Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Future Shark Week In Canada
First let me congratulate Maine on their presentation and winning the vote.
i know that all that attend SWIV will have a fabulous time. The bar has been set even higher again by Stray Mutt and Nutter Mutter as hosts. The expectation of the hoard of sharks will be even greater for Maine. I personally would like to read about attendance numbers north of 200 bikes and 250 people total. That would be a stellar accomplishment.
Second, Texas is a strong contender as well, I saw the rides that Andyman put together for the weekend meet and greet that was held in the spring and that area is certainly compelling to ride in. I am sure there will be a future SW in that part of the U.S.
I threw the "toque" (tooke) into the ring for SWIV really because I believe that there should be competition for SW. A location should not be unopposed, there are just too many great places to ride in North America.
That being said, I personally will not be putting together a presentation for SW-V. I truly believe in the rotation of east central west. I believe this "exposes" the opportunity for the maximum number of members to attend when the venue is in the central location. Therefore I will leave it to those in the central states of middle America to battle it out for SW-V.
I will however most likely submit a bid for a future SW when it fits into the rotation for a western locale.
To all those that voted for Calgary/Banff/Canada, thank you, merci. I appreciate(d) the support. To all those that voted for Texas, your turn will come for sure.
Lastly this is my own personal belief, if there is a Shark Week event that is within a 3-4 days ride (at 400+miles a day)from your home, you should really suck it up, put on your big boy or big girl panties and ride. If it means you have to ride all interstate to get there, then do it. To experience the genuine friendship, the lack of booze addled idiots and really just enjoy the atmosphere that is SW you need to get on your bike and ride to it period. No excuses about rain, I don't like interstates, it's too hot somewhere, it's too cold there, I can't bring my gun, if you have to make such soft excuses then don't come it's not for you. There are people that genuinely want to attend and can't for family and monetary reasons. Reasons such as family and lack of funds are not an excuse they are a reality.
If you don't attend, you can't vote for the next location and if your not willing to put in the effort to go exercise your vote you also lose the privilege to bitch about where the next one is.
So it's up to you, sit in the chair at the computer and complain or get your ass on your Road glide and ride it. That is what you bought for right?
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