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    traveler using the moa anonymous book

    I am thinking about this year traveling and using the book to stay in people yards and try to meet all the new people i can any thoughts about this or does and donts thanks

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    I have never used the book, but would be delighted to host other riders traveling up here to Vermont. I'm a little conflicted on the rules, though. MOA says it's only to be used for emergencies, which is probably why I've never been called. Sharing experiences with other riders is almost always enjoyable. I wish there was a way to indicate if you actually welcomed visitors...maybe bold or capitalize those choices in the Anonymous Book?

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    There are codes for just about everything. I'm sure there is a code for tent space, spare room, work space and tools, etc. If you don't want to be troubled by that, then only put down that you are available for emergencies. I believe "KK" is for coffee and conversation, meaning you're willing to have people stop by just to visit. My parents actually had someone come in from out of town and stay one or more nights in their house. The visitors were kind enough to offer there own house as payback in a future visit to their area.

    Pesonally, I have a tough time seeing someone hop across the country and "use" people in this manner. I'm not sure what all the reasons would be, but saving money would be one of them. But your hosts are going to be inconvenienced to some degree. I know we're all about sharing, and maybe it's a pay-it-forward kind of thing. I would find it difficult to plan a trip in this manner...are you going to be able to find someone in the town that you're in at the end of a travel day? Usually, I don't know where I'm going to end up until 2-3pm in the afternoon. Do you call someone at that point and give them, what, a couple hours notice? Doesn't seem too friendly in that situation.
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    I think you have to play it by ear, or one person at a time. Coffee and conversation at a Starbucks or such-like place, unless they insist that you stop by their house.
    Read the codes. Then see who offers what. When you leave, offer to pay. If they refuse, then invite them to your place when they are in your area.
    I suppose station in life matters as well. If the traveler is a college student, he may not be in a position to pay it forward for maybe 10, 20 or 30 years. But they do. In those later years when they have the opportunity.
    Also, identify yourself, with your full honest phone number and full and complete legal name.
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    thanks so far on the info

    that's why i put this out there i would not have a problem with some one call and setting up a trip and want to stay here camping just wanted to see what the club had to say about it im new to the traveling thing no problem with staying in camp grounds or hotels but its nice to meet people with the same drive for a bike dont want take advantage of them would more than happy to pay for the camp space dont want to start a hate thread just want to see the opinion of the people im going to meet on the road

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    There was a discussion about this a little while ago, but agree with the comment that you would have to feel it out.

    The BMW community is diverse, some will welcome you with open arms,. others are.........shall we say a little up tight, I think more falling in the latter category.

    There is a similar list at ADV rider, and to be honest, the community there seems more like the down home, lets go ride , then sit and have a couple beers on the back porch.

    Nice map too here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149585 probably 1000+ offers
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishburn80 View Post
    that's why i put this out there i would not have a problem with some one call and setting up a trip and want to stay here camping just wanted to see what the club had to say about it im new to the traveling thing no problem with staying in camp grounds or hotels but its nice to meet people with the same drive for a bike dont want take advantage of them would more than happy to pay for the camp space dont want to start a hate thread just want to see the opinion of the people im going to meet on the road
    Hey now,

    My suggestion would be to come up with a loose travel plan, then looking around in advance for folks in the Anon book who have the codes to host. You might also benefit from posting up your plans here on the forum, however I'd consider avoiding making too many firm plans.

    Another hardly used feature of the Anon book is the list of Ambassadors by state. The Ambassadors are a huge resource for local knowledge; they can recommend local camping favorites or steer directly to someone else in the Anon book that can help you out. I'd consider contacting them in advance.

    When I was with my son on a cross country trip and the motor on the hack went kaboom I called the local Ambassador who saved the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    There are codes for just about everything. I'm sure there is a code for tent space, spare room, work space and tools, etc. .
    I was alway told this was for emergencies only.
    It would be nice if a code was added for "Overnight visitors are welcome"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I was alway told this was for emergencies only.
    It would be nice if a code was added for "Overnight visitors are welcome"
    Yeah!!!
    That should be fed back to the team at MOA that publishes the guide!

    The other thing that has been kicked around for a while now is making the guide available as a PDF,
    which would help us with packing since we could stick a copy on our laptop/tablet/smartphone, but there is a concern it could be used for purposes not so stellar ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I was alway told this was for emergencies only.
    It would be nice if a code was added for "Overnight visitors are welcome"
    Yep, I made this suggestion last time this came around. I have a large yard and anyone who wants to pitch a tent could do so. I have a bathroom in the basement with yard access. I wouldn't even know you are there. So if you are in Raleigh, NC, it's there. If it is summer, feel free to hop in the pool.

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    traveler using the moa anonymous book

    +1 - plenty of camping for anyone passing through central IL. With a little warning I can set you up right by the river and you can catch your dinner.

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    Just call and ask

    Quote Originally Posted by fishburn80 View Post
    I am thinking about this year traveling and using the book to stay in people yards and try to meet all the new people i can any thoughts about this or does and donts thanks

    Nothing wrong with calling and asking ,if the member has already stated they have tent or room available. I have used the book a couple of times but not to ask for a place to stay. Once when I went to Germany, via Boston, I called a Boston member and ask for info in his area. We talked awhile and he invited me to stay at his place. Another time was when I needed a truck to haul a bike out of Yellow Stone. Both times the members were very helpful and friendly.

    I say call, shoot the breeze and see what happens; you are always welcome at my place in Texas. I have some commercial property inside city limits of New Braunfels, Texas that has covered , dry areas for a tent and if that doesn't suit you , I have an office you can crash in .

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    Does anyone know a way to change our anonymous book listing online? I'd like to edit mine but can't seem to find that option.

    As far as using the book for finding a place to stay, I see no problem with it. If you are the person receiving the call and don't want to be bothered, say so. Maybe you have a local place you can recommend, one of those out of the way hidden gems that aren't on a map. If nothing else you can always hook up for coffee and make a new friend.

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    A good book:)

    I've had my listing since the book was invented, a long timer as many others here and have gotten 1 call all those years! This would indicate a failed purpose, being I live in a heavy touristy locale, mid Cal.. I do not remember the year the annon book was conceived, but 1 call and I DID respond in the middle of the night, past midnight to a BMW rider in need, 40 miles away. I loved the opportunity, would do it again. I think a rider is always welcome and has the privelege to call, per AnnonBook Codes listed and use it MORE. Surely NOT enough of this going on and its been a thorn in the MOAs side, not presenting it better, imo. IF you're scared to use it, go figure. Asking here is a good topic! You come through ClovisCA, my number is in there, 559-323-6780H or 559-288-2555C. Camping space, work space bike shop(welder, lift, the works) and animals on the ranch. No Roosters, but chickens all about and they are friendly, fresh eggs, cook your own. No, not the chickens..Dogs too, but great ones, friendly pets. Horses are off limits unless you're a really good rider. Randy PS; Also an avid offroader GSA1200 guy GSGiant, so you need some riding lessons on the property, offroad, stop by. Too many options exist around the area for this kind of adventure. "Polarbear"

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    Hi Polorbear

    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I've had my listing since the book was invented, a long timer as many others here and have gotten 1 call all those years! This would indicate a failed purpose, being I live in a heavy touristy locale, mid Cal.. I do not remember the year the annon book was conceived, but 1 call and I DID respond in the middle of the night, past midnight to a BMW rider in need, 40 miles away. I loved the opportunity, would do it again. I think a rider is always welcome and has the privelege to call, per AnnonBook Codes listed and use it MORE. Surely NOT enough of this going on and its been a thorn in the MOAs side, not presenting it better, imo. IF you're scared to use it, go figure. Asking here is a good topic! You come through ClovisCA, my number is in there, 559-323-6780H or 559-288-2555C. Camping space, work space bike shop(welder, lift, the works) and animals on the ranch. No Roosters, but chickens all about and they are friendly, fresh eggs, cook your own. No, not the chickens..Dogs too, but great ones, friendly pets. Horses are off limits unless you're a really good rider. Randy PS; Also an avid offroader GSA1200 guy GSGiant, so you need some riding lessons on the property, offroad, stop by. Too many options exist around the area for this kind of adventure. "Polarbear"
    I bet that one guy you helped doesn't think the book is a failed purpose. I've never been called but I have used it twice since 1980 with great success. I do believe there should be some codes in the book that say, "call for camping spot, room to sleep in, or whatever, whether it's an emergency or not."

    Anyway, it's nice to see someone with your generosity; I'm sure there are many others that feel the same way in our club.

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