Our 50th Tandem Rally… Coming This May!

At least I thought it would be the 50th when I first wrote this on April 3rd.  Well, I guess I could still call it our 50th if we don’t include our most recent “invitational” in Saint Augustine, Florida or the Santana Rally back in 1999.

Well, let’s just say that that one of the two rallies we’re presently planning to attend in May will be the 50th, just to keep it interesting.  If my count is correct, and with the two previously mentioned exclusions, it would be the 2nd Annual Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure (A.O.R.T.A.), in Asheville, NC .  If my count is off by a little, then it could end up being our 13th Georgia Tandem Rally in Macon, Georgia.

OK, while my grasp of history may be a bit screwed up (me and numbers, don’t you know), I think we have the rest of our 2011 tandem rally plans pretty well firmed up with #4 being the Tennessee Tandem Rally in Alcoa, TN, followed by our first-ever Tandems East Tandem Weekend in Pennsville, NJ, and then #6 will be the Southern  Tandem Rally in Mebane, NC in the fall.

For anyone who is thinking about attending a tandem rally and wondering when and where they are, you can find a pretty detailed listing of the “major” tandem rallies and weekends at our companion website’s Events Page: http://www.thetandemlink.com/RallyInfo.html

The following is a list I threw together of the rallies and weekends we’ve attended since we first started riding tandems in August 1997.

  • 1998 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Fairhope, AL
  • 1998 Southern Tandem Rally, Selma, AL
  • 1999 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Auburn, AL
  • 1999 Santana Mother’s Day Rally, Asheville, NC  (Do these count?)
  • 1999 Georgia Tandem Rally, Madison, GA
  • 2000 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Auburn, AL
  • 2000 Georgia Tandem Rally, Madison, GA
  • 2000 Southern Tandem Rally, Callaway Gardens, GA
  • 2001 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Auburn, AL
  • 2001 Georgia Tandem Rally, Athens, GA
  • 2001 Eastern Tandem Rally, Frederick, MD
  • 2001 Southern Tandem Rally, Clemson, SC
  • 2001 North Carolina Off-Road Tandem Weekend, Asheville, NC
  • 2002 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Auburn, AL
  • 2002 Georgia Tandem Rally, Athens, GA
  • 2002 Mid-Atlanta Tandem Enthusiasts, Winchester, VA
  • 2002 Southern Tandem Rally, Diamondhead, MS
  • 2003 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Trussville, AL
  • 2003 Georgia Tandem Rally, Statesboro, GA
  • 2003 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2003 Midwest Tandem Rally, Dayton, OH
  • 2003 Southern Tandem Rally, Tallahassee, FL
  • 2004 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Trussville, AL
  • 2004 Southwest Tandem Rally, New Braunfels, TX
  • 2004 Georgia Tandem Rally, Statesboro, GA
  • 2004 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2004 Southern Tandem Rally, Charlotte, NC
  • 2004 North Carolina Off-Road Tandem Weekend, Tsali, NC
  • 2005 Georgia Tandem Rally, Madison, GA
  • 2005 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2005 Southern Tandem Rally, Kingsport, TN
  • 2006 Georgia Tandem Rally, Americus, GA
  • 2006 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2006 Southern Tandem Rally, Sanford, NC
  • 2007 Georgia Tandem Rally, LaGrange, GA
  • 2007 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2007 Southern Tandem Rally, Chattanooga, TN
  • 2008 Georgia Tandem Rally, Albany, GA
  • 2008 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2008 Southern Tandem Rally, Bowling Green, KY
  • 2009 Georgia Tandem Rally, Athens, GA
  • 2009 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Knoxville, TN
  • 2009 Eastern Tandem Rally, Stausburg, PA
  • 2009 Southern Tandem Rally, The Villages, FL
  • 2010 Alabama Tandem Weekend, Eufaula, AL
  • 2010 Georgia Tandem Rally, Covington, GA
  • 2010 Appalachian Off-Road Tandem Adventure, Asheville, NC
  • 2010 Tennessee Tandem Rally, Franklin, TN
  • 2010 Mid-Atlanta Tandem Enthusiasts, Warrenton, VA
  • 2010 Southern Tandem Rally, Florence, AL  (Maybe this was our 50th?)
  • 2011 NFIW, St. Augustine, FL (Or was this our 50th?)

Edit: I just went and checked Quicken and found the six checks I wrote to George Bacon for the six Alabama Tandem Weekend’s we attended from 1999 – 2004.   I also realized that I didn’t include our Santana Asheville Tandem Rally back in 1999: should that really count?.  Regardless, we’re definitely somewhere around 50 and looking forward to another 50.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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