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    A few thoughts.

    Interesting choice of the two upcoming locations, as my significant other spent a few years of her childhood in Billings then her family moved to St. Paul. I've never been to either city (or either state for that matter, except for the inside of the MSP airport). I sure do hope that I can make it to at least one of them.

    I don't think that the Billings Chamber jumped the gun, although I'd appreciate it if somebody in-the-know would correct me if I'm wrong. I saw the announcement on the MOA site home page at least a day before I saw somebody post it on the MOA's Facebook page.

    Hot or cold...I'm one of those crazy idiots who think that it wouldn't be such a bad idea if we weren't so orthodox about always having the damn thing in July. We don't have to change it every year, just some years in order to open-up some locations that would be downright inhospitable in the summer. I think that Lima was the hottest of the four that I've been to. I lived in TexSux at the time, so when I griped about the heat people said to me, "but you're in your element, right?" Wrong. I never spent 96+ straight hours outdoors in the heat, in fact I tried to spend as much of the summertime in the aircon as possible when I lived there. But I'm not bitching; Lima was my first International Rally and despite the heat I had a real and true blast.
    Two years later in West Bend I actually was cold the first night. I was expecting heat again (it had been rather hot the previous few days I'd spent seeing southern Wiscowsin) so I didn't bring more than a sleeping-pad and a Coolmax cocoon. I shivered all night and the first thing I did that first morning was ride down to the big outdoor-store I'd heard about a couple of exits to the south and bought myself a fleece lounging-pouch sort of thing (since I didn't have room to pack a full-on sleeping bag back home). It proved to be just right for the remaining nights. I look back on this with a giggle.
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    First National Rally

    This will be my first National Rally Im really looking forward to riding to St. Paul Minnesota, and Im really excited with the 2015 Rally In Billings Montana being announced early it gives me plenty of time to prepare at work and make arrangements for the trip in 2015! I cant wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k75s View Post
    There, I was already able to plan my route from the St. Paul rally to the Billing's rally with this advance information
    That is a great route. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    As another posting said............Billings can be HOT. I remember back in 1998, after the Missoula Rally........Billings to Sheridan on I-90........toasty. Like the inside of a patio grill with the dial set on high. Sorta kinda like Bloomsburg. However, prior to the Missoula rally, I spent a few delightful days in St. Paul........the weather was great.

    So, enjoy the rally in St. Paul, if you can go. Similarly, do the same the the following year.
    I think it was 1995 I was touring Montana in early June and every time the elevation rose a bit I was in heavy snowfall. When I stopped for lunch, I remarked to the counter waitress that I left my heavy jacket back at the hotel since it was so warm and bright sunshine that morning when I left, and my being from New Jersey, snow was one of the last things on my mind.

    She said it was a good thing I wasn't there in 1991. I asked why, she said: "Because it snowed for 14 months straight!"
    So even if its the rally in July, I guess plan on a WIDE range of possible temperatures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmoon View Post
    This will be my first National Rally Im really looking forward to riding to St. Paul Minnesota, and Im really excited with the 2015 Rally In Billings Montana being announced early it gives me plenty of time to prepare at work and make arrangements for the trip in 2015! I cant wait!
    DogMoon, I see your from Pacific.... I'm just a little south of your area in DeSoto MO... I managed to make my first rally 2 years ago when it was in Sedalia, and got bit by the rally bug..... Made it all the way out to Salem last year, and plan on St. Paul this year. If you are going for the whole experience, I'd suggest volunteering for of the many activities that needs help to put on the rally. Helps to meet people, if you are riding up by yourself. I plan on leaving a week earlier than than the rally and doing some exploring their TMAT adventure trails before arriving at the sight.....

    BTW, Gateway has a tire tech session going on next weekend at 11:00 and 1:00 if your interested in any of the tech sessions that they offer. Good information available at the sessions and a chance to meet other like minded riders.....

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    Tech session and rally

    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    DogMoon, I see your from Pacific.... I'm just a little south of your area in DeSoto MO... I managed to make my first rally 2 years ago when it was in Sedalia, and got bit by the rally bug..... Made it all the way out to Salem last year, and plan on St. Paul this year. If you are going for the whole experience, I'd suggest volunteering for of the many activities that needs help to put on the rally. Helps to meet people, if you are riding up by yourself. I plan on leaving a week earlier than than the rally and doing some exploring their TMAT adventure trails before arriving at the sight.....

    BTW, Gateway has a tire tech session going on next weekend at 11:00 and 1:00 if your interested in any of the tech sessions that they offer. Good information available at the sessions and a chance to meet other like minded riders.....
    Thanks weschmann I will be at Gateway this weekend for the tire tech session my time will be limited on riding to the rally this year as I only have five days, next year is a different story I have a full two weeks and plan on making the best of it thanks! Hope to see you Saturday.

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    For all my fellow BMW riders who I hope to see at the various rallies this year, remember this winter's weather before complaining about the temps at the rally.
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    Wait. There's a rally here this year? I hadn't heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmoon View Post
    Thanks weschmann I will be at Gateway this weekend for the tire tech session my time will be limited on riding to the rally this year as I only have five days, next year is a different story I have a full two weeks and plan on making the best of it thanks! Hope to see you Saturday.
    DM, sorry I missed you at the tech session. I hope you enjoyed the info on tires. I think gateway has a spring event coming up in May, so I might see you there....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsanderson View Post
    Wait. There's a rally here this year? I hadn't heard.
    Yeah....something like the Upper Mississippi Shakedown
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    2015 might be my bucket list ride

    I'm not terminally ill, but we are all going to go sooner or later. Point is, I'm planning now for 2015, my cross country road trip might be once in a lifetime and I'm gonna go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsig View Post
    I'm not terminally ill, but we are all going to go sooner or later. Point is, I'm planning now for 2015, my cross country road trip might be once in a lifetime and I'm gonna go for it!
    Three week vacation, no slabs!
    Sounds like you might be riding a good chunk of Hwy 61. Take pics and post later!

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    I have pretty-much no idea what roads to take and is why i want to prepare early.
    Traveling to: AL-MS-LA-AR-OK-TX-CO-UT-ID-MO
    From: MO-WY-SD-CO-NM-TX-OK-AR-MS-AL

    Planning is likely to become overwhelming, another reason to plan early i guess.
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