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Fall Appalichian Riding Tour (FART) - Sept. 14-18 Natural Bridge, VA


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Right now to make reservations, please ONLY call the hotel directly. 540-291-2121, click 1 to speak with an onsite reservation person.

 

 

 

Our rate averages $99 per night (+Tax) for a Wed-Sun stay. The main hotel was renovated a few years ago. In the main section, rooms are on the second floor and above. In the Veranda - adjacent to the main hotel - they have ground floor rooms. These rooms have not been renovated, but they are fine. If you want a veranda room, be sure to specify that.

 

Main Hotel - with rooms starting on the second floor. I don't have photos of these rooms, but they are larger compared to the Veranda rooms.:

 

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Hotel Lobby:

 

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MAIN INN ROOMS:

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Veranda - Ground floor rooms

 

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Parking outside the Veranda Rooms:

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The Veranda rooms and bathrooms are smaller . . .

 

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wbw6cos

IN!!  Along with Laura (wbw6cos2).    Reservations made for Wednesday through Sunday.   Woo hoo!   See y'all there.

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John Ranalletta

IN for 2

 

Looks interesting.  Thanks.  Bringing a Snuggie.

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lawnchairboy

The one true blue snuggie rules them all. 

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NRV-RT

I think I can finally make a BMW rally, since this one is only an hour from my house!  I need a new T-shirt...:)

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S.O.B.

Michelle and I are in, Wednesday through Sunday!

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This Rally sounds Great! Its less than a hour from me. Unfortunately, I have already signed up for another that weekend. See Below.

Great venue for UNRALLY XX. had a fantastic stay. Thank you for all the work involved!

I will definitely do more of your Rallys!

Picture shows my wife's BMW 325 convertible too

 

David Smith

2005 BMW R1150R

2007 BMW F650GS

2018 Honda 250 Rally

 

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Rockosmith

In Wed thru Sun.  Looks to be another prime location!

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Indy Dave

Welcome one and all - and THANK ALL OF YOU for coming! The is a GREAT riding area and a really nice historic hotel - and a step up in many ways for us! Lots of historical significance and gathering places, including a fire pit with S'mores.

 

:ohboy: Apologies for being away from the board :ohboy:  

 

 

 

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Indy Dave
4 minutes ago, DaveCinNO said:

Count me in!

 

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Indy Dave
6 minutes ago, Slumgullion said:

Slumgulion In and ChrisK too!

 

Thanks Joel - Look forward to seeing you both!

 

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RandyShields
3 hours ago, Slumgullion said:

Slumgulion In and ChrisK too!

I guess the only way to know -- more than a few days before the event -- that Chris K is coming is when Joel, as proxy, advises that Chris will be gracing us with his presence.  

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wbw6cos

Chris did that trip to AK and back, so a jaunt to VA is a piece of cake.  :clap:

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Indy Dave

The Chaos Mountain Brewing Company has opened their Brewing Station and Food Trailer across the street from the Natural Bridge Hotel.

 

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As of July 17:

 

 

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wbw6cos

What comes after 20?

 

Spoiler

21.  Very good.   Thanks for playing.

 

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taylor1
15 minutes ago, wbw6cos said:

What comes after 20?

William, just cause you can count smarter than some of us doesn't mean you need to show off   :3:

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wbw6cos

Hey!  Us calculator-dependent people know what we are talking about when we say "do the math."

 

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Rougarou

C'mon,.....it's a marketing gimmick to give the appearance that more are showing.

 

Although,......there will definately be more showing:18:

 

 

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Indy Dave

 

Thanks William - there isn't a simple cut and paste way to add the list to the slide. There are always formatting issues, and that's the reason the numbers get convoluted at times. In the short term, it's easier to manually enter the data. But when someone cancels who's deep in the mid-field, it becomes easier to cut and paste a list and reformat each entry. Either way, it's operator error and I appreciate the heads up! 

 

PS: Everyone knows the BBR's don't start collecting commi$$ion$ till we hit 36 :4296:

 

 

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John Ranalletta

Can I do the drawing numbers again.  A friend wants to know.

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BamaJohn
43 minutes ago, John Ranalletta said:

Can I do the drawing numbers again.  A friend wants to know.

YES  !!!!!

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John Ranalletta
19 minutes ago, BamaJohn said:

YES  !!!!!

Dang, John, you asked me not to tell anyone it was you. 

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BamaJohn

$80 of that $200 Bob's BMW card is gone already.  Bought a new left side mirror cover. for my RT......:beer:

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Indy Dave

Welp . .  Right now we don't have anything to give away., except some used oil and spark plugs. :4322:

 

But John, I think this conversation needs to start with Ruth and those famous Chocolate Chip Cookies she makes. . . . :lick:

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John Ranalletta
3 hours ago, Indy Dave said:

Welp . .  Right now we don't have anything to give away., except some used oil and spark plugs. :4322:

 

But John, I think this conversation needs to start with Ruth and those famous Chocolate Chip Cookies she makes. . . . :lick:


Going, going….  3 left 

 

 

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From my experience, there are many different feelings on the dynamics of group riding.  For this group, what is the expectation for pace, vibe, distance, etc?

 

Do rides lean (pun intended) toward touring & sightseeing...are some rides of the sporty peg/knee dragging variety?

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wbw6cos
24 minutes ago, Tpoppa said:

From my experience, there are many different feelings on the dynamics of group riding.  For this group, what is the expectation for pace, vibe, distance, etc?

 

Do rides lean (pun intended) toward touring & sightseeing...are some rides of the sporty peg/knee dragging variety?

 

Yes.   For the most part, eveybody rides their own ride, even in a group.   It is still fun that way.   Most groups are small-ish (4-6)with a few exceptions.

 

You can Sport Tour, or just Tour.  Your choice.    Try to get a feel for who is doing what in the morning of your ride, or perhaps, the evening before.  You may even post your intentions and see if there are similar members that can meet up with you.

 

All the rides I participate in are geared (intended) toward Sport Touring, which involves lunch.  Oh, delicious lunch.  :eat:

 

A lot of folks have comms to chat, warn of issues, and such as the like.  I am involved with Cardo groups, but there are Sena groups and of course, no comms also.

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On 7/19/2022 at 3:23 PM, Tpoppa said:

From my experience, there are many different feelings on the dynamics of group riding.  For this group, what is the expectation for pace, vibe, distance, etc?

 

Do rides lean (pun intended) toward touring & sightseeing...are some rides of the sporty peg/knee dragging variety?

 

What William said is spot on.

 

I will add that if you sit back and wait to be invited on a group ride (which I would say averages more like 3-5 riders), there's a good probability you may find yourself the last one in the parking lot ... alone. It doesn't make us an unfriendly crowd. It's just that it's largely up to you to get out and meet people. The event hosts will do what they can to introduce you, but really, we're all adults here do don't sit back passively ... waiting. 

 

Also, many times people have pre-coordinated a day ride together (or two) for an event even before the event. So, if you talk to someone whose dance card is already full, don't be disappointed, just ask someone else.  I re-emphasize ... having these conversations the night before or online before the event is highly recommended.  

 

Welcome to the board!

 

Cheers!

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John Ranalletta
On 7/19/2022 at 3:23 PM, Tpoppa said:

From my experience, there are many different feelings on the dynamics of group riding.  For this group, what is the expectation for pace, vibe, distance, etc?

 

Do rides lean (pun intended) toward touring & sightseeing...are some rides of the sporty peg/knee dragging variety?

Some prefer to mix paved and unpaved, so, that's the first thing to determine.  If you're not comfortable on gravel, make sure the planned route doesn't include it.  I'm not a very good rider so I don't ride with others as I don't want to slow them or have them wondering if I slowed or crashed.  Most anyone will welcome you to their ride but you'll have to decide if their pace is too slow/fast/touristy, etc.  I believe most groups who ride together regularly use bike-to-bike comms (Sena/Cardo).  It's likely not necessary if you're not in the lead, but helpful IMO.

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Just booked in to the Veranda this morning!

Looking forward to meeting everyone.:18:

I'll be heading out from the Mobile area on Tuesday the 13th......

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On 7/19/2022 at 2:47 PM, wbw6cos said:

All the rides I participate in are geared (intended) toward Sport Touring, which involves lunch.  Oh, delicious lunch

I think this is me......

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I told one of my old partners about FART and he is interested.......... as long as his KaTooM will suffice.:3:

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Indy Dave
On 7/18/2022 at 3:58 PM, BamaJohn said:

YES  !!!!!

John - you'd have to be PRESENT to Win . . . Hint  . . . hint :wave:

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Indy Dave
43 minutes ago, 9Mary7 said:

I told one of my old partners about FART and he is interested.......... as long as his KaTooM will suffice.:3:

 

Welcome 9Mary7 - we look forward to meeting you!  Your buddy and his bike are always welcome  - all makes and models are welcome. (are they Vaxed? :rofl:). 

@Tpoppa - @TyTass , @wbw6cos and @John Ranalletta explained it pretty well. While we will provide routes and organize a meal or two (and maybe some S'Mores), it's up to you to decide what, where, when and with whom you'd like to ride. It's easy enough to find a group to ride with - keeping in mind the what the others mentioned as guidelines. And it is certainly common to hook up with a rider or group in the morning, the night before is probably best so route info, etc can be exchanged at that time. BTW - the parking lot turns into a large social at the end of the day and after dinner as well - so you'll have plenty of opportunities.  

 

With that being said -  are ya coming? :90: 

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TSConver

I think I replied in the other thread.  Susan and I are planning on coming will be camping about 5 minutes away.  In Late Wednesday until Sunday.

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Rougarou
On 7/22/2022 at 10:34 AM, 9Mary7 said:

I told one of my old partners about FART and he is interested.......... as long as his KaTooM will suffice.:3:

 

Last FART in Sparta, I road with Bernies Friday ride and there was a KTM and Goldwing in the mix.

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