Rockingham/Augusta Ride: Sunday Dec 14, 2008

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Interested in meeting fellow VA ADV riders? This will be a leisurely ride through the valley culminating for lunch at The Little Grill Collective in Harrisonburg around 1:00.

    Meeting Locations/Times:
    A.) 8:30AM - Sheetz, 533 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA (At corner of Reservoir and University)
    B.) 10:00AM - Afton Motel Entrance, Howardsville Turnpike, Rockfish Gap, VA
    C.) 1:00PM - Lunch at the Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg, VA
    Ride Map (subject to change)


    Henecton and myself, departing from Harrisonburg, will meet Madstrom and Meltonbmm at Rockfish Gap. From here we will ride down 250, park, and take a walk to the Blue Ridge Tunnel. The tunnel is located at point "C" on the Ride Map.

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    Then we will head west on Hermitage Rd (Rt. 254) then north on Spring Hill Rd (Rt. 613). Once we reach Rt. 42, depending on time/mood we can shoot up to lunch in Harrisonburg or ride out towards Clover Hill. Any suggestions on destinations or stops are welcome.
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    Hope to see you there! PM me for cell #.
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  2. meltonbmm

    meltonbmm Kodesh2

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    Looks like fun! I will send it to Madstrom. And I will post it in our local thread: "Richmond.... Check In".
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  3. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Dang looks like a great ride. I'd go but my daughter is in a Christmas Dance "spend-a-rama". I pay too much money to miss her dance lol. Ya'll have a good time !
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  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Fortunately for me, my motorcycles are my family, so I'm gonna go make em dance:evil

    Look forward to meeting you next ride.
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  5. henecton

    henecton Been here awhile

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    Man you guys are early risers, :lol3 . I am in see you there.
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  6. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Thanks for working with us... I didn't know if you'd be game for meeting at that time. I guess the travellers must get back to Richmond before nightfall so its best not to prolong these things.

    I may take a break from troubleshooting the TW starter Saturday to ride/familarize myself with Spring Hill Rd. Last time I went out there was with Skippii and Blacksan on my FIRST ADV ride.
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  7. banshee

    banshee hi

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    dang, can't make it. looks like fun and I love the Little Grill. I hope you put more of these together in that area.

    bloochdog (my boyfriend) has a cabin in Elkton, we're in that area a lot. keeping my eye on the shenandoah thread too.
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  8. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Awesome, you two will have to meet some of us valley riders - post up next time you are in the area. We could head up to Comertown Rd through Shenandoah or do a Cub Run Rd loop. Nice to hear from ya!
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  9. henecton

    henecton Been here awhile

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    As the weather warms it looks like we have a core group of interested riders here in valley. It might not be a bad idea to post a monthly ride, or even two rides a month: one dirt oriented, one street oriented. I do not own a dual sport so at least if we have a regular monthly road ride I can ride with the street group. :D
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  10. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Great idea. I will think about the best way to arrange this and hopefully we can get an ongoing meet and location. Also good to mix in various food spots for destination or meeting location.

    So my boss Warren may come on Sunday on his DL1000 - we'll see you at Sheetz 8:30!
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  11. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Just got off the phone with DelawareDr-Z. He is going to meet us at sheetz. Also, my boss Warren will meet us at Sheetz at 8:30 so it looks like there will be a Multistrada, Ninja 250, Vstrom1000 and DR400. Should be a motley looking crew!
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  12. MADSTROM

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    I got my fix today. 401 miles, 9 hours. I'll have to take a rain check on this one. Thanks for the invite though. Maybe some other time.
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  13. meltonbmm

    meltonbmm Kodesh2

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    I am still on for the ride.
    See you at 10:00am@Afton.
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  14. HBN

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    Yay melton! Looking forward to meeting up again. There should be four of us riding out from Harrisonburg. We will be meeting at Sheetz at 8:30 so it shouldn't take us an hour and a half to get down there. I just like to give some cushion time to take detours and if anyone is late.

    Madstrom, wish I could have met up with you today but I was busy in the AM and then had to move the Valley Dual Sport tag around a bit. Gotta keep on top of the VDST points! We'll meet someday.

    EDIT:: Just heard from my boss, he is going to be working on his heated garage with his carpenter so can't make it.
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    Hburg, Hardy,and Henecton at the western entrance to the Blue Ridge Tunnel. The tunnel was completed on Christmas Day 1856. Crozet a French engineer and friend of Thomas Jefferson designed the rail tunnel underneath Afton Mountain. Irish and slave crews started work at both sides of the mountain. When they met each other they were found to be off by a mere 6 inches.
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    Mennonite carriages on the way home from church.
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    Lunch at the Little Grill Collective.
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    We visit Hburgs self storage unit that serves as garage/repair shop.
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  16. SRMN8R

    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    I'm so jealous!

    Nice day for a ride. Hope to join you guys one day.
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  17. HBN

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    Great ride! Glad to see you got home in one piece Ben. What weather we were fortunate to have.
    Pics found here


    Meeting up in Afton at 10
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    Ben and Hardy playing hobos
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    Someones happy to be back with their bike
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    After the ride through Augusta and Rockingham. Here we are at the little grill minus one
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    Suiting up. Where's that key!?!? Oh ....nevermind:lol3
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    Confusing signs...we used the front door.
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    After Ben split off for 33 and home East, Hardy and myself took a nice tour around Port Republic and then to the park trails. We stopped for a nice walk to the Mt. Vernon Furnace off Browns Gap/Madison Run Rd.
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    On top of the furnace:
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    Madison Run
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    Careful.....[​IMG]

    From here we rode up to Raynes Bank road. All I have to say is don't go here. Somewhere a land owner is still wondering what "T-DUBB" means:fyyff

    So we peaced out to the train tracks.
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    Ya know what?
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    Quite the contrary :evil

    Thanks for the good times everyone. I look forward to doing this again sometime soon. Should be some dirt in my future for next weekend somewhere over the ridge. We'll see what the weather brings...hell who cares.
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  18. HBN

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    Another ADV rider on the dub
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  19. henecton

    henecton Been here awhile

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    Yeah I had some seperation anxiety leaving my bike parked along the road, what can I say I am in love. :lol3 Had a great time meeting everyone and riding.
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  20. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Thanks for going out of your way to come down and ride. Will try to make it up that direction soon but I see dirt in my future for this weekend. Mud maybe.
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