Cooking in July, Ice storm in September!! Canaan Valley, remember?Originally Posted by GS Cooke Mnster
One factor that really amazes me about Lima is the number of father/son, father/daughter, families, divorced father/son, divorced father/daughter and maybe even mother/daughter, grandpa/grandson or grandpa/granddaughter combos that came to the rally. I talked to a wonderful young man of age 15 that had his /5 he restored at the rally. What a treat to listen to Ben tell of his plans of going to college to become a dentist and what he was going to do to his bike and how he was petitioning his community to build an ice rink and how he helped his dad farm. I would have not met Ben at a fall rally becaue he would be busy with school and football practice. A motorcycle rally is often stereotyped as some drunken brawl but this is truly a family affair and the togetherness is quite heartening to me. My family has some problems with it and it won't happen with me but I would love to take one of my grandsons (don't have any grandaughters) to a rally, camp, and "hangout". I even know a brother sister that rode to the rally together on their own bikes. I've raised five kids and I can't see them ever doing that. A rally after school starts in the fall? NO! NO! There are plenty of rallies to go to for all the old geezers and "dinks" (D-ual I-ncome N-o K-ids) after school starts. Besides, any date and any location has its pitfalls and abnormal weather conditions. Tornadoes in the spring, Heat in the summer, hurricanes on the east coast, earthquakes on the west coast, floods in the mountains, snow in the fall? Doesn't matter any of these things can happen. Lima, Ohio and Midland, Michigan were criticized as not having great roads to ride on but at same time were lauded as great rallies. Lima and Charleston were the most complained about and most attended rallies. How do you account for that? Build it and they will come. Hindsight is always 20/20.
If they can stand for one more accolade, I would like to say that Brian and Sue Rihn-Manke are one of the most incredible young couples I have ever met. How they can work together so well and do so much that must be infuriating at times and walk around with big smiles on their faces and be willing to visit with everyone is beyond me. If you want to see more of the Mankes then go to the Wisconsin Dells Rally. After all the work at National Rallies this couple does, you will see them up to their eyeballs doing much of the same with the wonderful Wisconsin Club. Maybe some people are just born to it.
Well, that's the way I see it from here in Owosso, Michigan, boyhood home of Thomas E. Dewey, Frederick Frieseke, James Oliver Curwood and Alvin Bentley.