Recently we left the northern cold and headed for the warmth of the south to attend the BMW Georgia Mountain Rally. It’s one of our favorite rallies of the year and 2011 proved to be another success. The riding was great, the people were friendly, the weather (post tornado) was spectacular, and the food was delicious. All in all about 600 people from all over the south came out for a wonderful long weekend.
Three of us (Bob, Sue and Ben) loaded up the Micatech trailer and trucked south for 2 days. After back to back 10 hour days in the truck we were very happy to pull into the campground in Hiawassee, Georgia. Ben found an isolated lakeside campsite and set up his NEMO tent while Bob and Sue opted for the nearby Ramada Inn.
Powerful winds, heavy rain, and continuous lightning filled the sky all night as the tornadoes ripped through. In the morning it was terrible to learn that many local communities had been destroyed by the powerful tornadoes. Fortunately, Ben survived the night (but didn’t get much sleep). The next morning was the calm after the storm.
We set up the booth and by the afternoon we were on the bikes and enjoying the beautiful roads of northern Georgia. Sweeping curves blanket this area and we really enjoyed the absence of frost heaves. Ben had his GoPro camera rolling and snapped these photos.
Being chased by a pitbull!
The rally began the next morning with hundreds of motorcycles rolling into the campground. Rally goers put in their bids for some of the dozens of door prizes and strolled through vendor alley. Rather than a large warehouse building, each vendor had their own little wooden cabin. It’s a great setup and the tall trees provided shelter from the sun while still allowing a cool breeze to blow through.
For two days we talked with hundreds of riders any said hello to many of our existing customers. Saturday night closed with a tasty grill-your-own steak BBQ and live blue grass music. Again the weather was perfect.
After packing up the trailer and enjoying a cold Yuengling (It’s a shame these aren’t sold in NH) we were absolutely exhausted from a long and enjoyable day of work and promptly retreated for the night.
The Roof Racks hard at work.
Early the next morning we packed up the bikes and hit the pavement. This time we headed north into North Carolina and explored some new and exciting roads. Shortly after setting off we stopped for gas and treated ourselves to a delicacy of the south – Boiled Peanuts! There’s no better place to sample this gem than from a gas station in the middle of the backcountry. If you haven’t yet sampled these, you’re truly missing out. As we held our breath we struggled to stomach the moist and mushy peanuts. We all had a good chuckle watching the others make funny faces.
After a few more miles we split up – Bob and Sue riding the Charahala and Ben riding The Dragon at Deals Gap (dragging centerstand on every curve…)
With so many beautiful roads and friendly folks, we’re sure to be back next year for another round of curvy roads and boiled peanuts.
Our next rally is the BMW RA Firecracker Rally in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin starting on June 30th. We’re looking forward to another great rally and hope to see you all there!