So I have completed the 2nd leg of my planned trips. This one took me from Harrisonburg, VA all the way to Bristol, VA. The leaves on the trees had just started turning, but by the end of my trip, they were really bringing out the colors. I was attempting to take pictures to post, but I do live by Murphy’s Law, and my camera decided NOT to be cooperative. I met alot of great people who were kind and helpful. A special thanks to the Motorcycle Dealers and the businesses, in this corridor that I just popped in on and they were gracious enough to give me some time to speak to them about the Motorcycle Grand Tour. There is alot of interest, but won’t know the final results until next week.
Smyth County did forward the following events that are upcoming in 2 weeks. It would be worth the ride and the leaves should be at their best by then. So make plans to attend these events, they are for a good cause and an even better reason to Getaway.
So, as I stated before, I took the first leg of my road trips throughout Virginia to seek out sponsors and find cool places to stop and do more than collect stamps.
This journey took me through Ashland, Richmond, Powhatan over to Midlothian down to Petersburg, VA and on the way back I went back through Highland Springs, VA to visit Ken’s Cycles on East Nine Mile Road.
For our riders, Ashland, VA will be such a cool stop. It’s home to Randolph Macon College and the center of the town has all kinds of shops, restaurants and of course, the Town of Ashland Tourism Center.
This trip was a duel purpose and included visiting all the motorcycle dealerships within this area, but also to introduce myself to my new grandson. I will be back in the Ashland/Richmond area again towards the end of October to walk through the towns and seek out more sponsors. I will be adding on Glen Allen and Short Pump area to skirt around Richmond for a more peaceful ride.
My next journey will be through Woodbridge, Manassas, Quantico and Fredericksburg next week, so I will keep you posted on my progress.
So it’s about time! Registration will open on September 28th. Just waiting on the last verification to come through and we’re ready.
I am happy to announce 4 New Platinum Sponsors to our Tour. You can see detailed information in our Sponsor Information tab, just click on 2017 Sponsors. For each sponsors website just click on their logo or name.
Allstar Lodging 803 E. Main St. – Luray, VA 22835 Phone: 540-843-0606 – Fax: 540-843-0337
Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Road – Afton, VA 22920 540-456-8020
Blue Mountain Barrelhouse 495 Cooperative Way – Arrington, VA 22922
South Street Brewery 106 South Street West – Charlottesville, VA 22902 434-293-6550 | Email Us
So we are well on our way to a successful Virginia Motorcycle Grand Tour. I will keep you updated on trips that are scheduled over the next month to promote the tour and acquire more sponsors. First trip is scheduled for Richmond/Ashland/Highland Springs area next week.
So we have a new look for the Grand Tour and I hope you enjoy this. The navigation throughout the site should be friendlier and you are able to post directly to the website. Making this site more interactive will help me with planning this event. Your suggestions and comments will improve and make this Tour what the participants want.
So please, any and all suggestions are welcome and I will see what I can do to make it a reality.
We have 2 more sponsors for the Grand Tour 2017.
Smyth County Tourism Authority is now a Platinum Sponsor
The Town of Ashland, Virginia is now a Silver Sponsor
We are currently looking for sponsors for the Grant Tour 2017 Event.
If you are interested, please check out the Sponsorship Information Section of the website. We are looking forward to a new tour and would like you to be a part of it.
So we are slowly but surely getting there with sponsors. These are the sponsors and businesses that have donated prizes to the Tour.
SPONSORS: Nelson County Department of Tourism – Smyth County Tourism – Town of Ashland Tourism – Collins House Bed and Breakfast – Ken’s Cycles in Highland Springs
PRIZE DONATIONS: Chateau Morrisette Winery, Luray Caverns, Luray-Page County Tourism, Collins House Inn Bed & Breakfast, Drag ‘N Knee.
I still have other sponsors and prize donations that are pending, so don’t get frustrated (that’s my job :), this Tour will be an actual event and will be fun. So keep me posted on your thoughts and suggestions.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation (www.virginia.org) just posted a nice piece about the tour on their website. Check it out when you get a chance!
Two-Wheel Adventurin’ in Virginia
Is your club looking for some great rides this year? How about joining the 2010 Grand Tour as a group? You’ll find interesting places, great food, and plenty of scenic Virginia byways. For those destinations that are further away, make it part of a group ride weekend. An entire year of riding fun is all laid out for you. Enjoy it with your fellow club members to make it even more memorable!