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Want to get some feed back on this rally The Top of the Rockies in Paonia, CO. I really want to go but don't know what to expect. Will it be a big crowd there or just a small cozy one with this side of town. I will be going to Royal Gorge a few days earler, to camp and check out my new 1200. If anyone can give me some tips and get me a heads up as to what to excect and to take. Tradeing patches or shirts or anything like that. Thanks

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Welcome Tommy. Congrats on the new bike.

At the risk of offending you . . . might I make a suggestion?

You titled this thread "New Guy on the block". But you're actually looking for information regarding the Top of the Rockies Rally. You would probably get a lot more responses and better information if you named this thread more appropriately. Something like, "Top of the Rockies Rally - Information Please".

I'm pretty new to the forum myself, but I think you might find this to be very helpful. Feel free to PM me with any other helpful advise. Donations also now being accepted.
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Want to get some feed back on this rally The Top of the Rockies in Paonia, CO. I really want to go but don't know what to expect. Will it be a big crowd there or just a small cozy one with this side of town. I will be going to Royal Gorge a few days earler, to camp and check out my new 1200. If anyone can give me some tips and get me a heads up as to what to excect and to take. Tradeing patches or shirts or anything like that. Thanks

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Hi, Tommy - welcome to the bin!!

I did some looking at the July Calendar of Events and came up with this item for a start. I've alwayz heard that T.O.T.R. rally is one of the better ones, and a great event to attend as one's first rally. Hope you find the link helpful, and I'm sure you can PM Pete Jessen for more info if needed. Good luck.

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Welcome, Tommy!
I live up in Round Rock.. 2005 k1200LT. You've come to a good place for good folks and information.

Can't help on the route you're asking about.. sorry..

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My best piece of advice is to camp in center field if you want to get a good nights sleep and avoid all the snoring. You'll STILL need earplugs. Everybody else camps under the trees in the park. Ever heard 1,000 chain saws on high throttle at the same time? The only dowside is there is no shade but during the day the entire core area is heavily shaded. Nice.

Seriously, it's a great rally and really laid back, lots of vendors, a beer garden, hot showers, lots of cheap crappy food and is almost all BMWs. What a motorcycle rally is ALL about. Don't be fooled by Paonia's altitude, it can be DAMN hot there, although it does cool off nicely at night. Several years ago it was 104F both days. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a MUST ride and the road is just a couple of years old. Perfect for carving corners on your new scoot. Just make sure to pull off to sneak a peak 'cause it's 2500 feet to the bottom. It's worth the 10 miles of well maintained hard dirt road to get to the viewpoints at the eastern rim near the north part. If you're going to Royal Gorge I would recommend heading over to Crede, then Lake City, and then on to Paonia. A bit out of the way but an absolutely awesome route. Resist the temptation to head over directly on 50 or you will miss some of the best riding in the COUNTRY and a couple of very funky small mountain towns. This is my old stomping ground (went to college in Gunnison). I would not waste more than a day at Royal Gorge - nothing more than a river, canyon and a cool suspension bridge. Also a major tourist trap with lots of RV's.

Have fun, and if I go (it will be spur of the moment) I'll be the lone guy at the center field fence line with no hair and a big hat, black LT and funny looking seats full of holes. Stop by and way hi.

Just don't pitch a tent next to me or there will be trouble. Next to BMW my favorite brand is Beretta.


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Thanks for the advise. I am really new at this, and all tips are appreciated. I just got my trailer hitch installed and can't wait to take off, for Colorado. Took my little camper to Yellowstone, Glaicer and Canada last year. This new bike has more HP. Take care and hope get more advise from the master.

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Thanks for the info. As far as the Royal Gorge, I am meeting a guy I work with down the road at the KOA campsite on the Arkansas river. Thought I would try a little fishing and whitewater rafting. Before heading to Paonia. I am worried about the snoring though. I want to sleep. Don't worry I will not get close but my other best friend is Mr Glock, so I could watch your back. Retiring on the 29th of July. 30 yrs of LE and this is my vacation burning 3 weeks of vac. til the end. Hope to see you there.

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Enjoy.. be safe.. should you need anything, gimme a ring..

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Thanks for the info. As far as the Royal Gorge, I am meeting a guy I work with down the road at the KOA campsite on the Arkansas river. Thought I would try a little fishing and whitewater rafting. Before heading to Paonia. I am worried about the snoring though. I want to sleep. Don't worry I will not get close but my other best friend is Mr Glock, so I could watch your back. Retiring on the 29th of July. 30 yrs of LE and this is my vacation burning 3 weeks of vac. til the end. Hope to see you there.

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Mr. Glock? Not a problem - welcome to center field. We'll just SHOOT those danged snorers! (son of a former FBI agent here)

(either that of have El Jeffe sit on 'em)

...and here's the best $20.00 earplugs I've found to date:

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Ron, see ya there?

Ron, I'll be in Paonia with Roger (he was with me at the station in Hanksville) Come over to see us at Jack's Playground, in the central park.

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