The Gathering is a great time if you can make it. I have been for the past two years, but can't go this year. Good people and some nice riding. Don't worry about the bike. Lots of people have moved onto other bikes, but keep coming for the company. Heck, we had two Goldwingers making us capuccinos at the rest stops last year!
The first couple of days people trickle in. The best thing would be to travel there on Thursday and leave to go home Sunday morning. There should be rides planned for Friday and Saturday, and you have to be there for the big pot luck dinner/raffle drawing on Saturday night. Everyone bugs out early on Sunday morning. The cabins are perfectly adequate for two people (with good AC!) so you can double up and save $. If you need a roommate check the YAHOO site or contact Dianna or Pick. Someone is usually looking to share a cabin.
If you go here are a few helpful hints.
Bring something bike-related to donate to the big raffle. Cans of seafoam, cleaners, bling parts, clothing, your bike... whatever you want to donate. The raffle finances this and buys some of the food for Saturday.
Bring some food items for your cabin. There are stocked kitchens with microwaves and coffee makers. There is the possibility of Dianna's biscuts and gravy in the morning, if you're quick, and of course some eating out, but you may need to be able to have a meal or two in your cabin.
Bring swimming stuff. The lake is nice and practically right outside the door. I have no knowledge of this year's plan, but last year Pick drove and brought two jet skis. Big fun!
Bring come cash. You will want to buy raffle tickets, and be able to donate to the cause for jet ski gas or boat rental and gas or just whatever activity gets planned.
If you go you will have a good time, and you will make some new friends, guaranteed.
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