The rally was smaller than normal, with only a bit over 250 people.. This was the first rally that I actually heard people bitch about the price of gas while riding motorcycle, so I'm guessing it was a combo of that and the fact that the National Guzzi Rally was just a couple weeks ago and was only 50ish miles from this site.
Anyway, the Friday night brats and burgers were fantastic as always, and the beer wagon (help yourself) had the typical Leinekeugal and Leinenkeugal Red, and Miller Lite on tap, along with Sharps if that's what you like.. There was also the several taps of sodas and coffee.. Everything is all you want, all weekend..
As far as Stroms, there were 3.. Mine, a Wee with a handmade windshield similar but flatter than mine, and a 06 V 1K bike owned by (get this) the Iowa State Moto Guzzi Officer. He made the switch this spring, from what I gathered.
It was pretty warm on the way over, and they weren't calling for rain until Sunday afternoon, so I wore my mesh jacket and pants and left my raingear at home.. (dumb)
Saturday was perfect for riding. Mostly cloudy and coolish, so riding was wonderful!! We (girlfriend and I, and a KLR riding buddy and his daughter) rode over to Arthur (Harley bar) for a great breakfast, and then to Cabela's in Prairie Du Chien, WI.. Then we rode to Pike's Peak in Iowa (same Pike, different Peak), and then down to take the ferry across the Mississippi to Cassville, WI, where we stopped for ice cream. Then a back road blast back to the rally site before the wonderful hog roast dinner with all the trimmings.
I walked around after dinner and popped a few pictures. I thought I'd try to take pictures of "oddball" stuff, but when you're at a Guzzi rally, everything is oddball.. Lots of old and new Italian stuff, German stuff, and occasionally, Japanese stuff..
This old Triumph is actually owned by the campground owner.. Great guy!!
Neighbors. Notice the Wee in the line? Just beyond, you'll see a KLR, with a black Strom (mine) just this side of it..
Yes, it's real.. WAY COOL horn on it, and the "roof" lights at night.
And in between.. This is actually owned by a guy in South Elgin who contacted me a couple weeks ago. He's in the market for a Strom, or maybe something he sold a while back that looks like this...
That's Larry in the background. He's the person interested in a Strom, maybe.. :lol:
Another old beauty..
There were tons of others that deserved pics, too.. Too much to do, too many friends to BS with, so the picture taking took a back seat..
Back to the rainsuits...
They weren't talking about rain until the afternoon, and typically, rally grounds are vacant by 9am. Since I only had a 90 mile ride to get home, I wasn't worried about it. Home long before the rain.. :wink: And my tents are all 2 man tents.. Fine for one guy, kinda sucky for 2 people, so I took my girlfriend's new tent (wally world) which doesn't pack much bigger and is a "3-4" person tent.
It was a bit of a pain putting up, but it's not mine.. Even though I walked right past all the seam sealer and water proofing at Cabela's, I didn't buy any.. Dumb.. :lol:
Woke up around 5am to it raining on the inside and outside of the tent. The rain had started and was pushing through the seams, and then dripping through the top mesh.. Not a lot, but more like Chinese water torture, or how I'd imagine it.. :x Not enough to get you wet, but enough to not let you sleep..
I got up for coffee around 6:30 and found out that the rain wasn't suppose to stop until mid afternoon, so I had her round up her stuff and then go sit in the dry while I packed the bike. I had nylon pants that were staying pretty dry, and a nylon hooded pullover. With waterproof boots, I stayed pretty dry while packing up.. We left around 9am, in a light-medium rain..
The only problem was the Amish had gone to church on the same roads and horse "exhaust" was on the roads, so I had to attempt to miss as much of that as I could..
All in all, it was a great time..
Today I took Friday the 18th off to head up to the MN Guzzi rally. I'm just going with a couple guys, so I'll take my own (waterproof) tent.. :wink: