I am headed to the "Rocket City" Rally in Huntsville Alabama. This is
also known as the "Great Chicken" rally. Like all BMW rallies it's
pretty laid back. It's over memorial day weekend, and I plan to leave
the Thursday before and probably be back on Monday (rally ends on
Sunday). Basic plan is to slab it down there on Thursday (it's 9
hours if you're diligent int he saddle), then ride local fun (like
local dirt roads) and then meander our way home Sunday and Monday.
Running the Northern sections of the Natchex trace back to Nashville
is a nice route, but there's no real plan yet. I'll be riding down
with Greg Crago from the BMW Touring Club of Detroit. He and I like
to find the dirt when we have time, but don't think that means that's
the only option. There is a lot of good pavement there, and fun
places to visit. 24hour BBQ, some live music in the evenings, and
just a lot of good camaraderie. I've not been since 2006, but it's
always been probably my favorite rally.
Official blurb follows:
May 26 - 29, 2011
23rd “Great Chicken Rally in Rocket City”
BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama #5
event: 23rd Annual "Great Chicken Rally in Rocket City"
club: BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama - Club #5
dates: 05/26/2011 - 05/29/2011
directions: At Ditto Landing, Huntsville, AL. on Hobbs Island Rd., ¼ mi.
north of Tennessee River off US Hwy 231.
3 nights camping, Smoked BBQ pork and sides Thurs. evening, pancakes
Fri & Sat. morning, Continental breakfast Sun. morning, Smoked chicken
and sides for Friday Dinner, Sat. lunch and Dinner. Free coffee, tea,
water, and lemonade throughout the rally and free popcorn and peanuts
at night to enjoy with the live music, as long as the volunteers hold
out. Rally pin, rally gift, and a chicken key chain to the first 600
arrivals. Over 100 Door prizes, standard rally awards, vendors,
seminars, 3 nights live entertainment, all for $45 rally fee.
Vintage bike show with awards to be given. Make arrangements with the
current rally chair at rally@...
NEW THIS YEAR!! Mayberry's Sherpa Service will set up. Hotel Services
for the Camper. Please go to www.SherpaMayberry.com to make your
reservation and have your tent set up and ready for you when you
arrive. Same great service as at the Nationals.
PLEASE NO PETS THIS YEAR !!! EARLY ARRIVALS BEFORE THURSDAY MUST PAY
THE CAMPGROUND THEIR REGULAR FEE.
Children 6 to 12, $20...under 6 free.
Day passes ONLY on Sat., $25.
Raffling new BMW 2011 G650 GS Sat. evening.
Tickets $5 and are available NOW - Contact rally@...
Self guided tour maps to Barber's Motor Sports track and Museum, Jack
Daniel's Distillery, Unclaimed Baggage store, and self guided "Great
roads" rides will be available at registration. NO RV SLOTS LEFT WITH
HOOK UPS IN MAIN CAMPGROUND. Additional RV sites, if you are self
contained, are in the side camp area at no extra cost. Vendors please
reserve space ahead with Connie Reaves, BamaBMW@...
, or check
Club website www.BMWMOAL.org
Please make checks payable to BMW MOAL
And mail pre-registrations to:
108 Cape Cod Circle
Alabaster, AL. 35007
Registration forms can be found on club website at www.bmwmoal.org