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    Ridin' "round" the Rally

    OK, another experiment designed to test the sheer limits of inanity.

    In the process of researching The Triple Nickel ride article, I came across an interesting site that listed all the covered bridges and round barns in Ohio.


    Photo by Mike MacCarter

    Seeing as the site's owner had done almost everything necessary to provide an interesting and bizarre theme for riding 'round the Rally (that being photos, GPS coordinates and descriptions on how to find these cool barns) I saw an opportunity to leverage some of the local knowlege here on the Forum to round out the work by providing some information about good roads to ride between the Rally site and the barns.

    So, if you feel the need to take a ride outside the madness that is Lima, over the coming weeks you can check in to see the progress on whatever happens.

    This information could become an article suitable for publishing in the BMW ON or on our Rally Website.

    Or, it could become information that appears at the Hospitality and Tours booth at the Rally.

    Or it could become an on-line ride guide like the one that Weeble did for the Charleston Rally.

    Or all of these. Or none, if I don't get off my butt and start working on the barns near the rally site that I've found already.

    So... Mike in Lima and others with local knowledge... got your ears on?

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    Greetings!! I'm a bit behind on a number of tasks I want to tackle here! Anyway, I'll try to help as I can. Some of these route things take a bit more time/travel/research/thought/internet time than I currently have.
    I am also working behind the scenes quite a bit with Sue, helping to get the music stuff together. Live music is kinda my expertise (i.e. see one of my websites www.rallyinthesquare.com ) and Sue has committed to really have some great entertainment at the Rally. It'll be a highlight, believe me.
    Anyway, I like the idea and I'll try to have some input as soon as I can check into it a bit more.

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    Several of those are nearby; I work about 3 blocks from the first one pictured.
    The red one, of course, is dang near the nicest one of all, and has been profiled in print and on TV. It is only about a 20 minute ride from the Rally, on some nice roads. Hell, maybe more like 15 minutes for you guys!
    Anyway, I know where it is, but it sits way back off the road, and I have no idea what the access is; whether the owner encourages/allows it or not. It is quite the specimen, isn't it?? I've seen quite a few of the ones pictured. There are a bunch to the south of the Rally site that you list, and then quite a few that are a several hour ride.
    If I recall, the concept was to allow the farmer to work more efficiently in his daily tasks, primarily with regards to the animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_In_Lima
    Several of those are nearby; I work about 3 blocks from the first one pictured.
    The red one, of course, is dang near the nicest one of all, and has been profiled in print and on TV. It is only about a 20 minute ride from the Rally, on some nice roads. Hell, maybe more like 15 minutes for you guys!
    Anyway, I know where it is, but it sits way back off the road, and I have no idea what the access is; whether the owner encourages/allows it or not.

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    Hey Mike... great to hear from you... and thanks for taking a moment to take a look.

    The point you make about access is an important one... the website's owners mentioned that, too. I plan to attempt to contact those people to see what they think about beemer pilots dropping in to say hello.

    Please don't feel like you need to go test everything out... I am keeping myself busy with the map software, and may ping you with some thoughts for roads to get your input. Sue has got a couple of other people local who are going to help a bit, too.

    Glad to hear you're helping with music! Local knowledge is allways good when it comes to tunes. The background music on your site is cool... hope they'll be playing in Lima.

    Stay warm... and good to hear from you.

    Ian

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    I think it is fair to say that Sue and Brian (her husband, the entertainment chair) are looking to have every night rockin' with one sort of band or another!

    BTW, that isn't a band on my website; those are MIDI clips from the Yamaha Clavinova keyboard site!! (except for the page with the Sun Messengers)

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    Barns-a-plenty... and Covered Bridges

    The ice-storm in Atlanta yesterday kept me inside and busy findin' all the round barns in Ohio... and a note from Old Salt tells me that he's got all the locations of covered bridges throughout the state.

    Over the next couple months, we'll be working to lay out some day rides from the rally that include these points of interest... I wonder how many of each a sane human bean could find as they ride to, around and from the rally.

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    All,
    No matter where you go, there you are! We'll be riding around all the way to Lima and back...mostly 2-lanes...and mostly off the beaten path. Can hardly wait for Beemerville USA because then it's on to new places. Just like every rally/ride, every time...on to this one ...then on to the next one! See you all there, then see you all down the road. Visian, looking forward to seeing at Georgia Mtn.!

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    Covered Bridges?..

    That would be a fun outing in itself! Now I need to look for some to go to.

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    Geez try to be normal?

    Ok Ian, I will do my best to fool them into thinking I am normal. No more Amish jokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RideOn
    That would be a fun outing in itself! Now I need to look for some to go to.
    Knock yourself senseless!

    Tell you the truth, I bet some combined barn/bridge rides might be fun.

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    Covered Bridges

    Thanks Ian!

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    Dang Ian, I guess I willhave to check out the bridges up here in the Frozen half of the state. Seen most of the ones in the south and didnt realize there were that many up here.
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    There are a ton, eh... some really nice looking ones, too.

    Old Salt... did you say you were going to capture some coordinates on these? If not, and we get another lousy weather day in Atlanta, I might put these into Mapsource and publish a waypoint file.

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    News stuff

    Hey ya'll there is new stuff on this... an article about the round barns complete with GPS info waypoints... and a nice day ride route plan for the rally.

    Please note one important thing about this day ride.... I haven't ridden it and I am notorious for adventure. If you get lost, well, that's really part of the adventure! The route never goes far from civilization... and dang, all the roads are straight anyway, so you'll soon wind up somewhere recognizeable, even if it is one of the Great Lakes.

    I actually found a few diagonal roads while planning... and the barn the ride takes you to looks quite nice in the picture. Which leads me to another observation... please respect private property when looking at barns. Heck we're beemer riders... you already knew that!

    Please enjoy... and if there are any Ohioans who have nothing better to do than search out round barns, please snap a few pics and post them here.

    Last, please stay tuned as Ol' Salt has given me a listing of Covered Bridges in the state, too. So perhaps we'll throw together a few waypoints and rides that include them as well.

    Ian
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