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    If you missed This Year's Rally, You Missed a Great Rally

    My wife and I just arrived home after attending this year's Rally - our first. We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to put this rally on. And, we want to thank everyone who came. Because we saw nothing but great people everywhere we went.

    And big thank you to the vendors. I know I spent a lot of money with many vendors. My wife was so impressed, she signed up as an associate member with the five-year plan. I renewed my membership for the next five years too. And, we are already planning attending next year's rally in Oregon. Hotel rooms will soon be had.

    Yea, it was a bit hot. But there was air conditioning everywhere so you really had no reason to overheat. Great job everyone.

    Next year, we may just have to volunteer a bit.
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    Welcome to our happy dysfunctional family! May the good times roll!

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    I second that! Had a great time at the rally and met some nice people. My hat's off to the volunteers and to the MOA leadership for the job they did in planning and executing the event. Kudo's too to the vendors for their support.

    Jim

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    Kudos!

    Best one yet.

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    The Sedalia rally was great. I've been to every national since 1984 except the one at Moodus, CT. Voni hasn't missed any since 1984. The facility at Sedalia is as good as any we have ever visited. The top two or three venues are hard to rank but I can't recall one I'd say was better.

    The weather was hot, comparable to Lima and Spokane, but nowhere near as hot, humid and miserable as Bloomsburg. Virtually all the activities except drinking beer were in air conditioned buildings, and there was an air conditioned building adjacent to the beer garden tents where one could go if they wished, 24 hours a day. The bands were loud enough to hear from inside the building too. All seminars were in air conditioned buildings. The closing ceremonies were in the big air conditioned arena. At least one night was hot enough to bother campers. Others were not.

    Lacking some distant riders from the east coast and west coast, turnout was down a bit at 5,200 but this will always happen when the site is between the Mississippi River and I-25. These symbolic boundaries also seem to be real barriers to some BMW riders.

    My seminars filled the room and spilled into the open room next door. Voni's Women Who Ride Seminar was filled, and had a premier lineup of speakers like has never been matched before. Without details - go look them up - Voni Glaves, Ardys Kellerman, Dawn Douglas, Valerie Thompson, Tiffany Coates, Becky Baker, and Benka Pulko all sharied the front table.

    All four vendor buildings - all in a row and not very many steps apart were also cold. I know a couple of vendors who had to get warmer clothing because they got cold in the booth, even though it was high 90s or triple digits outside.

    Bottled water was freely available throughout the rally grounds, and was delivered to camping areas and tram riders by fine folks in golf carts.

    Kudos to everybody who planned, organized, and/or helped at this rally. It was a good one!
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    Ditto Paul...well said!

    We were blessed with plenty of shade, and a good 8-10 mph steady breeze on Friday and Saturday, which was very comfortable to be outside when you were in the shade, and being in the sun was even bearable.

    Kudo's to all the volunteers, and the rally committee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Welcome to our happy dysfunctional family! May the good times roll!

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    Hey Lady in red. I missed seeing you at the Rally. I did watch for you though. Went to Tiffany's presentation Saturday so at least I got to meet her. We were too busy buying things.
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    Another good rally! This year was different for me since I went alone. Despite not really knowing anyone there I had a good time and shot the breeze with lots of good people from all over. This was my first year as a volunteer, and I really enjoyed my shift at the ice sales. While grinding across I-70 Wednesday afternoon I had plenty of time to reflect and be thankful that I live smack dab in the middle of some of America's best motorcycling country. All too often we take for granted what we have.

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    This rally was a blast! My riding partner and I did 2 evenings on the gates and let me tell you ,we met some really nice people at gate 12 and saw some beatufiul machines. Yeah it was hot but with all the A/C in the buildings and the water and we even got a couple of bags of ice thrown at us for free! I started talking to a gentleman here on the site and when we got there he called me and we met up and talked for over an hour. He did win a custom riding suit so that was pretty cool. I suggested some roads in Arkansas he should ride and he was very impressed with the riding we have here. If you have never voulenteered for anything at the rally,you should. We had more fun doing it. It was really hot wednesday night after riding all day but I did sleep good. friday and saturday night I actually got a little chilly. Good Rally Good Folks and I did leave some money with the vendors but I only bought things I needed.........um yeah that's right only things I needed!!

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    Sedalia Rally

    Thought about skipping this one, but glad I did not. Had a great time and thought the rally was pretty well organized. The only part that was somewhat confusing was trying to figure out the seminar locations.

    I think they did a good job getting the vendors located where they did. I was a little disappointed that the BMW riding gear/apparel was basically absent.

    Thanks to Grassroots BMW for the lunch rides to Lake of the Ozarks. This was a good idea. There are lots of possibilities for future lunch rides around that lake if this ever comes back to Sedalia again.

    We have 3 great BMW dealers in the Missouri area who participated: Engle, Gateway, and Grassroots. And the Bentonville, Arkansas dealer is basically in the other corner.
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    This was the best national I've ever attended - of course I've only been to the last two. All kidding aside, I had a great time. The facility was top notch with plenty of room for camping and air conditioning and shade when you needed it, vendors with lots of goodies more than willing to take your money, amazing bikes, the nicest people and great roads for day tripping. Yes, it was warm but the humidity was low, each day had a breeze and the nights cooled off enough for sleeping. Oregon's a long way from the east coast, but who knows. If next year's rally will be as good as this year's, I'd hate to miss it.
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    Sedalia Ranks As One of the Best!

    This was, in my opinion, one of the best rallies yet! Those who chickened out because they THOUGHT it was going to be too hot....well, you were wrong! As Paul Glaves said in this thread, the hottest were Lima, Bloomsburg, and Spokane.

    Everything about the rally was well-organized, the facilities and layout of everything were terrific, even the food in the variety of restaurants on-site was significantly better than what's been offered at previous rallies (Gillette and Burlington were, IMO, the worst) and not expensive. I gave the Amish folks who were running the little produce-stand ample business, as their peaches were superb!

    Yes, it got hot in Sedalia by late afternoon but, as has been amply pointed out by others who did attend, there was always a good breeze, there was plenty of a/c, plenty of nice shade, plenty of places to sit under a canopy of trees, and a nice breeze blowing through the beer tent in the afternoons/early evenings.

    I didn't camp, but the campers can't complain about the overnight temps. Thursday morning we had a brief, gentle rain which really kept things nice and cool all morning. Friday morning the temps were in the low 70's. Saturday morning it was 68 degrees!! How do I know this? I know this because I checked the weather each morning before leaving my hotel room and walking the two miles to the rally grounds. By dusk, temps cooled off sufficiently to make my walk back to the hotel tolerable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    Yes I probably missed a geat rally but I did buy a 100.oo ticket as suport of the moa foundation and you'all missed some great flat track racing at 2 excelant tracks of the mid west. close to home,lots cooler. I'd never expect to win anything but I'm still a winner,Ive been told

    You sure are!

    And we missed you too

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    Excellent Time!

    Definitely a great rally! STRESS and I have missed the last several. However, after being at this one, seeing old friends and making new ones, we are now gearing up to attend as many gatherings of our MOA friends as we can over the next year.

    Wish we had made more seminars, but really enjoyed the ones we made it to. Bought way too much from the vendors, but happy to support them and thrilled with all of our purchases. And, enjoyed all of the food options. Most importantly, we enjoyed all of the people. There wasn't one person we talked to that we didn't genuinely enjoy.

    Not sure we'll be able to make it to Oregon, as we might not be able to get enough time off to do it. However, you never know!

    Thank you to everyone that put their heart and soul into making this event special! We really appreciate it!
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    Welcome back, D-person and Stress! Really happy to see you both again. Let's try harder to stay in touch!
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