Today was the final day of the BMW International Rally in Salt Lake City. It was a great event thanks to tireless work by its organizers. Unfortunately, it was also memorably hot, topping 100 degrees each day and lingering over 80 well into the evenings as fairground campers tried to sleep.
Mornings were pleasant, but by afternoon, all the shady spots–the beer garden in particular–were crowded. Evaporative cooling vests sold out fast. Many resorted to cowboy air conditioning–a wet bandana around the neck. Electrically-heated vest sales were slow.
It was 100 degrees at 5:00 this afternoon, so I decided to skip the final outdoor ceremony despite the prize drawing. The summer sun was still high in the sky and the dish-shaped, unshaded, shiny aluminum grandstands looked too much like a jumbo solar oven.
A Few of the Folks
A Few of the Bikes
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