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Old 07-27-2017, 07:11 AM   #1
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2018 Wally Byam Airstream Club International Rally

The Wally Byam Airstream Club 2018 International Rally will be June 17-30 in Salem, OR. More information and registration now available at the WBCCI website http://bit.ly/2uAZG1f
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:32 AM   #2
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Got a few more hours before you can register online (starts today at 2pm EDT).

I've been roughing out how long it would take to get there and back, and I figure from New Orleans metro area it's eight days driving each way. And since my travel these days is drive a day, rest a day, drive a day, rest a day, that's 15 days to drive 8 days, each way, to attend a rally that only lasts 6 days, with up to 4 days of advance parking depending on my assigned arrival date.

I have a feeling I'll enjoy the trip a lot more than I'll enjoy the rally, since I wasn't terribly impressed with either International I attended before. I prefer my rally activities to be less regimented and less about club business. But driving across 9 states and camping in 6 of them is as good a reason as any to make the trip even if I don't enjoy the rally itself. Only camping in 6 states each way because one stop along the way will be my kid brother's house in Oklahoma.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:18 AM   #3
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We plan on attending the Salem Rally, the one in 2006 was our first. We enjoy the rally as we are able to see friends from all over the country. We use the time traveling to enjoy the country and see some new areas. We plan on going on to Canada for the week after the International in Salem. Hope to see you again.

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Got a few more hours before you can register online (starts today at 2pm EDT).

I've been roughing out how long it would take to get there and back, and I figure from New Orleans metro area it's eight days driving each way. And since my travel these days is drive a day, rest a day, drive a day, rest a day, that's 15 days to drive 8 days, each way, to attend a rally that only lasts 6 days, with up to 4 days of advance parking depending on my assigned arrival date.

I have a feeling I'll enjoy the trip a lot more than I'll enjoy the rally, since I wasn't terribly impressed with either International I attended before. I prefer my rally activities to be less regimented and less about club business. But driving across 9 states and camping in 6 of them is as good a reason as any to make the trip even if I don't enjoy the rally itself. Only camping in 6 states each way because one stop along the way will be my kid brother's house in Oklahoma.
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Just finished registering, one RV, one adult (and one indoor cat for free), in the 30-amp+water+pump-out section.

And I already figured out my entire route to and from Salem— and already blocked out the trip on my calendar. Leaving home June 6th, 2018, returning home July 14th, 2018. It will be my longest trip ever in terms of both time and distance. Unless I go on an even longer trip between now and then, of course.
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Just finished registering, one RV, one adult (and one indoor cat for free), in the 30-amp+water+pump-out section.

And I already figured out my entire route to and from Salem— and already blocked out the trip on my calendar. Leaving home June 6th, 2018, returning home July 14th, 2018. It will be my longest trip ever in terms of both time and distance. Unless I go on an even longer trip between now and then, of course.
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Based on travel this summer from Atlanta to points West I am quite confident that driving 380 to 415 miles a day we can make Salem fairgrounds in 6.5 to 7 driving days. We will stop for R&R two or three days on the way out, so a total of 8.5 to 10 days, depending.

Wondering whether to take I-80 down into Salt Lake Valley and lose all that elevation, or to go off interstate I-80 in South West Wyoming and cut across to Idaho and skip dropping into Utah entirely. Used to do that in a car but don't remember the road condition well enough to know whether to take our Airstream that way.
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Wondering whether to take I-80 down into Salt Lake Valley and lose all that elevation, or to go off interstate I-80 in South West Wyoming and cut across to Idaho and skip dropping into Utah entirely. Used to do that in a car but don't remember the road condition well enough to know whether to take our Airstream that way.
From New Orleans— not quite a direct route because I will make a small detour to visit my brother along the way— my trip planner says 2625 miles one-way. Seven intermediate stops along the way for eight total driving days. My last stop will be relatively close to Salem, so I can be sure to arrive early enough at the State Fairgrounds to avoid staying in the bullpen overnight. Otherwise I could do it easily in six intermediate stops and seven driving days.

On the way there, I'm planning to stick to Interstate highways and trusted US Highways. On the way back, where my arrival date at home can be changed on a whim, I may take a more scenic route on some less-traveled roads. So on the way there, I'm dropping down into Utah on the Interstate in MY Interstate. On the way back, who knows?
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What are the chances of being able to register even if one is not part of this club? We would be willing to pay a premium for a spot so that we could get an idea what's this club is like?
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What are the chances of being able to register even if one is not part of this club? We would be willing to pay a premium for a spot so that we could get an idea what's this club is like?
Just join the club for one year, before January 1st 2018. You can do it online. The membership dues ARE the premium you'd pay over and above the rally fees to attend the rally in Salem next year. No need for a special "guest" registration for non-members.

Then if you like the rally, renew your membership for the following year, in the same or a different Unit. If you don't like it, you can drop out of the club and be done. The existing members who meet you would miss you, but most would understand your desire to quit.

And if you do join WBCCI so you can attend the rally in Salem, you're welcome to completely ignore the club business and club politics if you like, and just attend the social events at the rally. Unless you're a club officer, attendance is not mandatory at any rally function except the on-site registration (yes, even though you register online in advance, you still have to register again in person when you get there, but at least then you're already paid up and the forms are mostly already filled out).
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Registered last night. I had a trip sort of planned to visit friends in Portland. I haven't figured out R&R stops, just travel days. It looks like 11 travel days from Melbourne Beach to Salem by the most efficient route (3343 miles) with two short travel days to visit friends and relatives.

We've never made a trip this long, so I don't have a clue how many days we can go without a lay day to rest up, maybe three days driving, one resting?

Then we have to decide whether we want to do a northern or southern return. We lived in El Paso in 1970 and visited the Grand Canyon while on leave. I lived in Louisiana and we did the Cajun Country Caravan last year so I'm leaning to a northern return. Open to suggestions for return routing.

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Just join the club for one year, before January 1st 2018. You can do it online. The membership dues ARE the premium you'd pay over and above the rally fees to attend the rally in Salem next year. No need for a special "guest" registration for non-members.

Then if you like the rally, renew your membership for the following year, in the same or a different Unit. If you don't like it, you can drop out of the club and be done. The existing members who meet you would miss you, but most would understand your desire to quit.

And if you do join WBCCI so you can attend the rally in Salem, you're welcome to completely ignore the club business and club politics if you like, and just attend the social events at the rally. Unless you're a club officer, attendance is not mandatory at any rally function except the on-site registration (yes, even though you register online in advance, you still have to register again in person when you get there, but at least then you're already paid up and the forms are mostly already filled out).
Thanks for the feedback I just joined WBCCI prior to this response, what do we have to loose, it's just money lol. I had to check my calendar again and it looks like I will be back from my yearly business trip a week before this event any may be too tired and still catching up work. I don't think I may able to squeeze this in and I don't think we are ready to boondock quite yet Of course life is ever changing so you never know, it's still early in our newbie stages of streaming and we are still learning something new everyday
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A rest day every three or four days extends the comfort of the trip immensely. Gets you a chance to do a reset, wash clothes, and puts your mind in order, check that tv over, check tires, oil etc.
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A rest day every three or four days extends the comfort of the trip immensely. Gets you a chance to do a reset, wash clothes, and puts your mind in order, check that tv over, check tires, oil etc.
One reason why I do "drive a day, rest a day, drive a day." The trip takes longer if every single waypoint stop is for two nights, but if I'm scheduling 10 months in advance anyway, I can block out as much time as I need— one side benefit to being retired. And you never know, every single stop might have something worth seeing or doing that I've never seen or done before, in addition to routine maintenance and household (RVhold?) chores.
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