There have been a few posts and comments about the BMW Xplor Mines and Meadows Rally sponsored by RawHyde in Wampum, PA this past weekend (23-26 Sept 10). So if you bear with me, I’d like to share my observations of this incredibly exciting and adventurous weekend. First off, I heard one or two folks upfront complaining about the cost. The reality is that once the weekend was over, everyone knew that they received a real bargain for their money, and it was a phenomenal experience across the board. To be honest, when you breakdown everything that was provided - lectures/workshops, spectacular food, cold and hot beverages, entertainment, mine tour, guided tours, exclusive access to the park for a day, G 450 X demo rides (and yes, we rode them like we stole them), superb on-site vendor (AltRider), Rally freebies, etc - your return on investment was incredibly substantial. Over the next several posts I’ll share my experiences at what was clearly the best motorcycle rally I’ve ever attended. And to be really honest, it was more of a mini-Adventure than a motorcycle rally... Seriously! Day 1 for me was supposed to be Wednesday (22 Sept), but that annoying little activity called “The Jay Oh Bee” forced me to work late into evening. So Day 1 began at oh-dark thirty on the 23<sup>rd</sup> as I embarked my new R1200 GS ADV (my ’07 ADV was recently traded in for this new super sexy model) and headed to Stephens City, VA to link up with the rest of my Virginian riding friends. Oh yes indeed, the Ride was On!!!!