I hadn't really been through the entire show so I took a few minutes to grab some photos of something other than the BMW booth. At the far back corner was a booth of vintage bikes. Of course, these pics don't even begin to to it justice but I snapped a few anyway.
The doors opened promptly at 10:00 am and the crowd rushed in. It wasn't too long after opening that I had a visitor! The lovely Karen Van Santen :-) I got her to pose on that sexy R Nine T, retro cafe racer style bike that everyone loves to throw a leg over. I think Karen looks awesome on this bike!
I was constantly busy, talking to folks, showcasing bikes and generating leads I didn't realize it was way past lunch time. I took a break around 2:00 pm for some much needed food. Here are some of the choices.
The afternoon was pretty much a repeat of the morning. Lots of folks stopping by to check out the bikes. I actually spent some time on the other side of the booth and showed off the R1200RT and the K1600GT series. The more I look at and show off the R1200RT, the more I'm liking that bike!
So, I had some good learning experiences, made a few mistakes and had a lot of fun with the peeps checking out the bikes. What's not to like? I'm surrounded by motorcycles and people who love motorcycles. It's all good :-) Yup, it's really good (except for my feet, hahahahha!).
No poopy issues today. Actually, nothing bad or icky today at all. I had a few rather strange folks but heck, that just makes life a little more interesting. Before I knew it, the show was over. Well, it was over for the visitors but it wasn't over for the crew. Now it was tear down time.
My first task was to take down the I-Pad stations and then the static displays and pack up all that stuff. While the team was busy doing that, the union folks came in and started taking down the booth. It came down quickly! The whole area was a bustle of activity. Lots of forklifts beeping and stuff being moved around.
I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently everything went for the tear down. Almost like a ballet. Dang, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen would have been the perfect music as the tear down show progressed!
Yeah, I know, lousy pictures but here is a shot of loading the semi trailer. It has two stories and the order of loading the bikes is very important so they all fit without rubbing against each other. Our truck driver, Mike, knows what he is doing and he conducted the loading while our stronger teammates provided the muscle to run the bikes up the ramp and into the trailer.
Finally, back to the hotel and into my room where I immediately took off those damn shoes and socks and slipped into my flip flops. I LOVE my flip flops :-)
It was a good day for me. I was much more confident (even if I told folks the K1600GTL Exclusive had reverse when it doesn't (hahahahahahahaha - I'll laugh about that for a LONG time!).
I ventured out of my comfort zone and showcased some bikes I knew nothing about - but I learned a lot. I had fun meeting folks and encouraging them to throw a leg over a bike. I'm still a GS girl but appreciate the Sport, Roadster and Touring bikes.
So, that's pretty much it folks. I fly home tomorrow and have two days off before heading to Long Beach, CA for another show. I'm told that the Long Beach show is one of the bigger shows with a ton more people. I'm glad I had the Phoenix show to dip my toe in the water, get some training and gain a bit of confidence.
I want to give a big shout out of thanks to you peeps who gave me advice and insight on dealing with some of my issues. You've been a great source of information and support and that means a lot to me. Sincere thanks.
I also want to tell you all how much I appreciate that you bother to read my silliness :-) That makes it fun for me to write this blog.
Off to bed for me. I'll be home tomorrow evening and am so looking forward to seeing my honey and spending some quality time together. This has been a great adventure and we'll see what next week brings!
Cheers to all,