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    Registered User beemerron's Avatar
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    If your talking the week of and prior to, I'm all for it.
    Ron R


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    FYI, The Top O The Rockies rally in Paonia Colorado will be from July 9-12 2004. The weekend before the National. And the closing events (where they give a bike away) will be on Sunday July 11th.

    See you in Spokane!!!

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    Registered User beemerron's Avatar
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    Doesn't get any better than that!
    Ron R


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    On the Road Hacksaw's Avatar
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    Are there dates for the 04 MOA yet?

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    On the Road TheSuperScoot's Avatar
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    Dates for the 2004 National

    Are there dates for the 04 MOA yet?

    Southeast Texas
    98 R1100GSA (RED)
    BMWMOA #108002

    Jeff, I have a date already, but thanks for asking.


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    July 15-18 2004

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    Never posted here before, but I thought this was as good a time as any. In the 80s, my job transferred me to Spokane. I was there for 8 years, before being transferred again. I LOVED IT!! Spokane is a GREAT place - certainly one of the nicest I've ever lived in!! The roads are great, the scenery is great and the people are great. Friends used to tell me that Spokane was one of the Northwest's best kept secrets. Unfortunately, I think the secret's now out, because migration to the area has really taken off, and the area has really expanded.

    It's still a super place, and job permitting, I hope to be there.

    Ride safe and hope to meet you next year!

    Mike Rapp
    Garden Grove, CA

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    2004 Rally in Spokane

    I too was disappointed to learn that next year's rally will be in
    Spokane, Washington. I was hoping for California-- somewhere
    near the 49er site. I couldn't help but notice that 2 of the complaints

    posted so far were from Conneticut & Florida. I guess we could have
    a permanent spot at the geographical center of the U.S.-- somewhere
    South of Trenton, near Lawrence, Kansas. The mileage award could be
    retired to the member that comes from Key West.
    I have been a member since 1984, and it has always been a given
    that the rally site alternated between the two coasts. The selections
    of Trenton / Charleston seems to have thrown a monkey wrench in the
    system. This year's rally site SHOULD have been out West.
    I have been to Missoula twice, Laguna Seca, & Redmond. I scouted
    the grounds at Redmond 9 months in advance, and thought the site
    was stupendous! The reason that I am disappointed, is that I live
    about 1340 ft outside Spokane's city limit. I have lived here by choice,
    since 1968, and longer that I have been here, the more I have taken
    this place for granted- compared to the rest of the country. For those
    that are geographically impaired-- Spokane is nowhere NEAR Seattle.
    Spokane is the 2nd? largest city in the state, and is the 'hub'
    of the Inland Empire from which goods & services flow in all directions
    for over 100 miles. Spokane is the 'go to' place for all of the smaller
    communities. What Spokane doesn't have is humidity, congestion,
    or gridlock. It is entirely possible to not see a cloud in the sky for the
    entire length of the rally. Spokane is a 'working' town, with a constant
    high unemployment that gets by on about $8.00/hr.
    The Spokane County Fairgounds at the East city limits (Havanna St.)
    in an industrial area. The good news is that the stockyards are all
    gone years ago. The bad news is that Spokane has plenty of potholes
    & red light runners. Drivers in cages tend not to signal, & when they
    want to change lanes, they just 'wedge' in if they get more than a
    fender length ahead of you. I am familiar with the Fairgrounds layout,
    and in spite of several new buildings in the last few years--- I am
    not aware of ANY shower facilities. The motels closest to the site
    are either older, or truckers only-- none that I would want to stay at.
    There is plenty of shaded grass at the Fairgrounds for tenting, with
    security fencing & control gates around the entire facility. There are
    enough large buildings to house ALL of the vendors & their trucks!
    Since I will only have to drive about 10 miles, I plan on driving
    my V10 Dodge. That way I won't be limited by size & weight of all
    the BMW goodies I'll be buying from BOB'S & Kermit, & Helen 2Wheels'
    & all of the rest of my Visa card family.

    Ride safe #32686

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    Re: 2004 Rally in Spokane

    Originally posted by animby
    I couldn't help but notice that 2 of the complaints
    posted so far were from Conneticut & Florida.
    I hope you didn't think any of my comments were complaints.

    Spokane is as good a location as any other. My only preference is for venue type and I was only offering suggestions.

    I probably won't attend next year but it's due to vac time available, July is generally bad and I hate HUGE crowds.


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    On the Road 171374's Avatar
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    keep up the good work this is interesting stuff for us that have never been too foar west of the Mississippi . I have started printing your chapters out for reference when I get there.

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    Spokane Rally 04'

    Hey, Im completely new to your site, but will be joining soon. I have lived in Spokane for 28 years and just bought my first BMW two weeks ago. An 04 GS Adventure! So please excuse my giddy like attitude about my new machine.

    I read most of the replies and comments about Spokane. Whomever said the roads are great, has never actually been to Spokane. The roads SUCK, but are bearable still. Driver are pretty much idiots, althogh most car drivers are when it comes to bikes. (Or so Ive found) I should say that I have been riding for ten yearrs, so Im not new to motorcycles completely. The traffic is light generally, the fairgrounds are roomy and nice and fairly updated. Correct there are no showers that I know of or have heard about. Hotels is easy since the freeway runs right past the Fairgrounds and there are a slew of nice places to stay on the freeway exits. All of them less than 10 min from the Fairgrounds via the freeway. The weather is varied, but usually nice and tempered.
    I would love to help with your rally and become a member of this association. Please feel free to use me as a liason or ask me questions about Spokane.
    Aaron Rollins

    make sure and put non junk mail titles on any emails you send me, since they will be from addresses Im not familiar with.

    looking forward to the event,

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    Need snow tires for bike! TJSCHAFF's Avatar
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    I am only disappointed that I will not have far to travel to the rally this year - since I live in Spokane. But sign me up as a volunteer.

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    In the final ceremonies why not give the statistics while you wait for a prize winner to come down to the mike. What happend to a lot of the stats. i/e how many BMW's, brand x, planes etc. Check the sound system, many could not hear. Get an announcer that is used to speaking in puplic and does not incite such a bad reaction from BMW riders. I have been to most Nationals in the last 12 years and this was the worst one by far. However, the people of West Virginia were wonderful to us.

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    Rally Rat Jim Shaw's Avatar
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    Hinckley, OH and Ann Arbor, MI USA

    Note taken

    Thanks for the suggestions. Come to Spokane, and see if we don't do better!

    Jim Shaw

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    Angry Rally city good choice, but the site --- ugh!!!

    The city is great. Any opportunity to ride US 12 is worth a lot, but have you seen the grounds that the '04 rally will be held???

    Ick! Might as well have it in the middle of the stock yards. Was gonna camp, but I guess a 'decent' hotel 10 miles away is going to be the smart choice.

    Who on the rally site selection committee really thought this site would be a good choice??? 104 degrees in the shade during July in Spokane, and not a decent shade tree in sight.

    PLEASE find an alternate location in the area before it gets too late.

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