OK, I finally got them loaded, sized and ready to use.
The following is a pictorial story of my first official rally. The Square Route Rally in Thurmont Maryland and hosted by the BMWBMW club of the metro DC area. The number of participants was down because of the weather, but over 250 showed up anyhow!
I have to say up front, though I was complaining about the rain, mud and lack of riding, I had a fantastic time! I met, and enjoyed the company of many new friends, and several old ones! This is what I was looking for when I joined the club! A finer group of people you will never find anywhere!
Anyhow, I arrived with Jeff (RocketMan) on Friday morning to a deceptively dry and sunny place! We set up our tents near a beautiful pond and had a nice ride into town for some "refreshments!"
Since we were the first there, we had our pick of locations. Thanks John for the loan of the tent!
By early afternoon many other bikes had arrived and the scene was looking very promising.
Free soda and cheap beer were the order of the day, and many partook of it! This beer and soda was a lifesaver as the weekend wore on.
Friday evening there was a presentation by Iron Butt winner Paul Taylor. His description of the event and the requirements made me happy to be a mere weekend rider!
Chace was a perfect example of a growing segment of the new BMW crowd. Young, intelligent, fun and entheustic! She was a lot of fun, and not a bit shy!
By early evening the rain had started. It would be a fixture until late Sunday morning!
The rally hosted several other organizations such as the Vintage BMW club, Oilheads Club and several others.
By the next day the campground had become a study in mud and low traction.
The pavilion became many person's second home for the wet and cold day.
This little creek was nearly empty when I arrived, and by Saturday was a small river. This, by the way is a very dark place when you are trying to get back to your tent without a flashlight and half lit.
Stay tuned for part two.