I know many officers and members of our organization spend countless hours and miles to host an annual rally. My sincere thanks to you and all of them for that. I've become accustomed to the traditional rally format and am so grateful to your predecessors. I'd like to share the conditioned expectation, and my perception of, "Rally":
At a Rally, we ride to the venue, locate the showers, beer garden and vendors, then choose a central location with easy walking access to all, park the bikes and set up a camp. We post our location, and the riders in our group (many who only occasionally see each other) join the campsite.
We camp, arrange our tours, both riding and walking, within and outside the grounds, and plan our dining and beverage opportunities relative to our camp. When we enjoy adult beverages we are within our "secure non-riding" venue. "Camp" in this sense, is a dynamic opportunity for friendship and fellowship unique to the traditional BMW rally. Other marques do the "hotel thing". I have been among them, and now choose the BMW experience.
That said, we visited Charleston early May and will again visit in July with serious reservation. Your ÔÇÿ03 urban scatter of MOA events has taken the highlight of our riding season and made it another challenging metro tour. The dynamic of the "camp" can't happen in various hotel lobbies, multiple urban parking lots, or scattered across the many tent and remote cycle parking areas.
Even worse, when we leave our trusty steeds in lots and garages, we leave them to the vulnerabilities of all the worst of things we ride to avoid. In our secure BMW riding community with perimeter definition, I have few concerns. Outside our perimeter, our toys are attractive and at risk! Your plan is full of security issues and mass transit schedules, and I'm not happy knowing I'll have to deal with those added concerns.
I hope the that members who anticipate the ÔÇÿ03 event, enjoy all you and your staff have worked so hard to achieve. I further hope that future events are more in keeping with the traditional Rally format that many of us plan our summer tours to include.