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    Parking

    Yes, there is a $3 charge to park at the Civic Center parking decks. It's the law, there is nothing we can do about it if that is where you want to park.

    What we have done is arrange FREE parking across the street from the Civic Center in the Charleston Mall. The Mall will provide the entire top level of their parking facility and also provide security personnel to watch our bikes. You won't be able to get to, or leave, that level without a wristband.

    If you absolutely must park your bike next to your tent, you can do that at the other two camping areas, you just can't do it at the U of C. As for security, just take the same precautions you would take if camping at a KOA or state park and you should be fine.
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    West Virginia Civic Center

    Just read in one of the Charleston papers online about the Red Cross using the Civic Center as an emergency shelter for flood victims. They are calling on the Gov. to declare a state of emergency there.
    Have U heard this?

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    Shelter at the Civic Center

    The hills and hollers should be dried out by the time we get there.
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    June is the end of the rainy season in the Ohio River Valley. By July 4, things should be getting very dry. It has been rather wet in the region for the entire spring.

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    Question rain

    This morning they were showing flooding going on in Charleston, including Fed Ex employees stranded on the roof of their building. Do you have any predictions about the weather for the rally?

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    Long range forecast

    The weather that weekend will be sunny, except at night with highs in the lwer 80's and lows in the low 60's. I swear.
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    Angry flooding

    any news about if/how the flooding will affect the rally?

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    It won't.

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    Some Questions

    Just some last minute questions, leaving in a week, so I'm getting very excited,

    1) Which exits do we take/what directions to get to sign in from Interstate 64? Any signs for the Charleston Mall on the Interstate?

    2) Is there much shade available at the Quiet Camping area? From the pictures, haven't seen much.

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    Inter state signs will say Civic Center. The Civic Center and Mall are so close to the interstate, you don't need signs, as you will see them and will know where to turn without needing the signs. It really is that easy. If you are travelling on I-64 through Charleston, WV and miss the Civic Center and Charleston Town Center Mall, you are BLIND!!!

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    I just get to the town and start following the bikes.

    Works like a charm.

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    I start following the Beemers about 100 miles out, but doesn't it alway seem like there's a lot of packed Beemers going away from the Rally, even on the first day. Sometimes I'd just like to holler "hey you missed it".
    This is going to be a good one. The roads are reason enough to come.
    Last edited by beemerron; 06-24-2003 at 10:36 PM.
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    Re: Rally map and shuttle route

    Originally posted by Michael Friedle
    The shuttle buses will run a loop that will connect the Civic Center with the U of C, where the beer tent will be located. The buses will run along the streets where most of the hotels are also located in downtown Charleston on the way to the U of C. The exact route will be set by the municipal bus people to serve as many attendees and campers as possible. I should also mention that the service will be free. All you need to show will be your wristband to get on board.
    Thanks to a bad case of sciatica that doesn't seem to want to let up, I'm considering getting a room instead of camping. (if I can find one at this late date) Does anyone know how late the shuttles will be running?
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    Shuttle bus service

    There will be three different shuttle bus loops starting at 1800. The loops will be color coded to make it easy to identify the correct bus to take you to your destination. The last buses will leave the U of C about 0045. Music will be ending between 2200-2230, so that gives you plenty of time for last call.

    One loop will cover the Northgate camping area and the Kanawha City motels. A second loop will cover the downtown motels and Magic Island. The third loop will cover the South Charleston motels. There will be a total of five buses running the loops, one each for the first and third loops and three buses for the downtown loop.

    The color codes and routes will be part of your Rally program which you will get when registering at the Civic Center.

    To find the Civic Center from the Interstate 64 you should use Exit 58 C. Heading west on Rt. 64 the exit 58 C is marked "Civic Center". Coming from the east on Rt 64, exit 58 B is marked Civic Center, but it will be easier to get to the registration parking area if you go another couple of hundred yards to exit 58 C marked "Lee Street" which will take you to the Lee Street parking area of the Civic Center. If you get off at 58 B it will still be easily obvious where the Civic Center is located.

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    Re: Showers

    How are the shower facilities for campers? That seems to be the main problem with camping out: the lack of adequate hot showers.

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