Q. Will a cellphone work in the mountains?
A. Usually but don't depend on it. Dead zones can be miles long.
Q. My baby doesn't do gravel. Will she be OK?
A. The only gravel we'll encounter will be very short sections of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, but they are extremely hard packed and stones stay put. This seems to always concern drivers, rest assured that although it is gravel you can't tell it from asphalt, it's that hard packed. Additionally, the MWAR speed limit is 10 mph. Think that's too slow? You won't.
Q. I may have some fragile bladders along, will there be bathroom stops?
A. At least every two hours. NH generally has clean and convenient facilities.
Q. Should I bring a camera?
A. If you have a video cam or a GoPro or similar be sure bring it! Wide angle lens for your SLR? Absolutely.
Q. What about food?
A. Breakfast for the daytrippers will be at the Tilton Diner, a NH highlight for bacon and eggs, pancakes, and all the bad stuff that tastes so good. Bring some snacks for the car (no chocolate, or crumb buns, take it from me). Lunch will be the barbeque at the Mt. Washington Base Station.
Q. Will we be seeing the "Old Man of the Mountains"?
A. Yes and no. He jumped off the side of Franconia Notch a few years ago, and now lies in a 5000 ton heap of gravel on the valley floor. Very sad.
Q. I hear that Motorcycle Week starts June 9th...
A. It does, but all those bankers and lawyers will be far south of us in Laconia, until Monday when they get the MW Auto Road all to themselves.
Q. Is there an entry fee?
A. Nope, just meet your own expenses.
Q. Come on, no one does anything for nothing?
A. OK, how about a $25 suggested donation per car which will be given to charity. This will be collected in Lincoln before we get out onto the Kanc. It will get you a bagfull of swell stuff like refirigerator magnets, postcards with custom stamps, window stickers and who knows what.
A. Major branded stations will be along the way except for the Kanc where there will be nothing. Fill your tank in Tilton or Lincoln and you will have plenty left when we're done. For the daytrippers' benefit there's a Top Tier fuel station (as recommended by BMW) adjacent to The Tilton Diner.
Q. Will my BMW make it up the MWAR?
A. No problem. If there is a problem we'll have one of the Diesels pull you up.
Q. My BMW had an accident. Can I join you in my Honda Accord?
A. Sorry, no, this is an all BMW road trip.
Q. I'm in! What do I do now?
A. PM me for a reservation and make sure I PM you back to confirm! In May I will post a current reservations list so you can see who else is going.
Here is information regarding this year's charitable contribution.
Climb to the Summit of Mount Kilimenjaro to raise money for impoverished children in East Africa.
On Monday, September 3rd, 2012, Furby and dozens of other volunteers, from all over the world, will stand on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to commemorate the success of raising money for the VSO charity which helps underprivileged children in East Africa. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world summiting at 19,340 feet.
Furby and the other climbers will be is raising money for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) to help underprivileged children in East Africa who are suffering from devastating poverty. 100% of the money raised will go to VSO who in turn will send skilled professionals (doctors, teachers, construction workers) to build schools and provide an education for these children. The education that the children will receive will give them the skills they need to help them succeed in life! After completing the fund-raising portion Furby and the other volunteers will travel to Mt Kilimanjaro, at their own expense, to climb to the summit and celebrate the success of the fund raising.
VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. Every day around 1,500 VSO volunteers are working in carefully selected placements, sharing their experience and working to tackle poverty by empowering those really affected by it.
The road to Kilimanjaro's summit starts now!
The VSO team has already begun to prepare, train, and fundraise in order to enable a successful trek and more importantly, to make an impact on the devastating poverty afflicting these children. The success of the trek and the difference that we can make in the lives of the region's children depends on you. Each trekker is required to raise approximately $7000 to enable the work of VSO. These funds are above and beyond personal trip costs, such as equipment, airfare, etc., so you can be sure that all of your donation will do the most good by directly supporting those in need.
How you can help!
This year Bimmerfester's will be raising money to help the children during our fourth annual Climb to the Clouds event. We will cruise through the gorgeous terrain of New Hampshire's White Mountains, climb the Mt Washington Auto Road in our amazing machines (hoping to avoid limp mode), celebrate the friendships that bring together BMW enthusiasts from all over, and to raise money for a wonderful cause via donations, auctions, and raffles. While we are anxious to see as many Bimmerfester's as possible, we understand not everyone can make this trek. This year we are providing a mechanism for every 'fester to participate in this event and support the charity. There are several different options.
1. Direct donation on the charity web page:
The easiest and most straight forward method is to donate on the charity web page: http://www.justgiving.com/ClimbToTheSky.
This page accepts Credit Cards and PayPal, and is the fastest/simplest method of donating. If you so desire, please state a Bimmerfest message in the comments so we can acknowledge your generosity.
2. 50/50 Cash Raffle.
The winner receives 50% of the pot, and the other 50% goes to the charity. For this option please PayPal the funds ($5/ticket) to: email@example.com
Please make sure:
During the C2C4 event we will draw a random ticket. The winner will receive their winnings along with a receipt and acknowledgement of winning the raffle.
- To state your online name and to mention the C2C4 charity raffle
- To do this a few days in advance so funds can clear by the raffle event and
- To check "sender pays fees" if you are funding this by your credit card.
3. C2C4 Auction
We have some fantastic auction items. To find out what's up for bid, and how to bid in advance of the auction, go to http://www.avilazar.com
This auction is held during our annual Saturday Night Climb to the Clouds IV Dinner on July 9, 2012.
We encourage everyone to contribute items to be auctioned whether you are attending the climb or not. Take a photo of the item and email it with a brief description to (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are attending the climb bring your auction items to the dinner. If you are not attending let Furby know in the e-mail and he can provide you with the mailing address.
On behalf of Bimmerfest Climb to the Clouds, VSO, and the grateful beneficiaries of VSO's crucial work in East Africa, thank you for your support!
Feel free to contact Furby with any questions.
Please also consider forwarding this message widely - to anyone who may be interested in learning more or supporting.
VSO Charity number 313757
Last edited by DSXMachina; 05-01-2012 at 08:52 PM.