Pop-up camper trailers @ U of C
I was noticing the questions about not parking on the grass at the U of C site. Not putting the bikes on the grass is understandable from the school's viewpoint, and could be risky if the ground is not completely dry. However, it does present a problem if someone arrives with a pop-up trailer (like me), and is not allowed to put it up out in the grass. Putting it up in the parking lot could result in a toasty tent and a well-done rallygoer. Do you have any thoughts/comments/recommendations/negotiations about this possible problem? There shouldn't be enough trailer tents at the Rally to cause a problem for U of C, so hopefully, they won't mind letting us put them out on that lovely grass by the river. We'll just have to keep a eye on our bikes in the parking lot--who wants to mess with a dirty, old BMW? (...that logic works for me in urban areas)
Thanx for the prompt reply on all those questions that you have been asked about in this webpage. Keep on keeping on! :thumb
bike trailer camping at U of C
Sorry Rev Willie, but the U of C will indeed have a problem with a pop up bike trailer on the Riverbank lawn camping area. I would suggest either setting up the pop up on pavement under a tree, and there will be plenty of areas like that, or setting it up at one of the other two sites where it will be possible to have your bike adjacent to your tent. Depending on when you get there and how tenacious the campus police will be, you may be able to set the pop up on grass directly adjacent to the paved parking lots, but I certainly wouldn't count on or expect to be set up on the Riverbank lawn.
camper trailers at U of C
Thanks for the info, Mike.
I plan on arriving somewhat early on Wednesday. I think that arriving early to the Rally will head-off some of the problems. I do want to stay at U of C campus if possible since the beer tent and evening activites will be there. Don't need to be driving at night, and I'm still not sure about late-night shuttle buses.
Micheal, if you can somehow convey to the authorities to "be cool" and not get so worked-up about an invasion of motorcyclists when they arrive. We do not need the campus cops or the Charleston PD getting bent-out-of-shape in encounters with participants about campsites, parking, and other rules. We need to let the authorities know that the BMW folks will be no problem but that they do not need constant monitoring. Both sides will need to stay flexible.
Usually, the local cops have a wonderful time when they have to watch over the Rally. Of course, we are usually in a contained enviroment, and not spread over several miles and sites. We will need rules but in this situation, they will not need to be iron-clad rules. Flexibility and co--operation from both sides will keep the arguements to a minimum