OK, so I have been thinkingÔÇª.
I want a destination to which to ride that could also be an event that could attract riders from all over the region. I could put out an ÔÇ£All CallÔÇØ to friends and on the forum as an open invitation to see just who and how many would show up? Create an informal gathering of folks with a common interest in BMW motorcycles and riding and eating and smiling and meeting new friends while visiting with old ones. HmmmmÔÇª..
So here is what I came up with. My wife Mari and I really enjoy visiting the ÔÇ£Forgotten CoastÔÇØ of Florida specifically the Apalachicola, St. George Island area. Home of the world famous Apalachicola Bay oysters this area is rich with historical significance and heritage as well. And you canÔÇÖt beat the food at a place called Boss Oyster there that includes oysters fixed about a million or so ways as well as a full menu to suit most everyoneÔÇÖs taste.
The Details: The informal gathering is intended for BMW riders and their guests interested in gathering to eat and fellowship with like minded riders. No frills, no program, no awards just show up at the appointed time, eat and have fun. Then you are on your own, you can stay or just ride off!
I have spoken with Beverly (850) 653-8139 at The Apalachicola River Inn http://www.apalachicolariverinn.com immediately adjacent to Boss Oyster. The same folks own both the restaurant and the Inn. This is a small and quaint 22 room Inn on the river with both King, Queen and Double bed rooms available. Availability is good as of now but of course all rooms are available on a first come first served basis so book early to get one. When you speak with Beverly, be sure to mention you are with the BMW Group.
There are several other hotels in town that you can contact directly if more rooms are needed. The closest tent camping I am aware of is not far away at Indian Pass Campground. http://www.indianpasscamp.com .
So that is the plan and here are the specifics;
The Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010
Place: Boss Oyster Restaurant
123 Water Street
Coordinates: N29 43.636 W84 58.941
Who would be interested in meeting Mari and I there? While we donÔÇÖt need a firm head count we would like to know approximately how many to expect so we can ÔÇ£warnÔÇØ the restaurant.
The oyster skiffs are ready and our room is booked!