BMW ROA Rally Pictures
There were a whole lot more bikes at the rally than I managed to take pictures of,but here for your viewing pleasure are a smattering of them.
Lets start with Hank Widdop from Memphis and his `76 R 90/6.The front end is from a `58,the discs are `81.The bike he bought for $500 3 blocks down from him,the hack(sidecar)was 5 doors down and cost him $400.
Where the hell’s McMinville I hear you ask. Not sure really. Somewhere between Salem and Portland, the journey between which has seen us drop the bike going backwards down a steep slope, breaking one of the pannier holders-which needed welding (I think we told you about that one!) ; get two new tyres in Salem from a crap BMW garage (one tyre was the wrong size), and where they informed us the rear tyre rim is split between the spokes; and the bike developed some weird and wonderful engine noises. So quite an eventful time since we last collided (so to speak!).
Anyway as we spent a wonderful night free camping at the top of Mt Hebo-above the clouds, David racked his brains for a solution, and searched his BMW anonymous booklet, found a guy called Frank, here in McMinville, who offered to help and has been kindly sorting us out all day-even loaning us his truck until we can sort out a rental car. So that is how we came to be stranded in McMinville. To get the wheel fixed involves flying it to Denver Colorado to a place called Woods (Woody’s) who apparently do things magical with wheels. And whilst that is happening another guy called Steve is going to fix the engine-oil seal I think (by the way I (Jill) am writing this as David is knackered having spent all day sorting out the bike – and shocked at how this is going to affect our travel funds; and has collapsed into bed! So apologies if I sound mechanically vague).
So we just wanted to say that sadly we will not be making Tofino in a couple of days. We reckon we will be here until next Weds/Thurs. Then the plan is to whizz up to Vancouver Island, and as we planned, Jasper and the Ice-Field Parkway before heading back to the US and free camping, and cheaper food!!
Hope all is well with you and your travels.
Be in touch.
Stay upright (as they say).
Jill & David.
So thats long distance motorcycling for ya.I spoke with them a few days ago,and it appears they landed in doo doo,but came up smelling like roses.Thanks to the BMW MOA Anonymous book(yep,it`s a real book))a few members in the area have come to the rescue,providing lodging and repairs,even the necessary welding needed for the pannier bracket.So they sure are feeling a hell of a lot better than a few days ago.