July 22-27 - Northern Minnesota The idea behind the annual LARR is for those of us who have ridden in Latin America to get together and swap war stories and those of you who think you might be interested (and, believe me, you should) in riding in Latin America to come pick our brains. Bananaman and I kept on trying to get together for a beer after our trips. Our schedules never worked out so Bananaman said "What the hell. Let's just put togeter a rally. That way, we'll both have to show up." So, voila - ALARR. We are in the planning stages for our third annual rally. The first and second (FALARR & SALARR) were held in Colorado in Rocky Mountain National Park and on some private land, respectively. However, this year, since we haven't gotten our act together, the RMNP group sites are all booked up and the owners of the private land will be doing work around the ranch so we're scrambling to find another site. Right now we're zeroing in on either Minnesota or Wisconsin. Previous attendees will get first shot at this event in case we are limited to how many participants this year's site(s) can handle. After an appropriate time for past participants to let us know they will be attending, we will open it up to the rest of the asylum until all slots are filled. We're looking at anywhere from 25 - 100 slots available, depending on the site(s). For the noobs, this is a very laid back rally. We don't plan anything except maybe some of the meals. Show up, meet new riders, make new friends and get in some riding. A lot of the past attendees have experience riding in Latin America and we are here for you to pick our brains, so to speak. So, that in a nutshell, is what's going on for ALARR III. Keep checking in here and our "organizing committee" will keep you posted on our progress. Oh, dates? Probably end of July or first of August, although that might change. We're looking forward to seeing many of our old friends and hoping we have room for many new friends to attend.