that Crane (surprisingly) did a great job of hosting. We’re even thinking of holding our own trivia contest at Fast Farms this weekend.. stay tuned.

    The past few days have been a little more serious. We are at the Loretta Lynn Northeast Amateur Regional Championship at High Point. This is the last and final weekend for riders to earn their spot at the Ranch next month. It’s been an emotional weekend full of excitement and disappointment, and scattered showers turned a few motos into mudders.

    We enjoy the excitement of high pressure racing, but we are really looking forward to our next laid back practice day this week. We recently added our stop for this Wednesday at 800 MX in Crofton, KY. We’ll be out there from 9am-dark and it is just $10 to ride. Pro Privateers ride for free.. that’s right, I used the f-word. Free! Come down and join us as we wind down the last week of this leg of the tour. If you need any addition info on the track or are looking for directions, be sure to check out the track page here. See you guys in Kentucky! If you know of any sick spots along the way that we can check out for an adventure, feel free to let us know!

    JUNE 27 - 6PM
    HIGH POINT
    Kaity Butterfield

    Hello, High Point! After a very long day we have finally made it to High Point for the regional qualifier this weekend. I'm so excited to be here for the third regional of our trip! I always enjoy these events; there are so many people and the riders are always so pumped to be at the track for a few days. Jason and Chelsea will be on and off the track all weekend long to gather footage and I will be in the shade under our tent with tons of merch! I will also have Austin Mincey stickers to give out in return for donations for the family. There will be a lot going on at High Point this weekend, so don't miss out on the fun! We hope to see you soon!

     

    JUNE 27 - 9AM
    HAGERSTOWN, MD
    Kaity Butterfield

    I have mentioned before that this is my first time east of Illinois, aside from the occasional drive to Florida with my family. As I have ventured further east, my eyes have really been opened to the unique qualities of this region.

    I've become accustomed to the scenery of the Midwest and Southern California. Illinois being flat and green and SoCal being elevated and brown year round. The rich green hills and mountains of the east aren't what I'm used to seeing, but the unique combination is more beautiful than I could have expected. Even the wild flowers we fly past on the road are new to me; natural colors I don't see sprouting anywhere else. The summer weather here isn't the unbearable scorching humid heat or dangerously high and dry temperatures that I am so used to. Here in the North East the scattered clouds and pleasant winds help maintain comfortable temperatures that I typically see late in the spring season back in whichever area I call "home" for the time being. 

    While the weather may be a rather pleasant difference here, it isn't the only thing that has me in constant awe of the East. The history in this area lives in each building I see and every river I cross. The houses have been gently taken care of through countless years and stories generated. In Southern California everything is new and flashy to withstand the next couple of years before it is rebuilt again. Out here, that is not the case. History in these parts has been held onto since the beginning. I feel like I have time traveled back to an age where the bridges are built of stone and the houses hold simple beauty. Pennsylvania being a heavily Amish populated area, it truly feels like I crawled out of a time machine instead of my tiny seat at the back of a plane. Call me old fashioned, but I love the ease here of imagining the simplicity of life; how it was before television or the internet. 

    With all of that said, who isn't thankful for technology? Without technology, we wouldn't have made it to any of the incredible tracks out here; tracks covered in lively trees (Chelsea's favorite part) and dirt that locks in moisture and stubbornly holds it until the hidden sun wins the tug-o-war games it plays. The majority of the tracks I have been to are in Southern California where there is no match against the dry and desperately thirsty environment. The eastern tracks have definitely been a nice change of pace and it has been interesting to see how differently they are handled by both the riders and the track crew. I'm no expert, but I would say that track conditions have been pretty prime out here, other than occasional flooding from a so far rainy summer.

    This is a whole new world for me. Not only exploring this region, but being a part of the motocross industry. Both are very different from the things I am used to and comfortable with, but both have welcomed me kindly and proved to be great decisions that I am so thankful for. Here's to the memories!

    JUNE 26 - 12PM
    SLEEPY HOLLOW MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    The Halfway Point
    After two weeks on the road we have reached our halfway point of the second leg of our tour. It is hard for me to believe that we just have two weeks left. The traveling and typical work stresses have me pretty tired, but it doesn't feel like we should already be this close to the end. I have had so much fun and I have made so many great memories on the road and I'm not at all ready for this leg to be over. In the past two weeks I have seen sites that I never imagined I would see; in just one day I saw both the east and the west coast. Being a small town girl for the Midwest, i never thought that I would have so many opportunities to see so much of the United States. This trip has been such a blessing and it has led me to meet an incredible amount of great people. Although it will be hard to say goodbye to another month on tour, we will wrap things up at the end of the 4th of July weekend which is the perfect way to celebrate another exciting GTDT trip. We have experienced a lot in the past two weeks and I really look forward to the experiences we are blessed with over the remainder of our travels.

    JUNE 26 - 12PM
    SLEEPY HOLLOW MX
    Chelsea Stratso

    After a good bit of rain yesterday, it looks like it's shaping up to be another nice day in Pennsylvania. We're at Sleepy Hollow MX for a Vurb Practice Day from 2pm-8pm, it's $30 to ride and there will be a $5 parade lap to benefit the McDade family. Come out for a fun day of riding!

    JUNE 25 - 7PM
    SAN CLEMENTE, CA
    Wes Williams

    We've finally dialed in our LAST STOP (for a vurb ride day anyways) and we plan on hitting 800MX on our way through Kentucky.  It'll only be 10$ to ride and Pro Privateers that want to come rip from the Muddy Creek National are welcome to come FO' FREE!

    For more information on 800MX Click HERE, or click on it in the left hand navigation. 

    JUNE 25 - 10AM
    EN ROUTE, PA
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next Stop: Sleepy Hollow MX Park
    The time has come to hit the road and make our way to Sleepy Hollow MX Park! Tomorrow, June 26, our GTDT crew will host the Vurb Ride Day from 2 to 8pm. It is $30 to ride and you will also have the opportunity to help benefit the McDade family. Their son, Keegan, is just shy of 3 years old and is battling some very serious health issues. There will be a parade lap in his honor; the cost is just $5 and that money will go to the family. Not only will we be selling shirts, hats, and copies of Meta under the tent, but we will also be accepting donations for the McDade family. Come out to support this incredibly strong family in their time of need. We hope to see you there! Stop by our tent for merch and to make a donation!

    JUNE 24 - 7PM
    DOUBLIN GAP MX
    Chelsea Stratso

    I gotta say, my first day back couldn’t have gone any better. It had actually been a while since I spent this much time shooting at the track and it was great to get back in the routine at Doublin Gap. It was so refreshing to have some green scenery for a change, and the turnout was great. The second that 2 o’ clock rolled around, bikes were on the track and they did not stop until right at 8. It was a great way to get back in the swing of things and to get acclimated to this heat.. guess I’m out here training for Loretta’s too!

    We got to witness something special today, the #77 of David Vertucci became the first person to ever jump to massive double, obviously making him our number one choice for this track’s Hometown Hero. Keep an eye out for the blog about his story coming out this week, compliments of Kaity.

    We also got to meet Ryan Batman... yes, his legally born last name is Batman (pictured above). The track was filled with families out for fun, and a handful of those were part of the Loretta’s training circuit. Some going for the first time, some for the 6th or 7th. Even so, the atmosphere was still laid back. The first few hours were dominated by the big bikes, but it was the little rippers who really stole the show in the evening. It was a blast to get photos of them hitting jumps and racing each other. I’m about to hit my first late night/early morning of editing on this trip to get the gallery up within the next few days.

    Things have been going pretty smoothly.. except for this. Which I'm still not sure exactly what is going on here with our canopy.

    Tomorrow we are going to explore this great state of Pennsylvania, and then onward to Sleepy Hollow in Fredericksburg, PA for practice from 2pm-8pm.

    JUNE 24 - 12PM
    DOUBLIN GAP MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Welcome (motor) Home, Chelsea!
    On the first leg of the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour we had our photographer Chelsea Stratso with us the full month. We developed closer friendships and specific systems for our work and everything flowed smoothly. While we were very happy to have Troy Bendgen for two weeks and Bobby Wells for a weekend, it just wasn't the same without our girl Chelsea.
    We were finally reunited when we went to pick her up at the Pittsburgh International Airport, and yes, she was greeted by our GTDT rig which I'm sure she had missed. It feels good to get going again with her and to have her guidance and advice while we work and travel. I am especially enjoying her leading me in one-on-one comedy yoga classes in our free time. Yeah, it's just as entertaining as it sounds! Although being on the road so much can be difficult at times, we are glad to have her back with us and we look forward to more good times. Welcome back, Chelsea! We are glad to have you here!

    JUNE 24 - 9AM
    DOUBLIN GAP MX
    Chelsea Stratso

    We out here! We rolled into Doublin Gap in Newburg, PA yesterday evening, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the scenery. The track is being prepped for today's practice which begins at 2pm and runs through 8pm. Join us out here for a fun day of riding! The cost is $30, and all proceeds after operating costs will be donated to the Mincey family. We will also be accepting donations under our merch tent. See ya soon!

     

    JUNE 23 - 9AM
    MONROEVILLE, PA
    Chelsea Stratso

    As a regular traveler I’m not really used to getting settled in somewhere, but the past few weeks I was really diggin’ my routine. Early morning workouts, stop by the beach in the afternoon, hot yoga in the evening. I was happily turning into a true Californian with the tan to match. Hey, maybe that’s why Wes sent my Orange County hippie butt back on the road... and I’m glad he did.

    Even though I’ve never been to this part of the country, the East Coast is almost nostalgic for me. I have a lot of good memories made in Georgia, Tennesee, and Florida, those that I made before vurb and those from the journeys that this job has taken me to. I’ve been very fortunate to spend my time at Loretta’s, Gatorback and plenty of places in between. I’m excited to see what adventures await me in.... wait, where am I?

    Insert long sigh here, because I didn’t even spell the city correctly. I like to think of myself as a well educated broad.. I have my Bachelor’s degree, I graduated with honors, and I enjoy a good book every now and then. What I’m trying to say is, “I ain’t no basic.” But geography is not my strong point (blame it on that small town schooling). When I stepped off the plane, I definitely had to take a look at the map. I’m excited to see what Pennsylvania has to offer in terms of everything - food, motocross, and people. Every state is different and holds its own unique journey. In the next few days we’ll be hitting up Doublin Gap, Sleepy Hollow, and ending the week at High Point. Make sure you come by our rig and say hello! Here she is pictured outside of the Pittsburgh airport.. Getting picked up in style.

    JUNE 23 - 8AM
    DOUBLIN GAP MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next Stop: Doublin Gap MX. On Tuesday the GTDT crew will be at Doublin Gap MX in Newburgh, Pennsylvania for night practice from 2 to 8pm. The cost to get in is 30 dollars and all proceeds after operation costs will go to the Mincey family. We are really looking forward to being a part of this event and helping raise money and supporting the family. Come out to see us and support a great cause! We will also accept donations for the Minceys under the tent. We look forward to seeing you there for an awesome day of riding!

    JUNE 22 - 8AM
    PLEASURE VALLEY MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Noise Complaint.  Often times at the track we are unable to find a place to plug the motor home in. Luckily we have a generator that gives us enough power to charge our electronics and get the job done. The problem, however, is the noise that is also generated. I would say that of all the generators at the track, ours is the loudest...by far! Many people, especially those around us, are very understanding of the noise and are very kind in allowing us to run it when we need to. I can guarantee that we are equally as crazy from the noise level as those around us! Thank you to everyone who has experienced the noise and allowed us to use our very loud generator, and we apologize for the noise!

    JUNE 21 - 12PM
    PLEASURE VALLEY MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Time With the Amateurs.  Before this adventure, I had never spent time around the amateurs. I had only been to a handful of pro events and I obviously didn't spend any time just chatting with those guys. Aside from a couple practice days at Milestone and Perris in California, I had never even been to an amateur event, and I was missing out!
    I am totally new to this. When we pull into a track it's like everything stops for a split second. Maybe it is because no one wants to be hit by our 35 footer, but I like to think that it's because people are surprised and excited to see Vurb at their home track. As I always say, I love meeting everyone at the track and I truly mean that, especially at the amateur events. Although I'm just the merch girl, I always have my eye out for people to tell the crew about. I like trying to get everyone on the site and helping them have their voices heard. These riders all have unique stories and burning passion for this sport. Motocross isn't just a job for these riders yet, and I think that helps them to enjoy what they do and just have fun with it because they love it.
    Spending time with the amateurs has been so awesome for me. Everyone has so much positive energy and so many stories have touched my life. Even just six months ago I would not have guessed this is where I would be, but I am so blessed to be out here with so many ambitious and dedicated riders.

    JUNE 20 - 10PM
    PLEASURE VALLEY MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next Stop: Pleasure Valley.  Time for another regional! We are set up and ready for the weekend to begin. During this leg of the tour we haven't been to as many races as practices, not that I discriminate against practice by any means, but races are where it's at! The energy fills the pits and brings excitement even all the way to venders' row and to me under our tent. I always love spending a full weekend at one event; it gives me more opportunities to meet people at the track which I love to do! This weekend we have a new crew member temporarily joining us, Bobby, who I am very excited to meet. I really look forward to beginning the weekend and being at a race again. With each day comes new memories and I can't wait to make some great ones through the weekend!

    JUNE 19 - 8PM
    MALVERN MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Our Boy, Troy.  After two weeks of traveling with Troy Bendgen as our writer and photographer, it won't be easy saying goodbye as he travels home to prepare for his wedding. For the past two weeks Troy has been our boy! He has worked his behind off with write ups, photo galleries, and at times, having to travel back and forth between work and home. If anyone deserves recognition, it is the man who never sleeps, Troy. We cannot thank him enough for the amount of hard work he has put into this tour, especially with an upcoming wedding! We were so glad to have him with us for this adventure and we wish him safe travels and a very happy wedding day!

    JUNE 19 - 2PM
    MALVERN MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    #GTDT Hashtag Contest. We have chosen our winner of the GTDT hashtag contest on Instagram! Cody Purvis will be sent a free shirt or hat of his choice for his photo of our rig at Beans Bike Park.

    Thank you, Cody for using our hashtag and for supporting our time on the road during the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour! Be sure that you are also using our hashtag for your chance to win free Vurbmoto merch!

    JUNE 19 - 2PM
    MALVERN MX
    Troy Bendgen

    We have arrived to Malvern MX and the GTDT crew is ready to go!
    Practice starts at 4PM and will go until around 9.

    It rained last night leaving the track in primo condition, which means if you come out
    and ride that you're going to have a good time. 

    Crane is running around with his video equipment and I will be taking
    photos and conducting interviews. As always we have all of the vurb
    and Meta merchandise your heart desires. Come getchu some!

    JUNE 19 - 11AM
    MALVERN MX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Malvern MX.  It's been all over twitter and the buzz has been growing! That's right, y'all, we are at Malvern MX for today's night practice from 4 to 9pm! We pulled in to the track last night to camp out and prepare ourselves for the day and we are ready to roll! As we drove through "town" (a gas station and a McDonald's) we were actually stopped by a fan, Gabe, who was stoked to see that we were in town and heading to Malvern for practice tonight. It's the little things like Gabe running towards the GTDT rig telling me to roll down my window that gets me so excited about what I am here to do. I love hearing feedback from the fans and even from those who have never heard of Vurbmoto. Our job is to please the audience, and feedback always helps us to make Vurb what you guys want it to be. We are so excited to see and meet you all! Stop by and pick up a copy of META, a hat, or some free stickers! We will see you out there!

    JUNE 18 - 8PM
    SAN CLEMENTE, CA
    Wes Williams

    From the vurbmoto California HQ, complete with sunshine, ocean views, and absolutely 0 frozen breakfast sandwiches, I'm happy to announce a new feature here on the Roadtrips page, as well as the entire site.  You can now click the tracks to the left, featured on the schedule, and get telephone numbers, address/directions, and other general information.  I'm sure hundreds, if not thousands - maybe millions, of you from all over the world have set of for Bean Bike Park with absolutely no idea where you were going, and probably didn't make it to the vurbmoto Ride Day because of it.  Don't fret; we've got you covered from now on.

    Plenty more functionality to come, but check out your favorite tracks on our new Track Guide presented by META.

    JUNE 18 - 7PM
    CINCINNATI, OHIO
    Troy Bendgen

    I finally have a moment to collect my thoughts and reflect on what has unfolded in the past four days. This Good Times and Dirtbikes tour has been a blur for me and unfortunately the last stop for me is tomorrow at Malvern MX.

     

    GTDT Roaring Knob

    Let’s dive right into the start of the week and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The weather was perfect for a day at the track and adding the fact that it was Father’s Day didn’t hurt either. The track was in phenomenal condition and had a lot of elevation changes. Before practice went underway riders did a memorial lap in honor of Austin Mincey. It was cool to see people of all age groups take to the track for a great day of practice.

    On Tuesday we hit up Beans Bike Park and again I was blown away with the facility. I have obviously been living under a rock my entire life because I live not terribly far away from these national caliber tracks, but yet have never been to any of them.

    A few of the guys I race against locally came out for the night and I was able to catch up with them. Also in attendance at Beans was James Justice, yes that James Justice. He was busy putting in motos and looked very fast like always.

    Beans was also a very cool experience for me because I had the chance to talk with a photographer who contributes to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He comes out to Beans to help PJ the track owner and it was cool to hear about some of his experiences on the job.

    Malvern will be a sad day for me. Like I said before, it’s my last stop on the tour, but you can’t really blame me as my wedding is rapidly approaching. Also, I have a bachelor party to attend to this weekend! I have thoroughly enjoyed myself going to these tracks and kicking it with awesome people. You guys coming to these ride days make the sport fun.

    James Justice Beans Bike Park

    JUNE 18 - 3PM
    CINCINNATI, OHIO
    Troy Bendgen

    Next Stop: Malvern Motocross

    The next stop (and last stop for me) on the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour, takes place at Malvern MX tomorrow night. Practice will be held from 4-9PM and it will be $25 per rider. If you have your pro license it will only cost you $10 to ride.

    Come out and enjoy the evening with us! We want to meet everybody who comes to the track and you could quite possibly see yourself on vurb. Crane and I will be shooting video and photos as well as conducting interviews throughout the night.

    Hope to see ya’ll there!

    JUNE 17 - 7PM
    BEANS BIKE PARK
    Kaity Butterfield

    Themiddleofnowhere, USA.  On our way to Roaring Knob, we took the road far less traveled...literally. The road that took us to the track was narrow and bumpy to say the least. A cobblestone path slowly and unsurely led us through acres of grassy fields, and we became unsure of the directions given to us. We took our chances and continued traveling through the middle of nowhere and soon stumbled upon one of the prettiest tracks I have ever seen.
    Hidden by trees on the tip top of a mountain in Pennsylvania, the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a town in itself. With their concessions kitchen, clothing store, and plenty of RV parking, they've got everything you could need (other than Walmart. That's about 30 miles out). After our day of exploring the track, filming, and roasting in the warm sun, Dustin Kendall and Ashley Boyan decided to take us to a local spot that they call Blue Hole. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the location followed by a short but rather intense hike (for me, at least) downhill. They told us that we would only see such a site just once in our lives, which seemed creepy as we walked through the well secluded and forestry area. We followed the sound of rushing water and quickly found that this was no water hole, but a waterfall that carried water down a well hidden stream. The water was frigid like the Pacific waters back home on the west coast. Me being so wimpy and sensitive to the cold, I didn't get in past my ankles. In fact, none of us got in other than Dustin who, of course, jumped into the "below freezing" waters from the top of the waterfall and later used the waterfall as a water slide. I tried to take everything in because I knew our new friends were right; I would only experience this place once unless I planned on coming back.
    We gathered our belongings and began to hike back up to the truck. It was hard to leave knowing that we had missed out on so much. Little did we know how much there was to do in Themiddleofnowhere, USA. From feeding lions to paintball to white water rafting, this place had so many things to offer that we would never have guessed.
    Although our time there was short, we met new people, made new friends, and experienced the peace found in a tiny mountain town in Pennsylvania. This is a prime example of why I have fallen in love with traveling and the motocross family. I could never do anything in my life to experience what I have experienced in this industry and with these people. Everyday I wake up away from my family and in a tiny motorhome and eat a breakfast sandwich that I pulled from the freezer; it's not luxurious by any means, but I could never feel richer or luckier than I do when I wake up with the GTDT crew in this teeny tiny motorhome with my frozen science project of a breakfast. Thank you all for the good times!

    JUNE 17 - 6PM
    BEANS BIKE PARK
    Troy Bendgen

    I finally have internet, and after an eventful day for Craniac and Kaity (it’s life on the road man), we have all found our way to Beans Bike Park. Practice has been going since about 5:30 and we will be riding until it gets too dark to see. The track crew has really put in the work for today and the track is loamy as well as perfectly watered.

    The track features a lot of big jumps as well as wide sweeping turns. We can’t wait to see how the lines start shaping up.

    I have to remind everyone that you don’t have to pay to practice today, so get out here and see what Beans has to offer. We will be taking photos and video all night and we have copies of Meta for sale as well as vurb merchandise. Hope to see everybody here!

    JUNE 17 - 9AM
    ROARING KNOB MOTOSPORTS COMPLEX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Pass the beans! We are loading up and making our way towards Beans Bike Park for the free, that's right, I wrote FREE practice from 5 to 10pm! This is another track that we have not yet been to and after many great reviews, we are so excited to see what they have to offer! You can find us under the (new) Vurb tent where we will be selling merch and copies of Meta. We hope to see you all there! And who knows, maybe you'll see yourself in a video or gallery!

    JUNE 16 - 6PM
    ROARING KNOB MOTOSPORTS COMPLEX
    Kaity Butterfield

    Vurb released the first volume of Meta on May 14, 2014 and so was born a huge success that we are all very proud of! As Vurb got so much positive feedback and noticed a spiking interest in the book, we loaded up the RV with nearly 400 very heavy copies for me to sell during the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour. Just through the first week of the tour I noticed a rapidly growing interest in Meta, and many people have taken advantage of not having to pay shipping for the copies at the track.
    I wouldn't consider myself much of a "reader", but I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed the articles in Meta. Each one is different, but they all have so much personality and style and the photos are breath taking. From the binding of the book to its soul, it holds talent and entertainment; Meta is something everyone can enjoy.
    We always have a copy open under the GTDT tent for you to flip through so come check it out and purchase a copy for yourself! Each copy we sell counts...for increasing our gas mileage!

    JUNE 16 - 6AM
    ROARING KNOB MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX
    Troy Bendgen

    Next Stop: Beans Bike Park

    The next stop for us on the Good Times and Dirtbike Tour will take place at Beans Bike Park in Dennison, Ohio. You honestly have no other choice than to come out and ride because this Vurb Practice Day is free bro. As in on the house, no Buenos, zero dollars and zero cents.

    So just like when you are in line at Chipotle, say yes to the beans and come out to Beans Bike Park tomorrow. Practice goes from 5-10PM and the track is going to be sick for riders! See you tomorrow!

    JUNE 15 - 9PM
    ROARING KNOB MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX
    Kaity Butterfield

    What a perfect day for not only riding, but also to celebrate dads! Although we unfortunately spent our day away from our fathers, we got to be a part of the celebration at Roaring Knob. The turnout surely could have been better, but it doesn't matter whether you are here or there as long as you are with your old man. However, I will say that if you weren't there, you missed out on a beautiful day at the track! The weather was perfect today; the skies were clear and the sun was nice and toasty, but not too toasty. After massive amounts of rain, the track was in mint condition and we were so impressed with everything they had to offer along with that beautiful dirt. No matter how sick the track was, nothing beats seeing so many dads spending the day with their kids and simply enjoying the memories they made. From all of us at Vurb, Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! It doesn't matter what you do, we wouldn't be here without you!

    JUNE 15 - 10AM
    ROARING KNOB MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX
    Troy Bendgen

    We have arrived at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Practice is starting here shortly and it will go until 5PM. Come out and have some fun with the vurb crew and grab a copy of Meta and a t-shirt while you're at it.

    We are blown away about how awesome the drive in was. The picturesque mountains will paint a beautiful landscape for our work today. We will be taking photos and videos all day long! 

    JUNE 15 - 8AM
    MORGANTOWN, WV
    Kaity Butterfield

    Next Stop: Roaring Knob
    We are heading to Roaring Knob for a practice day. Over the past week we have heard nothing but great things about this track which really has us looking forward to a Sunday for a change! Practice today will be held from 10am to 5 pm. As always, we will be looking for local riders to run GoPro helmet cams and we hope to get footage of everyone for upcoming videos. Grab your dads and come celebrate Father's Day the right way at the track! We hope to see you there!

    JUNE 13 - 8PM
    CINCINNATI, OHIO
    Troy Bendgen

    With Dirt Country over it’s time to reminisce on what transpired at the track last night. For a local District 11 racer I knew going in that I would know about everybody who came out to the track. This was true for the most part, but I met a lot of awesome people last night. Growing up at races like Dirt Country has brought me friendships that I will always have the rest of my life.

    It was awesome to see the amount of support the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour and Dirt Country received. I haven’t seen that many people out at that track for a practice day in at least ten years. The track turned out to be rough and full of great ruts, which I also haven’t seen there in quite sometime. Walker Brightwell even came to me and told me that it was so rough that he thought even the top racers in the world would have gotten tired on it. Dirt Country tilled it deep and all of you who came out did a great job of working it in!

    The entire homecoming was bittersweet to me. I haven’t been to the races at all this season, simply because life is going too fast for me to catch up. I have to work to pay the bills and my fiancé and I have been busy planning a wedding. I got to see The Brehm family yesterday, who were with me at Mini O’s in 2009 when this vurb journey started for me. I got to see the OG homeboys Justin Weeks, Walker Brightwell, and Shawn Rife. I was finally able to meet one of my fellow classmates from Northern Kentucky University, RJ Bryant, who writes for the school’s paper with me. Heck, even the best man in my wedding, Andy Miller, came out to shred. I met so many great people yesterday it would be impossible to list all of you. Thanks for coming out and spending the day with us!

    You can bet that once everything slows down a tad that I will be back to the local races. This is truly what it’s really all about, kicking it with your friends at the races, and having a great time. We are one giant family that comes together for a sport we just can’t get enough of.

    dirt country gtdt

    JUNE 13 - 4PM
    FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR
    Kaity Butterfield

    As the clouds hung heavily over Dirt Country all morning, yesterday's night practice didn't look too promising. Track owners Cindy King and Rocky Harris hurriedly did all they could to prep the track and warn riders that conditions were rather muddy. After working the track all afternoon, the ground finally absorbed some water and things were beginning to look much better. Eager riders including Walker Brightwell, Justin Weeks and Shawn Rife filed in for a laid back day of riding at their home track. Although the day began with high stress levels, Dirt Country ended up having an awesome turnout. The riders left saying they were impressed with the "mint" track conditions and that they had a really great time riding! We, too, were very pleased with the turnout yesterday, so thank you to all who came out for a good time!

    JUNE 13 - 8AM
    FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR
    Troy Bendgen

    The next stop on our Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour is tonight at the Franklin County Fair in Hilliard, Ohio. Come out and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned fair racing with your favorite dirtbike tour. The show starts at 7:30 PM and Fast Traxx puts it on, so you know the track will be in premium condition.

    The crew will be there in full force tonight getting video and doing interviews with those who attend. Come on out and have a good time, grab a copy of Meta, buy a shirt, and you may see yourself on vurb for just being there.

    We hope to see everybody at the track!

    JUNE 12 - 4PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    Exploring The East.  I have a lot of ground to cover in my explorations of these here United States; the east coast is one of many areas that I have not yet made my way through, until now. This tour has carried me coast to coast; last week was quite an adventure for me going from Illinois to California to Georgia to Tennessee all in just four days. It has been so interesting to find the similarities and differences in each area I have been in. Sometimes I am reminded of my home in California with the mountains and intense elevation change. Other times I am reminded of my hometown in Illinois where the grass is green (instead of brown...or on fire) and the humidity is unbearable; despite the many similarities, I've never experienced a place like this.

    This trip is taking me through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia which are all states I have never been in. Me being me, I am obviously facing the slightest bit of anxiety as I travel through new areas and meet new people who have possibly lived entirely different lives than I have. However, even just being one week into our trip my fears have subsided with each stop and each introductory handshake. I have already met so many incredible people and made some pretty BA friends! Traveling has taught me a lot, like that people around the country, at least, are pretty similar. No matter where you go, you meet people who are simply living for their dreams and doing everything they can to be the best they can be. Once we put all differences aside, it is easy to find the good in people and understand their life and respect them as they reach for their goals. This community; this huge motocross family has given me these realizations, and I take this as a gift. Yes, I grew up as a dancer who knew nothing about dirtbikes, but I have been accepted by this family for who I am and they have helped me to learn more about this incredible sport. 

    The opportunity to be a part of the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour has blessed me in countless ways and I could not be more thankful for Vurb and all of the motocross family. Everyday I wake up thankful and excited to be at the track and meeting all of you who have so kindly touched my heart. A big thank you goes out to VurbMoto and all the people I have met and will meet through my travels with tour. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but, as Oogway says in Kung Fu Panda (yeah, I went there), "today is a gift, that is why they call it the present." 

    JUNE 12 - 4PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Troy Bendgen

    The big storm that followed us from Daniel Boone and all day yesterday has come and gone. We made it to Dirt Country Raceway and folks have come out to have a good time with us. In all actuality the track is in pretty good condition. When I heard first reports about how muddy it was going to be I feared the worst. To be honest I have personally shredded Dirt Country in way worse conditions. I wish I had my bike with me.

    We will have practice until we can’t see anymore and good times all day. Practice is $20 and riders are ripping as I type this. Come on all of you District 11 faithful you still have time to come out and enjoy a great evening at the track.

    It’s time to go shoot some photos.

    JUNE 12 - 2PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    It is hard to believe that we are already one week into the second leg of our tour. Of course we have stressful moments with computers freezing or our wifi card losing all signal, but for the most part, it has been smooth sailing thus far. On this leg of the tour we are accompanied by Troy Bendgen who has been doing a killer job with his writing and photography, and we are so happy to have him with us! The guys have gotten awesome footage at each track that we are super excited to share with you all. Foot traffic in and out of the tent has been steady, which we love to see! Whether you are purchasing items, hanging out in the shade, or meeting the crew, we love to see our fans and friends out there; it contributes to the good times! Each event we have been to so far has been totally packed out. Seeing the pits full of riders and their families adds to the excitement and really pumps us up for the day. We are one week in; we could be ready to start slapping each other silly, but we are stoked on how everything is going so far and we are ready for more!

    JUNE 11 - 10PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    A Tuesday To Remeber.Donnie Adams and Amanda Freeman hosted the Austin Mincey Memorial Ride Day yesterday at their Kentucky track, Daniel Boone. The track was top notch and they had everything set up
    perfectly for a successful and relaxing day. The couple worked hard and by the end of the day they had raised nearly $7,000 for the Mincey family; every penny made was donated. We cannot thank everyone enough for
    being there to show the Mincey family their support; we would like to give a special thanks to those who bought a copy of META yesterday as five dollars per copy went to benefit the Minceys. Yesterday was a great success and we are so blessed to have been a part of such a beautiful and beneficial day. Here's a look at some of the people who grabbed a copy of META.  Look's like it's already made it to the coffee table!

     

    JUNE 11 - 9PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    Good Times and Dirt Country! We have finally ventured into Troy Bendgen's neck of the woods and entered into Dirt Country! Being that this is an area I have never traveled, I am really looking forward to what tomorrow's night practice will bring and the many faces I will meet. As always, you can find me under the Vur...outside the Vurb motorhome, since the tent has unfortunately been turned into scraps of aluminum after one heck of a storm at Daniel Boone's. We have tons of new shirts and load of Meta copies so stop by and pick up some merch, grab a copy of Meta, or just come say hi! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Dirt County's night race!

     

    JUNE 11 - 5PM
    DIRT COUNTRY RACEWAY
    Troy Bendgen

    We are loading up everything and heading to Dirt Country. Oh man, vurbmoto is going to be at Dirt Country! I had to write that twice because I can’t even begin to describe how big this is. I like to consider Dirt Country my home track since it is so close to my house. I can get there in just under an hour. Hopefully all of the local District 11 racers come out and peep what we have going on.

    My greatest memories from racing happened at Dirt Country. It was home to my first two-day race when I was 13 years old. It was home to my first ever overall win. Most importantly it was just far enough away from home to where the races felt like a mini vacation. I love Dirt Country and it will always hold special memories for me throughout the rest of my life.

    So come out and rip it up for the third stop of the Good Times and Dirtbikes tour. Practice will start at 3PM and it will go until dark. We have a bunch of vurb swag that needs to be purchased as well as copies of META.  Remember if you’re fixin’ to come out make sure to use the hashtag #GTDT in all of your social media posts. We love to hear from you! 

    JUNE 10 - 4PM
    DANIEL BOONE MOTOCROSS PARK
    Kaity Butterfield

    Austin Mincey Ride Day: In Loving Memory of the 173

    I am sure I speak for many when I say that I began this day with a bit of anxiety. I was not sure what to expect from those who came out to Daniel Boone. Would the air be filled with an unmistakeable feeling of family and support? Or would a sense of sadness take over? I was nervous while wondering how we would handle such an event, but those feelings quickly subsided the moment I began to set up for the day. 

    Once I finally moseyed out the door, I was greeted by the bright sunlight and a pit full of riders here to support the Mincey family. The weather forecast called for a 50% chance of rain all day, which was said to be the highest chance of rain all week, but the skies were clear and a pleasant breeze traveled through the pits. The perfect riding weather was, in my opinion, proof that Austin Mincey was here with us today. 

    Although we grieve the loss of a young and ambitious soul, today is a celebration of Austin's life and the many ways he touched so many hearts. Every person who came to Daniel Boone today came for Austin Mincey. He is the one who brought so many people together today as a family, and that is a gift. This is the community that we dedicate this tour to, and Austin was and always will be a part of that. He has contributed to our dream. 

    We give our greatest sympathy to the family and friends of Austin Mincey and we assure them that he is with them always. Today we celebrate his life and give thanks for how he has touched the souls of the motocross community.

    Thank you to all who came out today to support the Mincey family, and a special thanks to those who purchased a copy of Meta as a portion of those proceeds will go to the Mincey family.

     

    JUNE 10 - 10AM
    DANIEL BOONE MOTOCROSS PARK
    Troy Bendgen

    I am becoming very, very good friends with Interstate 75. After a day off from the tour yesterday, I climbed into my trusty Ford Focus at 5:30 AM this morning. After a delightful PB&J and trail mix for breakfast I found myself pulling into Daniel Boone Motocross Park around 8:15 AM. I have never been to Daniel Boone despite it only being within three hours of my house. Now I regret never coming here as this track is amazing!

    Walking around the pits you get a different type of feeling at the track today. We are here to have a good time and ride dirtbikes, but we are also here for Austin Mincey. His bike is on a stand sitting on top of the hill next to a wreath of remembrance. This was his home track. I've never met Austin, however I am on a mission today to find out who he was as a person and what kind of life he had. 

    We have a full day of dirtbikes, good times, and remembering ahead of us. If you have the chance to make the trek out to Daniel Boone MX today by all means come out. It’s only ten dollars to ride all day and the proceeds go to the Mincey family. Seriously, you can ride from 8AM-9PM for a great cause. Hope to see everybody here!austin mincey ride day daniel boone mx

    JUNE 9 - 12PM
    KINGSPORT, TN
    Troy Bendgen

    Next stop: Daniel Boone

    We are busting out of Muddy Creek in Blountville, Tennessee and we are on our way to London, Kentucky and Daniel Boone Motocross Park. It almost feels like we are Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Have you ever watched that show? If you haven’t, you need to check it out. Guy travels around the country looking for the best places to eat, which is essentially what we are doing. We are going across the country to stop at some of the coolest local tracks to see what it is all about. Shout out to Mr. Fieri though, as I know he is a huge fan of the sport. Maybe in our next leg we can do a Triple D/ Vurb Moto stop?

      Daniel Boone is located about three and a half miles northwest of Muddy Creek so it won’t take long to get to. This stop is going to be a very emotional because it is the Austin Mincey Memorial Ride Day. Unfortunately Austin passed away after he sustained injuries at the Iron Man Loretta Lynn’s Regional. I didn’t know Austin, but I do know he is from around my area. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this time.

    To ride all day it is only $10 and all of that money will go towards the Mincey family.So come out and ride for a good cause. There is going to be a memorial lap for Austin and a hot air balloon release.

    Come out and see us for an awesome ride day. We’ll see everyone tomorrow!

    JUNE 8 - 10AM
    MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
    Troy Bendgen

    Forget Loretta Lynn’s! The Muddy Creek regional is providing a solid base for those aiming to take home an A class title or two at the Ranch. The talent is so stacked in the pro class at this event and we have seen very close racing all day. With big names like Aaron Plessinger, Darien Sanayai, RJ Hampshire, Keith Tucker, Luke Renzland, Nick Gaines and Jordon Smith on one gate you can begin to understand what we are dealing with here at the track. Each rider is capable of taking home a title at Loretta’s and they are all hungry to take home a victory. 

    However, things have not been all sunshine and rainbows for the big names. Riders have had their fair share of bad luck in the first day of racing on Saturday. Tucker, Smith, and Renzland have each had a rough moto.

    RJ Hampshire had a good run in the first set of motos by winning Division 2 of 450 A and absolutely railing in 250 A to another victory. In Open Pro Sport Aaron Plessinger disposed of Hampshire and Smith early in the second moto to match his performance in the Division 1 of that class earlier in the day. When Plessinger was on the line he was very tough to beat. Also, Smith would bounce back to win the second 250 A moto to back up his 22nd he had earlier in the same class.

    rj hampshire muddy creek loretta lynn qualifierThese guys are holding nothing back. In the second Open Pro Sport moto Hampshire and Smith were in a dogfight. The racing was tight and the two riders touched back wheel to front wheel in order to keep their position. Each rider is aiming to be the top rider for Geico Honda’s amateur racing effort.

    With this solid crew of talent along with all the other regionals going on the script is being written for Loretta Lynn’s. We will all just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

    JUNE 7 - 9PM
    MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    Summertime Madness.  Today was the first day of racing at Muddy Creek for the Loretta Lynn's southeast regional qualifier. From the pits to the starting gate it was a full house as everyone is preparing for August. You honestly couldn't ask for a better weekend to do just that. Although many of us were melting in the heat, the riders are aware that it is vital to get used to the high temperatures. Some may be preparing for a higher number of riders on the track. No matter what they are hoping to practice for, this weekend will definitely help them reach their goals. Although this is a crazy weekend of racing, the pits have been packed full of supportive friends and families of the riders, and that is what we love to see! We love to not only see the support, but also the families enjoying some good times and dirt bikes. 

    JUNE 7 - 1PM
    MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    Race Day Numero Uno!  Muddy Creek is our first stop and our first race back for the Good Times and Dirtbikes Tour and we couldn't be happier to be here! We couldn't wait to get back into the swing of things at the track despite wearing out our voices by constantly yelling over the motors. There are so many people here, the weather is perfect, and the track looks incredible! Our first weekend back could have gone in any direction, but I would say that we are starting off on the right foot. We are prepared and excited to dive into this journey and we can't wait for what the month may bring!

    JUNE 7 - 8AM
    MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
    Troy Bendgen

    I jumped on 275 South yesterday and five hours later I found myself pulling onto Ridgeway Drive and into Muddy Creek Raceway. I had finally made my way onto the Good Times and Dirt Bikes Tour. I had been to Muddy Creek once before and ironically it was exactly one year ago yesterday. I came down to the inaugural pro national last year to check the famed track I had only seen in videos. The atmosphere and weather were perfect and here we are again with amazing racing conditions. The tour means something different to everybody. To me it means getting up at the crack of dawn and smelling the fresh air. The feel of the atmosphere is laced with anticipation of the coming race day. Oh, and when the gate drops I don’t even have to explain that feeling. I haven’t covered a race at a track since the Red Bud National of 2012 and it's very cool to be back at the races. I look forward to having a good time and giving everyone their doses of dirt bike media.  

    JUNE 6 - 6PM
    MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
    Kaity Butterfield

    We're back! 

    It's that time again! The GTDT crew is back on the road and we are thrilled to begin the second leg of our tour! The first leg of our tour inspired us all so much as we made our way around Texas and we are so looking forward to traveling through the east. We are starting this portion of the tour this weekend at Muddy Creek in Tennessee where the sun is shining and the breeze is inviting. We have been itching to get back to the tracks and meet your (hopefully) smiling faces! Our tent is set up and the cameras are ready to roll. Come see us at the tent or motor home, enjoy this killer track, and don't forget to check to see if you made it on the site!

      

    JUNE 3 - 12PM
    SAN CLEMENTE, CA
    Wes Williams

    It’s time to hit the road again, but seeing as we usually “hit the road” just about every week, I reckon I should be more specific.  With the success of our Good Times & Dirtbikes Tour all around Texas and Oklahoma back in April, we decided it’d only be right to pack up Mighty Whitey - the highly neglected vurb motorhome - and shred some miles in the east to give love to all the rippers on what I consider “the best coast.”

    This time around, we’ll be visiting multiple Loretta Lynn Regional Championships, along with many different tracks for various ride days and races in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Our goal here is to give as many riders as possible their chance to be in the spotlight, and by visiting local tracks and races we are able to do just that.  Through content creation in the form of GoPros, Galleries, Race Videos, Amateur Spotlights, Track Spotlights, and whatever else we can come up with along the way, we sincerely try to give every kid a shot at being featured on vurbmoto in one way or another.  Back in my racing days in the early 2000s, I used to wait by the computer after school just for tracks to upload their results or Cycle News to come out with their “Aonia Pass GPG Race Report” just so I could see my name shown in the results.  Can you say 2000 GPG Fall Series 60/80cc Champion?… that was me!  Needless to say, we all remember our roots, and that’s what this trip is about; giving back to the ones that keep our sport alive.

    While we still have a few tracks left TBD, here’s our initial plan.

    Dates subject to change.  Always verify with dates listed HERE on the top left.

    By visiting our Roadtrip Page you’ll be able to stay up-to-date on all the tour information, stops, content, and blogs.  It’s as easy as typing in, or clicking, www.vurbmoto.com/roadtrips.

    Be sure to tag all your pictures from the ride days/races as #GTDT to have your photos featured on our vurbmoto page – not to mention it gives you the chance to win some sick vurbmoto swag!  Speaking of, you’ll have the chance to purchase META and Vurbmoto T-Shirts throughout the entire tour, plus handfuls of free stickers for you to plaster all over your local communities.  Wait, I shouldn’t condone that… just put them on your bikes and helmets!

    See you on the road!