~~ Tracy ~~
Some of the discussion about the heat and humidity reminds me how, a few months ago, people were complaining about the cost of the apartments at Bloomsburg university. Given their quality -- including central air -- they were a steal by any measure ($140 a night for a four-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, four sinks, a full kitchen and a living room, not to mention excellent Wi-Fi). As someone who reserved an apartment at the first opportunity, they turned out to be a great relief from the heat (especially for sleeping). Thanks also to the organizers for laying on the shuttle bus too. All this to say, people had an opportunity months ago to avoid the situation some are now complaining about, but turned it down because it would have meant $35/night per person. Seems like false economy to me. Each to his own, I guess.
Well folks its cooler in Bloomsburg and we had about 5 inches of rain since you left. I am sure glad it didn't rain for ya.
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I've worked as a weather forecaster for Environment Canada for almost 30yrs. You can blame me. You will not be the first!
That was Tuesday before the rally officially started.
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I blame Al Gore.
My wife and I have attended a number of the BMWMOA Rallies, but this years event really got a lot of people thinking that the MOA really should consider alternate dates for the event. Our membership at the Rally is comprised of primarily older riders who frankly are not able to cope with weather extremes - especially the heat that we all went through last weekend. In our group of around 60 club members (Mac-Pac) we had two of our members picked up by the Medics on Thursday, one of which had to be admitted to the hospital. While I think everyone accepts that the heat was not planned or expected, there could have been some measures taken to provide additional relief - such as keeping open the General Store Building (which had AC) for those campers who were having problems from the heat.
In the case of myself and my wife, we ended up packing up our tent and leaving Friday evening and heading home. I also felt sorry for the venders as it was frankly too hot to spend much time visiting the stands.
The location could have worked our well and I'm sure the sponsors put a lot of time into the planning, but its time for the MOA to consider that July weather can become very hot and that a May/June or August/September date might be a better choice.
Just my thoughts on the issue. I looked forward to the event since last year, but I like many others did not last the entire event - a loss for myself and also for the event.
The heat sucked, The Rally was good. I met a ton of new people. The misting tent was a great idea. It was a great effort by the crew to keep the water coolers full.
Thanks for a good rally. It would be nice if I won a prize though. preferably and air conditioned bike and riding suit.
"The location could have worked our well and I'm sure the sponsors put a lot of time into the planning, but its time for the MOA to consider that July weather can become very hot and that a May/June or August/September date might be a better choice."
It's time this gets put to a vote by the General Membership, put a mail in postcard into the next issue of Owners News and let we the Members vote this in or out immediately!
Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89
During the Membership survey which was conducted in early 2009 and concluded with a random focus group being surveyed at the 2009 Johnson City rally, the VAST majority of responders voted to keep the rally in July.
Chuck Manley #12106
2012 Howlin' at the Moon Rally Chair
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