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    How about those honeydippers...

    Finally a chance to chime in after catching up at work from being out.
    First rule of camping - be prepared. The boy scouts get this and I'm surprised so many adults don't. Thunderstorms are no big deal when you actually put the rain fly on your tent before they hit. Need to shower 3 times a day, how about a quick (non-revealing) sponge bath at the campsite? This gets me through many a road trip at state park campgrounds where I wouldn't think about bathing. I caught a shower each day in the mid afternoon and walked right into an empty stall.
    Food - how about taking some minor provisions and eat one big meal a day. At least there was reasonably priced ice available and handy to keep the camp cache cold.
    Campsite - I made a bee-line to the loud camping when I got in at 11:30 a.m. on thursday (with a guy from Harrisburg, PA I met on the way in) and we landed a primo spot - in shade lots of room, great people around us (including skert and her daughter across the way) and eventually 3 great guys from Virginia on R90s's who were some of the coolest good old boys I've ever met. I donated my parawing tarp to them to use as a "garage" as they worked steadily re-adjusting their machines. One of their trio made a comment to me on Saturday that I will never forget. He said "it sure has been great being able to share this time and fellowship with you-all the last several days". I think the work fellowship hit the nail on the head - and I'm not an overly religous person but the fellowship of BMWMOA riders is one which I now truly appreciate.
    I have been camping all my life and attending many crowded venues from concerts, races (grew up near mid-ohio) fairs etc, and I was very impressed by all the thoughtful details of the entire engagement. Two that stand out but sound minor are: 1 the water tank in the remote camping area to cut down the walk to fill the gallon jug, and 2 the daily honeydipper arrival to clean and sterilize the port a pots each morning. Man, there is nothing worse than a 2-3 day filled rally port a pot and this attention to cleaning detail was great.(you would know what I mean if you went to mid-ohio on Sunday for the race) The key is just keep sleeping until the buzz of their pump is done and then get up for a minty fresh constitutional! (all the ladies around me seemed to have that figured out)
    Lastly volunteering at the hospitality booth was great, Howard is the man and Mr. T from Findlay was very congenial. Sue and all the rest who put this together, thanks very much - I had a great time and I applaud your efforts! See you in Vermont (I'll be in the loud section with the good ol boys).

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    1st Rally...Great Time

    Hi everyone. This was my first rally and I have to say that I had a great time. I shared one of the "Sherpa" rented tents and Ted (head Sherpa) was great. Of course it was hot, but we were close to showers and bathroom. Ted provided tent, sleeping bags, pillows, chairs, hot coffee and ice water, as well as a charging station for i-pods and phones...all for 75 bucks total (for a two man tent). All-in-all, a great deal. Everyone there was nice and the vendors were plentiful. We got in very late Thursday night (1:30 AM) hung out at the rally Friday, then spent most of Saturday riding around Lake Erie in northern Ohio (very cool). It was by far my longest motorcycle trip ever, a total of 1200 miles for the weekend, and I am now counting the days until Vermont next summer. Thanks to all who worked to organize the event and to all of the volunteers!

    Eric

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    It was a great I-National!

    To all the people that put it together: GREAT JOB!

    Originally posted by JimVonBaden:
    I am sick of the whiners who complain, but rarely offer to help make it better.
    This is a volunteer organization, and at $35, it was a great bargain, even if you only went for a day!
    Jim


    I've been to a bunch of rallys is the last 20+ years and several key points from above are:
    1.) It's July - deal with it. Weather happens - deal with it.
    2.) At the I-National, there are probably going to be a lot of people there - plan accordingly (showers, food, campsite, etc.).
    3.) If you don't volunteer to help - don't bitch, try another event - the rest of us can use the space.
    4.) It's $35 because WE ALL volunteer to do the work. If the price was $95, the shower line might be shorter, but it would not be the same rally.
    5.) This is a family & it was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
    6.) See you in Vermont! I'm looking forward to it & thanks again everyone!

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    Greetings from a cheap motel in Williston, the Buell is running great!

    Now that my heresy has the BMWMOA faithful fired up... For those who suggest I volunteer to improve the next rally- sorry, I hold no position within the club and have zero control over the rally. Given that the bike I ride most isn't even a BMW I doubt I'd be welcome anyway. Sorry. BMW quit making airheads so I had to look elsewhere for a new bike.

    As for those that thought $35 to camp under glaring sun and lights with facilites a long walk away if available all- you're as deluded as the BMW cultists who suggested a $9000 chain drive "BMW" single as a replacement for my airheads.

    Enjoy your fantasies...

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    Some people would complain if you hung 'em with old rope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHead Grrrl
    Greetings from a cheap motel in Williston, the Buell is running great!

    Now that my heresy has the BMWMOA faithful fired up... For those who suggest I volunteer to improve the next rally- sorry, I hold no position within the club and have zero control over the rally. Given that the bike I ride most isn't even a BMW I doubt I'd be welcome anyway. Sorry. BMW quit making airheads so I had to look elsewhere for a new bike.

    As for those that thought $35 to camp under glaring sun and lights with facilites a long walk away if available all- you're as deluded as the BMW cultists who suggested a $9000 chain drive "BMW" single as a replacement for my airheads.

    Enjoy your fantasies...

    I'm not one for calling names, but are you just an ass? Why do you bother comming to a BMW forum, and rally, if you are just going to be a jerk and complain.

    You add nothing constructive, and insult people who like BMW's, and the community around them.

    We are all happy, at least I am, that you choose to ride something other than a BMW! Now go bother someone else with your sniveling, whinning and complaining, and let us enjoy our friends and motorcycle community!

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHead Grrrl
    Greetings from a cheap motel in Williston, the Buell is running great!

    Now that my heresy has the BMWMOA faithful fired up... For those who suggest I volunteer to improve the next rally- sorry, I hold no position within the club and have zero control over the rally. Given that the bike I ride most isn't even a BMW I doubt I'd be welcome anyway. Sorry. BMW quit making airheads so I had to look elsewhere for a new bike.

    As for those that thought $35 to camp under glaring sun and lights with facilites a long walk away if available all- you're as deluded as the BMW cultists who suggested a $9000 chain drive "BMW" single as a replacement for my airheads.

    Enjoy your fantasies...
    Like a buell is the end all of motorcycles. You probably have one of the blasts, and if you go look around the forums, it seems that folks have way more problems with that pos than BMW owners do.
    Maybe you should stick to attending Harley events. I hear they are way more friendly and well managed than the ones we silly lemming BMW folks manage to put on.
    Having camped during the summer for most of my life, I was not suprised at the weather in Lima, dressed properly, and stayed hydrated.

    We can trade insults and make reasons why it wasnt so bad for eternity. The bottom line is you didnt have fun, and I suggest that maybe in the future that you dont participate.
    I have found that most of the folks that piss and moan about these things are the folks that piss and moan about everything else they have contact with.
    I have heard that there are no motorcycles parked at therapists offices, but I am sure you could be the exception to the rule. Olease go away and stop whining and crying about your poor rally experience.
    Throw that buell on a trailer and head for sturgis, I am sure there is a shower for each and every participant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorazepam
    Throw that buell on a trailer and head for sturgis, I am sure there is a shower for each and every participant.


    ...and don't let the door hit you one the way out.

    I think I'll head over to the V-Twin forum now and complain about loud pipes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearHead Grrrl
    Greetings from a cheap motel in Williston
    Sounds like where you belong.............



    Human Beans live in Lima

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorazepam
    a buell is the end all of motorcycles.
    I'll let you know in a few weeks.

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    whiners

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom McIntyre
    Some people would complain if you hung 'em with old rope!

    Mac
    As my friend Casual likes to say,some people would find a way to bitch,if they were in swimmin',on a sunny day..
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    Showers and Stuff

    OK guys, I hate to give up one of my secrets but here goes . . . .

    What I call a SOO The Shower of Opportunity. When walking near a shower for, usually some other purpose, check- is there a shower available? If so hop in a take a shower. There is almost always some soap laying around and if not do a good rinse off. Use your T shirt for a crtical places towel. A wet or damp T shirt works good on a hot day. When I took showers at the MOA there was NEVER a line. And I took one nearly every day, way over my usual allotment of showers.

    I also camped in the loud area, and like others have said it was great, no peg to peg, adequate shade . . . and my conch horn even got used for an impromputu conch horn blowing seminar late on Friday nite. . . or was it early Sat morning?

    Cheers.

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    ELTON rides a Buell !

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    ELTON rides a Buell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STRESS
    ELTON rides a Buell.
    must have traded in his R1200C

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