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I'm a new BMW rider, and this will be my first national rally. Have to admit, listening to all the grief here over camping territorial line boundaries has me worried about riding in solo and setting up. I'm in it for fun, so if this is really a big deal, I probably won't be back for the next one. I have to put up with enough BS in the real world, and don't expect to have to mess around with all this foolishness in the fun world. Any other rally (Hog Rock, Branson, numerous small weekend Missouri rallies, Sturgis, etc) I've just ridden in and said "Hey" to people around me and had a blast getting to know some new folks. I guess everything is different in the BMW world, but I sure hope that the survey results that stated that BMW drivers (car) are some of the most disrespectful of other drivers doesn't apply to the MC population.....
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Hey....don't camp too far away. You just might end up having a great time. I mentioned my first national rally was in 2007 at West Bend...didn't know a soul. In addition to meeting a lot of really great people, I still remember having a terrific conversation with an 82 year old who rode in from Michigan of his /5. BTW....he was breaking down his tent after camping the entire rally.
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Tent spaces tend to get congested closer to the "action", or near the center of the fairground. It can get quite tight.
First, don't bother looking for shade. There just won't be much.
Second, if you want space, look towards the perimeter of the fairground. There is always room, just a matter of looking for it. You'll be farther from the vendors, beer tent, etc. It'll be worth it to many to take the extra couple of minutes to walk the extra distance. Is anyone in a hurry at these events anyway?
I have met many friends now who I only see at rallies. The camaraderie is great. Hanging out with them is second to none. However when I an IN my tent I am sleeping. I do not have to have the security of my friends all around me. When I am awake, I know where my friends are and I can sit with them or vice versa. So if we are not sleeping next to each other it matters not. In fact I will make new friends with those who are sleeping next to me. Is that not the definition of sleeping together.
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This is my first rally also and camping with my wife. Knowing no one and doing this all for the first time along with heat and stress of bring my wife will make it all a tense experience. Dealing with people stressing over spots is not on my agenda! I have hiked and rode hours and hours over mountains some time to find a camping spot away from anything. Why would I ride ten hours (being almost local) to cram my tent in where I can hear people ten spots over snore, fart and breath it all in. OUt in middle of no where is the way I have always rode so I figure that's the way I will be camping also.