From the Desk of Uncle Ben…
Are you ready for the ride of your life??? The Long Road promises that and more! What other ride encourages you to strap your saddlebags to your vintage iron or chopper and head out on a multi-day journey over some of the most beautiful back roads east of the Mississippi? We have no chase truck, but we do, however, provide a comprehensive list of bike shops along an optional route that, even if paralleled, will ensure you are never far from a bike shop for parts or an emergency repair! All types of bikes are welcome.
Travel 250-300 miles at your own pace and then enjoy the camaraderie and revelry with your fellow riders at the end of each day at a scheduled stop. Campgrounds are set up to welcome us. Some of them will have cabins or nearby motels. For new riders, once you have signed in at each stop, you will receive the coveted Long Road Medallion at our final destination, The World Famous Smoke Out!
So come join us on the 7th edition of The Long Road and find out why many of the riders say it’s the best ride they’ve ever ridden and why they keep coming back, year after year!
As mentioned above, campgrounds are set up to receive the majority of riders who wish to camp (most have a few cabins as well), 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!
Note that 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, motels, and meals unless otherwise noted!
This year’s adventure begins with a meet and greet at a campground in the artisan village of Nashville, Indiana. Riders will arrive Sunday June 14th at Valley Branch Retreat a few miles south east of Nashville, IN.
From there, the ride begins Monday June 15th with a leisurely scenic 330 mile ride, mainly along the Ohio River to Huntington, West Virginia and then to the Fox Fire KOA for a night around the campfire! The longer day on flatter ground allows for a shorter but more challenging 250 mile ride through multiple passes over the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia on Tuesday! We arrive Tuesday June 16th in the scenic village of Buena Vista, Virginia.
On Wednesday June 17th, we travel further east, then south through the mountains, followed by the foothills of Virginia and North Carolina to Goldsboro, North Carolina for an evening at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon where we will enjoy the pool tables, barbecue, and salads. The campground for this night is conveniently located right out back. The total mileage for Wednesday will be about 285 miles.
Thursday June 18th has us heading south near and along the Atlantic coast to the infamous Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There, we will ride to the Suck Bang Blow bar for the 2nd of 2 Smoke Out pre-parties equipped with bands, camping, and entertainment! Thursday will be about a 270 mile day.
On Friday June 19th, we depart for the one and only, legendary Smoke Out in Rockingham, North Carolina! Friday will be a short 125 mile trip.
As stated last year, this ride, although not as wild as The Stampede and also not a race, is still very challenging considering the complexity of some of the mountain passes and switchbacks. It is not recommended for beginner riders! As such, EACH RIDER RIDES AT THEIR OWN RISK!
Volunteers and planners of The Long Road 2015 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 waiver will be signed by each rider and passenger prior to participating in the ride. Route is OPTIONAL and only set up to determine locations for local motorcycle shops! Riders may choose any route they wish!
Registering for the ride
To register for The Long Road 2015, please send a check or money order with sufficient funds to cover registration for each rider or passenger. Registration is $30 for Long Road Legion members & $50 for each first time rider (the extra covers the medallion).
Make checks or International money orders payable to Brian “Uncle Ben” Sauer & mail them to:
Brian “Uncle Ben” Sauer
180 Marksam Rd Unit #65
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Note: If sending a money order please use the “International” Money Order option.
Please include the name, address, best phone number to contact, e-mail address and t-shirt size (as well as preference for tee or spaghetti strap for women).
Additionally, please include whether you’ve completed The Long Road before and whether you wish to camp/cabin or book a motel during the trip (this helps us provide campground #s). Registrations postmarked by May 1st will receive a free commemorative Long Road Tee shirt.
There will be a VERY limited quantity of shirts available for late registrants for $15. Please feel free to e-mail questions to: email@example.com ***Note the .ca not .com as I’m in Canada EH!
Accommodation and sign in
If you choose to phone ahead and reserve cabins or activities, make sure you tell whoever you are speaking with that you are with the Long Road Riders so they know you are part of our group.
Sunday June 14th– Meet and greet at Valley Branch Retreat-2620 Valley Branch Road Nashville, Indiana 812-988-7750. Camping is $7/person. There are 11 cabins for rent $60 and up. Sign in will be at the Harvest Hall between 6PM and 8PM. We are in the process of setting up a possible dinner before hand $5-$10 each. There are many activities including twin zip lines, ATV tours, canoes and row boats for rent. Call well in advance and receive a 10% discount on any activities. Mention Long Road Ride to get the discount. Check out their website at eXploreBrownCounty.com
- Green Valley Motor Lodge – 692 state rd 46 W Nashville, Indiana – 812-988-6118 – Rooms – $70 and up. They also have a barn that the owner will allow bikes to be put in for free if not rented out that day. Contact Ed or Lana.
- Comfort Inn – 51 Chestnut St W Nashville, Indiana – 812-988-6118 – Rooms – $109 and up.
Monday June 15th – Sign in at front desk of Fox Fire KOA whether camping or booking a motel at 290 Fox Fire Rd (Huntington) Milton, West Virginia 304-743-5622. Camping is $10/night. A few cabins are available. Come hang out by the campfire that evening!
- Red Roof Inn – 5190 US route 60 Huntington, WV – 304-733-3740 – Rooms – $56 and up.
- Best Western Huntington – 3441 US route 60 Huntington, WV – 877-722-3422 – Rooms – $90 and up.
Tuesday June 16th – Sign in at front desk of Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Dr Buena Vista, Virginia 540-261-7321. No cabins are available at the park. Camping is $5+tax/person
- Buena Vista Hotel – 447 E. 29th St. Beuna Vista, VA – 540-261-2138 – Rooms – $60 and up.
- Budget Inn – 617 W. 29th St. Buena Vista, VA – 540-261-2156 – Rooms – $60 and up
Wednesday June 17th – Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, 2101 US-117 S, Goldsboro, North Carolina. Primitive camping and outhouses will be available on site behind the bar. There will be a minimal fee for camping and basic barbeque fare with salads will be available. Sign in at the bar. Pool tables and a jukebox will provide our entertainment!
***NOTE: Google maps gives wrong location of bar. It’s on south end of town past Bevell’s auto parts.
Local motels :
- Holiday Inn Express – 1003 Sunburst Dr. Goldsboro, North Carolina – (800) 345-8082 – Rooms – $139 and up
- Econo Lodge – 704 Corporate Dr. Goldsboro, North Carolina – 919-736-4510 – Rooms – $60 and up
Thursday June 18th – The Suck, Bang, Blow bar at 3393 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC is our next destination! They are hosting the 2nd night of the Smoke Out Pre-parties! Camping will be free but please note, any tents will be set up on cement, but people have been known to sleep under the stars on the stage or in the building out back so be sure to pack an air mattress! Sign in at the bar when you get there by 9PM.
Local motels :
- Holiday Inn – 1303A Tadlock Dr. Murrells Inlet, SC across from SBB! 843-357-0100 – Rooms – $118 and up.
- Brookwood Inn – 5098 US Highway 17 Murrells Inlet, SC 3 miles southwest of SBB. 843-651-2550 – Rooms – $65 + tax and up.
Friday June 19th – We head to Rockingham, NC and the world famous Smoke Out! You are on your own there! We will have a final sign-in where you will receive an instruction sheet at the beginning of the ride letting you know the time we decide upon.
Again, any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and again, note the .ca, not .com as I’m Canadian!
Hope to see y’all on the ride this year!