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It's a Date! The UnRally II in Eureka Springs

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tgray

Not sure if the wife and I are going, but if so maybe we can get together for the ride up.

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Shelly

Well, Sean and I are in the same boat as lone RT rider. May and October just don't work to well with the kidos school. I figure in about 18 years we can run around the country just like Leslie and Jamie!

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gabe g

plan on going,

doh i tink i gunna hav

alot of splaining to do

wish me luk

gabe

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bigfoot

Well, I did make the reservations for Connie and I to attend, but the timing is not good at all for us. I'm usually really busy at work in early October, not to mention the kids being in school. But we are going to try to make it. When I told Connie that Sean and Shelly were not going to be able to make it, she was really bummed.

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Spikes_Wife

Spike and I were going to be heading down to Garland (near Dallas), TX next October to visit my family. Since this is sorta "on the way" we're going to try to find a way to squeeze it into the schedule, but we wont' have as much vacation time next year as we did this year (for the honeymoon). We'll see.

 

--patti

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BMWGreenRT

You guys better be there...looking forward to seeing you again smile.gif

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decorbin

This is great.... about 35 minutes from where we spend our summers. You guys and gals are gonna love these roads. If you don't stay at the Ironhorse, Eureka Springs has about everything else you can think of, and should not be crowded this time of year. There are some really great B&B's, and all manner of places to eat. We will probably stay at home and ride over for all the festivities.

 

Looking forward to it already.

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ericfoerster

In........reservations made this morning at the Holiday Inn Express. They say only a few rooms leftmad.gif

Hooning in Ozarks smile.gif What a Gas !

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SteveM

Made reservations at the Swiss village Inn for Oct 6-9. Also bringing the SO. I am looking forward to placing faces with usernames. By the way, the clerk at the Swiss Inn says he gives a 10% discount for guest on bikes...

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Amain

Looks like I'll be chaparoning hANNAbONE and Sir Rodney down to the Springs then on to Potosi. It's a dirty job, but they're used to fixating on my taillight. Let the Motolight parade begin!

 

 

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chaad

Last year we got 7 inches of snow on Oct. 6, but I'll be down there if I have to Harley it (take in back of truck)!

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catattoo

I'm in! Anne and I have decided to skip the RA rally and come to Arkansas. Booked a room at the Motel 6. Like everyone else I can't wait grin.gif See you all in October!

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John Ranalletta

Chris...glad to hear we'll see you again. I just made reservations at the "6" as well.

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Kathy R

I stayed at that Motel 6 last Oct and can tell you it's the nicest Motel 6 I've ever seen. Real nice. You'll love it. It's on the same side of town as the Iron Horse.

 

This is going to be so much fun!

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ToxicAgain

Does anyone know if there are any rooms left? What would I reference when I call to make a reservation? UnRally?

 

TIA,

 

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Jake

Hi Sean -

 

I'm fairly certain that the rooms are all spoken for, but it's worth a call, and they'll put you on a waiting list if you'd like. The magic word is "That BMWRT Group".

 

That don't mean a thing, however. Eureka Springs is chocked full 'o hotels, and most of the attendees will be hotelling it. Iron Horse is just a gathering point. In the first post of this thread I listed several suitable accomodations, their distances from Iron Horse. There's a link in there for more info as well.

 

Hope to see you there!

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ToxicAgain

Thanks Jake,

 

What's the usual arival, departure schedule for most? Arrive on 7th, ride around on the 8th, leave on the 9th?

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Jake

Actually, at the UnRally numero uno in Gunnison the general feeling was that it all ended too soon. So, we extended Un2 by a day. My best guess is most will ride in on the 6th, and head out on the morning of the 10th. Check out the Agenda thread to get a better read on the goings-on.

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PeterScottNJ

Actually, some of us are extending it a little more. I'm starting out Saturday and arriving Sunday. Going to plan an interesting route in. Not leaving until Friday.

 

Depending on how I feel, may attempt a bb1500 gold on the way back.

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Yeeha! Stephen
Actually, some of us are extending it a little more... arriving Sunday... Not leaving until Friday.

 

Me too. Gonna do a little touristing while we're there. Arriving Sunday and out Saturday. cool.gif

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Yeeha! Stephen

"Looks like my boss is giving the ok for October. So I guess I need to get reservations in Eureka. I'll check the post on the unrally for places to stay...any of you have suggestions... Ty."

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Anyone need suggestions?

 

Anywhere on "East" Van Buren/Hwy62 E is in the ballpark:

 

AlpenDorf 800 771 987 older but nice

Razorback Lodge 479 253 8952 X-Nice

Apple Blossom Inn 479 253 5552 XX-Nice... Non Smoking

Motel 6 479 253 5600 X-Nice... Best looking one I've ever seen

East Mountain Lodge 479 253 9521 X-Nice

Holiday Inn Express 800 986 9733 X-Nice

The Trails Inn 479 253 9390 X-Nice

Land-o-Nod 800 526 3263 XX-Nice

Alpine Lodge 479 253 7175 X-Nice

Pine Top Lodge 479 253 7331 X-Nice

Wagner Inn 800 235 7639 older but nice.

Carolyns Ozark Swiss Inn 800 833 8450 Nice

Best Western 479 253 9551

Super 8 479 253 5959

Comfort Inn 479 253 5241

Swiss Village Inn 479 253 9541

Howard Johnson 479 253 6665 Nice

Swiss Holiday Resort 888 582 2220 (Attachment)

 

I have a few more if you need.

 

Those few that say "Lodge" are really small Motels, so don't let that part fool ya'. Most are X-chain motels that have become "Mom n' Pop" places.

 

I've personally stayed in the Swiss Holiday Resort and the Howard Johnson. Both are nice and very friendly to Motorcyclists. The only warning I have from personal knowledge is that the Swiss Holiday Resort is very near the main drag intersection of 62 and 23, and I felt it kinda noisy if you were to be an early to bed kind of person. Quiets down later in the night, after 10 or 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Mihalka

One motel I don't see on our lists is the Budget Host Inn, 2106 E. Van Buren.

It looks nice on it's website, and very reasonable (cheap).

I reserved there.

www.eureka-net.com/budgethost 800-283-4678

 

Edited by Paul Mihalka

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TonyM315

 

As luck would have it, a room freed up at the Iron Horse Stables... so...

 

Myself and Kim are booked for October 6,7,8,9!

 

See y'all there... really looking forward to it.

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Jake

Suhweeet! Can't wait to see everyone there (ya gotta leave the Jetta at home this time, ok Tony?!!! smirk.gif)

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TonyM315

Jake-

 

No doubt my back WILL be a hundred percent by October - so the Jetta will be staying at home... smile.gif

 

Get a load of this...

 

I get home from work today - and there's a message from Janey Jackson at the Iron Horse. She felt terrible because she had made a mistake. Turned out there were NO more rooms available frown.gif

 

So... I'm on a waiting list at the Ironhorse... but just in case, we're now booked down the road at the Wagner Inn. Paved flat parking... ground level room... decent rate... Janey said it was a decent place.

 

Can't wait to see everyone in October!

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David_S

Tony, looking forward to meeting you in person finally. I'm sure there will be some cancellations at the Iron Horse as the time draws nearer.

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Fast Eddy

What state is Eureka Springs in?

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David
What state is Eureka Springs in?

 

NW corner of Arkansas, in the Ozarks.

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tgregg

OK, I'm in!! I just booked Wagner Inn Oct 6 to 10th. Sounds like a nice spot $34. per night.

 

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kld41

Whose staying in the x-nice ones so I can book up to one of these?? Anybody from Houston here on the way up?

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Dex

I'm planning on going...and perhaps one or two others. Care to join us? Should be a nice ride and I think we can avoid the slab if you would like.

 

I'm over in League City.

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kld41

Yes, lets discuss because I may have more "detours" along the way - maybe I can do on return.

 

Thanks

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rhadd1

I am finally IN. Family is going up to Branson from Oct 4-Oct 11 staying at a time share. I will get to travel back and forth between Eureka Springs and Branson every day.

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joe

Hey if you can't make it in August, the IBMWR (Internet BMW Riders) are going to meet in Eureka Springs Sept. 26, 27 & 28.

It is an informal group of BMW riders (about 15 riders or more) from around the country that meet to ride, eat and fellowship. (BYOB or not) Just come and ride with us.

 

For more information e-mail me.

 

 

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tgregg

I thought I add a tag line on the Unralley thread for Left Coast folks. Many of us are spending Friday and Saturday in Torrey Utah on the way.

My plan is to then rip it to Wichita, KS spend the night and be at the unralley noon on the 6th.

It looks like a straight blast on I-70 (good road for a slab!!)

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Jim Catlett

You guys better get ready. I started physical therapy Monday and I am getting really fast in a walker. This is going to be scary since I have never loaded an SUV completely full of beer like my RT. See you guys there. I'll be in the tan blazer with the axles dragging the ground. grin.gif

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Jake

That's what I call a properly laden vehicle! Good to see the recovery is rolling along Jim. I prescribe plenty of those 12 oz. curls! (glad to help, too!)

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John_Bennett
Anyone else thinking about tent camping besides me?

 

I intend to tent camp at the Iron Horse Stables.

 

I'll leave the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area the morning of Monday the 6th and travel there via Texarkana. I'm undecided as to how I will traverse Arkansas from Texarkana to Eureka Springs.

 

It's about 500 miles from my house.

 

 

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questrider

I am so tempted to try and get myself to this festive gathering. It's about 10 hours from where I am outside of Chicago and being a "newbie" I've been working my way up to 3-4 hour rides lately having put almost 2,000 miles on my bike in the couple of months of owning my RT. So by October I could probably do it in two days of 5 hour road time with very relaxed riding of 2-3 hours separating gas and food breaks.

 

However, being this late in the game, I'd have to get a hotel away from Iron Stables being as though I just discovered this rally (sorry, UN-rally). And never having been to a rally I guess I'm just riding down to meet all of you having no idea what goes on or what I'll do (somehow I think I'll figure it out). So forgive me if I sound stoopid, but what goes on at a rally (or particularly at this un-rally) and what will I do for three days?! wink.gif And staying at a hotel away from Iron Stables, what exactly will be "the thing to do" when I get there. I mean, I guess I'd just park my bike and walk around trying to find all of you!? Hahahaha... grin.gif

 

Amazing that I don't know what I'm getting into but being drawn to it so deeply! The only thing I would definitely want to have by then is an AeroStitch Roadcrafter suit for the trip! Perhaps seeing as though I'm discovering this "sport" so late in the game this summer and I'm still too green at all of this, I should wait until next year to engulf myself in this insanity!

 

HA! smirk.gif

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murrayg
I am so tempted to try and get myself to this festive gathering. It's about 10 hours from where I am outside of Chicago and being a "newbie" I've been working my way up to 3-4 hour rides lately having put almost 2,000 miles on my bike in the couple of months of owning my RT. So by October I could probably do it in two days of 5 hour road time with very relaxed riding of 2-3 hours separating gas and food breaks.

 

However, being this late in the game, I'd have to get a hotel away from Iron Stables being as though I just discovered this rally (sorry, UN-rally). And never having been to a rally I guess I'm just riding down to meet all of you having no idea what goes on or what I'll do (somehow I think I'll figure it out). So forgive me if I sound stoopid, but what goes on at a rally (or particularly at this un-rally) and what will I do for three days?! wink.gif And staying at a hotel away from Iron Stables, what exactly will be "the thing to do" when I get there. I mean, I guess I'd just park my bike and walk around trying to find all of you!? Hahahaha... grin.gif

 

Amazing that I don't know what I'm getting into but being drawn to it so deeply! The only thing I would definitely want to have by then is an AeroStitch Roadcrafter suit for the trip! Perhaps seeing as though I'm discovering this "sport" so late in the game this summer and I'm still too green at all of this, I should wait until next year to engulf myself in this insanity!

 

HA! smirk.gif

 

Magnuson,

Come on down. Last year the Un was in Gunnison, Colorado 1,100 miles from my home and it was my first mc trip longer than 500 miles total round trip. If I can do it anybody can. As a matter of fact you could make it in one day and not be the worst for wear. However, if you feel better breaking it up into two days, it's your ride do it the way you like it.

 

Once in Eureka, you'll ride your bike from your hotel to the Iron Horse and hang with us crazys. You'll get to put faces, and real names with posts, and ride some great roads with not so new friends. You'll eat more than you should, and build some fabulous memories that you can play back when a rocking chair is all you can ride. Of course it's up to you, but if you've got the time and the coin, I'd say come play this year. Who knows about next year?

 

Btw, I did Bentonville, Ar. to Gary, Indiana, in approximately 12 hours in one day, once again if I can do it anybody can. Hope to meet you at UN2. grin.gif If not we'll talk about you real bad. wink.gif

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Jake

Amazing that I don't know what I'm getting into but being drawn to it so deeply!

 

Magnuson -

 

What a great post! I hope there are many, many members out there that have similar thoughts on their minds. What to expect? Closely followed with "I think I want to go!"

 

An UnRally is not unlike a big Thanksgiving dinner without the In-Laws! The genesis of "Un" is our desire to keep the focus of the gathering on people first, and riding a very close second. We have no interest in doing things like selling pins, or lining up vendors as they'd be very lonely since we'll all be out riding! An UnRally is a gathering spot for like-minded people who love to ride (fast and slow), who love to meet and put faces to names, who love to swill and tell lies at the end of the day, who will get up early and do it again the next day. We'll have an agenda, but it's rather agenda-less. People will be staying at the Iron Horse for sure, but most will be staying at nearby hotels. The Iron Horse will largely serve as a staging point for members to meet, and plan their day with whomever they choose. You could find yourself hooking up with a large group of riders who, just 5 minutes before, decided to take a 4 hour spin to Branson, or more appropriate to this group, they'll want to go somewhere like "West!" You might also find yourself hanging back at the Iron Horse with the stragglers (guilty) and heading out on your own, or with a couple of riders looking to take the long way to lunch somewhere. It's a DIY kind-of-a-thing, with caring and sharing people to do it with.

 

In short, it's us, for three days, as we pick up the keys and put down the mouse, putting on the hugs and Spreading the Love.

 

Stay tuned, I'm working with the UnRally Technology Department (Brant Herbert) to provide more information to all through the UnWebsite, soon to follow. cool.gif

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Yeeha! Stephen
being a "newbie"... I guess I'm just riding down to meet all of you having no idea what goes on or what I'll do... if I sound stoopid... what goes on at a rally... what will I do for three days?... what exactly will be "the thing to do" when I get there... discovering this "sport" so late in the game... I'm still too green at all of this... I should wait until next year...

 

 

Yeow!

 

That sounds almost exactly what I posted last year. I too, was a little intimidated being a Newbie. Should I? Shouldn't I?

 

Got kinda queasy, like the first time you jumped off the "High Board" when you were a kid. But also like when you were a kid, It was a ton of fun, and when you jumped, you had to do it again and again.

 

Damn the Torpedoes! Man! Full Speed Ahead! Head down that way. And you'll get the hang of it as you go. You've got the desire, so you'll regret it if you pass this one up.

 

The folks here will make you welcome. You'll make many new friends. Lord knows why they took me in, but they did and I'm still here... alive and kickin'.

 

The thing that did it for me? I wanted to put the faces with the names, and most of all, the real personalities vs my imagined personalities. I hit a few right on... I missed a bunch.

 

Hotel vs Iron horse. There aren't going to be that many people staying at the Iron Horse anyway, unless they are camping. They don't have that many rooms/cabins.

 

Secondly, it's on the main drag through town and the main drag is thick with hotels. You won't be far from the action.

 

What to do? Visit with folks from all over the country. For me that was a big deal too. I haven't had much opportunity to get to know people from the ends of the country. Now I do!

 

Next, the roads! The area is a great place to get to know your bike. There are some really nice sweepers up there, and they don't feel quite as intimidating as a Rocky Mountain drop off feels.

 

Still not comfortable hangin' with the fast guys? Ride with Miss Vicki and me. We go kinda slow to medium and look at the scenery a lot. smile.gif

 

Food! Latch on to someone that makes you feel comfortable and tag along to any of the many places to eat around ES. Eat and listen to life's wonderful diverse stories. I love to read the Ride Tales section of the board, but I really love hearing the stories straight from the horses mouth! I sat like bump on a log, many times, and just listened to folks "Tellin' Tall Tales of How It Used to Be".

 

Take lots of pictures! You'll not regret having them to flip out during the up-coming winter, and flashing back to the Characters and Adventures you witnessed on your own adventure to the Ozark Mountains.

 

I know how you feel. Kinda... Been There - Done That. If ya' know what I mean.

 

I also know how you'll feel after! cool.gif

 

Don't say No. Come on down.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeeha! Stephen

Brian,

 

Maybe a personal invitation will help you make up your mind...

 

Check your PMs for one! grin.gif

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MattS

I too am tempted, and suddenly have the time to go.

 

I went to Eureka Springs on a four-days-out, two-nights-there, four-days-back trip on my 97 KLT in May of 1998. My girlfriend (at the time) and I stayed successively in Elkins WV, Blowing Rock NC, (last train to) Clarksville TN and finally two nights in Eureka before riding back via Memphis TN, Blowing Rock (again) and Lynchburg VA.

 

A non-riding friend rode the dog (took the bus) down from the Twin Cities and spent the same two nights at the Springs.

 

Our ride included portions of the Blue Ridge/Skyline Drive, the Dragon (at night), and a wrong turn (?) into South Carolina. Eureka is a one-of-a-kind place, extremely and unexpectedly hilly -- overbuilt with turn-of-the-century Victorian buildings. 20 years of development was crammed into 2 years when the springs in the area were thought to be of great medicinal value ... this in the 1890s before the advent of Viagra, Lipitor, Wellbutrin, you get the idea. They call 'em "motor-sickles" down here, and the next county east on US 62 is a "dry county," which I found out to my general horror on the way in from the east.

 

I don't think I would clock a SS1000 on the way as my girlfriend's parents live near Charleston WV, and I'd probably lay over both ways -- less than 900 miles from Eureka and just over 500 from home.

 

Sounds like I would leave Sunday to arrive Tuesday, and leave Friday to arrive home again on Sunday. If anybody from the NYC area (and points west on the way) wants to make a trip out of it, let me know. I haven't made arrangements yet, but am now leaning that way.

 

 

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philbytx

We are staying at the Wanderlust RV campground on Passion Play road (I think about 5 miles away).

Check out the town, lodgings, surrounding area etc at these sites....

Eureka Springs info (1)

Eureka Springs (2)

Maybe we will hitch up for a ride before then? We are at Shabbona over Labor Day weekend for 3 days.....!!

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Brant Herbert
...what goes on at a rally (or particularly at this un-rally) and what will I do for three days?!

 

Here's the report I posted last year re: The Gathering in Gunnison. Have a look. There's LOTS! laugh.gif

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PhillyFlash

Sorry, Mag, but I have to disgree with the group. Try your best not to come to the Un-Rally. This is a group you'd be better off not getting to know better. It will only lead you down the road to ruin. First off, you'll find that you can ride 10 hours in one day with no trouble at all. Then you'll think, "If I can ride 10 hours, maybe I can ride 15 hours in a day." You'll meet too many people that will make you think you've been best friends for years. "Oh", you say, "what's so bad about that?" Well let me tell you, now that you have all these new best friends, and you can ride 10-15 hours in a day, you start thinking, "Hmm, I could make it to Mayhem. I could make it to Paseo. Oh, meet David Baker for lunch in southern Illinois? That's only a couple of hours each way. Hey, maybe I could go to Torrey this year. It's only 2 days to get there. Or how about the MOA rally in Spokane. All my BMWST.COM buddies will be there. Better get a new saddle. Better get some new PIAAs." And before you know it, you're hooked! You ride 500 miles at the drop of a hat. The wife and kids can't remember what you look like. People know you wherever you go. You stop at a gas station somewhere in the country, walk up to someone riding an RT to say hello, and they say "Hey, I know you from the board. I'm Steves1150 out for a weekend ride from Southern California in search of the best tuna fish sandwich in Duluth," and there you are, off on another adventure. It's a nightmare, friends and family everywhere you go, brothers and sisters in every state. And then you get that phone call, "Hi, this is Marty Hill. I'm passing through. Got a couch I could crash on?" And all because you went to the Un-Rally.

 

Well, if I didn't convince you yet, then I guess it's already too late. You might as well suck it up and just go. Just as Russell Bynum learned when he went to his first Tech Daze at Glenos, not knowing a soul, and the rest of us have learned at countless formal and informal get-togethers, if you go to Eureka Springs, you're going to be stuck with some of the best people you're ever going to meet. It will be impossible to leave without at least one new good friend, and probably many more. The horror....the horror....

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Marty Hill

Howard is right. I was almost normal when I went to gunnison. It happened to me, now I ride all the time and hardly ever go home. It's terrible/wonderful.

 

By the way howard, got a couch for a night next week? grin.gifgrin.gif

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TonyM315

 

Well... my how life can change... guess I spoke too soon.

 

I recently started a new job which is a very good thing. Trouble is now (being that I'm new) I can't get the time off.

 

So... we cannot make it to Eureka Springs this Fall - or Torrey for that matter. Sadly, we're out.

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