Return from Redmond

Return from Redmond

Redmond, Oregon: Early Sunday morning. I awoke to the sound of zippers. Nothing signals the end of a rally more than the swoosh of sleeping bags being stuffed into compression bags and the sound of tent flaps opening. Over 6,000 tents were spread out at the BMWMOA national rally; and with no two of them alike, they all put out a different sound. Somewhat like Pavlov's dog, I recognized the sound of my riding partner Steve Smith's tent zipper and knew he was up and about. (Does this mean I'm becoming a Rally Rat when I start recognizing zipper sounds? Scary thought).