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    How did it go?

    Did the weather moderate and were most folks happy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    95+ right now in SLC...but feels like 92!
    Should be a bit cooler than normal for you..
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    Ririe pre-rally weather was great.....I over heated riding into SLC so seems a lot hotter than it really is to me. Still have another week of sight seeing but renting a car. Will park the bike at long term pArking

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    It was hot. There were were several air conditioned venues, cold water was easily available and shaded camping spaces were available for an estimated 30% of the campers. We stayed at a motel that was six miles away, but had easy access to the efficient Trax system. Didn't start a bike for our entire stay. Some good vender deals, but some notable missing in action venders, particularly clothing folks. We got some Helite vests as our major purchase. By the end of each day I was feeling like a raisin. Kudos to those who made it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    It was hot. There were were several air conditioned venues, cold water was easily available and shaded camping spaces were available for an estimated 30% of the campers. We stayed at a motel that was six miles away, but had easy access to the efficient Trax system. Didn't start a bike for our entire stay. Some good vender deals, but some notable missing in action venders, particularly clothing folks. We got some Helite vests as our major purchase. By the end of each day I was feeling like a raisin. Kudos to those who made it happen.
    If they're the same team as at Hamburg, the Helite folks really make an effort demonstrate and sell their product.

    How was the attendance?
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    It was hot. A couple of days hit triple digits. But the vendor buildings and most seminar locations were air conditioned so there were places to go to get/stay cool. We booked a motel on Sunday for a Tuesday arrival. Walking distance and I'm glad we did.

    We talked to several campers: the majority opinion was that it was hot trying to sleep which was why I bit the bullet and camped at a hotel for only the 3rd time in the last 33 national rallys.

    It wasn't Bloomsburg, from which there were over 300 (not a typo) ambulance runs in 4 days (Wed-Sat).

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    Attendance was about 4200 but about right for the site.
    It was hot but I didn't hear of any ambulance runs.
    Interesting neighborhood.
    I think everyone had a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    It was hot. A couple of days hit triple digits. But the vendor buildings and most seminar locations were air conditioned so there were places to go to get/stay cool. We booked a motel on Sunday for a Tuesday arrival. Walking distance and I'm glad we did.

    We talked to several campers: the majority opinion was that it was hot trying to sleep which was why I bit the bullet and camped at a hotel for only the 3rd time in the last 33 national rallys.

    It wasn't Bloomsburg, from which there were over 300 (not a typo) ambulance runs in 4 days (Wed-Sat).

    Rallies in Alberta, and Ontario are staring to look better and better to me. Too bad about the folks with DUIs that can't get there.
    Hey, don't forget about BC!
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    It was hot after noon, but you made do. There were numerous air conditioned spaces, plenty of shade, and both misting tents and misting fans for a bit of relief. Chilled water was easy to find and the folks at the information booths knew all the answers. For those having trouble with the heat (like Tulliver) there were plenty of hotel rooms available.

    The national is the only venue where those of us living in remote areas can see all possible goodies for our bikes. If there is good riding in the area OR good riding to and from home, bonus! But the real reason I attend is to reconnect with old friends, put faces to the names on Facebook, and meet new people to laugh with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    It was hot. A couple of days hit triple digits. But the vendor buildings and most seminar locations were air conditioned so there were places to go to get/stay cool. We booked a motel on Sunday for a Tuesday arrival. Walking distance and I'm glad we did.

    We talked to several campers: the majority opinion was that it was hot trying to sleep which was why I bit the bullet and camped at a hotel for only the 3rd time in the last 33 national rallys.

    It wasn't Bloomsburg, from which there were over 300 (not a typo) ambulance runs in 4 days (Wed-Sat).

    Rallies in Alberta, and Ontario are staring to look better and better to me. Too bad about the folks with DUIs that can't get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Return to Escanaba?
    That was our first National and we enjoyed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 43912 View Post
    Interesting neighborhood.
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    What do you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That was our first National and we enjoyed it.
    I didn't attend that one, but visited the area the following year. Seemed like a great area for a rally, but I doubt it has the necessary facilities to meet our current requirements standards (i.e., meeting rooms and display areas with AC).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    What do you mean?
    The fairgrounds is a few blocks from downtown. SLC is a city. It has a considerable homeless population including a 600 bed shelter from which folks wander during the day. Across from the corner of the fairgrounds is a 7-11 which is a bit of a hangout. There are also a few working girls who seemed to like to hang out at McDonalds, using the wifi for scheduling purposes. We stayed at the Econolodge four blocks from the main gate toward downtown. We walked to and from the fairgrounds every day. We didn't have a problem and didn't really see any specific problem but it is a major city with a beautiful downtown and some rough edges at the edges. We never felt unsafe.
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