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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinton View Post
    A close friend and I will both be renting from you. So I will help you out by bringing a friend. I was at Gillette last year and used you and look forward to using you next year in Redmond. This years rally was just to far for me with the amount of time I get off. I have no problem with the event drifting around the US. Some how I get the feeling that people think we don't have running water in this part of the country and why would they want to got their.
    The Redmond/Bend area is a very nice place to ride. And there is a lot of great places to go within 100 mile radius.
    I think all rally locations bring there own pluses and minuses and distance is a factor for a lot of people. Next year is real close for me so I am happy! But if I had had the time I would be happy going to this years rally.
    I do not care to understand the politics or the decision making process, I admire the effort that goes into just pulling off the event each year where ever it is held.
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    2010 Rally location decision?

    I know that everyone already knows that this is a "repeat location". I am not sure at which rally that the statement was made that these locations are "years in the planning", but it just wasn't that long ago that the BMW National Rally was in Redmond, OR.
    I'll plan to go anyway, but this is a bit disappointing to not spread the wealth to other locations. I'm not buying the statements about venues that cannot support the masses.
    btw- My favorite venue has been Durango, CO

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    Angry Rally in Redmond

    Really and truly, one of my favorite parts of the BMWMOA is that the rally is NEVER IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE. I have no desire to see Oregon a second time with so many states that I've never been to. Guess I'll have to see where the AMA and Star rallies are in 2010. Or you never know, I may decide to pick my own rally site and just go there. I hear the trans Canada railroad is nice and I could ride back.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestTravel View Post
    Really and truly, one of my favorite parts of the BMWMOA is that the rally is NEVER IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE. I have no desire to see Oregon a second time with so many states that I've never been to. Guess I'll have to see where the AMA and Star rallies are in 2010. Or you never know, I may decide to pick my own rally site and just go there. I hear the trans Canada railroad is nice and I could ride back.......
    I suppose the way I look at it, we went to Oregon in 2001 and had the opportunity to ride through 32 States. Meander this way or that way and you can get just about anything you like. Our advantage in this is that we are waaaaay over on the right coast so our options are many. To us the destination is one thing but that glorious ride is....well, glorious. - Bob
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    Thumbs up Opportunity in Everything

    This outstanding venue provides an opportunity for hundreds if not thousands of west coast riders to participate. A lot of them are NEW to BMW since 2001. They didn't go then or to Spokane because they weren't members yet. A lot of posters talk about growth and the aging BMW clientele but seem quite narcisstic when it comes to their personal location needs. I truly believe the average club member of any organization does not appreciate the time, energy, and personal expense that goes into planning even small, local events let alone something of this scale. I'm positive the ratio of satisfied to whiner within the MOA is about 700:1. Some of the reason for the satisfaction is the positive involvement and camradrie built not just from riding together but the long hours of working as a team watching the plan come together from idea to paper to implementation with the only real objective of putting on a memorable and quality experience for those that can attend. No one says you have to go to every rally and clearly not everyone can. If you think the portapotties were taxed this year, wait until all 35K of us show up for the party. It would seem we in the west are simply supposed to dedicate and plan all our vacation time every year so the rally can be in mostly flat, humid, rain-prone, bug-fests in the midwest? Why not the garden spots of central Nevada or the Mississippi delta in the middle of summer too? Isn't there a fairgrounds in Del Rio, TX? There was genuine excitement coursing through quite a few westcoast MOA members when they found out it would be out here next year. Now, it's your "opportunity" to ride across our beautiful country to a most excellent location loaded on all sides with outstanding roads and destinations. My club couldn't make Gillette and already had a long range ride planned for 2009 but we'll be in Redmond and we'll all volunteer too. We've already made our reservations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallyho View Post
    I truly believe the average club member of any organization does not appreciate the time, energy, and personal expense that goes into planning even small, local events let alone something of this scale.
    Well said. No matter the venue, someone would be unhappy with the choice. Human nature.

    I'm excited to see some more of the West Coast.

    If Redmond won't work for you, enjoy one of the many local rallies put on by a Charter Club. They are listed HERE
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    Deja Vu

    I love west coast rallies. What a great reason to ride. The last Redmond rally, I made the Paonia "Top o the Rockies", the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Moab, etc. Spokane rally, I went through Duluth, ND, Bear Tooth Pass, Yellowstone, and the ride home: Pacific Coast, CA redwoods, Crater Lake, etc. See you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonynace View Post
    ... I thought they would wait at least three years to have another western rally, since Gillette, Wyoming was last year. How about one in Maine for example?
    Glad you asked. Have you read the list of what is required in terms of space, local hotels,
    seminar venues, infrastructure and such to support Our Gang?
    We're a very demanding lot.
    And the bigger we get, fewer sites meet our projected needs.

    Feel free to pack and come up for a local/regional event, of course, the chances are not looking
    good for us to be hosting the Big Event.
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    West Coast Rally

    Please don't get me wrong, I'll be riding to the west coast. I just don't want to go to the exact same site. I'd love to do something along the Pacific Coast Highway. I'd love to do something in BC (I personally enjoyed Trenton). I am looking at a trip to Utah. I just really don't like the idea of the same exact site. I'm from Ohio, but I wouldn't want to do Lima again, nor would I want to do Midland, MI or any of the other eastern or midwest locations again. And in all honesty, I'd go to Del Rio, TX if it were there. We've never been there. I use the rally as an opportunity to see new places, enjoy new restaurants and new roads, and to see some of my old friends. Same roads, same restaurants, and only 8 years since the last time. We haven't done a rally in St Louis that I'm aware of. If we're talking about doing an "easy" rally, let's do it right next to the club offices. How much easier could you get? I'd be all for a rally in Nebraska or Colorado or New Mexico. Just any place I haven't already been. One man's thoughts.

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    Is the 2010 rally in Redmond in the same location as the 2001?? That was an awesome location and my first rally......

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmrrdr View Post
    Is the 2010 rally in Redmond in the same location as the 2001?? That was an awesome location and my first rally......
    It is. 8 years later, I suspect that the site is even better.
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    I can't wait, I almost toured the Pac West this year and put it on hold till 2010.
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    [QUOTE=MidwestTravel;481762]locations again. And in all honesty, I'd go to Del Rio, TX if it were there. We've never been there. QUOTE]


    No you wouldn't...especially in July
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    Redmond

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    Agreed, I dont think i was complaining about the place. I live in Arkansas, I much prefer rallies out west. Maybe thats why ive been to two out there and only one east or midwest, I enjoy the trip..............

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