November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #59254
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.November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60977
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]November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60978
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.November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60979
Excellent choice!!November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60980
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!November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60981
Great! Two rallies for the same cross country trip. I’m IN!
tbNovember 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60982
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!
ianNovember 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60983
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, DutchNovember 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60984
[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. 😀
1991 K1 “blauerblitz”November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60985
Great! And Ian and Tom (and anybody else out there), sounds like a great place to smoke some fine cigars.November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60989
Looking forward to my first RA rally ever!November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60993
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. 🙁November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60994
[QUOTE=beemerphile1 »]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…November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #60997
Will we all be notified when rooms may be booked?November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm #61000
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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