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Thread: 2018 International Rally to be in Des Moines, Iowa July 12-15, 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic_moto View Post
    Thanks for the info! Def. going to pre-register, and yeah I need to go to one of the meet-ups soon, and introduce myself to the local charters.
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    Loose Meat Sandwich

    Coming home from Elkader,Iowa Moto Guzzi Rally a few years back, we stopped at a gas station for fuel in Waterloo. We were standing by the building stretching our legs as a squirrly looking guy in a Corvette pulled up to the pump. He filled then walked up to pay. On his way he inquired as to where you could purchase one of the famous "Goose Meat Sandwiches". My buddy and I both looked each other with a strange look but couldn't figure out what he meant. Then suddenly Matt says "Loose Meat Sandwich". The guy wanted a MaidRite but had misunderstood and asked for Goose Meat. He wasted no time leaving.
    We've had many laughs about it since.

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    Nice ride east of Des Moines

    I just attended an MSF RiderCoach certification course in Cedar Rapids Iowa and thought I'd give all you "there are no good roads in Iowa" people some hope. Go ahead and pull up Google Maps now and look for this route:

    - I80 east out of Des Moines
    - Exit 191 south to Montezuma (you could go east out of Des Moines on other roads to get here too)
    - East on Main Street (highway 85)
    - 85 east turns into Diamond Trail Road and F52
    - Keep going east until you hit M Ave, then turn south
    - Within half a mile, turn back east and catch back up with F52- F52 turns into Black Diamond Rd
    - Black Diamond Road to Highway 1
    - Turn left ()east) on Highway 1

    And the best part of this is that BMW Motorrad of Iowa City is right there after highway 1 splits.

    VERY nice ride, little to no traffic, and you end up at a BMW shop. See, the Des Moines Rally might not be so bad after all....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff.ferguson View Post
    VERY nice ride, little to no traffic, and you end up at a BMW shop. See, the Des Moines Rally might not be so bad after all....
    Well, there are a couple curves there. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/41.6...41.6304718!3e0

    I might have been spoiled by passing through Colorado to SLC.
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    In central Iowa, a few curves is all you're gonna get! I too have been spoiled by the western mountain states, but this really was a surprisingly nice route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabubba View Post
    This will be only my 3rd Rally. From Fairbanks everything is a long ride and I just didn't have that much time every year, or very often. Before Fairbanks I lived on Kodiak Island, and every ride stared with a 12 hour ferry ride -- more time yet. But I retire in 4 more weeks. From here until I can't ride anymore, I'm going to catch every one. And I don't care where they are, I'll have fun. When I went to my first MOA Rally in Sedalia, upon arrival I wrote to my wife and said "I've finally found my tribe." Yes, it's somewhat about the quality of the facilities. And yes, it's somewhat about how many great riding roads are within easy striking distance. And all the vendors also make it nice. But mainly it's about the people. And all those bikes. And just sitting around in your "tent neighborhood" meeting people for the first time . . . that you've known all your life.
    Couldn't agree more with you!


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    Here's a map showing the Covered Bridges of Madison County. Madison County is SW of Des Moines.
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/vi...900000001&z=12

    This is Cedar Bridge near Winterset. Kids torched it this year. They plan to rebuild it but I don't know when.

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    When will Rally registration begin?

    When will the Des Moines Rally registration begin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1100RT View Post
    When will the Des Moines Rally registration begin?
    For the 2016 and 2017 rallies, registration opened on February 1st. So it looks like it will be another 3 months before you can register.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff.ferguson View Post
    I just attended an MSF RiderCoach certification course in Cedar Rapids Iowa and thought I'd give all you "there are no good roads in Iowa" people some hope. Go ahead and pull up Google Maps now and look for this route:

    - I80 east out of Des Moines
    - Exit 191 south to Montezuma (you could go east out of Des Moines on other roads to get here too)
    - East on Main Street (highway 85)
    - 85 east turns into Diamond Trail Road and F52
    - Keep going east until you hit M Ave, then turn south
    - Within half a mile, turn back east and catch back up with F52- F52 turns into Black Diamond Rd
    - Black Diamond Road to Highway 1
    - Turn left ()east) on Highway 1

    And the best part of this is that BMW Motorrad of Iowa City is right there after highway 1 splits.

    VERY nice ride, little to no traffic, and you end up at a BMW shop. See, the Des Moines Rally might not be so bad after all....
    Hey! You're from Nebraska, for cryin' out loud.

    Of course, Iowa is going to seem exciting!

    Try traveling a bit further southwest of your locale sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    Hey! You're from Nebraska, for cryin' out loud.

    Of course, Iowa is going to seem exciting!

    Try traveling a bit further southwest of your locale sometime.
    Highway 61 in Nebraska is one of my favorites!
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    2018 MOA Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    Hey! You're from Nebraska, for cryin' out loud.

    Of course, Iowa is going to seem exciting!

    Try traveling a bit further southwest of your locale sometime.


    Be careful what you say Kevin. There are some Midwesterners who are STILL mad at me for the 2006 Rally slogan........Vermont, It's Not Flat !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Be careful what you say Kevin. There are some Midwesterners who are STILL mad at me for the 2006 Rally slogan........Vermont, It's Not Flat !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Be careful what you say Kevin. There are some Midwesterners who are STILL mad at me for the 2006 Rally slogan........Vermont, It's Not Flat !

    Friedle
    HA! Vermont is not flat and not supposed to be hotter than stink in July either. You just never know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    HA! Vermont is not flat and not supposed to be hotter than stink in July either. You just never know!
    We have four hot days each year. The timing varies a bit. When folks complain about heat in the 90s we tell them to wait a few months and it'll be 120 degrees colder.
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