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    Rally was great!

    Please post what you liked about the rally so we can continue to build on your positive feedback!

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    I didn't get stopped by the local LEOs' All kidding aside it was a very good Rally and the volunteers under the conditions they had to endure...well..

    Last year while walking around at the Oregon Rally, I stopped Mark Austin, the recently appointed Rally Chair, and advised him of two concerns based on my Pa. native experience (1) the hot,humid and hazy conditions and (2) the Entrance and Exit to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds being so close to Rt 11 and Rt 42 intersections. Obviously the first concern occurred and the organizers adjusted too..but the second concern..well I heard..so far..there where no accidents..though I did not see any warnings or road cautions..

    Again a very good Rally and I spent more on goodies then I should have..

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    Someone said to me yesterday, "The rally is what you make of it." and I learned that is very true. This is the first year I really got involved and we had a blast. I can't wait to go it again. I kow what goes in to organizing such an event and kudos to all the committee chairs for stepping up to the huge task.

    Nothing could be done about the weather but the fact that volunteers were passing out bottled water to those in need was a big plus. I was also happy to see that the food vendors were not price gouging.

    I only have one negative and I'll share that on the other thread.

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    The only rally I've attended was Johnson City. What I liked about this PA rally, and almost enticed me, was the good touristing opportunities. The Gettysburg trip, railroad, and other stuff around there made it look like it would be terrific.

    Noel

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    I had a great time in spite of the almost unbearable heat. I arrived early and did two stints as a vollunteer which contributed to my good feelings about this rally.

    The organizers and vollunteers deserve a great round of applause. This was my 7th national and I have to say it seemed to be among the best organized. They were proactive to the heat concerns by having water jugs readily available as well as handing out free bottles of water. As mentioned in the above posts, the food vendors were reasonable and did not gouge us with $3.50 bottles of water, keeping it to an agreeable 1 dollar, a price that was fair to all. I tried to thank as many of the food vendors as possible for doing that. I had reply comments that our crowd was the friendliest that have experienced. Just shows that it goes both ways and you get back what you give.

    The entertainment was awesome, particuarly Hymm for Her and my favorite The Paul Thorn Band, but why was he scheduled opposite of the BMW event? Paul's band is a national touring act with awesome original music that is crtically acclaimed. It was a disservice to have to choose between the two events. Even Paul seemed annoyed with this and made some comments of his own.

    A big thanks to all of the Rally Chairs!

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    We thoroughly enjoyed the rally. For us, it's a chance to spend a few days with friends, check out the farkles other riders have added to 'our' bikes and maybe chat with them about it, check out the vendors and enjoy a new locale. What did I like about this year's rally?? Let's see...

    - There were lots of food vendors this year, with short lines (if any) and a variety of things to eat, all at reasonable prices. And local treats to be enjoyed - fresh, made on the spot ice cream, Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods, hickory syrup etc.

    - Bloomsburg itself was within walking distance, and the locals were happy to have us visit

    - The shower trailers weren't lined up! I was able to walk right in all three mornings!

    - The heat gave us a chance to act like KIDS again! I saw several kiddie pools set up with people cooling off in them (and one shooting people with a water blaster as they went by), people using squirt guns to cool off, people of all ages walking through or standing in the sprinklers, enjoying simple pleasures

    - The music was GREAT, and the sound system was really good too!

    - Beer was cold and plentiful, ice and water easily had

    - The rally goers, though sticky and uncomfortable in the heat, were good natured about it and enjoyed the rally anyway!

    - The Club and its volunteers stepped up and did everything they could to keep us all hydrated and safe. THANK YOU!!

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    This rally had the best assortment and organization of food vendors of any of the five rallies I've attended. It was especially nice because of the heat - it was really easy to find some appealing food and eat on site, rather than get geared up and ride somewhere. Rather than being scattered throughout the rally they were nicely located and easy to find. Congrats for doing a great job with the food!
    Dan

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    The Farmer's Market...

    I loved the food vendor stands. What an assortment. The Farmer's Market was a great plus. Local produce, in season. If the Amish baker had only made "single servings" available all would have been perfect.

    Beer delivery! (From an off site, but nearby store).

    The around the rally shuttle a great way to see everything without getting worn out.

    And of course the people.

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    Joining the Airheads and discovering that my 12 year old appears to be an Airhead and training!!

    Seeing past complaints about lack of food choices and quantity resolved in spades.

    BU apartments and Monty's for food.

    Watching George at the the Airhead tent (never got his last name) spend a day and a half of his rally in the heat helping a fellow airhead try to sort out a plug fouling issue that cropped up on the ride to the rally. THAT is what being part of the MOA and the rally is all about. That man is a saint!
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    My Favourite Part

    All of it!!
    I'm always looking for a riding destination, and where better than to a place where thousands of other people understand your crazy hobby?! So not only did I get to attend a great event, I got to ride there and back!! Paradise.
    This was my first rally. Won't be my last.
    Not quite sure what all the complaining and rage toward the MOA is all about, but that's a different thread.

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    Thumbs up GSes in the mud!



    The GS Giant competition was very entertaining and enjoyable.

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    Thumbs up GS Gaints Rule

    The GS Giant and Gypsy Tour was great. It was by far the best part of the rally.

    Great Epic Rides, Great Food, Cold Beer, Great Planning and communication, Great weather (it could have been worse), and best of all GREAT PEOPLE. I met alot of fun riders with the same interests. The GS Giant week was the best rally experience for me to date.

    Thanks again to Tracey and Ian and all the other volunteers, riders and route planners who made this happen.

    A speical Thanks and Shout Out to Revzilla and Twisted Throttle and Altrider (great ride and lunch on Wed)

    Roy Hedman
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    GS Giant was GREAT!!

    The Gypse Tour and Contest was the highlight of my Bloomsburg Rally experience. It was the best value I have ever had with a motorcycle. This was my first BMW Rally but I have been to other brands and this was far better than any I have ever attended.

    The planning and communication for the Gypse Tour was excellent.
    The food was perfect.
    The commaraderie and riding amoung the participants created a wonderful long term memory.
    I feel that that pre-rally events like the Gypse Tour contibute to overall satisfaction of the rally and we should do it again.

    I plan to be in Sedalia.

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    GS Giant was GRRRRRRRRREAT !!!!

    What a great rally !!!

    First things first , THANK YOU to all that contributed to the great time had by all. Not my first rally and it won't be the last.

    Secondly, THANK YOU to the folks that created the GS GIANT funfest. It was great to see the GS'ers riding their bikes the way they were intended. The track was phenomenal. The prizes were top notch!! ( Thank you to the sponsors, Twisted Throttle, Altrider,Revzilla and any i may have missed )
    I realize that this took a tremendous amount of work planning and executing this event , but I hope that the decision makers see the benefit of making this a regular event. After all, GS's are a large part of the BMW community. What better way to celebrate that fact and spread the fever than to let them show off their bikes and skills at the rally. Keep up the hard work, it just keeps getting better ....
    Ride On !!!

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    GS tops the event

    Quote Originally Posted by Chatty View Post
    What a great rally !!!

    First things first , THANK YOU to all that contributed to the great time had by all. Not my first rally and it won't be the last.

    Secondly, THANK YOU to the folks that created the GS GIANT funfest. It was great to see the GS'ers riding their bikes the way they were intended. The track was phenomenal. The prizes were top notch!! ( Thank you to the sponsors, Twisted Throttle, Altrider,Revzilla and any i may have missed )
    I realize that this took a tremendous amount of work planning and executing this event , but I hope that the decision makers see the benefit of making this a regular event. After all, GS's are a large part of the BMW community. What better way to celebrate that fact and spread the fever than to let them show off their bikes and skills at the rally. Keep up the hard work, it just keeps getting better ....
    I could not agree more. Anyone who has a GS really should consider joining in next year on this aspect of the Rally. My assumption was that you needed to be some sort of hot off road dirt biker to enjoy these events. That turned out to not be the case. I did however learn a lot and so did the 2 other GS riders I dragged along to their 1st rally. We all learned alot from Bill Conger from the BMW Performance school. It was so great that all three of us are signing up to the BMW School in Spartenburg. Also Jim Hyde from Rawhyde schools was great with all of his folks helping out too, we want to do his course too. Can you tell we got the bug? Can't say enough about all the opportunities to learn how to ride safely off road that was present at the Rally through all of the GS events. This was definately targeted towards helping those new to off road riding and enjoying their GS's in the way we all envisioned when we purchased our bikes. I would really encourage all of you to join in on the GS fun next year. See you then.

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