Jam a thousand or so tent dwellers into the venue’s only acre or so of shade next to a 6 lane US highway, and you’ve got a recipe for mass sleep deprivation. The other alternative is the hot ground and hotter temps of the the barren Montana landscape. Gettin’ uncomfortable in other ways too- Word has it that there’s maybe 20 showers for the couple thousand campers here. Given this lack of basic human comforts, BMWMOA’s declining membership and rally attendance is no surprise, and maybe a good thing… This place might be halfway tolerable for a couple hundred campers.

Thus we’re moving from the joys of a rally to survival, and I suspect the place will start to empty well before the formal closing of the rally saturday night… Why prolong the misery?.