DON'T make the mistake of comparing Redmond and Salem as similar! Maybe the same state, BUT absolutely nothing alike in locale. Same Cascade Mountains, different view and Redmond was very nice and perhaps never a better fairgrounds for a rally. Salem has the Western slope going for it, much greener with rains(July, not so much wet) too and indeed MUCH cooler than anything East recent years experienced. The ocean is so very closeby to Salem and all around another taste of the West, vs Redmond. You certainly did not see all of it last time, so alter your route, take what you missed. I live here(West) and the NW never lacks new adventures. The reps from Salem in Sadalia sold it well. We spoke. Hope ya'll took advantage of listening to'em... I grew up in Virginia, into my mid 20s and love my home state with much family still there. My current West has been home for my second half of this life and its BETTER here out West. IF ya got time off work, come to my home again for 2013 Salem and enjoy the dry(humidity) climate we love riding in year round. We ride in rain too, but dry quickly. All the USA is good riding, just I'm biased now,LOL....Randy
i've been kind of busy today but thought i would check back to see if we got this whole thing resolved yet, much to my dismay it doesn't seem like we did. can someone please PM when it is decided which month is best for our national rally.
wether it is hot or cold, wet or dry i hope all my fellow MOA members ride safe and i look forward to meeting you guys and gals some ware down the road. hopefully that road won't take me into the midwest in July...............
The consensus, bolstered by random questionairs and feedback to the board, has shown that a July date for the National is in the best interests of most of the membership.
Although posting on this forum can "stir the pot" and show some agreement for changing the relative date, you can bet that it isn't going to happen.
Sorry, but you're in the minority.
A lot of time was spent to develop the criteria for selecting a site. More time was spent creating regions and a rotating schedule, to have the Rally in different parts of the country. We've gone back to some locations based on popularity, cost, and having the location still meet the required criteria for camping, vendor area, motel and RV acomodations. Certainly, the "heat" factor is also a consideration as well.
So it is what it is. If anyone has positive, suggestions, then they are encouraged to contact the board directly, through their local club, or through an Ambassador. All members in good standing can be nominated for the board as well. Changing the membership of the board is a healthy process that brings fresh ideas to the table. The MOA is a living, breathing thing that evolves as any other organization, in line with the change in membership. With that is the individual's responsibility to step up, volunteer for a position, make your desires know, and become a part of the direction that the MOA is going.
i posted this tongue in cheek, but i guess sarcasm doesn't come across very well on the interweb.i've been kind of busy today but thought i would check back to see if we got this whole thing resolved yet, much to my dismay it doesn't seem like we did. can someone please PM when it is decided which month is best for our national rally.
i will keep my fingers crossed that the powers that be will see fit to change the rally dates. if that doesn't work i will try drinking lots of kool-aid in hopes i see the light and become one of the die hards who will blindly follow the MOA to whatever location they determine is best, despite blast furnace heat, high water or whatever mother nature throws at us.
wisconsin is a beautiful state. the MOA board has my permission to hold a rally there.It goes back to the midwest in 2014. Here's hoping it's back to Wisc.
Lee 2011 K1300S
MOA # 30878
Past BMW Bikes, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T(bought new in 1988), 1984 R100RT
West Bend was my first National and had a great time. I did the guided Rustic Road ride and saw lots of road I would have never found. By luck the weather was perfect.
The one thing that made Sedalia's heat easier to manage was all of the A/C buildings. I seem to remember most everything in WI was outside so a major heat wave would be a little more challenging to escape.
Before worrying about what might be, I need to put together a good plan to get enough time set aside for a nice ride from Iowa to Salem in 2013.
Every year, the subjects of day passes and moving the rally dates comes up. I heard complaints about Gillette being hot and no nice riding, and I thought it was great riding the Black Hills to Devils Tower, and the temperatures were very manageable. I heard somebody say there was nothing to attract them in the Sedalia area, and the heat kept them home. I had a wonderful time riding the back roads of MO, yeah it could have been cooler. Next year, I may not be able to go, because of distance and time off.
Either I am an idiot who has fun under the worst conditions (that may be partly true)
or rallies are what you make them. They won't be Tailor made for you, you need to know what to expect, and make it fit your needs. This forum helps greatly with that. Also, wear earplugs when you sleep there for crying out loud, it's just better.
19 BMWMOA Nationals under my belt, and I have no idea what I am doing.
.....and deep fried cheese curds!!!
Not so much a summer rally but I would love to go to Austin Texas, ride the new F 1 track, enjoy the Hill Country and some off the beat'en track route I saw posted on Adv Rider, one of which was from the overall winner of the GS Giant / Adventure Summit in Missouri.
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