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  •  I don't quite get the motorcycle rally deal, but (1+ / 0-)
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    twigg

    it sounds interesting.
    I used to live down in the Valley, and have lived in, spent time or traveled many of the places you mention. Try to spend a little time down here, it's a great place to live (I lived in Port Isabel and kept a boat on SPI once, among other places there).
    We used to do something like a rally from SPI to Corpus.
    It was the Ruff Rider Regatta, it could be brutal; two days, 120+ miles on a catamaran, you took whatever momma nature threw at you (heat, sun, wind (or lack thereof), rough water, thunderstorms, lightning, etc.). This was "Iron Man/Woman" stuff long before the current stuff. Not having much in the way of navigation equipment (before GPS, a compass and maybe a chart was it) you could get off track easily in the Laguna Madre, a wide but mostly 'too shallow to sail' lagoon, and lose time and pile up extra distance (if you didn't stick it in the mud and sandbars for extra points, heh).

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans!!. . Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

    by Bluefin on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:55:24 AM PDT

    •  The Rally concept (1+ / 0-)
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      Lorikeet

      is just like a scavenger hunt.

      You have a set time, locations to visit to take photographs or perform tasks, and a finish.

      The only real difference between an LD Rally and a Sunday afternoon scavenger hunt is time and distance.

      Our rallies can be anything from 8 hours to eleven days, and are regularly 24 to 36 hours duration.

      In that time you can be expected to cover anything up to maybe 14000 miles. I base my planning on an overall average speed, including stopped time, of 50 to 53 miles per hour, so you can do the math.

      This weekend I did 635 miles in twelve hours @ 53.7 mph.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Wed May 01, 2013 at 07:21:49 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I spent too much of my career handling (1+ / 0-)
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        the logistics and hassles of traveling from point A to B, C, and/or D, with the many hours of windshield or airline time and miles, to care much for repeating it now (and the planning arrangements were usually handled by our 'people').

        I base my planning...
        So all I can say is y'all are nuckin' futs...  :].
        Although my main retirement avocation of sailboat cruising is almost all "logistics and hassles" punctuated by a few hours of sheer heaven.
        So we're all nuckin' futs I reckon...
        Drive careful.

        "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans!!. . Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

        by Bluefin on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:17:53 AM PDT

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