So what exactly is a Rolling Rally??? To be honest, we’ll have to tell you after it’s over…. What we are planning is to meet in Kansas City and ride/camp to the BMW National Rally in Lebanon, TN. The Start: Airheads across the Midwest will funnel into Platte City, MO (KC area) on Tuesday, 11 June and camp at Mark Nelson’s home. Mark hosts two Airheads Tech Days each year and this is where the idea started. Camp Tuesday night or meet first thing in the morning for an 8:00 AM departure. Day One: Neighboring Airheads club members from NB, OK, IA and KS have all expressed interest and plan to begin the ride from Platte City. The route is set in stone and will not be deviated under any circumstances…unless we change it on a whim. The plan is a spirited meander across Missouri to our Route 66 lunch spot- “Sweetwater BBQ” in St. Robert, MO. https://www.sweetwaterbbq.com/ This location is directly on Route 66 /I-44 and was selected so that any highway travelers can easily join in the event. After lunch we will tour a piece of the Mother Road on our way to Eminence, MO. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g44341-Eminence_Missouri-Vacations.html Many of you know the Ozark’s legendary roads begin south of I-44 and continue deep into Arkansas- We will be hitting one of the very best with highway 19 into Eminence and the Echo Bluff State Park. We plan to stay at the Echo Bluff State park. https://mostateparks.com/park/echo-bluff-state-park There are a number of public and private camping locations and hotels in the area. If you are in the area, this is another location selected for you to join the event. There are plenty of places to eat in town and we will figure out what sounds good and go eat. Later, we genuinely sit around telling lies until everyone hooks up their CPAP machines and falls asleep….wake up to use the latrine 3-6 times during the night…and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start Day Two. Day Two: Breakfast somewhere in Eminence, MO and on our way to the BMW National Rally in Lebanon, TN- That’s it. http://rally.bmwmoa.org/ The Rally fee is discounted if you register before 31 May. If you’ve never been to a BMW National Rally, just imagine rolling up and seeing 4-8K people on BMWs camping. Its crazy. The Airheads tent is kind of a “Sub Rally” and many people spend the entire event there. Each year the Airheads put up a large awning and bring in motorcycle lifts and tools for repairs and trouble-shooting. They go to a local Goodwill or thrift store and purchase a bunch of living room couches, rugs, tables and other large furniture…and then donate it back to the store after the rally. Many Rally-Goers all stop to check out the Airheads tent every year- It’s kind of like visiting the Zoo. http://www.airheads.org/ Got and Airhead? You’ll have all the friends and opinions you’ll ever need! We expect to have a route through Land Between the Lakes, but also expect many will go the most direct route to the Rally with a lunch stop near Nashville. As stated earlier, either is fine and folks will have the cell phone number of the “Wimp Wagon”….I mean Chase Vehicle in the unlikely event that an Airhead breaks down. So it may be time to do a little maintenance. Remember the good old days when these machines did more that a weekly run into the city for “Bike Night” or were more than a reason to visit Aunt Stella at the convalescent center on a Sunday afternoon? Track down your old riding buddy and get your bikes ready- Our event Motto is “Fix your bike or get on the trailer”!!! This is a bike that was totally disassembled (Three years ago…) at a Tech Day and Rebuilt (Three weeks ago…) at a Tech Day with the plan to ride to the National Rally via the Rolling Rally. Is this a group ride? Not really, but this is the route we plan to take and the places we plan to stop. Do we expect the standard, “I don’t do group rides” comments? Yes we do and most Airheads normally feel the same way. Think of this as a “Pack of Individuals” experiencing a similar event. So why make it an event??? Well it’s not as much about having a “Group Ride” as “Group Recovery”…Or Chase Vehicle!!! I would imagine in the unlikely event that your Airhead had an issue you wouldn’t mind being part of a group would you?!?! Well, in Missouri, we like to have a good time, but we’re not very good mechanics. We will have plenty of spare parts and manuals in the chase truck so we plan to make it. Pathetic- Yes, but fun too! If you are interested or know someone interested you can PM me or send them this link page as a link. For more information, contact MO AM Joe Brinkmann, firstname.lastname@example.org , 314-406-5071, or our first night host, Mark Nelson, PCMAirhead@gmail.com.