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Hope I'm not stepping out of line, but thought I would post this since there isn't anything on VFRD about Ben's Fall Ride although it is on the Facebook group. Sept 28- Oct 2, Thurs - Mon Ride Fri Sat Sun official. Econo Lodge 1420 N Main St Marion VA 24354 276-783-6031 Manager is Will. $62 per night.
PirateRiderBen posted a topic in PRB's fall rideAlright folks, I have taken into consideration the few folks that voiced their opinions these last few days, and have also talked to some folks privately. The event will be October 6-9th 2016. That is a Thurs-Sun event. A couple had expressed interest at moving the event into September, but for two main reasons I chose these dates. 1. The leaves! Early to mid September is hit and miss on the gorgeous mountain leaves, these dates assure good views to be enjoyed by all. and 2. This weekend is Appalachian State University's bye week for their football season. The other weekend in mid Sept. was a home game. In theory traffic and hustle and bustle around Boone should be drastically better than a home game weekend. We will be returning Greene's Motel as before. It's no palace of luxury but the price is right and the location is pretty spot on. I want to make sure everyone can afford to attend, so as usual I intend to keep costs very low as much as I can. There is great coffee for cheap right next door at a gas station, and I think they have some in the lobby of the motel. There's no continental breakfast unfortunately. However Ihop and Waffle House are up the street and there is a mini fridge in every room if you'd like to being yogurt or some snacks etc... I will be opening this up to a small forum based out of Charlotte as well, very similar to VFRD. Our own 007 actually introduced me to the group. Great guys, I think the entire forum is about 50 people, and maybe 10-12 of us are actually active. ,Mainly BMW's, FJR's, Concours's, some Ducati's, and even a couple VFR's. I have spoken with Miguel and and working to eventually get this ride its own page in the VFRD rides section. He is very busy with the site right now, so look for any updates here in the USA-South section. Reservation information: Please call ASAP to book your room. let them know you are with VFRD. All rooms have 2 double (or full?) sized beds in them. Greene's is looking forward to having us back and they have willingly blocked off 15 rooms for VFRD until AUGUST 15TH 2016. The rate is 59$ for each night, with a minimum 2 night stay. The rate jumps back to 69$ a night if you don't reserve by the deadline above, or if you stay Friday or Saturday ONLY. There are other hotels in the area, but in the fall they tend to jack the rates way up, but feel free to make an alternate plan if Greene's doesn't work for you. Everyone is welcome regardless of hotel choice or motorcycle type/brand. T-Shirts: I will be using the same performance fabric shirt from last year, but in a new color and with a different design. I will update sometime this summer with ordering information, so stay tuned. Thanks for all the help and suggestions, look forward to a successful and safe riding season. If you have any questions please contact me, thank you! -PRB
It's not very long time since I started this thread to seek suggestion from you all. But there are lots of advices, comments, and messages from VFRD members. It show a real life behind a internet forum. Then RollingAgain started this thread to arrange for all the related matters and gather members for the meeting and ride. This is my first time to US, therefore, I would like to use this thread to include the whole of my trip including the time in Texas and also with VFRD. A lot of communication flying back and forth to help me arrange for the trip. Day by day waiting for the time to come.... Finally, the trip really happens... Got into the plane, try to sleep to cut short the waiting time - but I could not. Awake all the time for watching movies: It's not easy to fly directly from Vietnam to US, unless I have my own airplane Transit at Narita Airport, Tokyo Japan - I have tried to drink lots of beer, try to have something which could knock me down and get me to sleep: (Noticed that the Air Lounges in Vietnam and Japan are much better than in US). Landed Houston airport, got this Avante from Avis: During biz time in Houston, visited a friend of mine there. Looked at his collection then think of the near future ride: His Acura NSX is one of the 6 NSX in the world was produced in this color and some more options: Could not stand beside his CBR600, tried it without proper riding gears: And tried out craw fish: ...
Sorry for the late notice all. It's that time of year again, the Fall Catskills ride is back again! We have a new location and new lodging this year! Looks like Mother Nature may have some mercy on us this year as well! A special note... it has come to my attention that over the last few years there are members here who have chosen not to attend one or more of my rides because of the presence of one individual. I find this bothersome and so I would like to (finally) publicly say: Dino, you are not invited. Please do not come to my rides. I know this sounds horrible to those "not in the know" and I apologize for that. I can live with that if it means that the people I value more will attend. Please accept my apology for the airing of grievances, and read on for ride details... ---------------------------------------------------------- Due to the unfortunate decline of the motel we used in the past, we have selected a new location that shows promise. Here is the hotel info: Red Ranch Motel 4555 Route 32 Catskill, N.Y. 12414 Info: 518-678-3380 Reservations: 1-800-962-4560 http://www.redranchmotel.com/ ***Room rates are a bit higher than last year, holiday rate applies.*** ***Also, due to the holiday weekend, there is a 2-night minimum charge*** Friday night = $78.00 + tax. (2 double beds) Saturday night = $78.00 + tax (2 double beds) -or- Friday night = $88.00 + tax. (2 queen beds) Saturday night = $88.00 + tax (2 queen beds) This rate is for 1 or 2 people per room, no extra charges for 2nd person. ***Smoking & Non-Smoking available, only 6 smoking rooms total*** ***This motel does not offer any breakfast or beverages, complimentary or otherwise.*** Some notes about this motel: - it is easy to get to from north or south - there is a decent restaurant within easy walking distance - it is close to some good area roads ----------------------------------------------------------- Not only is this thread good for counting heads, but it would be a good way to get together with someone to share a room. Please post in this thread if you know you are attending, or think you may be attending. List of attendees so far: (blue is with reservation) 1. Sebspeed 2. Mrs. Sebspeed 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Please keep general discussions about this ride in this thread: Thanks! More details coming, please stay tuned and ask any questions!