I just want to make it real clear that the Sherpa Village for BMW events (including MOA, RA and Cass) is not a drunk fest.
No where close to it.
I have no idea where you got this idea, and do not appreciate being painted in such a light.
In fact, one of the people at the Sherpa Village came over by our group because he said he could hear us having fun. Most folks were asleep, or being very quiet at Sherpa Village by that time. Not anything like a drunk fest.
We were the drunk fest, but not all of us were drunk.
19 BMWMOA Nationals under my belt, and I have no idea what I am doing.
For those who don't....
I just called the Hampton Inn. They have 15 rooms left in our block @ $199.00. The Holiday Inn Express has sporadic availability only on certain days. The best thing to do is Call. Don‘«÷t make reservations over the internet or you won‘«÷t get our rates, and make sure to mention the BMW MOA block. I have calls in to some of the other hotels checking the status, but won‘«÷t hear until tomorrow. There are still rooms at the Days Inn (307-682-3999) for a rate of $139 single/149 double.
These are negotiated rates, so you must mention the BMW MOA.
And for the record....I took advantage of the Sherpa Village in NC, and I must have missed the drunkfest! All was quiet!
Ride Hard, go far, and keep smilin...
Karol Patzer, Ambassador, Director BMW MOA Foundation
2008/2014 BMW MOA Rally Chair
When you include tax into the Holiday Inn Express numbers, your spending close to $900 for four days. The Days Inn is not filled for a reason. It's has a horrible rating due to it's bad management.
I seem to remember seeing LOTS of couples at the '07 Rally. What does it matter what the gender dynamic of the group is? I'm sure that MANY of our members, male or female, and for a variety of reasons would prefer a private bathroom, a comfy bed and a climate controlled room. That's not always possible. Many of us are looking forward to the rally, and would go no matter where the group decides to hold it. The location is secondary to the event - the meeting up with friends and acquaintances, putting faces to names, taking in the seminars etc. I can only speak for myself, but I'm not looking forward to hearing 6+ more months of pi**ing and moaning about the location and the perceived lack of amenities/conveniences/suitable roads/shopping opportunities/sightseeing venues/whatever. If you're not happy with it, by all means, give it a miss. We'll gladly see you next time, if that one suits you. Otherwise, if you're not inclined to come, STFU about it.
And as a resident of Sherpa Village at West Bend I can attest to the fact that it was NO drunkfest.
FWIW, I joined MOA because I knew I was going to Gillette. I love the riding in Wyoming! I chose to get a motel but I am perfectly happy camping too, and have done that more than I have used motels on bike trips. So . . . a lot of people, including women, are happy with the site and the options.
As a first time rally attendee, I was impressed by the division of "types" of campers at West Bend.
All the lined up nicely were the Sherpa tents uniform and seemingly perfect, and were, for the most part pitch dark after 11:00? 10:00 either with sleeping occupants, or quiet ones indeed! Nice looking, quiet, and not for me! I get sea sick if Iook too close at pefect right angles; I strive for random chaos in my life
The area where I camped was as far from the "normal people" as you could find, way north and east over by the fence. I'm not the one to disturb others, however do like the conversation late into the evening, meeting new people, and telling fish stories, so I was pleased that those who wished to stay up and chew the fat had a place of their own far from those who actually wished for the quiet and sleep. That quiet area, I do believe was the Sherpa tent area. Other areas west of the main pavilion was also one where I originally pulled into when I first arrived, and thought it was nice, but a bit sedate for my liking; and these were also people who found the quiet they were looking for after the 10:00 hour.
Now maybe there was a "drunk fest" somewhere at West Bend, but it wasn't my group, and when I finally was bested by this seemingly all night group, I donned my earplugs, and went to bed in my tent! Out like a rock and stayed that way. Drunks are a label and didn't seem to fit my group! Happy people imbibing a bit late at night is what you call drunks? Yep thats them, but Drunks? Hardly! Thats a total oversimplification of the disease that afflicts this group I've seen many a drunk in my life, and this group don't fit that label. There was plenty of room at West Bend to separate out all the people, and even more room by my eye at Gillette; it shouldn‘«÷t be a problem.
If this group is the one labeled by excessive drinking, keep in mind that some of in this crowd such as myself labeled "drunks" preferred chai tea to the fermented beverage, so what may have been said about any area is a huge stereotype, and not true. I don't touch the stufff myself, but love a good conversation around the dark and deep into the night.
Gillette has twice the area, and areas separated by large distances, so I would imagine each type of rider will head to their own area, and nary will a word be said as long as we all can keep track of Pete!!
See you all in Gillette!
Last edited by redclfco; 01-04-2008 at 03:26 AM. Reason: spelin as alwaze
kenk, seriously, hats off to you and your wife for traveling together on 2 wheels, and enjoying nice hotel stays. In many ways, I envy you. My wife does not like motorcycles, does not like to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, and is not crazy about me riding a motorcycle. However, she understands my love of riding, and is quite tolerant of it. She has attended some rallies with me, but with me on the motorcycle and her in the car. Ever stayed at Chula Vista at the Dells? That's hardly roughing it, but that's about as close to camping as she'll ever go. She does love to ride her own 125 Vino scooter, which doesn't make much sense, but I digress.
You've communicated your rally attendance requirements very clearly, over and over again. I think everyone "gets" it. You've got your priorities, and you're sticking to them. Good for you. And good for your wife, as well. But now it seems you're taking some shots at a rally provider, which doesn't seem very fair.
I'm sure you and your wife will enjoy yourselves greatly this summer at Jackson Hole, or any number of other great places. But, the BMW MOA National doesn't seem to be on your list this year. So be it. That's OK, hopefully it will be somewhere more to your liking in 2009. You've provided input to the process, which I'm sure, is actually appreciated.
Brad D. - Member #105766
'77 R100RS - Black Beauty (big pipe, baby!)
'94 R1100RS - Sylvia
Here's some South Dakota choices. However, a bit far to enjoy the rally.
Spearfish, SD 94 miles (188 miles round trip)
Quality Inn $126.66
Days Inn $106
Sturgis, SD 113 miles (225 miles round trip)
Best Western Sturgis Inn $107
Super 8 Sturgis SD $69
Deadwood, SD 108 miles (216 miles round trip)
First Gold Hotel and Casino Deadwood $92
Best Western Hickok House $89
AmericInn Deadwood $116
Rapid City, SD 141 miles (282 miles round trip)
Wow, after reading this thread I think kenk should bypass Gillette and stick to rallies like the Curve Cowboy Reunion! Seriously, I usually book a motel room for the rally but in Gillette that'$ not an option for me. OK, I guess that means I can P&M about it for the next 5 months, thrown an icky fit and threaten to not go (like that will make the organization change the site or the setup), or deal with the situation as it is. Personally, I think the latter is the way to go so I plan on staying in Buffalo, or Sheridan, or Casper, or ??? the night before the rally and show up early to be a VOLUNTEER. Maybe I can help make things better in some small way....
So where on the rally page do I go to sign up? I can handle anything except latrine duty or security.....
Here's some information for you about lodging in Gillette that's a bit disturbing (specifically the Clarion Inn) - if you've tried to plan early, as we did for 5 couples, so that we could gather, from literally all sides of the country, and made reservations at the Clarion Inn - don't count on them honoring them.
We called, got our room reservations with confirmation numbers at a $119.00 rate way back in August after returning from the Wisconsin rally.
Returning home to Nevada after our Christmas holidays, we had a message from the Clarion informing us that they couldn't honor that rate and they had cancelled all our reservations.
Seems these rates were only intended for our BMWMOA board members and there were only 2 people who were authorized to release these rooms at this rate.
Funny, we didn't ask for any special BMW rates - just called to make reservations. How unprofessional of the Clarion. I don't fault the MOA board for getting a special block rate for their group, but shouldn't they have made it clear to the folks at the Clarion exactly who that group consisted of?
A bit of egg on the face of both our Board and the Clarion Inn.
So, they decided it was OK to just arbitrarily cancel our rooms and, by the way, good luck with finding something else...........
Sure hope this isn't an indication of how the entire rally will be unfolding........
jesaus in NV