Blue Ridge British Bike Rally

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    This will be great for you folks that are riding up for Mayberry Days on your Rockets. Same basic neck of the woods that we're headed for, lots of Brit bikes. You can go flex your 2300 muscles at the get together.
     
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    Since hotels have indicated sharing rooms is ok, some have asked me if there are any that wish to do so.
    I don't know who is coming or where, so if you wish to share a room, indicate if you have one to share, or desire one.
    Which hotel (cost wise) may be helpful too, smoking/non.... etc.
    You can settle by PMs.
    Bob
     
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    Laid out the first day's ride today. About 190 miles. Looks like early fall here as there is already color in the leaves. Temps in low to mid 80's expected; 8-10* cooler at elevations.
    The plan is:
    Kickstands up @ 10:00.<B> BE GASSED AND READY. NO GAS ON BRP</B> until we get to Floyd (about 95 miles). There is a gas station about 5 miles south of the BRP at POOL on rte 43. They have Regular (87) - ($2.50), 89 - ($2.70) & non-ethanol 93 - ($3.00). Separate pumps so you get what you pay for.
    There may be a small delay as there is resurfacing south of the Peaks, but not more than a few minutes to wait for a "Follow Me" truck for a couple miles.

    Ride for about 45 minutes till the first break at Explore park (M.P. 116 on BRP). There are real restrooms, a shop and interpretive site.
    There are no other restrooms between POOL & destination on the Parkway except for a picnic area (M.P. 154)

    80 miles south on the BRP for lunch at Tuggles Gap (M.P. 165 on BRP- Rte 8). We should arrive there about 12:30
    After lunch, Rte 8 to Floyd VA, then East on 221 for gas stop (Exxon). (about 1/4 mile from rte 8) At least a dozen pumps.
    Back country roads to Shawsville, then Catawba for another stop (about an hour) There are 2 gas pumps there & country store.
    Back country roads to Fincastle, then Buchanan. Final gas stop. It's about 10 miles back to POOL from there.

    I'll pre-ride Saturday's ride Wed or Thur., but planning to go north to the start of BRP, then rte 250 east to rte 151. Devil's Backbone for lunch. Details to follow.
     
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    @VABird are your preps for last year's rally or this year's? The original thread is over a year old.
     
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    When and where ?
     
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    THIS YEAR. THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY.

    The 2nd Annual (2017) Blue Ridge British Bike Rally (BRBBR) is planned!
    When:

    Here’s the latest for Blue Ridge British Bike Rally 2 {BRBBR}. Friday-Sept 22 & Sat Sept 23, 2017. Peaks of Otter Visitor Center (BRP & Rte 43). Kickstands up both days @ 10:00. Rides of about 200 miles through the mountains & valleys planned each day. Centered near Bedford VA.

    Here’s from the hotels that are onboard. All rooms are plus taxes (about 11%)



    Peaks of Otter Lodge {POOL} @ Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway {BRP}; is 1/4 mile from the visitor center where we will gather. Rooms are renovated. No phones in rooms. Don’t expect cell phone coverage, but you might get lucky. Ask about internet availability if you can’t turn off for the weekend.

    Thurs. 9/21 = $123.03 for king or two double beds. Fri. & Sat. 9/22-23 = $170 per night for king or two double beds. Sun. 9/24 = $123.03 for king or two double beds (there is no planned ride Sunday. This is just if you want to stay in the area longer.) ALL Rooms & public areas are SMOKE FREE. Share a room.

    1 night deposit. cancel more than 3 days away = $15 fee. Cancel under 3 days = loss of deposit. Rooms open to public after 8/21/17. Recommend reserving early.

    Reserve @ Blue Ridge Parkway Lodging | Peaks of Otter Lodge Use discount code “5AE9BL” or “Blue Ridge British Bike Rally” or call 800-542-5927.

    Restaurant on premises. Sandwich & ice cream shop under renovation nearby. Should be open by BRBBR.



    Super 8- Bedford VA 842 Sword Beach Lane, Bedford VA. (540)-707-2062. About 12 miles from Peaks of Otter visitor center on BRP where we will gather .

    Thurs. 9/21 – Sun. 9/24 = One King bed = $69.99/night. Two Queens = $79.99/night. 20 rooms reserved. Rooms open to public after 8/21/17. Recommend reserving early. (there is no planned ride Sunday. This is just if you want to stay in the area longer.) Breakfast is included. It is unknown if you can get the rate online, so call for reservation. Use “Blue Ridge British Bike Rally” for discount. Share a room.



    Days Inn Bedford VA 921 Blue Ridge Ave (U.S. 460) (540) 586-8286. About 12 miles from Peaks of Otter visitor center on BRP where we will gather.

    Thurs. 9/21 – Sat. 9/23 = $54.95/night. Use “Blue Ridge British Bike Rally” for discount. Cancel by 4:00 PM day before or forfeit deposit. One King/queen or two double beds available. Smoking/non smoking. It is unknown if you can get the rate online, so call for reservation. Use “Blue Ridge British Bike Rally” for discount. Share a room.



    Bedford VA B&B’s available also Bedford Area Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Home Rentals | Bedford VA Area B&B and vacation rentals

    National D-Day Memorial is only a couple miles from Days Inn & Super 8.

    Variety of chain and independent restaurants in Bedford.

    Camping available near Peaks of Otter visitor center.

    This is some of the best riding east of the Mississippi River; curvy, hilly roads, mostly smooth.
     
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    Not this year not enough time to get off that four letter word
     
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    One day, when the kids are grown and out of the house, I will be attending these rides that sound like a lot of fun. One day....:)
     
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    This ride will be different from last years ride....hitting some spots I do like to get to. Come on out everyone!
     
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