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    Enjoyed my first rally

    The title of this thread isn't fair. The rally did not suck... it was a lot of fun and from my perspective well organized. With any big event, there could be changes and improvement. I would have liked a vendor list and a map of vendor booths. I wanted to go back to specific vendors and had trouble remembering where they were, then walking all over the place hoping to bump into them. I always found a bathroom when needed. The food vendors provided variety and I liked that they were spread out in different areas. I arrived Thurs and found the traffic and parking acceptable. I didn't camp and rode in twice a day. I enjoyed a variety of seminars and next rally will spend more time with the vintage bikes. Thanks to all the presenters for providing an opportunity to learn and to meet others. What a big event for such a small entry fee. Congrats to the organizers and thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkec View Post
    a more serious note:

    Were recycling bins provided? I notice earlier this year at that the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - a dozen beer (can) vendors and no recycleing bins, eventhought that race series promotes/runs on straight ethanol.
    Yes, there were many recycling bins located all over the rally site.

    Good job, Holly!

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    Keep it honest

    This thread is supposed to be about how this rally sucked. You folks, like me, who had a great time at the rally should not post here. Hills in Tennessee, what a surprise. People using up the TP, who'da thunk it. Water containers and cups for anyone, just not right. In order for my post to qualify for this thread, here it is..... No good coffee on site. There.

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    I thought the rally sucked!

    1. When we got there Thursday late afternoon the only camping was the overflow field. It was a very very long walk to the bathrooms/porta-pottys until late Friday night when 10 porta-pottys got dropped off.

    2. The food vendors were slow, quite often out of food. My wife went to shower while I waited in line for coffee. I was 3rd in line when she left to walk to the shower. She got back all showered as I was being waited on. And the coffee was only warm and very weak more like colored water.
    The next day we went to moseys for breakfast. 6 of us ordered a hungry man breakfast. It was to have eggs, biscuit w/gravy, sausage, bacon, and hash browns. Of the six we ordered 2 had eggs (they ran out) 1 had hash browns, 2 had pancakes, 3 had glazed honey buns, 4 had biscuits, none had gravy. They were just putting whatever they had in the meal and still charging full price.

    3. While there were a lot of vendors, clothes, gadgets, it was all for newer bikes, there was nothing for the older bikes, there were more bikes built before 1996 there than built after 1996.

    I could go on .... but I won't

    The roads were nice,
    The rally sucked. (I have been to 9 rallies) if I don't buy a new bike, I just don't see the sense of going anymore.

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    The only thing I missed out on was the Forum get together. the last that I had heard, it was going to happen at the Beer tent between 7 & 9 pm on Friday. the tent was full of people when I arrived, and I had no idea where the group would be. maybe next year we can narrow it down some. other than that small issue, it was a GREAT RALLY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    The only thing I missed out on was the Forum get together. the last that I had heard, it was going to happen at the Beer tent between 7 & 9 pm on Friday. the tent was full of people when I arrived, and I had no idea where the group would be. maybe next year we can narrow it down some. other than that small issue, it was a GREAT RALLY...
    i "organized" that gathering and didn't make it


    got stuck at a VERY slow (but VERY tasty) Indian restaurant over in Johnson City, got there about 8:55, got to meet some of the late comers

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    I had fun but a few things I would tweak

    I had a great time. Had too much fun at the vendor area ($) The food was diverse. Got to meet some cool people who were camping next to us. Drank far too much beer. A time is what you make it. Although I would change a few things. Consider this constructive criticism, not a bitch session.

    1. Scrap the awards ceremony. The people I was sitting with could care less about total miles, oldest fart, etc. Draw the prizes quickly and post the other crap on the net.

    2. One of the other posters had a great idea about a new attendee or new member social. I was with others this time but when I have gone to rallies alone it would have been cool.

    3. Start courting young members. Advertise in the surrounding area a few weeks prior to the rally and allow anyone with a MC license under the age of 25 to attend for free. Give them first priority at the demo lines to allow them to ride the BMWs. Most young riders have never seen, yet ridden a BMW. To ride them is to love them. Keep doing the GS challenge.

    4. Have an area with a DJ. Have walk up IPOD time. This will allow for younger riders to listen to current music without having to pay for a band. This could be rented locally (equipment). The one performer on Sat. night was talking about songs he wrote back in the '70's. Before younger riders were even born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinohio View Post
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    My ONLY complaint is this--I was by myself, and I wore my little "#1" pin when I was there. I'm a socialble guy but I guess my only disappointment was that not a lot of people went out of their way to say "hi" or speak to me unless I initiated the conversation. It seemed a lot of you knew one another and I felt like an outsider the whole time I was there. I know there was a lot of catching up to do among friends but I guess, well I don't know, it was a slight turn-off.

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    I woulda, I had no idea and I didn't even notice the pins.
    Now I feel like number 2.
    Next time.

    Also, I am bummed that I didn't get to talk more with Tessler, Bubba, Knary, and some others, and that I didn't find JGR451. I am sorry. Next time, we exchange cell phone numbers, dangit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinohio View Post
    Okay, I'm game..


    My ONLY complaint is this--I was by myself, and I wore my little "#1" pin when I was there. I'm a socialble guy but I guess my only disappointment was that not a lot of people went out of their way to say "hi" or speak to me unless I initiated the conversation. It seemed a lot of you knew one another and I felt like an outsider the whole time I was there. I know there was a lot of cathing up to do among friends but I guess, well I don't know, it was a slight turn-off.
    Ditto. I rode down from MI with a friend, but he camped onsite while I stayed offsite, so we kind of went our separate ways at the rally. I also wore my #1 pin and had only one person notice and officially welcome me. I had conversations with folks over meals at the food vendor sites, but I too felt like a bit of an outsider. And I feel that being a woman made it even worse. At some of the vendor tents, I wasn't even acknowledged or asked if I needed help, while all of the male shoppers were approached with offers of assistance.

    In spite of all this, I learned things from the seminars I attended, spent a good amount of $$, and enjoyed the rally overall. I agree with the person who suggested a special meeting/social for us 'newbies'. So I wouldn't say the rally sucked, but it could be improved in this area.

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    While I had a great time at the rally overall, a couple of things DID kinda grind me. We camped in the Sherpa area, always great. The first thing I noticed as I was getting my bearings was the row of 6 or so portapotties nearby - GREAT! The second thing was that there was absolutely NO place to wash my hands after using one - NOT great. I can't speak for the rest of them, but these particular portapotties were not emptied/cleaned/restocked at all that we noticed. On Saturday, I actually scooped some TP from the flushies uphill and popped a roll into the portapots so there'd BE some. Completely disgusting, IMO.

    The other involves the closing ceremony. We were seated with friends to the side of the stage, where several of the MOA Drectors were milling about. Two things stood out for me - first, during the singing of the National Anthem with the Armed Forces Colour Guard proudly displaying the flag, one of our Directors failed to remove his hat (shame on you!) and stood with his hands in his pockets; and second, the 'Princess' in the pink-trimmed tiara (a Director's wife, I think) who had a temper tantrum when our friend asked her nicely to move as she was obstructing what little view we had of the proceedings. She told him that if we couldn't see then WE should move, then gave us all a big curtsey a few minutes later as she announced with a sneer that she was moving, then proceeded to FLIP US OFF as she relocated to a golf cart off to the side. Everybody has bad days, but really - NOT impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgragg View Post
    Any one know where you can find out who won the bikes ? Had to leave Mid day Saturday.Had a great time!!!!!
    As I recall, both winners were from Virginia; one from Richmond, one from Vienna.

    This was my fourth Rally since 1989. My riding crew and I had a great time, and we are currently fantasizing about going to next years Rally after Mapsourcing the 5434 mile round trip route this morning.
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    Routing traffic THROUGH the vendor area? DUMB!

    Food. Better than last year but still questionable...

    Outside the rally.

    NC drivers suck. They are just plain BAD. Tenn Driver are better but nobody down there knows what a freakin' turn signal is. Glad I have ABS. I had to use it several times once with my wife on back. That was NOT cool.

    I was going to go to the rolling rally. Some personal things got in the way and had a late start. En-route I got run off the highway near Bristol by a drunk trying to exit in a pick-me-up truck that came across in front of me from the left lane at 85mph and slamming on the brakes in front of me to get his exit. Luckily, I was in a spot that was grass and mowed and the 50 mph adventure was down through a ditch in the exit median. Think the rear shock is gone...Just like the driver.

    I decided I had enough and after checking out the bike I went back to WI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonTDI View Post
    Routing traffic THROUGH the vendor area? DUMB!

    Food. Better than last year but still questionable...

    Outside the rally.

    NC drivers suck. They are just plain BAD. Tenn Driver are better but nobody down there knows what a freakin' turn signal is. Glad I have ABS. I had to use it several times once with my wife on back. That was NOT cool.

    I was going to go to the rolling rally. Some personal things got in the way and had a late start. En-route I got run off the highway near Bristol by a drunk trying to exit in a pick-me-up truck that came across in front of me from the left lane at 85mph and slamming on the brakes in front of me to get his exit. Luckily, I was in a spot that was grass and mowed and the 50 mph adventure was down through a ditch in the exit median. Think the rear shock is gone...Just like the driver.

    I decided I had enough and after checking out the bike I went back to WI.
    Jason, sorry to hear about your bust up with that drunk near Bristol. To be frank, I don't often travel I-81 and I found it to be a pretty raucous route from my POV. Glad you're ok.

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    Thanks,

    I'm just glad to be in one piece and able to ride home. What's the old adage?

    I was going to ride the BRP but just didn't have time. Weather was perfect for it. Not too hot!

    FWIW I rode back to about 25W north of Knoxville and stopped for the night. (12:30am. ) The Choice Inn I stopped at had 3 ATF/State of Tenn jet ranger helicopters and more 4x4 trucks with trailer loads of ATV's in one place than I've seen in a long time. Looking for Meth labs....Apparently the area is #1 or #2 in the nation for production. So much for dirt riding in the area!

    Wasn't worried about the bike in THAT parking lot!
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    I'm not going next year because I didn't win a bike! That SUCKS>
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