Overall, the roads were fantastic, the locals were great but the location ...
We arrived Thurs in the rain (who knew it rained so much in WVA?) and learned Registration had closed at 6pm... no, it's open.. until 7pm.. No one at the registration desk seemed to know where the campsites where - Magic Island was underwater and completely full (wrong info), U of C was closed because of several beer tent injuries (hope everyone is okay!) and supposedly there was another camping site in the industrial section somewhere off the map where no one had been to see yet.
Managed to set up camp at Magic Island (not flooded, not full, but pretty much removed from everything). Luckily, the rain subsided (several times) and we enjoyed the walk to the Civic Center.. I don't know that I've walked that much at a rally before... I never saw a shuttle. Thanks to the local HOGs chapter for sending drag pipes down Kanawha every 40 minutes... a big thanks to the lovely ladies on the boat who displayed some big lungs. At least the country store ran out of short sleeve rally t-shirts by Friday noon... but the old Midland rally t-shirts were only $2!!!
Friday and Saturday were spent on some of the most beautiful roads I've ever ridden. Everywhere we stopped the locals were great, helpful and downright friendly.
Seriously, this hasn't been one of the best rallies I've attended. The riding location was great but it seems Trenton spoiled many of us... (for example, having a GS ride planned by folks who had a notion of what it was like to ride a 600+ lb dirt bike that ...really isn't a dirt bike).
This rally seemed to cater to the vendors (and could the door prize numbers be posted ANY further away from the entrance?) and the riders who chose motels. That's fine. Past rallies provided some great campground atmospheres (can you say Trenton???) But if this is to be the future of MOA rallies I think I'll pass. If I wanted to stay in a hotel I'd ride a Wing.
Looking forward to Spokane...