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    Great things at Rallies

    You know, I'm getting sick of all the negatives being thrown around right now about Bloomsburg, the heat, rally times and locations, hotel rooms, price of beer, yadda yadda yadda. It seems there's a plethora of Bitchin' Moanin' and Whinin' going on. So this thread is about the great things and fantastic experiences you've had at a National Rally.
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    I posted some of my great Redmond experience inside post #116 of this thread:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...t=54725&page=8
    Here's a couple more:

    While at Redmond I took a day trip to Silverton, OR and got to go through an original Frank Lloyd Wright designed residence that's still open to the public. An outstanding tour for lovers of architecture.
    http://www.thegordonhouse.org/

    One afternoon while walking the Redmond grounds up the path comes a guy riding a nice blue and yellow K1. I flag him down, and start talking about his bike because I love K1's. We talk for a couple of minutes, he hands me his card. Greg Feeler, President, BMWMOA. So I'm all "You're the man. You must be really busy. I better let you go." He said no, and we proceeded to talk about his bike, my bike, the rally and other stuff before I shoo'd him away. Class act. Thanks, Greg.
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    The complaints about the rally in Bloomsburg has been mostly about the heat. That is the one thing that was not within the control of the MOA. If the weather had been the average for that week or the rally been in the weeks before or the weeks after, it would not have been an issue.

    I have only been to about a dozen RA & MOA rallies but this one was the best planned and executed one I have attended. Most things went smoothly and the need for water due to the heat was handled quickly and well. The availability of dorms and shuttle busses made the rally an affordable and comfortable event for me.
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    I remember a starlit sky walking back to my tent after closing the beer garden. Utter peace, still quiet and feeling so very safe so far from home all by myself.

    And the sadness at leaving 6,000 of my closest friends when I hit the road back home the next morning.

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    I think it is the friends I have made at MOA Rallies over the last 30 plus years.
    Saturday night at the stage after all the work is done, is wonderful.
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    Always a great rally!

    I attended my first BMWMOA National/Internation Rally in 1981 at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Have been to 10 more since then and at least two BMWRA National Rallies.

    Would have attended more except for work, health or family obligations

    Enjoyed every one of them...sometimes in spite of lousy weather. I recall pitching my tent in freshly spread horse manure at Lake Placid, NY...my wife really enjoyed that one...setting up camp in the dark can be a hazard.

    The rallies I enjoyed most and remember most were the ones where I volunteered to help out. I've done gate security, sold stuff in the Country Store, sold water and beer, done registration, sold 50/50 tickets and provided music for daily devotions and Sunday worship.

    By volunteering I met a lot of great people (and a few jerks ) and learned to appreciate just how much work it takes to make these events happen.

    A huge part of the rally is the trip there and home. I find the journey is what I really look forward to and a rally is a great destination.

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