Skyline Drive #2-VA Scenic Route via Thornton Gap Entrance (US 211 to Exit US 33

Thornton Gap, accessible via Route 211 NEW ROUTE BELOW

This will be a beautiful ride as the foliage changes color.

Two Meet-up Locations
1. Harley Davidson, Ft. Washington @8:30 AM, KICKSTANDS UP AT 8:45
2. King Street Blues, 5810 Kingstowne Blvd, Kingstowne, VA 22315 @9:00 AM  KICKSTANDS UP AT 9:15


For those GPS Trackers here you go.
1. Harley-Davidson, Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD
2. Kingstowne Towne Center, Franconia, VA (exit 173 for State Route 613/​Van Dorn St toward Franconia)
3. Sheetz, Washington Street, Haymarket, VA
4. Free State Road, Marshall, VA (Exit 27 off I-66)
5. Cresthill Road, Flint Hill, VA (Right turn)
6. US-522 S/Zachary Taylor Hwy (Left turn)
7. US-211 W/​US-522 S (Right turn)
8. Luray Caverns, 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA (Right turn)
9. Artisans Grill, 2 E Main St Luray, VA 22835

HOME:
Head west on E Main St toward S Broad St/​Virginia Ave    23 ft  Take the 1st right onto N Broad St                              0.6 mi
Continue onto US-340 N                                            22.9 mi
Turn right onto VA-55 E/​South St Continue to follow VA-55 E  5.2 mi Turn left onto VA-79 N/​Apple Mountain Rd                    289 ft
Turn right to merge onto I-66 E                                   51.2 mi
Take exit 64A to merge onto I-495 S toward Richmond    9.1 mi
Merge onto I-495 E/​I-95 N

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  • Tammy R.

    Hello Everyone, So now that I've had a chance to really wrap my brain around Saturday's ride, I have a question. Am I the only one who felt like I was riding SIDEWAYS...for (what seemed like) a long time...on one of those curves on that winding road?

    October 7, 2013

    • Tammy

      Tammy R it's called "Toyko Drifting" You handled it GIRL!!!!

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Tammy R.

      Yea, I guess I DID!!! I have to say that it was thrilling...I'm Definitely hooked on curves!

      October 8, 2013

  • Martino

    Awesome ride. Great to see everyone, Tammy did a great job with the ride.

    October 7, 2013

    • Mike J.

      Agreed. Thanks mucho Tammy.

      October 7, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Could not believe the great weather and scenery along the ride. Another awesome KU event.

    October 7, 2013

    • Tammy

      Nice photo Mike. LOL Hope you enjoyed the horseback riding. I missed out smh.

      October 7, 2013

  • Robert aka Robdedob B.

    What a wonderful, no, a Gloriously wonderful day I had yesterday. Thanks too all of the beautiful, warm-hearted, and friendly Kickstands up Brother and Sisters motorcycle Riders. Thanks for letting a stray dog tag along for the ride. Robdedob is my knick name and cruising is my game:). This was a well organized trip. A shout out to the Captain, Co Captain and all the planners. A great big shout out to the Tail Gunner...yeah Baby. Good looking out. Great food & good convo. FYI to downtown Freddy Brown, I got all ur messages. Thanks James for the lead back home, made it to Reid Temple AME Church last night and was able to transport the Teenagers to there event. I finally put my kick stand down at 1130 pm last night. God woke me up this morning, after service..didn't I do it..oh yeah, cleaned my bike and I'm ready for the next ride.

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • Tammy

      It was a pleasure to have you join us on this event Robdedob. I heard you spoke to some riders at the Harley Davidson in Ft. Washington, and at the last minute decided to ride along with us. We hope you find another event that interest you. The Tail Gunner = Rufus, Pam, Tammy & Heather and James = Lead

      October 6, 2013

  • James F

    Made it home safe in Indian Head @ 6:10pm.
    Hade a great time. It was great to see everyone. Could not have asked for better weather.

    October 6, 2013

  • Ronald T

    Made it home 1 hour ago, but phone died. To Tammy "Green Machine" Andreotti, we are going to put governors on that bike to keep it under 100 when approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge!!!

    October 5, 2013

    • Tammy

      If You saw the green machine, I was going slower than normal. LOL

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LOL

      October 5, 2013

  • Mike

    I just got blackballed from Salsa Room for wearing shoes with stripes on them. Sorry Dessy. Happy birthday.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • George

    Perfect day ! Great weather, great ride, great friends!!
    Thanks to all for putting it together!!!

    October 5, 2013

  • Ron

    Home safe

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Tammy

      Thanks for your help on this event Ron.

      October 5, 2013

    • Tammy

      Home safe got in around 5ish

      October 5, 2013

  • Mike

    Home. Great ride today.

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Tammy

      Don't forget to post Buds Creek for Sunday

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ....Also....The choice of the lunch spot was a good choice....Plus our table had a free lunch do to a "nameless" rider who TOOK ONE FOR THE TEAM. This nameless should now and forever more be called ...MANDIGO. Good looking out bro. LOL LOL LOL

    2 · October 5, 2013

    • Tammy R.

      Hahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!­!!

      October 5, 2013

    • James

      Thanks Speedy! Looks like we have a new volunteer for MANDIGO!

      October 5, 2013

  • Janelle & K.

    Home!!! Wonderful ride.

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arrive safely. Nice meeting new riders. Awesome ride. Th. For all the effort that the organizers put into this event .

    October 5, 2013

  • James

    Made it home safe. Excellent ride and fantastic company :-)

    October 5, 2013

  • Dessi

    Got home safely. Thank you all for an AWESOME day! Hope some of you are able to come out dancing tonight :)

    October 5, 2013

    • Ronald T

      Just like I did last week, I'm going Salsa my Congas to bed.Enjoy your birthday..

      2 · October 5, 2013

  • Deborah

    Home--safe and sound. Thanks again for another wonderful day!!

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shout out to Tammy (U-Turn) for being a heck of a road captain. She kept the group moving together.

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Home safe......great ride and excellent company

    October 5, 2013

  • Tammy R.

    This was an excellent ride! I really liked the route and the company was even better. The lunch spot was good also...good call Ronald. A great way to spend a hot October day!

    October 5, 2013

  • Heather

    We are home safe...

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Tammy R.

    I got separated from Ronald T, but set the GPS to "HOME" and made it back safely!!!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Samuel H.

    Home Safely!!!!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Wayne

    Home safely...

    October 5, 2013

  • Tammy

    Posted detailed route in description section.
    Good morning, See you soon at Harley Davidson, Ft Washington, MD.

    October 5, 2013

  • Kenneth

    Home safe

    October 5, 2013

  • Tammy

    Posted detailed route in description section.
    Good morning, See you soon at Harley Davidson, Ft Washington, MD.

    October 5, 2013

    • Mike J.

      Ok we'll meet you at Sheetz in Haymarket.

      October 5, 2013

  • Mike J.

    Hi Tammy - Since there is a wee route change, Janet Reeder and I will meet you on 721/Free State Road right after you take Exit 26 off of I-66. We should get there a little before 10. Please text me at[masked] if there is any sort of problem. We never have problems on the road, right?? :)

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Ronald T

      Goooood moooorning Ms. Tammy. We are ready to go out and play.

      October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good morning ...walking pups......and ready to mount up.

      October 5, 2013

  • Brenda

    Look like I have 2 cancel out.... change in plans. B safe and enjoy 4 me!

    October 4, 2013

  • brian J.

    Is the ride still a go for tomorrow through Skyline Drive. I saw on the news that its closed?

    October 4, 2013

    • Tammy

      Hi Brian I posted a new route for us to take. We will not be riding through skyline but in the area. The route is posted a few comments down.

      October 4, 2013

    • brian J.

      Thanks, see you tomorrow.

      October 4, 2013

  • Tammy

    OK Riders...QUESTION Soooo we have more than 30 "bikers" on this event...does that mean we are a bike gang or still motorcyclist enthusiast? LOL No jumping out into traffic and ride in formation. If you have questions, post them here. Follow the lead and the tail gunner will have the rear. There will be a lead rider every 10 bikes so, if you miss a light the lead will lead you safely. If you don't feel comfortable taking an exit, ride to the next exit and turn around...the tail gunner will be waiting for you. Remember, SAFETY 1st ROUTE 2nd. Please take a look in the discussion area about "hand signals" and "Safe riding habits" even experienced riders need a refresher now and again. We are in no hurry tomorrow so enjoy the ride and scenery. Good nite.

    2 · October 4, 2013

  • Ron

    Artisans Grill called back. They can accommodate us(28 people). I think there will be 3 separate tables close to each other. I told them to expect separate checks. They will add gratuity automatically for a group this size. Just let me know if this (DOESN'T) work so I can let them know in advance) Thanks!

    October 3, 2013

    • Ronald T

      Wrong Ron Tammy! Ronald T will need the java! : (

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • Tammy

      Two Rons Two Tams on this event. Hmmmm an interesting ride

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, Tammy I have an appointment at 9:00am should'nt take long me and a couple of friends may try to follow you'll route afterwards.

    October 4, 2013

    • Tammy

      Great! I posted the directions. Hope you catch us in the HOV lane on I-66. We are taking exit 27 of I-66 in Marshall, VA

      October 4, 2013

  • Gary

    Me & "MapQuest" will up at the Kings Street Blues location.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Ron

    Just changed reservations to 35.
    Ron W

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • pat

    Can not make this one will be riding to DC to help support the vets of the honor flight. See FB 2 million bikers

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ALL, JUST A REMINDER, THE NATIONAL PARKS ARE ALL STILL CLOSED DUE TO THE GOVT SHUTDOWN.

    October 4, 2013

    • Tammy

      We know thanks Dex. We decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and ride to Luray and added a few side roads. You joining us?

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Discard my comment concerning a good place to eat. I posted before I read the earlier post.

    October 4, 2013

  • Ronald T

    Leaving from JOB at 7am again! Meet at HD, have the java ready!

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Dessi

      I was looking forward to this post! I am gonna wait for you guys in Kingstowne.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good morning riders,

    I will meet the group at the second meetup in Kingstowne, VA at 9am. If the group is looking for a good place to eat there is place called Uncle Bucks ...just FYI.

    October 4, 2013

  • Ron

    OOPS forgot:
    Artisans Grill Reservations
    Sat Oct 5th at 12 noon

    2 · October 3, 2013

  • Ron

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Ron

    I am waiting for the Grill to call me back to see if they can accommodate 28 people on SAT.

    October 3, 2013

  • Ron

    If we stop for food There is Artisans Grill in Luray

    Artisans Grill
    2 E Main street
    Luray Va.
    540-[masked]

    October 3, 2013

  • Tammy

    I am working on the route for Saturday. Would like to avoid as much of Rte 66 as possible and US-29 (traffic lights), 286 and 620 can be alternative routes in case of heavy traffic. We will use the I-66 HOV lanes. Looking for plenty of scenic roads with few traffic lights.
    Here is what I have so far. We will meetup at Harley in Ft. Washington then, #2 Kingstown Shopping Ctr. Then ride 289 -Franconia Springfield Pkwy to I-66 then, Follow I-66 W to Co Rd 721/US-17 BUS N/Free State Rd in Marshall VA (approx 30 mins) Exit 27. Make a left from the exit onto US 17/Country Rd 721/Free State Rd. Bear right onto VA 647/Crest Hill Rd. Turn left onto US-522 S/Zachary Taylor Hwy (3.0 mi) Turn right onto US-211/W/US-522 S stay on 211 to (340) Luray Caverns. 101 Cave Hill Rd. Luray, VA 22835 on right. This route should take us approximately 2 1/2 hrs. Should return home no later than 3:30 p.m.

    2 · October 3, 2013

    • Tammy

      Luray Caverns address is 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835 for those of you who use their GPS.

      October 3, 2013

    • Tammy

      BTW if you miss us at the 1st meetup location (Ft. Washington), we will see you at Meetup #2; Kingstown Shopping Center.

      October 3, 2013

  • Ron

    Are we stopping at any Resturants during this ride ?

    October 3, 2013

    • Tammy

      are you volunteering to locate a nice restaurant? Thanks Ron.

      October 3, 2013

    • Ron

      I will see what I can come up with. It will be based on internet search and ratings because I dont know the area.

      October 3, 2013

  • Tammy

    Good afternoon All, due to the unexpected Furlows causing many riders to not afford the $24.00 entrance fee to Luray Caverns as well as the closings of all federally funded state parks and museums, lets have 2-part event on Saturday to accommodate everyone who wants to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather and a chance to enjoy a nice leisurely ride through the mountains. We can all meetup and ride towards Luray Caverns & those who want to go inside will separate from the group. The rest of us will take Rte 522 and a few other side roads then return home by 2? Let me know what you think. I am not familiar with the skyline/Luray area so if anyone is from the area and would like to recommend a nice scenic route, please post it here. It's about getting a ride in when we can. I love to see the changing of the leaves during this time of year too.

    October 2, 2013

    • Samuel H.

      Weather for Saturday looks great - 88 degrees & mostly sunny ;-)

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • bj

      See you on Saturday at the Harley place.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I am up for the ride only. They have a place to get water, food and bathroom without going into the caverns. We should be able to enjoy some beautiful foliage.

    October 2, 2013

  • James F

    Hi Tammy. I'm on board with doing the ride that way. I suggested Luray Caverns so we would not waste a good ride opportunity. Count me in for whatever. By the way, Happy Birthday Dessi!!!

    October 2, 2013

    • Dessi

      Thank you very much James!

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's Dessi's Birthday !

    October 2, 2013

    • James

      Happy future birthday, Dessi!

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • Dessi

      Thanks guys! I will see you Saturday :)

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New plan works for me. I just want to ride with this wonderful exciting group!

    3 · October 2, 2013

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