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    Talking caution, run on sentence ahead.

    And these folks even welcome hotel dwellers in the beer tent, and will allow you to chug bottles of water because you have to ride back to the hotel, that is accoss from Krispy Kreme, where you are hanging with your hotel dwelling friends...then you get up at the crack of dawn and buy them all donuts.
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    But if you really want to become a rally rat, you'll camp out with the rest of us. Then you can sit in the Beer Tent as long as you want, and crawl back to your tent, or you can just sit around somebody else's camp and talk. The choice is yours. Also make sure to introduce yourself to Helen TwoWheels at the national, tell her you're new at this, and ask for her help. We all like to help, but she does it better. See ya there, wherever there is.
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    you meet ten times the people when you go it alone.
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    So what were saying, is it's a friendly group

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark11LT
    you meet ten times the people when you go it alone.
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    You meet ten times that if you're a Chick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer
    You meet ten times that if you're a Chick!
    That's fine and all, but I intend to remain a man. Can't speak for the rest of these guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by * SHAG *
    Dave, When were you in Bradford?
    I was there in 93 or 94? We were on our way to Oshkosh and stayed at the KOA there.

    I was there again in 97 on our way home from someplace out west. We stayed at the KOA (drank at that restaraunt/bar in the quonset hut) and then headed home. My buddy Mark's K75 ate an input spline, so he got a ride back to the Honda dealer and bought a VFR750 and rode it home. They went back later for the Kbike.

    We had lunch at a Chinese restaraunt with a buffet in town that day.

    Yeah, Bradford's cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emoto
    That's fine and all, but I intend to remain a man. Can't speak for the rest of these guys...
    I've got enough friends that I don't think I need the surgery. Tina can troll for new friends. She seems to be good at rounding them up.

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    What does she do with them after she rounds them up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa

    Yeah, Bradford's cool.
    Thanks!
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    Cool That's my way, too....

    Hey Jayson,


    You come right through Meadville on good ol' Rt 6....We're heading over but not sure when....

    Hey Shag, were you coming to Meadville this summer and helping with the rider ed classes? I would see a couple guys on Gs' come into town (and since there aren't many here they stand out!). Friend of mine said there were a couple guys from Bradford riding them that were learning the instructo ropes......

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    Hey Shag, were you coming to Meadville this summer and helping with the rider ed classes? I would see a couple guys on Gs' come into town (and since there aren't many here they stand out!). Friend of mine said there were a couple guys from Bradford riding them that were learning the instructo ropes......

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    I didn't know anything about the classes in Meadville! There are 2 Adventure's in town (Scott, Doug) ! I never took any rider-ed classes. I went to the hospital with broken bones, several times years ago, for my education

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    Add my vote to the suggestion to volunteer, say gate duty one shift per day, or helping with registration. You'll see the same people over and over again, and they will soon recognize you--especially if you wear some outlandish costume bit such as a sombrero or 24" name tag.

    You may be wondering how to avoid becoming bored at a rally that goes on for several days, but you'll be amazed at how much there is to see and do (in addition to swilling booze and acting stupid at the beer garden)

    When the program comes out on this site, scrutinize the events, and make a few notes about which ones sound interesting to you. During the rally, it's very easy to lose track of the day or time and miss a seminar.

    In between the scheduled events, you can rub elbows with thousands of your fellow BMW riders wandering and gawking (and sometimes buying) at the vendor area.

    If you're up early looking for action, feel free to stop by "coffee with Dave" at 7a on Friday and Saturday. I suspect that I'll be able to talk Fred Rau (former Senior Editor of Motorcycle Consumer News) into joining me, as he did at Spokane in '04. Typically, we sit around for an hour or so with an open mic discussing whatever comes to mind, then the coffee session is followed by somewhat more organized seminar on riding skills. With any sort of luck, I'll find someone with deep pockets (at Spokane it was Whitehorse Press) to finance some free edible goodies to go along with coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmdave
    If you're up early looking for action, feel free to stop by "coffee with Dave" at 7a on Friday and Saturday.
    Yea, Dave I have been meaning to ask if you could move that to later in the day. I have an important meeting with my pillow scheduled for that time. Ever rally I have been to I have put that on my list of things to do, and every rally I have ended up sleeping through it.
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    Brad, it's interesting you should mention the time of day for "coffee with Dave". The original concept (shamelessly stolen from Fred Rau and his "coffee with Fred" at the Americade) is that there are people up early before the general opening times, so why not have a get-together where they could share a cuppa and start the day?

    However, I know there are a few late sleepers who would like to join in--if only they could open their eyes that early. So, I've thought about having one coffee session at say 9a on Friday just for the LSs. What do you say?

    pmdave

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