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Old 02-13-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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WDCU Cherry Blossom Rally 2008

The planning is well under way for this years 9th Cherry Blossom Rally. See the info on the Washington D.C. site.
This rally usually fills up so contact the coordinator early and come on out.
There is always lots of vintage trailers at this rally.
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My registration has been in.... Howdy, I am planning a mini guerrilla style caravan for the CBR. I want to put together a carravan to go where we are not allowed. From what I understand, trailers are not allowed into downtown DC. I say lets just go anyhow. I am good at pleading ignorance and what would a quick spin hurt? We could meet in Arlington VA and come across the 14th street bridge, go right past the Washington Monument, hang a right at the museum of natural history. Go up the hill past the Capital and then go out Central to the rally location. If anyone is interested, shoot me a line.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:11 AM   #3
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I'm in!

I'm planning on attending and want to do the Caravan. But, we have to start at Mt. Vernon in the am, then up around noon time through the city and get over to the Rally site around 2pm on Wednesday.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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So far... we are planning to arrive at the rally site sometime mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Along the way we are definitely stopping in Jackson Center and Fallingwater... and other points of interest TBA later.

Lot's of work to be done on Lee's Caravel prior to the trip. It was de-astrovented on it's last trip, including the lifters, so we are planning to install a fantastic fan in the small vent location and use those lifters for the new (VTS) astro-vent. It's also scheduled for a new axle and we will likely be adding a converter since the 12v and 110v systems are completely separate now. Lastly, Lee has devised a method of converting the black tank outlet to a modern two pin arrangement. Cross your fingers for an early spring.
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My registration has been in.... Howdy, I am planning a mini guerrilla style caravan for the CBR. I want to put together a carravan to go where we are not allowed. From what I understand, trailers are not allowed into downtown DC. I say lets just go anyhow. I am good at pleading ignorance and what would a quick spin hurt? We could meet in Arlington VA and come across the 14th street bridge, go right past the Washington Monument, hang a right at the museum of natural history. Go up the hill past the Capital and then go out Central to the rally location. If anyone is interested, shoot me a line.
You must have not seen this picture. We all got lost downtown
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Pre 911

Well, I believe that was pre 911 days, correct Doug.

We're gonnna try this year, but this year, I'll be towing with this...and pulling that!
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No worries.... one look at me and they will not be thinking terrorist, they will be thinking lets search that trailer, bring in the dogs. DC is actually very easy to navigate and a quick spin should be no problem. I sure hope no one gets the bright idea of asking permission. It is OUR national capital after all.
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I sure hope no one gets the bright idea of asking permission. It is OUR national capital after all.
Oops, I've already talked to GW... he said it's fine as long as you let Cheney ride shotgun. LOL!
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Well, I believe that was pre 911 days, correct Doug.

We're gonnna try this year, but this year, I'll be towing with this...and pulling that!
But Rob, will you be flushing one of these!!!
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But Rob, will you be flushing one of these!!!
Will he???? that's the question we are all waiting to see the answer to.

Doug, I'm looking forward to meeting you in person and talking about the "one that got away" - your '67 Overlander.
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I'm in! Sent the check two weeks or so ago.

Edit: By "in" I meant for the rally, not the drive downtown.
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WDCU Photo Op in DC

Good idea 62overlander - -WDCU needs new photo in DC.
But, not to rain on your parade, I suggest you find out just where you are allowed to tow a trailer, drive a truck or something similar in Washington, DC. Yes, there are many areas you can pass through, but I believe you will be stopped, questions and prevented from proceeding around the Mall and the capitol district and some buildings. I also suggest you look into getting a special permit to drive on the Mall. Start today by contacting your congressman and see what they can do. Lets have everyone contact their representatives. It would make a great photo op. and it is a great idea. If they let a caravan drive on the Mall will they allow a stop for photos?

A delivery driver told me that he was stopped and told to turnaround. I guess because it was a van with no windows. The Homeland Security folks, the National Park Service police take their jobs seriously, follow orders and don’t care who you are or voted for. The DC cops show not mercy about writing tickets- -the city needs the money. They do that to keep us safe in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” So be brave and exercise your “pursuit of happiness.” Good luck.
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Will he???? that's the question we are all waiting to see the answer to.

Doug, I'm looking forward to meeting you in person and talking about the "one that got away" - your '67 Overlander.
We'll be there with the 67 Safari. New dexter axel (Shhhhh)
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