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#66781 - 01/05/06 08:36 PM 2006 UnRally: Planning update  
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Hi Guys and Gals!

I wanted to give you an update on the 2006 UnRally planning.

I've asked the following bmwst.com members to help me out with various functions:

Matt Staller: UnRally website and logo design
Steve Knapp: Routes
Ken and Donna Harbeck: Registration
John Bellantonio: Scouting (He lives in Buena Vista!)

Hotel: I have narrowed the search to two, which are the Water Wheel Inn and the Holiday Inn Express. John is in the process of meeting with the managers of both properties, and I have talked with both many times. John is aware of what our needs are, and is doing the site visits to confirm what I've been told.

The owner of the Water Wheel Inn really wants our business and has given us rates that are just a bit less than the Holiday Inn Express however, they only have about fifty rooms that we can use. Some of the issues I've asked him about have been resolved, i.e. the lack of internet access for guests has been resolved, but only if the person wanting to use his service goes into his lobby.

The Holiday Inn Express is my first choice because the property will be new and fully equipped with everything to meet our needs however, the property was to be open for business this past November and is now scheduled and promised to open no later than March 31st. I'm a little worried about their opening push-backs, but the wait could be worth it. John is eyeballing the construction to see if the March opening is realistic.

Camping: As you already know, we will be using the KOA again. Everything is set.

Dinner(s): Of course, we will have at least one evening meal as a group, probably some kind of a BBQ. I have calls into a few people, including the vendor we used for UnOne. Discussions are ongoing.

I haven't decided about the second meal together, as I am trying to keep our UnRally registration fee as low as possible. Since the "official" nights will number three, I don't see a problem with keeping the other two nights in Gunny free for our attendees to visit the surrounding establishments. I am open to your thoughts and ideas.

Breakfast: I've been told by a number of people that the breakfast that has been offered at the campsite is not that important. In fact, many of our attendees in 2005 did not take advantage of the food and juice and coffee that was offered.

The people who hotel it will not usually join those at the KOA for breakfast, opting to have breakfast at the hotel or at a breakfast place in town.

My gut feeling is to not worry about feeding out attendees in the mornings. Again, this would save some money on our UnFees.

Thoughts?

Tee-shirts: I have a meeting set for next week to get our pricing for our 2006 UnShirts. Matt is working on the design for the UnLogo, which will also be used on our shirts. I've seen some initial design work. It will be very cool!

I've been told by several people that they have missed not having event stickers, so I am looking into them, as well.

Other things I am pondering for our group:

1.) Having a message therapist available to our group for after-ride workouts.

2.) Having our daily announcements done the night before instead of the day of. This is because so many of our attendees miss the morning announcements due to getting on the road at different times. Most of us seem to be together in the evenings.

3.) I am looking into a tent for both the hotel and the KOA that will be large enough for our group at each location in case of bad weather.

4.) I am working on a list of resources and things to do for those who may not want to ride everyday, or for the wives and SOs who may not want to be on a bike during the week -- shopping, festivals, events, etc.

My plan is to announce the event in stages, the first being the hotel and KOA arrangements. As soon as these details are fixed, I will announce them to the board. As we add each component of the UnRally, I will make the announcement to the board and that element will be added to the website by Matt.

There you go! Hopefully this will let you know that the UnRally planning is indeed progressing, and will give you an opportunity to offer input, questions and suggestions.

Thanks, everyone!


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#66782 - 01/05/06 09:05 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: Tasker]  
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#66783 - 01/05/06 09:10 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: Tasker]  
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This all looks good to me. My brief feedback on things that stand out:

a) I'd vote in favor of waiting for the HI Express. The other one sounds like a distant second choice.

b) I'm fine dropping breakfast.

c) I'm fining limiting evening meals.

d) I'm fine handling announcements anyway we want, but my suggestion is to drop the formal time entirely and just have them on a big board by a certain time every night. I can also make arrangements to have them posted to a site every day so that those with laptops can just pick 'em up there.


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#66784 - 01/06/06 11:11 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: David]  
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Agree onthe HI Express. I was just in Gunnison a few days ago and the Water Wheel impresses me even less than the last time.


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#66785 - 01/12/06 03:36 AM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: Tasker]  
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No breakfast, but you're looking at a massage person..

We've always been sorta anti-social at these things, but I always remember the breakfasts being a good place for people to meet and get together in the AM. I'd probably miss that, but havning said that, I really don't care. ;)


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#66786 - 01/12/06 03:46 AM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: steveknapp]  
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No breakfast, but you're looking at a massage person..




This person would be a service to the group, and they would pay for their workout -- not part of the rally fee.

And, I'll buy you a muffin...


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#66787 - 01/12/06 05:13 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: Tasker]  
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Would this person be a "vendor"?

If I can pay for a massage, why not for Al's earplugs? Or have Sean install some aux lights? Or other goods/services?

I don't care, personally, but others might and it is somewhat inconsistant in my mind.

Nevermind that the idea of a massage seems girly.


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#66788 - 01/12/06 08:31 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: steveknapp]  
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I like the sweet rolls and continental breakfast goodies in the morning, and the early socialing that I've seen at each of the 3 UnRallies that I've been to.

I won't get a massage.

I don't care about internet access (I think it only applies to a few).

I like to be at a place where the outdoor grounds are comfortable, grassy, serene, highly conducive to easy social interaction without boundaries, and permit public drinking and ceegar smoking.

A pool and/or hot tub is nice.

Having to walk several flights of stairs with gear is not nice.

Very good parking for the bikes is essential.

That said, this UnRally is not about me or what I like, so I'll leave it to the organizers to decide what they want to do, and I'll just show up.

Please give us advance notice of where the headquarters will be so we can get our rooms before the masses start calling. Shhhh....


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#66789 - 01/12/06 11:02 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: steveknapp]  
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Nevermind that the idea of a massage seems girly.




You're reading way, way, way too much into this, and no, this person would not be a vendor.

This was just an idea to make a nice service available to our group, or maybe the S/Os who may not be riding -- remember them?

And, at the end of a long day in the saddle, it's a great way to find some comfort and relaxation. Maybe I'm over-estimating our group?

Girly? Try one, you won't think it is so girly...

Maybe, for you, I could add a nail salon person...


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#66790 - 01/12/06 11:48 PM Re: 2006 UnRally: Planning update [Re: Tasker]  
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You're reading way, way, way too much into this, and no, this person would not be a vendor.


I'm just offering the perspective of "Hey, Al isn't allowed to sell me earplugs, but the UN has an official massage person..."

Not a vendor? How so? You pay them, you get a service.

It's not a service everyone needs/wants like food. There's no group dynamic, like a group dinner.

I thought, for example, Al was being asked to do business behind closed doors. It was a can of worms you didn't want to open. But for the massage person, you're not only saying that it's OK for them to do business at the Un, but you're encouraging them to join us!

How is it different than Al's earplugs? Or cyclegadgets? Or... They are all nice services. I don't see how massage stands out above the others. Honestly, I think more people enjoy getting custom earplugs than massage.

Girly? Try one, you won't think it is so girly...

I've had the joy of not only getting one, but having my insurance pay for it.


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