What makes a good Nat Rally
RichardMc4
Posted 7/25/2014 10:40 AM (#79025)
Subject: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
Your Board members have been talking about makes a good Nat Rally. I thought I would ask the people who make a good rally you. Below are something’s I would to know. Feel free to add to.
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally?
2. How many?
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles.
4. How much will you pay?
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you?
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.


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RichardMc4
Posted 7/26/2014 8:10 AM (#79029 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
OK people this is not hard to do.

1. Yes
2. 3
3. 500 to 600
4. $60
5. Meeting new people putting fases with names I have met on this site.

It took me 2 min.
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hdrghack
Posted 7/26/2014 9:24 AM (#79030 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 1346
Location: WESTERN NEW YORK

RichardMc4 - 7/25/2014 10:40 AM Your Board members have been talking about makes a good Nat Rally. I thought I would ask the people who make a good rally you. Below are something’s I would to know. Feel free to add to. 1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? 2. How many? 3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. 4. How much will you pay? 5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? 6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.

 

1- Yes

2- 14 National Rallys  also attended 2 @ So long Summer  11 @ Keystone Sidecar Camp out's  3-Keystone member Christmas party's 3- Keystone member picnic's and 2 @ Hack'd Campouts

3- Depends on time, but have traveled 1100 miles one way to Joyce Canfields National Rally in Missouri

4- $55-$70

5- Meeting people sidecar games and touring the area

6- Would prefer the summer but ultimately it's up to the planing committee  

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Reardan Tom
Posted 7/26/2014 3:00 PM (#79034 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1171
Location: Reardan, WA
Yes.
Two.
Depends where and when. Probably 500 miles one way.
Reasonable rally fee, plus hotels.
Friends.
Summer.
Just home from the UMCI International in Cashmere. A mighty fine rally and fun time in spite of the rain. The rain was much needed because of the fires so no complaints this time!!
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J.R.
Posted 7/26/2014 8:47 PM (#79041 - in reply to #79034)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 355
Location: Crockett Tx
yes 10 have traveled 1500 mi
prefer $30-50
meeting new and old friends,playing games
depends on location. I hate cold weather
spring is best
J.R. Sec. Tex. rep
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SwampFox
Posted 7/28/2014 7:53 AM (#79070 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1659
Location: Summer Grove, LA USA

1. Have you been to a Nat Rally?  Yes
2. How many?                               1
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles:  600 miles, more if time allows
4. How much will you pay?          $30-$40
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you?   Meeting sidecar enthusiasts, enjoying local area & the journey
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.  Summer or Spring

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Peter Pan
Posted 7/28/2014 10:33 AM (#79075 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1905
Location: San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica
In my case it would have to be a long vacation and a pretty deep wallet.
I'd love to go.
Remember you live now and here.
Tomorrow might be too late.

I haven't participated in a rig meeting for about 26 years, don't ask how my fingers cribble.

Proposal=> have a pig or ox turning over the fire and baptize it from time to time with some artesane beer out of a barril.
And for the ones who like less grease. a deep pot hanging over another fire place and fry trouts or even better bass.
Some good full grain black bread with real butter.
And bring a good appetite.
Music made by hand.
Nice rideouts and hability parcure tests would make for a perfect weekend.

Nice memories:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOeINceNzqw&index=5&list=PLF403135C5...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JnW1LSOD8w
Better known to you>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnepPZChA5U

Best wishes to all.
Sven



Edited by Peter Pan 7/28/2014 5:01 PM
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Mary Jo
Posted 7/28/2014 2:55 PM (#79077 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 133
Location: Valencia, PA
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? no
2. How many? n/a
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. any - boyfriend(who comes along) probably 300-500
4. How much will you pay? up to $75 - I realize how much goes into putting on these events - and there isn't much free these days
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? Seeing folks and all the different rigs, games, information, traveling
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. Summer
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MrMike
Posted 7/29/2014 6:34 PM (#79106 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 205
Location: Richton, MS
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally?
Yes

2. How many?
Just one and then for one day only

3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles.
Would like to make it in one day's travel

4. How much will you pay?
Depends on what you get/$50 seems reasonable

5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you?
The people/meeting like minded folks

6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.
Summer/when school is out
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jwshort
Posted 7/29/2014 9:30 PM (#79111 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 829
Location: Rapid City, SD
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally?
Yes
2. How many?
5 sidecar Many more BMW
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles.
1500 miles (Sioux Falls SD to Stevenson, WA was the furthest)
4. How much will you pay?
$50
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you?
Meeting other sidecarist and seeing other rigs.
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.
Early summer before the heat but after the cold temps in the upper midwest.

Keep these emails coming folks. This is stuff your Board of Directors need to know to be able to provide the best rally possible.
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RichardMc4
Posted 7/30/2014 11:18 AM (#79117 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
Will I think I would do a little summing up here. BUT PLEASE DO NOT STOP REPLYING I will update.

Number of people replying 9 of them 7 have been to 1 or more Nat Rallies with an average of 5.21. The average number of miles willing to travel 837.5 and pay $54.37. The biggest things people like about rallies were people, friends old and new, but also the games and enjoying local area. The best time spring got 3 votes and summer got 6.

BUT PLEASE DO NOT STOP REPLYING I will update.
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jwshort
Posted 7/30/2014 6:43 PM (#79124 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 829
Location: Rapid City, SD
Thanks Richard number one for posting this and number two for your summary. The info is very helpful for next years rally planning (going on as we speak).
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RichardMc4
Posted 8/2/2014 10:44 AM (#79186 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
Come on people 430 hits on this message and only 9 of us have been to a rally?? The people that put these things on need your feedback, good or bad.
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HHShort
Posted 8/2/2014 12:33 PM (#79187 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 114
Location: Rapid City SD
I have attended 3 nationals 300 miles to 1100 miles. 300 miles to Arkansas because it was only a short day in the heat, 1100 miles to Idaho because it was a comfortable 2 1/2 day ride.

Other Rallies were 5 butterflys because it was a good way to begin the riding season. 4 Flint hills rallies because it was the end of the season. Several BMWMOA nationals and regionals. I do not plan my life around rallies. Having said that I usually plan several months ahead of time for at least one rally a year.

I would pay $50

I enjoy the people, looking at other rigs and venders. (that has not applies to USCA rallies) I usually try to plan the ride to and from to include other scenic rides or arrive a little early to check out local rides. I enjoy the games as a spectator.

I think that rally time depends on location. Choose the part of the summer that is the most comfortable and make the announcement as early as possible.

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phlaug
Posted 8/2/2014 10:37 PM (#79200 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 87
Location: Durham, Connecticut
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally?
Yes.

2. How many?
Americade 10 years in a row. Will be to Sturgis next week.

3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles.
Sturgis is going to be 1100 miles in the saddle (1,400 miles towing). But 500 / 750 is more ideal.

4. How much will you pay?
Really depends on what's included. Demo rides and the huge vendor section at Americade made it worth $75 to me.

5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you?
Bikes, bikes, bikes. I like being around them, seeing interesting things people have done to them. And being away from everything else.

6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.
Indifferent.
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RichardMc4
Posted 8/5/2014 1:21 PM (#79265 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
Will I think I would do a little summing up here. BUT PLEASE DO NOT STOP REPLYING I will update.

Number of people replying 11 of them 9 have been to 1 or more Nat Rallies with an average of 5.5. The average number of miles willing to travel 802.5 and pay $56. The biggest things people like about rallies were people, friends old and new, but also the games and enjoying local area. The best time spring got 3 votes and summer got 7.

BUT PLEASE DO NOT STOP REPLYING I will update.

As of 8/5/2014
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Reardan Tom
Posted 8/5/2014 9:17 PM (#79278 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1171
Location: Reardan, WA
And it seemed to me you're referring to USCA National rallies attended, not other rallies that garner national attendance and attention... Right Richard?
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RichardMc4
Posted 8/5/2014 10:19 PM (#79281 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
Yes but it is good to know what kind of rallies pepole make.
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DirtyDR
Posted 8/22/2014 1:55 PM (#79644 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 254
Location: Edwards, CO
1. Yes
2. 6
3. Unlimited
4. Up to $75.00
5. The trip there.


6. Any time.
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VLAD
Posted 8/22/2014 5:58 PM (#79650 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 417
Location: DENVER, COLORADO
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? Yes
2. How many? 5
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. 1000-1200
4. How much will you pay? 30-40
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? People, bikes, places to see...
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. Late spring, early fall.
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pbrowne
Posted 8/31/2014 12:38 AM (#79889 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 54
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? YES
2. How many? 2
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. LESS THAN 1,000 MI., BUT I'VE DONE 2,000 TO ONE AND 600 TO THE OTHER.
4. How much will you pay? $50
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? CAMARADERIE WITH LIKE-MINDED RIDERS. INTERESTING PLACES NEARBY. RIDING INFO FOR THE AREA. MEETING MANUFACTURERS IS GOOD. TOPICAL PRESENTATIONS APPRECIATED. NICEST TO BE AT A FACILITY THAT PROVIDES A LODGE IN ADDITION TO CAMPING (MARINE CORPS GAVE ME ENOUGH OF THAT).
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. SUMMER
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Glenfiddich
Posted 8/31/2014 6:00 PM (#79903 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 63
Location: Craftsbury, Vermont
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? YES
2. How many? 1 USCA, 5 BMW MOA, 1 BMW RA, 2 BMW local chapters
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. Crossed the country in 2013> VT to OR. Would do it again if the rally was in an interesting place
4. How much will you pay? $75 - A lot of effort goes into organizing a rally
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? Meeting new people, socializing my dog, checking out other custom rigs and getting ideas.
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. Anytime with good weather. Heat is a show stopper. So are tornados and biting insects. Would prefer when the rug rats are in school so the roads and campgrounds are less crowded. And unlike brownie, the Marine Corps left me with a lifelong enjoyment of camping. Semper fi!
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Marine By Choice
Posted 9/1/2014 1:19 AM (#79907 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 19
Location: Winlock, Washington
"And unlike brownie, the Marine Corps left me with a lifelong enjoyment of camping. Semper fi! "

Bet you don't still use shelter halves though! Semper Fi!
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Marine By Choice
Posted 9/1/2014 1:23 AM (#79908 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 19
Location: Winlock, Washington
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? Yes
2. How many? 2
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. No limit
4. How much will you pay? $75. Wish there were day passes for relatives. $20-25 would be reasonable
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? Vendors and meeting people
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. No matter. I'm retired!
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Glenfiddich
Posted 9/1/2014 6:21 AM (#79911 - in reply to #79907)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 63
Location: Craftsbury, Vermont
Marine By Choice - 9/1/2014 1:19 AM

"And unlike brownie, the Marine Corps left me with a lifelong enjoyment of camping. Semper fi! "

Bet you don't still use shelter halves though! Semper Fi!


You got me there, Keith!
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JRNisley
Posted 9/1/2014 5:33 PM (#79918 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 11
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? = Not a USCA Rally. Have been to other 'events', Sturgis Rally, Daytona Bike Week, Freedom Rally (in Iowa), etc...
2. How many? = Many
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. = No limits.
4. How much will you pay? = Undetermined.
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? = Good Clean "family" type gatherings.
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. = Summer, so I can take my Son with me

Jim Nisley
Charlotte NC USA

'07 Yamaha Royal Star Venture with California FS II
CSC FS II added May 2013 (my 1st)
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Loon
Posted 9/21/2014 11:04 AM (#80243 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 162
Location: Southern Tier of New York
1-yes
2-2
3-cost as reasonable as possible, $50-60 sounds good
4-meeting others & putting faces to names, gaining info & insight from others more knowledgeable then me
5-late spring or summer

our biggest problem is that our calendar fills up way in advance, causing us to do a lot of long range planning.
So as much advance notice on the dates and location as possible helps us.
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AJ1200
Posted 12/16/2014 4:11 PM (#81712 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 289
Location: Savannah Ga
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? <> not yet, I hope this will be our first of many
2. How many? <> 0
3. How far will you go to a rally? <> no limit as of yet
4. How much will you pay? <> case by case basis, depends on venders and such but 30.00 to 50.00 sounds about right
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? = Good Clean "family" type gatherings. ( to use Jim's phrase) seeing other rigs and meeting like minded people, and visiting other parts of our great United States
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. <> spring to early summer, but I have camped in 20 deg. weather in the mountains a few times so we are flexible
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J.R.
Posted 12/17/2014 9:51 AM (#81731 - in reply to #81712)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 355
Location: Crockett Tx
Hey; Guess what? People are what makes a great rally. Rally host try to have something for every one. Some ,like me, do more visiting with old and new friends. Some like a long group ride. Some like the games,either as entered or watchers. You get the idea. Come and enjoy what ever you like,just come. Host are volunteers and they put in a lot of time trying to suit you. Will and Harold are planning a great rally in some of the most beautiful riding areas around. All the effort is wasted if YOU don't show up.
J.R.
Sec.
Tex. Rep.
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jwshort
Posted 12/17/2014 12:01 PM (#81741 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 829
Location: Rapid City, SD
Hi Ace:
I have to jump in here and thank J.R. for the kind words. I may not get a lot of riding done during the rally because of being rally chair/host but I will enjoy hanging around with J.R. and Avanelle and swapping tall tales. We will have the privilege of sharing the venue with the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival so if you are into Bluegrass Music you are in for a treat. We have a volunteer in charge of rides. We will have guided rides and self guided rides. We are planning to visit Mt. Rushmore ($11 fee). We are close to Devils Tower and The Badlands. These places are all connected with roads through some of the best scenery you can imagine. (Again - I am prejudiced) You can even ride through a buffalo herd if you are brave. Custer State Park ($10 fee) has a wildlife loop that is one our favorite rides both in the tin box and on the rig. Really - if you ride slowly through the herd of buffalo (and have quiet mufflers) the buffalo just ignore you. (During the Sturgis rally they herd moves out of range of the loud Harleys and you don't see them.)
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Bob Madigan
Posted 2/21/2015 12:11 PM (#82963 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 130
Location: Indianapolis, IN
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? YES
2. How many? Several and I hosted one.
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. If I have the time and money I'd go anywhere.
4. How much will you pay? reasonable. I'd like a family rate i.e. member +1,+2, etc..
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? getting together with fellow enthusiasts, seminars, games
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. Spring, before it gets really hot or humid.

we've had some great rallies and I've gotten to know many members and friends at them. Really, for me and Beckie it's all about the people and the rigs. A clean campground, a good Saturday night meal, and a nightly campfire to sit around and swap stories makes a good rally.
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tinboatcapt
Posted 9/28/2015 10:25 PM (#86349 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 119
Location: Lakeville, Minnesota
1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? 2015 Monumental Rally
2. How many? 1 USCA, A few BMW and a few ST-Owners Club
3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. 1200
4. How much will you pay? up to $50-75.00
5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? Meeting people, seeing rigs/rides, touring , camping.
6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc.

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stuspreowned
Posted 10/2/2015 7:50 PM (#86383 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: RE: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 155
Location: jax fl
I would add couple more #1 what kind of support can you get from national &local # will the people who comimit to run etc show up or get drunk
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stuspreowned
Posted 10/2/2015 8:08 PM (#86384 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally


Posts: 155
Location: jax fl
I have attened 4 &got married @ the 07 N/C this yr I drove almost 12k miles getting but was doing my bucket list & @ this time I am planning on being in Denver for 2016.any rally is about seeing your friends &making new ones . I guess I like to ride the location as much as possible . the ride to rusmore this yr had a reverse angle road that was a almost stand on the peg to keep from tipping over what fun .so every rally the people who get together spend a lot of time finding these kind of site for us to experience .ps florida will still have get to gether 3rd wkn1d march stay posted for up dates NEW location .NEW name Same time SAME HOBO STEW see you in march
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CCjon
Posted 11/21/2015 10:52 AM (#86890 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 344
Location: NWHouston
Arriving late to the party, just saw this thread today.

1. Have you been to a Nat Rally? Yes, but avoid Harley type rallies like a plague even if its free and ten miles away.

2. How many? 1 USCA, 3 BMW, several regional rallies

3. How far will you go to a rally? Number of miles. 1500 miles

4. How much will you pay? 40 - 70, depends on value offered. Don't need more t-shorts but a learning experience is priceless

5. What is the biggest thing about a rally for you? The people, Education, Want to see other rigs, but more important want to know what went into building it. What was the thought process behind each decision. What was the end objective for the rig build? A rig build can be modifications to a Ural so it fits the user's purpose. Or a complete ground up build.

6. When is the best time for you? Spring, summer, etc. From Spring to Fall. Anytime that doesn't conflict with family gatherings. Family comes first.

Richard, Thanks for starting this thread.
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Peter Pan
Posted 11/22/2015 10:00 PM (#86923 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 1905
Location: San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica
In Costa Rica I can add up now 3 rigs...time to organize a gathering.
To go to the North again would be too much of border hassle...Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Desalmador (Desoaler, new word creation for El Salvador), Honduras, Guatepeor (worse then Guatemala), Mexico, USA... a few border delays too much.
I would love to participate after 28 years again in a rig gathering.
Sven

Edited by Peter Pan 11/22/2015 10:02 PM
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phlaug
Posted 8/1/2017 12:28 PM (#94407 - in reply to #79025)
Subject: Re: What makes a good Nat Rally



Posts: 87
Location: Durham, Connecticut
This was a good thread--thought it would be good to refresh our data.

I have created basically the same questions as originally posted here, in an online survey format: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/687QXHF

I will compile the results and post them in the forum for all to see.
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