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  • #59254

    AntonLargiader
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    From our Rally Chair, Gordan Boltz:

    Our 2009 Rally is going to be in the same locale as 2004. That is Canaan Valley, WV. The dates are July 23 to July 26, 2009.

    We have picked this date in conjunction with BMW MOA. Our rallies will be on consecutive weekends, and we will give some sort of recognition to those that attend both.

    We picked the location because it is close to the East Coast (an easy and inexpensive trip for many), yet offers great riding and facilities.

    We estimate (based on pre-registrations) that in 2004 we would have had around 3000 attendees. Then we were hit by Hurricane Ivan. Homes were destroyed in FL and the south. Roads were closed in NC. Rivers went 9 feet over flood stage in Pittsburgh and Charleston, WV. Buckets of rain fell the entire rally.

    Anyway, we felt the rally would have been the best one, and best attended, the RA ever had to that point if we hadn’t been snake bitten by the weather.

    So we thought it was worth trying again at the same place. We are working hard to make this the best RA rally ever.

    We are renting the entire State Park, resort, ski lift, etc. The resort has upgraded its facilities and built a new pavilion. The local chamber of commerce has working on activities for us.

    We are hoping to expand our off-road activities since that seems to be a direction BMW is going. We expect to have a dirt bike school, as well as both MSF classes and a Lee Parks “Total Control School”

    BMW Classic (formerly BMW Mobile Tradition) has said they will send someone to our rally. Jeff Yost (of BMW Vintage Club) is trying to get together a vintage exhibit/show etc.

    #60977

    MarkF
    Participant

    Yeah! Great locale. Should be even better without a hurricane.

    Unfortunately, I can’t attend for the same reason I no longer attend MOA rallies – Summer months are for family. I’ve said I prefer Fall but I would have made it in May or June.

    It should be very successful so close in time and distance to the MOA rally. I hope it is and that you all have a great time. [B]Ride Smoke Hole Rd!!![/B]

    #60978

    OldBMWMaster
    Participant

    Barbie and I enjoyed the RA at the Biltmore House in Asheville and we are looking forward to this one. Hope to see some old friends. As usual, we can work the rally.

    #60979

    Dan Wright
    Participant

    Excellent choice!!

    #60980

    GregFeeler
    Participant

    This is an excellent location, and the timing with the BMW MOA rally should give a lot of riders some great options next summer. Here’s to a very successful rally for the BMW RA!

    #60981

    Bullit7801
    Participant

    Great! Two rallies for the same cross country trip. I’m IN!

    tb

    #60982

    Visian
    Participant

    oh, i sure hope i can pull this off.

    can’t imagine a better way to spend a couple of weekends with several weekdays full of VA and WV roads in between!

    ian

    #60983

    Dutch
    Participant

    YES!!! Great riding all through this area, might be a bit hot that time of year, but what the heck!! Best of all, I can mooch off not one, but 2 of my children for room and board!! Outstanding!!! Looking forward to this summer for sure! Vaya con Dios, Dutch

    #60984

    MTSweger
    Participant

    [QUOTE=AntonLargiader]Our 2009 Rally is going to be in the same locale as 2004. That is Canaan Valley, WV. The dates are July 23 to July 26, 2009.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks, Anton. This is great news! Two national events on consecutive weekends and both located in superb riding country! Doesn’t get much better than that. ๐Ÿ˜€

    -MTS

    Mike Sweger
    Charlottesville, Virginia
    2004 K1200GT
    1991 K1 “blauerblitz”

    #60985

    manic mechanic
    Participant

    Great! And Ian and Tom (and anybody else out there), sounds like a great place to smoke some fine cigars.

    #60989

    MdRT
    Participant

    Looking forward to my first RA rally ever!

    #60993

    beemerphile1
    Participant

    Sounds like so far the majority like the consecutive weekends with the MOA rally idea. Sucks for me though. My wife cannot take more than one week at a time off work. Choices, choices, it’s one or the other rally for us. ๐Ÿ™

    #60994

    jeremell
    Participant

    [QUOTE=beemerphile1 ยป]Sounds like so far the majority like the consecutive weekends with the MOA rally idea. Sucks for me though. My wife cannot take more than one week at a time off work. Choices, choices, it’s one or the other rally for us. :([/QUOTE]

    The wife doesn’t HAAAAAAVE to go along…

    #60997

    MdRT
    Participant

    Will we all be notified when rooms may be booked?

    #61000

    AntonLargiader
    Participant

    Sorry, December 1st AFAIK. You’re seeing the result of us being understaffed at times… I’ll try to get a firm date and post it on the website.

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