I hope you and your family have been enjoying a good Thanksgiving holiday. Although it looks like the weather has cooled a bit, we still have some great riding opportunities, and I hope you have time to enjoy a ride this weekend to "work off" a bit of the Thanksgiving over-eating.
I thought that it was time to remind everyone that we have shifted to our winter meeting schedule, which means we will be trying to hold our monthly get-togethers as lunch meetings, on either a Saturday or Sunday, for the months of December through March. Our next club is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th (weather permitting), at the Boundary House Restaurant, which is located at 1045 River Road in Calabash, NC [GPS coordinates:N33.88965 W78.56796]. See this Google Maps link if you are not familiar with the location. Some of you may remember we enjoyed some great food at the Boundary House Restaurant last February. We are planning to meet there starting around 11:30 a.m.
RSVP Requested. I am planning to call the Boundary House and try to arrange for a group seating area for us. To ensure they can support this, I am requesting everyone who is planning to attend to please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your confirmation no later than Thursday, December 9th (but earlier is better!).
As usual, for our winter meetings, watch your email inbox for a postponement notice, in case the weather should not cooperate with us.
Black Friday Deal for GPS Users
If you use a Garmin GPS for your motorcycle, like the Zumo-series, there is a good "Black Friday" deal on the Garmin Lifetime nuMaps update for North America available through GPSCity.com until the end of this weekend. The Lifetime Update card is available for $79.99 plus $2.49 shipping. If you are not familiar with the Lifetime Update, you can download from Garmin, up to four times a year, the latest maps for the GPS receiver. These maps will also update all the Points of Interest (gas stations, restaurants, attractions, etc.) along with any highway and road changes that have occurred. You can check out this deal at the GPSCity.com web site. (I have ordered GPS accessory parts from these folks before, thus how I heard about this deal.)
Rallies and Events
It's not too early to start planning your motorcycling trips for next year. I have already been receiving updates from members (thank you!) about motorcycle-related rallies and events that are being scheduled for 2011. The BMW MOA and BMW RA national rallies have already been announced for next year, we have the upcoming International Motorcycle Shows are scheduled in Washington, DC and Greenville, SC in January and February, respectively, and Morton's BMW has announced a new Spring rally in Virginia. We are anxiously awaiting an announcement about next year's UnRally (sponsored by BMWSportTouring), which is reportedly being held in North Carolina or Tennessee.
You can find these events, and more (including the planned dates for our next few club meetings), on our club web site calendar (a Google Calendar located at http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ccbmwridersclub%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York). Watch the calendar for additional events, as I receive updates from everyone. As always, if you know of an event that we should add to the calendar, please send the information to me at email@example.com.
I have recently received an email from a BMW MOA member, Gale Young, is who is now making motorcycle bags. She asked that I pass this along to our club members.
I am writing to you as the contact for your BMW MOA chapter and ask you pass this information along to your members as a post to your forum or an email. I'm a BMW rider and started making bags to make packing for trips easier. I now have a line of fleece bags in BMW colors and other colors and also make custom bags to solve particular issues a rider may have. If a chapter has particular colors and would like bags in those colors for the members, please contact me. The link to my web site is http://www.motorcycle-journeys.com/shop/shop.html. Thanks in advance for sending this along to your members and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
BMW MOA #138662
BMW MOA #138662
I look forward to seeing you at our December 11th club meeting. Until then, ride safe and ride far.