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    Rough route to Great Falls

    I'll start by stating that this route will take us to some of Barley's favorite far away places with the goal of leaving some of his ashes in those places he enjoyed. That remarkable dog was at my side for 55,000 miles of sidecar adventures covering 36 states and 6 Canadian Provinces. So while I typically make interesting side trips, this route is firm.

    I'll leave out the crossing of the Midwest and Plains. Though I enjoy the transit and the warm greetings we get along the way, it's a straightforward dash to the Rockies and back. So the adventure starts in the Front Range along the Peak to Peak Highway south to Idaho Springs CO, picking up US40 and meandering west to Vernal UT. I figured Glenlivet would appreciate the opportunity to see some really large bones in the dinosaur museum. Then up along Flaming Gorge Reservoir, northwest to the Sawhills in Idaho, then following the Salmon River to Lolo. We'll do an out and back to Kooskia to take in the Lolo Pass where Barley once played in the Lochsa River, then head up to Kalispell MT. We'll skirt the southern edge of Glacier saving Going to the Sun for a less crowded time, then drop to the rally site early enough to get in some volunteer setup duties.

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    Leaving the rally we'll spend a night in Red Lodge MT before playing on Beartooth Pass, Chief Joseph Byway, and the incredible US14, ALT14, and US16 in the Bighorns. East to Devils Tower WY, then on to the Black Hills in SD with a side trip to Badlands. We'll spend a couple days there, getting started early to beat the crush of tourism. From there rural highways to Laramie, over one scenic pass to Encampment, down to Walden CO and east along Cache de Poudre Canyon, then starting the long transit back home.

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    Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new in Great Falls!

    Pete and Glenlivet

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    I look forward to seeing you and Glenlivett at the Rally. Iím envious of your trip, it looks like a lot of fun.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
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    Some of you may remember Barley from the Johnson City, St Paul, Sedalia, Billings and Salem rallies. He passed from lymphoma shortly after the Billings rally, having said goodbye to his BMW family.

    He was a bit more dignified than Glenlivet.

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    But dignity was thrown to the wind if there was a rodent to dig up

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    Man with a Plan! And a great story that will involve a rather emotional and significant journey.

    You've also mentioned something that captured my thought, and then the Safety Yellow color hack (close enough)... caught my eye.

    Your kit and crew... would sure be a nice fit as you Volunteer with the Rally Safety Committee.
    Crawl around slowly with that rig, find a good spot to engage others for awhile. Repeat. Somewhat like a goodwill ambassador!

    Some afternoon shifts available as short as 3+30hr. of your rally time.
    SignUpGenius for Volunteers has the details on the bmwmoa.org Rally selection, as you are aware.

    Your team may be the perfect fit for our team... no silly white golf cart required!

    Have a safe trip and a fantastic rally Pete... see you there.

    John Lang
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    Great Falls, Montana
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    I havenít taken the opportunity to say thank you John for stepping up to cover Eric on the safety committee. So... thank you for that. I look forward to seeing you as well sir. If you have any questions, or I can help in anyway, don't hesitate to reach out.

    (334) 470-7770 if for some odd reason you donít have my cell number.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
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    BMW MOA Vice President

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    I hope y'all have a safe and enjoyable journey to and from the rally.

    I recall seeing Barley at several rallies.

    This remains one of the most difficult webpages for me to read ...
    http://travelswithbarley.com/2020/05...ee-little-one/

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    Man with a Plan! And a great story that will involve a rather emotional and significant journey.

    You've also mentioned something that captured my thought, and then the Safety Yellow color hack (close enough)... caught my eye.

    Your kit and crew... would sure be a nice fit as you Volunteer with the Rally Safety Committee.
    Crawl around slowly with that rig, find a good spot to engage others for awhile. Repeat. Somewhat like a goodwill ambassador!

    Some afternoon shifts available as short as 3+30hr. of your rally time.
    SignUpGenius for Volunteers has the details on the bmwmoa.org Rally selection, as you are aware.

    Your team may be the perfect fit for our team... no silly white golf cart required!

    Have a safe trip and a fantastic rally Pete... see you there.

    John Lang
    Safety Chairman
    2021 BMWMOA National Rally
    Great Falls, Montana
    That sounds like fun! We've volunteered at previous rallies in various positions, but are still looking for a home. I signed up for a Thursday morning Public Safety shift. Could also do early Saturday afternoon but would have to start a little later as we are presenting a seminar and would need to stow our gear afterwards before reporting for duty.

    Pete
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    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    That sounds like fun! We've volunteered at previous rallies in various positions, but are still looking for a home. I signed up for a Thursday morning Public Safety shift. Could also do early Saturday afternoon but would have to start a little later as we are presenting a seminar and would need to stow our gear afterwards before reporting for duty.

    Pete
    Like many of our club members, I expect you receive a lot of requests for participation.
    I am delighted you have decided to join us! Even IF it's only Thursday. Thank You

    This will be neat... now, what size hat for Glenlivet?

    John
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    "Keep a steady eye ahead, a firm grip on the throttle, be ready with brakes... every mile of the road, there are two miles of the ditch"
    (words of wisdom credited to fellow MOA rider Bill T.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    I haven’t taken the opportunity to say thank you John for stepping up to cover Eric on the safety committee. So... thank you for that. I look forward to seeing you as well sir. If you have any questions, or I can help in anyway, don't hesitate to reach out.

    (334) 470-7770 if for some odd reason you don’t have my cell number.

    Much appreciated Reece.
    Yeah, Eric only promised me this one year of holding the torch. Though no warnings on burn avoidance!
    So... I'll be in touch and see you there!

    John
    "travel'n" John... on a 2015 R1200GS / MOA# 102452
    "Keep a steady eye ahead, a firm grip on the throttle, be ready with brakes... every mile of the road, there are two miles of the ditch"
    (words of wisdom credited to fellow MOA rider Bill T.)

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