THE LONG ROAD 2018
TWO…TWO…TWO GREAT RUNS AND TWO GREAT PARTIES IN ONE!
The 2018 Long Road (10th Anniversary) has taken a different path this year! The Long Road (and The Smoke Out) have joined forces with The Big Mountain Run (BMR), harkening back to the days when there was a Smoke Out West and a Smoke Out East with The Long Road connecting the two.
Cycle Source magazine has their own 3 day run, beginning Tuesday June 5th and ending at a party in Parsons, West Virginia (Thursday June 7th). The BMR runs to Sunday, June 10th where they have agreed to include The Long Road kick-off party! Check out www.bigmountainrun.com for more info on their AWESOME event.
Sunday June 10th
- Ride out from the BMR with a the group or on your own, 150 miles to Alexandria, Pennsylvania, the official first stop on the 2018 Long Road where riders will meet at Greene Hills Family Campground. Sign in for pre-registered riders (or registration for late registrants) is 3PM and 5PM. We are working on having a dinner here at a reasonable cost in the pavilion shortly after 5PM.
Monday June 11th
- We head north out of Alexandria towards East Hickory, PA where we will take a 31 mile run up “The Devils Highway – Route 666”! From there, it’s a short ride to Forest Lodge & Campground in Marienville, PA for a total of about 225 miles.
Tuesday June 12th
- We ride out on a 260 mile run heading east across part of northern PA, then turn south, towards historic Gettysburg PA and Artillery Ridge Campground for an evening of revelry around the fire.
Wednesday June 13th
- It’s a south western journey of 260 miles with the option of taking a 160-mile portion of Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway to beautiful Buena Vista, Virginia where we will enjoy a free pizza night in the pavilion and camping at Glen Maury Park.
Thursday June 14th
- We ride south west again through “Mayberry” (actually Mount Airy, NC) for a total of 215 miles to Van Hoy Farms Family Campground near Harmony, North Carolina for another chance to swap stories of your days adventures around the campfire!
Friday June 15th
- It’s a short 135-mile ride to finish your journey on The Long Road to the legendary Smoke Out in Rockingham, North Carolina!
**As always, this ride is open to all riders, both men and women, on all makes and models of bikes from stock, to vintage, to all out choppers. You can travel solo, or join small groups, either way there is sense of camaraderie at every stop. Although there is no chase vehicle, but we provide an optional route with a list of friendly bike shops along the way in the event you require repairs (depending on time of day). And, for first time riders, if you complete all the stops, you will receive the highly coveted Long Road medallion. There are also plaques awarded for “Coolest Bike on The Ride,” “5 Time Riders”, and other various categories.
Campgrounds are set up to receive the majority of riders who want to camp (some also have a few cabins) while the closest motels are listed below for those who want to enjoy the ride, but would prefer the comfort of a motel room. It is advised that those who want a cabin or motel room book these in advance! Prices quoted are based on what they were during planning and are subject to change. All riders are responsible to pay for their own camping or motels and meals! We will keep registered riders informed of more details as the ride gets closer via e-mail.
Initial sign in will occur at Greene Hills Family Campground in Alexandria, PA. There will be a sign in sheet for riders when they check in at the campground office for camping at the rest of the stops. Riders who are motel-ing it will sign the sheet and are free to hang out at the campground or go to their motel. For safety sake, if a rider gets too fatigued, or it gets too dark, don’t put yourself in harm’s way, just to try to make it to a stop. There will be a phone number to text on the instruction sheet given out at the beginning of the ride (to say you won’t make it so we know you are okay). Remember, this is a fun ride and we want everyone to make it to Rockingham in one piece!
Register by May 1st (post mark date) and receive a free commemorative ride t-shirt! Include in your registration letter, the size, male or female and spaghetti strap or tee for women. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for $15 to those whose registration letters are dated after May 1st. If you want extra shirts for others not on the ride, please include $15 extra in your registration check for each shirt and include size, male or female and spaghetti strap or tee for women. We cannot guarantee how many extras will be made. Also, we will not be mailing out any shirts to registrants who don’t show up for the ride. Early registration helps in the planning of some meals and the number of campers for the campgrounds to prepare for us.
Registration for this year’s ride is $35 per person for both past and 1st time riders.
Send a cheque or money order in US funds (make sure it is cashable in Canada!) and payable to:
Brian “Uncle Ben” Sauer
161 Inkerman St.
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Please include for each rider or passenger, the name, address, best phone number to contact, e-mail address , whether you’ve completed The Long Road before, and whether you wish to camp(or cabin) or get a motel during the trip (helps for campground #s).
The Big Mountain Run -Thursday June 7th to Saturday June 9th
Camping: The BMR rally at Camp Kid, 1155 County Farm Rd, Parsons, WV(bigmountainrun.com)
Motels: Closest motels are at least 20 miles away! BOOK ASAP AS CONSTRUCTION GOING ON IN
THE AREA! A few choices in Elkins, WV or,
Midtown Motel, 300 Crim Ave, Belington, WV 304-823-2330 $50 and up
The Billy Motel, 1080 William Ave, Davis, WV 304-851-6125 $112 and up
Alexandria, PA – Sunday June 10th
Camping: Green Hill Family Campground, 6270 Barree Rd, Alexandria, PA
Motel: Huntingdon Motor Inn, 6920 Motor Inn Dr, Huntingdon PA 814-643-1133 $67 & up **College grad ceremonies same weekend so book ASAP!
Marienville, PA – Monday June 11th
Camping: Forest Lodge And Campground 44078 Rt 66, Marienville PA 814-927-8790 $10/person
Motel: rooms available at Forest Lodge. $69 and up. Next closest motel is 16 miles away
Gettysburg, PA – Tuesday June 12th
Camping: Artillery Ridge Camping Resort,610 Taneytown Rd,Gettysburg PA 717-334-1288 $8.50
Motel: (tourist town!) Econolodge, 983 York Rd, Gettysburg, PA 717-334-4208 $89+tax & up
**cheaper motels can be found but had poor ratings by past guests
Buena Vista, VA – Wednesday June 13th
Camping: Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Road, Buena Vista, VA 540-261-7321 $15-the little
extra goes towards the pavilion rental
Motel: Buena Vista Motel, 447 E 29th St, Buena Vista, VA 540-458-1034 $64&up (Mom & Pop)
** medium rating but better than the Budget Inn. Next few in Lexington (8 miles away)
Harmony, NC – Thursday June 14th
Camping: Van Hoy Farms Family Campground, 742 Jericho Rd, Harmony, NC,704-539-5493 $10
Motels: closest are in Statesville (15 miles away)
Comfort Inn, 1214 Greenland Dr, Statesville, NC 704-873-2044 $90 & up
Days Inn Statesville, 703 Gaither Rd, Statesville, NC 704-498-4230 $56 & up
**As For Rockingham, you’re on your own. Many motels to choose from but some book up quickly-The real party is in the campground at The Rock!**
As always, although this is not a race, it is still very challenging considering the complexity of some of the mountain passes and switchbacks. It is not recommended for begining riders! As such, EACH RIDER RIDES AT THEIR OWN RISK! Volunteers and planners of The Long Road 2018 will not be held responsible for any injury or death resulting from a rider crashing his or her motorcycle or sustaining any injuries for the duration of the ride for ANY reason! A liability waiver will be signed by each rider and passenger prior to participating in the ride. And again, the route is OPTIONAL and only set up to determine locations of local motorcycle shops. Riders may choose any route they wish!
E-mail any questions to: uncle_ben123@yahoo. ca Note the .ca not .com as I’m in Canada EH!
Hope to see you “On The Road!” – Uncle Ben