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    Just deal with it.

    I am a newbie BMW owner. I got a hand me down 75 R90 /6. I put some money into it, rebuilt the carbs, joined the Airheads Beemer Club, and have it to this day. A few months ago I went out to buy a new bike. I went straight to BMW. Why? IT FEELS LIKE FAMILY. I bought the new Rockster. The first one to own it in my town. I have been looking forward to a rally to enjoy the knowledge and camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. So far, I think I am the youngest owner of a new BMW, even at 30! I am somewhat disappointed however at the complaints on where the rally is and how they (complainers) want the whole thing handed to them on a platter. The whole point is to ride and be with family.
    I'll definitely be at Spokane. My wife and I will be riding from San Diego. In the eloquent words of Stimpy "I am so excited I can hardly contain myself"
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    Kids....

    Wasn't it a youngster who told the emperor he was nekkid? Take it from me, while 30 is younger than our average age everyone here is young at heart.

    Welcome to the family. You will have a great time in Spokane *and* you will find other riders close to your age, both physically and in spirit. Quote from the Redmond Rally from a 17 year old who started hanging with us late night: "You guys are just like my friends, only older." Indeed.

    Once again welcome and I also look forward to Spokane. Anywhere I find a crowd of BMW riders is a great time, be it Charleston, Spokane or for Machine in the Garden, downtown Boston.

    Best,

    Rob Nye
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    Re: Spokane Sounds like Fun

    Originally posted by kyRTer04
    Was there a couple of years ago for a meeting in Post Falls, ID. Flew into Spokane and drove over to Post Falls. Also got to go to Sand Gap, ID. Neat town.

    Looking forward to the trip and seeing the sites and visiting the Micro's and sampling the local flavors
    Sand Gap, ID? Do you mean Sandpoint, ID? I live in Sandpoint, it is a nice little town. I'm not going to praise Spokane, I personally think it's a sesspool and go there only when I have to.

    A good ride from Spokane I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is east on 2, and turn left on 57 toward Priest Lake. Above Nordman it turns to a well maintained (by Id. standards) gravel road that takes you up to Metaline Falls and past the giant cedar grove, the "shoe tree" and some fantastic country. Getting to 57 from Spokane is about a 40 min. ride, the rest of it depends on how many times you stop to look around.
    Last edited by richc; 09-11-2003 at 01:27 PM.

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    Now you know

    That I am not from those parts. Thanks for the correction on Sandpoint as it should be call. Looking forward to the trip. Should be if I remember about a 3 hour ride (?) from Spokane to Sandpoint. It is a 2300 mile ride from my house to Spokane so what is a few more hours in the saddle to see some great country.

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    Re: Now you know

    Originally posted by kyRTer04
    That I am not from those parts. Thanks for the correction on Sandpoint as it should be call. Looking forward to the trip. Should be if I remember about a 3 hour ride (?) from Spokane to Sandpoint. It is a 2300 mile ride from my house to Spokane so what is a few more hours in the saddle to see some great country.
    3 hours from Spokane to Sandpoint? Maybe at 30 mph. Depending on where I have to go in Spokane - it's an hour to an hour and a half from Sandpoint to Spokane. It's probably been posted here before, but route 2 into Spokane from Montana is a nice ride, just watch out for radar in Newport (the border between Id and Wa) - they sit on the east side of Newport and catch a LOT of people.

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    We came down Hwy 2 from Sandpoint into Spokane so that is where I am thinking the long drive time. I knew that from Post Falls it was close to 1 hour of drive time with traffic and looking at the sites. Either way neat country and looking forward to seeing it again.

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    2004 Rally

    Well I might as well jump in here too. I have been to quite a few rallies in the past , and Charleston was the first rally for me on a Bmw. I had a pretty good time there except for the weather and how spread out it was. I meant a few people there and never did see them after only talking to them once or twice. I hope this rally is a little closer together so you can enjoy meeting people a little more. Being so spread out is not to fun if you ask me. This will be my first time out to this part of the states. So if anyone has any pointers to help me out on this ride, feel free to send me info. I would greatly appreciate it. ...

    Kevin Frantz
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    2004 Rally

    I guess I should have been more specific.. I have never been out to the Spokane area... duh.. Any help would be greatly appreciated..

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    Hey Kevin welcome!!Look forward to seeing you in Tacoma.I am the svelte charming Canadian on the magenta R100RT.

    My suggestion is that from Indiana,you give yourself 4 days to tacoma.Get lots of maps and pore over them.Everything else just falls into place.

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    Thank you

    Thanks for the welcome jgr 451. I have purchased a few maps to start the studying for the trip out west. I have a few friends that might try and make the trip out there with me and I really do hope they do. Sometimes it is nice to ride by yourself. You can ride as fast or slow , make tourist stops or stop long enough to gas up and go. I have not really rode with a lot of people before. I think they only ones I have rode with is my father and brother and thats as big as it gets. But again thank you for the info.. And hope to see you out there next summer.

    Kevin Frantz
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    2004 BMW MOA National Rally ÔÇô Spokane, WA
    Chapter Six ÔÇô Vicarious Winter Travel: Go Paperback
    (see previous posts/pages for Chapters One - Five)

    Bored with AAA maps? CanÔÇÖt stand the Interstate but not sure what routes you can take and still find gas, food and lodging? CanÔÇÖt tell the ÔÇ£fat redÔÇØ paved roads from the ÔÇ£skinny redÔÇØ improved gravel roads on the MapQuestOnUsTravelQuickly.ComNetInfo site? Is that whatÔÇÖs bothering you, Bucky?

    Boy, it sure would help if there were a reference guide. One where the author thinks like, well, a motorcyclist. One that describes the routes, and mentions what you will find along the route. It would be great if it mentions all those little-known things, too ÔÇô the old hotel, the cheap diner, the place to stop for local color.

    Wait a minute ÔÇô there is such a book!

    Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen. Paperback, April 2002 (I believe this is the third edition). ItÔÇÖll set you back $25 or less.

    Of course, donÔÇÖt believe everything you read. I used this book last year to ride Hwy 93 from Wells to Ely, NV. I planned on getting gas in Currie (pronounced as in ÔÇ£Madame CurrieÔÇØ). When we got there, there was no gas for sale. The whole town was for sale, but no gas. Oh well.

    ThatÔÇÖs part of the fun, right?

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    Originally posted by Montana

    Boy, it sure would help if there were a reference guide. One where the author thinks like, well, a motorcyclist. One that describes the routes, and mentions what you will find along the route. It would be great if it mentions all those little-known things, too ÔÇô the old hotel, the cheap diner, the place to stop for local color.
    Another such book for Washington that may help in planning the trip to Spokane is the Destination Highway motorcycle guide. I have read through the British Columbia one, and these guys have done a great job. There's lots of detail, and the roads are ranked by how much fun they are on a motorcycle.

    I may have to get a copy myself before next year
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    Start: Winnipeg, MB Canada


    End: 404 N Havana St Spokane, WA 99202-4690 US


    Distance: 2190.72 km
    Total Estimated Time: 32 hours, 50 minutes

    Driving Directions Distance

    1. Go South on PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 42 to PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 75. 12.71 km

    2. Go South on PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 75 to the border of United States. 94.45 km

    3. Go South on I-29 S to I-94 W/US-52. 246.07 km

    4. Go West on I-94 W/US-52 to US-10. 9.66 km

    5. Go West on US-10 to I-90 W. 955.43 km

    6. Go West on I-90 W to ARGONNE RD. 865.49 km

    7. Go North on ARGONNE RD to WA-290. 1.13 km

    8. Go West on WA-290. 5.79 km


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    It appears as if some folks would gripe if you hung them with a new rope. After I got my flat fixed I had a wonderful time (between showers)other than geting in and out of town the site was just right. But I am really looking forward to the 2005 raley in Las Vegas, I lived there for 25 years and can tell you it is a wonderful place to hold a raley.

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    CanadaDan, you can do better than that! I-90 across Montana? Boring until you hit the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River.

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