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With respect, I beg to differ. I too had never been to an RA rally, and was quite disappointed. Very sparse vendor selection, minimal food selection in my opinion, very little by way of classroom discussions, and worst of all was the total gross-out on the last day when every toilet in the men’s room became a cesspool. The climate was great, of course, and the Vermont/Mass./NY roads were fantastic. But my future rallies will not be of the RA variety.
YMMD, of course, and to each his own, but I thought my two cents’ worth should be put forth in case others agree with me.
These are all such great riding ideas. But I have an important question: will print-outs be available on site? I won’t be bringing a laptop with me, and I would love to peruse these on site to decide which side trip to take each day, depending on the weather, etc. Otherwise I will have to print everything out (destroying trees, maybe even Vermont trees) and lug it with me. Thanks in advance for the advice.
Just made my reservations at the Green Valley Motel in Williamstown (if I’m not mistaken, it’s the closest motel to the park, according to the RA rally page). Looking forward to this — my first RA rally. Off up Route 100 to Newport and points north afterwards!
Looking forward to my first RA rally ever!
Will we all be notified when rooms may be booked?
[QUOTE=Beemer-me-up »]I don’t know if you have been to any other national rallys in the past, but the RA’s rallys never disapoint me.[/QUOTE]
Yup, I’ve been to 2 MOA rallies (Lima and West Bend), and the Americade . How does the RA rally differ from MOA?
OK, so a follow-up question. Though I’ve been to several rallies (see above), I’ve never been to two rallies in two weeks. My instinct is that I will be “rallied out” after one rally, having had enough of group activities for awhile. For those who have attended consecutive rallies, is that your collective experience as well? If so, MOA will win out for me — my reservations are already made there.
[QUOTE=Beemer-me-up »]rallied out:confused::confused: :confused:[/QUOTE]
OK, OK, I know that was heretical, so let me explain! 🙂
I really enjoy riding in a group, having lunch with a group of riders, scoping out the vendors, etc. But I also really enjoy just riding, alone or two-up with my wife, on a beautiful road with no particular destination. Sooooo, will one good rally followed by another good rally be rally overload? If not, how bout 52 rallies, one every week? I know that would be too many for me, I would just want to ride alone and get away from the crowds.
Virginia is having political disconnects that parallel what we experience every election in Maryland. Our state has 23 counties and 1 independent city. In a typical election, 20 counties go for one party (guess which one?). One county (Howard) is typically 50-50. Two counties (Montgomery, where I live, and Prince George’s) and the independent city of Baltimore go for the other party (guess which one?). Every election the only real issue in doubt is whether the underdog party will win by big enough margins in the 19 counties to overcome the population advantages in the two counties and Balto.
Great! I’ve never been to two rallies in two weeks, though. Does one get “rallied out”? Our other alternative is to continue South after the MOA (MS is the only state I’ve not yet visited in the lower 48…), so this is not merely an academic question.
I already have my B&B reservations, and for the first time my wife will be riding with me all the way down to TN (for longer trips, she takes a plane to the destination). I think it’s going to be great! As no one seems to know where and when the RA is going to meet this year, I may take more time and do lots of side trips.
I too am interested in riding down the BRP. I may leave before Friday, though (doesn’t the rally begin on Thursday?). Maybe leaving Wednesday, returning on Sunday, leisurely 2-day ride each way?
Are the Parkway repairs complete all the way to Asheville now?