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    I nominate Lacrosse, WI!!

    For a future BMW MOA rally I think the city of Lacrosse, WI would be an excellant location. Of course, being on the Ol' Miss helps for the character of the city, but the location, and the roads in any direction of Lacrosse really make it the east Tennessee of the northern Midwest. Coulees and hollers abound nearby, looking like the backroads of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Some of the small river towns look almost like a trip to the Apallachians.

    Its a great college town, full of youthful energy, still fully based in the great history of the ethnic influence of generations. Plus, they make a lot of great beer in Lacrosse. Many restaurants serve great basic foods in the heaping portions common to Wisconsin.

    The roads radiating out in a 225 degree sweep from central Lacrosse are the best in Wisconsin for variety, technical riding demands, pure pleasure of sight, smell and sound. Mix in the quiet simple character of the many Amish of the counties around Lacrosse and you feel the centuries of unique difference of our modern rides to their basic one horsepower steeds.

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    LACrosse is a good choice if they consider it. I have gone to their Oktoberfest many times and the people, scenery and roads can't be beat.
    Just a thought. Maybe after Blooomsburg????
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYVH View Post
    For a future BMW MOA rally I think the city of Lacrosse, WI would be an excellant location. Of course, being on the Ol' Miss helps for the character of the city, but the location, and the roads in any direction of Lacrosse really make it the east Tennessee of the northern Midwest. Coulees and hollers abound nearby, looking like the backroads of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Some of the small river towns look almost like a trip to the Apallachians.

    Its a great college town, full of youthful energy, still fully based in the great history of the ethnic influence of generations. Plus, they make a lot of great beer in Lacrosse. Many restaurants serve great basic foods in the heaping portions common to Wisconsin.

    The roads radiating out in a 225 degree sweep from central Lacrosse are the best in Wisconsin for variety, technical riding demands, pure pleasure of sight, smell and sound. Mix in the quiet simple character of the many Amish of the counties around Lacrosse and you feel the centuries of unique difference of our modern rides to their basic one horsepower steeds.
    Whole-heartedly agree!

    Often ride HWY 33 from WI Dells thru Wildcat Mtn. State Park to La Crosse - basically, Wisconsin's version of "The Dragon." Supherb scenery abounds, roads paralleling the Mississippi a joy to be on and La Crosse a neat city - could easily host 10,000 of the faithful.

    Be sure to put it in an e-mail and send it off to the BOD - they can route it to the Site Selection Committee.

    I hope your suggestion takes root.
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    Well, it sounds like the answer to my "need" to take my first cross-country bike trip since I was a younger man ... and only a few more kliks and I can visit my cousin in Cedarburg!
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    Rally sites are chosen 2 to 3 years in advance. I would guess that 2011 and 2012 sites have already been selected.

    There are a lot of requirements for a site besides "this is a nice place" and the riding is great. A venue (most often a fairground or expo center) along with the necessary number of hotel rooms plus other requirements have to be met.

    Chuck Manley or Ex Dir Ray Zimmerman both would be good folks to contact with suggestions.
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    when we were discussing rally sites a couple years ago, Jeff Dean mentioned La Crosse, too. I thought it looked good, too.

    There is a convention center (see C and E in the pic below) *and* grass camping... now, can we sell our own beer?

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    Well, it is in Wisconsin, and Lacrosse has a vast beer history (Old Style, for one), so I would hope the beer favor of the state would apply to accomodate us like Oshkosh and West Bend had done.
    Last edited by ANDYVH; 06-30-2010 at 03:26 AM.

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    That is, assuming our member faithful buys beer like we have in the past.
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    Great suggestion. It's a beautiful area and I don't have to ride through the midwest to get there.
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    A place east of the desert with roads like where I live can't be bad. With all of the qualifications the MOA has, it is very hard for any location to qualify. The number of people is one of the major reasons for many of the qualifications.
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    +1 definitely. My club's Great River Road Rally in the area has proven very successful. La Crosse is an excellent location for a large rally.
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    Are the powers that be listening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrin View Post
    +1 definitely. My club's Great River Road Rally in the area has proven very successful. La Crosse is an excellent location for a large rally.
    I'm on the Site selection committee with Chuck. LaCrosse would be a fantastic area. Excellent roads and very scenic. I've talked to folks there in the past and have even been to the fairgrounds. Unfortunately, there's little to no "green space" for camping at the Interstate fairgrounds. Exhibit/vendor space would be o.k.

    There's even a Fairgrounds speedway, but it's Nascar and booked solid just about every weekend.

    I'll mention it to Chuck, and perhaps set up an appointment just in case I haven't been looking at the right spot.

    Thanks for the suggestion
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    La Crosse Rally

    I nominate La Crosse also, and not just because I live there. The riding in this area is just great from the scenic (slow going) River Road to hundreds of miles of paved curvy and hilly backroads. The Interstate fairgrounds may work for a rally site and there are two more decent campgrounds within a mile or two for overflow. Lots of Motel space for (us) old farts too.

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