Lame?..You drive a vehicle with no roof, windows and very little weather protection and you complain about the weather? And as for those servicemen, It is because of them that you have the freedom to whine about the weather!!
Unlike you whiny boys, I am here and having a blast.
Yesterday, I toured The Yuengling Brewery, the dead town of Centralia, a windmill farm and the roads along some of the prettiest streams you will ever see. There is a great swimming hole next to the rally site in the river; I plan on getting some beer drinking and cool swimming in today.
My trip from the island was great. I stretched it to 790 miles by going West to the Blue Ridge and running some incredible roads all the way up.
309 N. 3rd. Ave.
Kure Beach, NC 28449
1996 R1100RT main bike & 1985 K100RS...too fast to believe.
I was working yesterday afternoon when a friend called from the rally site for some good ribbing, telling me how hot it was there. Well where I was it was 96 degrees with a heat index of 104. Hard hat, safety vest etc. I would trade places in a heart beat. Well, time to get to work, it will be even hotter today. Enjoy the rally you lucky dogs. stay cool.
The thing about traveling is, you never want it to end and you can't wait to get home.
I answer to Roy, Chief, or Sarg.
04 R-1150-RT current bike. 94 R-1100-RS74,383, Sold, 78 R-80/7, K.I.A by a D.U.I
Motodan: I liked and appreciated your comment below; I hope MOA addresses their policy of not having Spring and Fall Rallies: Because it is driving away we older Beemers.
I spent the years 1968 thru 1974 in the 5/32nd Artillery Battalion, US Army - Sergeant Don Stanley. But I enlisted, and I knew going in it was going to be rough and tough.
Now I'm a 62 year old Veteran with a bad heart who is not going to volunteer for a hot riding mission in the middle of Summer. I'm going to follow the lead of Doubleplay!
I simply will not buy MOA Rally tickets in advance, I will just see what the weather does!
Perhaps then lack of pre-sales will force MOA to look realistically at Spring & Fall Rallies.
"Not many of them are over age 65, with a pacemaker. Next time I get too hot or cold, I'll conjure up a war zone with a more extreme weather...that will do the trick. Thanks for the advise, Dr __________ ?"
Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89
BTW my son is an active duty USMC officer who did couple tours in Iraq.
They are all volunteers and getting paid for what they do. My hat is off to every service member but we're doing this for fun. You can't compare.
'07 R1200GS for solo rides
'10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley
Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!
The association is built on peons. The difference in us is the willingness to take on a task become committee members and follow it through.
The proposals have been aired for some time and based on past responses form BOD and various peon members working on the various related committees involved in putting the rally together leads me to believe they have looked, considered it and have decided against it.
I see merit in the idea. I believe it will take a group of members independently looking at the issue and coming up with a workable plan that meets the rally requirements and overcomes the perceived obstacles to moving the event to another time of year. An independent group is needed because the effort demanded to put on the rally in its current form and time takes all their effort and time. While adding the voices of people that you consider to be more influential members will undoubtedly help the cause there are issues that need to be addressed. In no special order these include but are not limited to:
Identifying locations that meet the rally requirements which are available at that time of year.
Address the issues around holding one of the quarterly BOD meetings at the rally.
Recruitment of enough chairs and volunteers to plan organize and run the rally at a time of year other than 'normal summer vacation' time of year.
Finding vendors willing to show at the rally at a time of year other than their normal show season.
A viable business plan that addresses:
- Meeting the costs of holding the event,
- Turns enough of a profit to meet the budgetary needs of the association,
- Deals potential revenue/membership impacts of changing the time due to the very strong link with the rally and membership recruitment/renewal.
The list can go on. My membership number is 36909. I do agree there are very visible members that would help move the issue along; however, they are 'visible' and 'influential' because they saw issues and followed through with actions. It can take a very long time and a great deal of effort but I doubt it will happen until membership peons, BOD peons and committee peons work through the idea independent of the running of the rally as is.
OK. Let's look at the bright side. It could be pouring rain for days in a row with low temps as it was pretty much all spring here in NEPA. Yeah it's hot now but it's also pretty clear. Get out and enjoy some rides!
"It's life and life only"
Having a rally in spring or fall think about the way to get there. There's a risk in weather if you have to go through the rockies let's say in early May or late September.
Maybe the date for the rally should be adjusted to the location? If it is in the deep south maybe more springish or fallish. If way up north then in mid summer.
With an announcement of the rally side/date 8-9 months in advance it may allow everyone to make plans.