A great trip to the MOA rally including a ride-along skyline drive and a few other great loops through Appalachia. A small but potent crew from the MacPac invaded the Jameson Hotel among other rally sites. The rally began with a mad dash. Leaving home at 4am and slabbing in down to Johnson City in time to make the GS Challenge that afternoon. A long day in the saddle !! After returning from dinner, the Mac Pac crew circled around the campfire. Well, actually the camp was a motel parking lot. And actually, the only fire was used to light cigars. However, Jack had rum like a true pirate should and the bull flew…

Managed to get soaked in the downpour due to bad timing one morning, but the rally generally had good weather on the days I was there. Almost purchased a Sargeant seat for the GS, but missed the last one by minutes. I did get a replacement headlight bulb since mine burned out on the way down.

On the way back we did one of the rally loops which was a great mix of mountain roads and tight twisties crisscrossing Appalachia. Then a bit of the BRP and Skyline Dr before heading home. This trip proved once again that the GS is an incredibly versatile machine. It slabbed 2-up all the way to the rally, I then took the luggage off and did the GS challenge in the dirt, then drove around town and the rally site, then did some twisties and a scenic route, and then slabbed the short distance home with long stretches at 90MPH+ 2-up. Name another bike that could come close…..

One Reply to “MOA Rally Johnson City, TN”

  1. Wayne:

    You are a gutsy guy posting a picture of yourself with Pete Buchheit and his "gay" blue hat. Just for the record, Pete is one of Riepe’s friends.

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