ROT (Republic of Texas) rally is everything I expected it to be, and more. Austin, Texas is overflowing with motorcycles and riders, and with them they brought tents, campers, trailers, stripper poles, grills, food, four wheelers, mini bikes, swimming pools, dogs, flags, banners, chairs, stages, music systems and more. We’re well prepared at our camp site which has two pop up tents, two golf carts, two grills, the camper, the bikes and the swimming pool. We’ve affectionately named the location Flamingo Club. Next to us is a full stage with a stripper pole, and the owners next door have obviously made a lot of money over the weekend, as the girls are dancing all night until they close at 3 am. The only down side is listening to the hoop and hollering outside the camper if one tries to sleep. The best bet is to sleep during the day and play at night — but then you’ll miss the great rides around the Texas Hill country, like Fredricksburg and Luckenbach.
Yesterday, our group chilled out at the camp site, visited the hundreds of vendors on site. There’s everything you could ever want to buy, like jewelry, cowboy hats (which I purchased – a pink one), sunglasses, insurance, belts, clothing, t-shirts galore and even motorcycles. The near 100 degree temperatures make ROT a challenge, but the big vender areas have air conditioning for those who need to get out of the heat. And, the organizers do a great job of cleaning everything up in the morning. By daylight, one can see the port o let company out emptying the toilets and the clean up crew picking up bags and bags of trash and beer cans.
Evenings at ROT includes a parade route where the sites are almost unbelievable. There’s lots of upper body nudity and even some lower body nudity; but all is not pretty; trust me. There’s music and parties at every camp site. With 60,000 people crowded in the Travis County Exposition Fairgrounds, it’s a wonder that crime is so low. Of course, leaving the campgrounds is not a good idea if you’ve been drinking. Cops are everywhere, and during the rally they have signs that say “DUI Zero Tolerance” — be forwarned!
All in all, this is a great rally to attend, with lots to do, and lots of good rides. It gets an A+ rating from me, and I’ll be back. Just 6 1/2 hours from Shreveport, it makes for a great weekend! For directions from Shreveport, click here. Hurry up and get here, the Doobie Brother’s will be on stage tonight.
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