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When I needed help others stepped up. And I really appreciate it.
I packed in the rain Sunday morning an hit the road. I stopped in Charleston, WV for gas and some coffee. Over 200 miles later I stopped just west of Lexington, KY for gas and a stretch. I opened up my tang bag only to realize (to my great horror) that my wallet was not there. I had left it in Charleston. I had about $3 in change in my tank bag and that was it.
I looked up and saw a couple of riders at the station across the street, one was on a BMW. I waved and he came over. After explaining my dilemma, he smiled and said, “That’s no problem at all.” He swiped his credit card and filled my empty tank. Then he reached into his pocket and said, “I’ve only got $11 on me, but you can have it. That should get you home.” Thanks, Robert.
About 60 miles down the road my rear tire went flat. I pulled over and got out my pump and pug kit. Just as I got started, Earl pulled over and offered to assist.
In one way, it just wasn’t my day. In another way, it was my lucky day.
I know how hard it is to find rally bands. No ban will please everyone. Having said that, I really did not care for the Friday band at all.
On the other hand, I LOVED almost everything else about the rally. Thanks to all who made it possible.
I heard a lot of complaints about the shower situation, but I had no problems. I showered twice in the white showers by the sherpa area. There was plenty of hot water and no wait either time. The key seemed to be showering at off-peak times.
The shower area wasn’t as clean as I would have liked, but much of the fault for that lies with our fellow rally goers. Keeping in mind that we were camping in an area not really designed for camping, I thought it was fine. To me, the surroundings were worth the minor deficiencies.
Some porta johns on the other side of the field would have been nice, but no big deal. I worked registration from 5 to 9 Thursday, and the lack of any toilet facilities in the registration area was annoying. Suffice it to say that the trees in the area were well taken care.
I had a blast touring the home and the grounds, wading the river, riding great roads in the area, and generally chilling with rally buddies. Love the new Held summer gloves I picked up from one of the vendors. Enjoyed the band on Friday night. Not so crazy about the band Saturday night, but having worked on such things I know that no band will appeal to everyone.
When I rode my FJR to the European Riders Rally I just explained that my bike was from FAR eastern Europe 🙂
Pack up and come on. You will be well received, and you will not be the only person there on an FJR. While BMWs will certainly dominate, you will see lots of other kinds of bikes at the rally.