Originally Posted by motorman587
How does a scavenger hunt work???? What are the rules?????
It all depends on who set it up. I've done 12-hour endurance rallies where we had a huge listing of bonus locations and tasks, and you had to choose what you thought was the best route to make the most bonus points and get back to the start location in the time allotted. The Iron Butt Rally is similar, but lasts 11 days and can lead you anywhere in North America.
Of course you don't have to do big miles or multi-days to have some fun. The organizer can just find several fun and unique locations around the local area and make up a listing of bonus locations. Then the participants can head out and make their way to whichever locations suit them (or all locations, if the time and route permits).
Usually to collect a bonus you would go to a certain place and get proof that you were there. That can be a manned checkpoint (where they stamp your ride sheet), a unique building (take a picture), a historical marker or site (answer a question about when it was built, who built it, etc.), or a country store (get a receipt or maybe a local newspaper). At the ending location, the points are tallied and prizes are given out.
Note that the serious Long Distance Rallies can be quite competitive so most people ride solo. But a local ride can be as laid-back as you wish.
I've met some pretty great people, and been to some amazing locations that i never would have visited on my own.
There are also other options. A Poker Run usually has several fixed checkpoints, where each rider is given a playing card. At the end, you try and make the best hand that you can (or worst) to collect prizes. Some places charge an entry fee, and give cash prizes, but this can be considered gambling in some states so beware (like anyone's ever gonna get rich off of it).
Another option is a themed tour. Pick a theme (towns with trees in their name, or waterfall, lakes, and rivers, or consecutively numbered highways, or national and state parks) and see how many you can get to in a given time. These types of tours usually last several months and the proof (park stamps, receipts, or pictures) are usually verified at the end. Sometimes the organizers will hold a finishers banquet where folks can meet and swap stories.
Some of this maybe more than yiou wanted for a day-ride, but there are lots of options to choose from. Just enjoy the ride, whatever the purpose.