Finally a chance to chime in after catching up at work from being out.
First rule of camping - be prepared. The boy scouts get this and I'm surprised so many adults don't. Thunderstorms are no big deal when you actually put the rain fly on your tent before they hit. Need to shower 3 times a day, how about a quick (non-revealing) sponge bath at the campsite? This gets me through many a road trip at state park campgrounds where I wouldn't think about bathing. I caught a shower each day in the mid afternoon and walked right into an empty stall.
Food - how about taking some minor provisions and eat one big meal a day. At least there was reasonably priced ice available and handy to keep the camp cache cold.
Campsite - I made a bee-line to the loud camping when I got in at 11:30 a.m. on thursday (with a guy from Harrisburg, PA I met on the way in) and we landed a primo spot - in shade lots of room, great people around us (including skert and her daughter across the way) and eventually 3 great guys from Virginia on R90s's who were some of the coolest good old boys I've ever met. I donated my parawing tarp to them to use as a "garage" as they worked steadily re-adjusting their machines. One of their trio made a comment to me on Saturday that I will never forget. He said "it sure has been great being able to share this time and fellowship with you-all the last several days". I think the work fellowship hit the nail on the head - and I'm not an overly religous person but the fellowship of BMWMOA riders is one which I now truly appreciate.
I have been camping all my life and attending many crowded venues from concerts, races (grew up near mid-ohio) fairs etc, and I was very impressed by all the thoughtful details of the entire engagement. Two that stand out but sound minor are: 1 the water tank in the remote camping area to cut down the walk to fill the gallon jug, and 2 the daily honeydipper arrival to clean and sterilize the port a pots each morning. Man, there is nothing worse than a 2-3 day filled rally port a pot and this attention to cleaning detail was great.(you would know what I mean if you went to mid-ohio on Sunday for the race) The key is just keep sleeping until the buzz of their pump is done and then get up for a minty fresh constitutional! (all the ladies around me seemed to have that figured out)
Lastly volunteering at the hospitality booth was great, Howard is the man and Mr. T from Findlay was very congenial. Sue and all the rest who put this together, thanks very much - I had a great time and I applaud your efforts! See you in Vermont (I'll be in the loud section with the good ol boys).