I’ll get right to the point.
This year the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally (HCMR) was hit hard with the “Gore Effect.”
Huh? You may remember this as the phenomenon that whenever Al Gore discusses Global warming it leads to unseasonably wicked cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow mix whenever he visits an area. I’m not exactly sure where Mr. Gore was located last weekend, but I’m darn sure he had to be thinking about the northwest, because Baker City, Oregon got slapped hard with a cold wet rag right to the face!
If you’re unfamiliar with the rally, it’s located on the border of Oregon and Idaho and Hells Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America. Motorcycle riders come from all over to ride the Devil’s Tail, visit Historic Baker City, Oregon and then travel along the various Hells Canyon Scenic Byways.
So, here is the ASK of Steve and Eric Folkestad, (organizers of the HCMR rally): Send Al Gore a letter asking that he never think about the northwest or better yet, after attending this rally 4 previous years and having some portion of it significantly disrupted by poor/bad weather let’s move the date!
This past weekend was the straw that pushed me over the edge. Unless the date of this event moves out to later in the month/year, I don’t plan to return! And if the random survey I took with several other riders was any indicator, there are a number of motorcycle enthusiasts who plan to remove HCMR from their list of early summer (“June-ary”) rides.
Hey we’re a hardy bunch, but clearly riders would like to guarantee improve the odds of better weather for this great event. And just because the Sunridge Hotel had the largest crowds in the city huddled around two patio warmers don’t think I’m railing against Global warming.
Nothing could be more fun in my book – sarcasm alert – than holding a cold refreshment in 40 degree rain while standing six people deep around a patio warmer trying to catch a little bit of heat.
Don’t make us start a Facebook petition to move the date!
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