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Ride to Panorama at the Peak, Berkeley Springs, WV

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This is a solid 6 hours of riding and lots of difficult twisty mountain roads. Almost no highway, just a little bit to get us where we need to go. Ascending / descending reducing radius turns, and some of the roads are not perfectly paved however no gravel roads that I am aware of. This is a great ride and I have changed the route up a little from the last time I did this ride. Panorama at the Peak is one of my favorite food places with glorious scenery. I have added a few stops after lunch.... The first is at the Paw Paw Tunnel,if time permits we can walk the tunnel. http://canal.mcmullans.org/paw_paw_tunnel.htm

The second is just an interesting trip accross the Low Water Bridge. This is one of the few privately owned bridges in America. It was closed briefly for safety concerns in the early 1990s, but reopened. A toll of 50 cents is collected in each direction, on the Maryland side of the river. The bridge is decked in wood and does not have railings. It connects Green Spring Road in Allegany County with West Virginia Mineral County Route 1.  So as my friend Eric would say let's RIDE-EAT-RIDE!!!!



PLEASE, PLEASE no newbies or beginners on this one.

We will leave Frederick at 9:00 AM and return to Charles Town around 5:00 PM.

http://panoramaatthepeak.com/

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  • Marc K.

    Thanks Drew had a great day. It was a lot of fun. Awesome route .

    October 21, 2013

  • Marc K.

    Great

    October 21, 2013

  • Laura C.

    I LOVE how EVERYONE rode really well together! We were always in staggered formation and kept it tight! :) Where are we going next time Drew!!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Steve

    Thanks for the new roads. Great twisties. Great bunch of riders. Enjoyed meeting some new riders.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      I forgot to tell you ..... I noticed you no longer have white walls, I liked them!!!

      October 19, 2013

    • Steve

      Good eye. Ethan observed that the Kawasaki tires were missing too.

      2 · October 20, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Drew, the next time you schedule this just go ahead and make your RSVP + 1, the +1 would be me.

    October 20, 2013

  • Ethan "Anti-Freeze" V.

    I been waiting 6 weeks for this ride! I'll be there! should be a great day

    2 · October 18, 2013

    • Matt F.

      Looking forward to seeing the new ride...

      October 18, 2013

    • Bob R.

      E - sweet new ride. I agree, you'll have to spring for a new custom painted helmet with that new set of wheels.

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • Tom G.

    This is the norm. What others want to do. Thanks Drew for keeping the bar high.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Paolo N.

    Great Ride, Thanks Drew for leading it. I also really liked the food at Panorama at the Peak. Finally another restaurant where I will be looking forward to return to

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Z50Pilot

    Very good ride/company/and restaurant.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Ethan "Anti-Freeze" V.

    Had fun nice to finally see the group again and ride with everyone after 6-7 weeks of not being able to attend a Drew led ride it was much needed and enjoyed every minute of it. Lunch was good and the addition of the Paw Paw tunnel and the ride across the bridge was neat experience! After Drew headed towards home I was in the lead for about 30 miles so that was new. Thanks to everyone for great day

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Gary N.

    PAW PAW Hee Haw.Next time lets ride through the tunnel!!!!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Other than a small GPS glitch that had us riding home on the highway :-( it was a great day. Panorama at the Peak is a definite favorite, the Paw Paw Tunnel was very cool to see and the low water bridge was fun to ride accross. Even if Gary didn't like it!!!
    I had a terrific day with great people. Steve again thank you for your generous gift of lunch. You honored me and it is much appreciated. PJ & Wendy always great to see yo, Deb & Gil I miss you guys. Ethan I love the new ride......you made a great choice. Gary, Marc, Matt, Paolo, Bob, Laura & Thom awesome to ride with you guys as always. Tom Gray THANK YOU for sweeping and it was wonderful to meet your wife....... If I left anyone out sorry...:-)

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Deb

    Loved the food and the roads, and the company was even better!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Bob R.

    Drew - another great ride! Great to see everyone again. Till next time, Bob

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Laura C.

    WHEW!! I just rolled home! Thanks for the FANTASTIC ride Drew!! :)

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Checking in, woop woop

    October 19, 2013

  • Deb

    We are here! Gonna be a great day for a ride!

    October 19, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Weather looks good but a little chilly....layer up everyone!!!! Remember Kick Stands Up at 9AM!!!! If you want coffe first get there early and a full tank of gas please........See you all in the morning

    October 18, 2013

  • Gary N.

    Marc Karpei, please tape a 5 gallon can of gas on your back so we don't have to stop every 30 miles...... LOL

    October 18, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    PLEASE if you are not attending, change your RSVP!!!!

    October 18, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Hey everybody.....

    To clear up a few things..... I closed the RSVP's because there were 10 people on the wait list and having more people rsvp seemed silly to go straight on the wait list.
    I also eliminated the ability to rsvp with a guest because with a limit of 15, I did not want people to bring guests and eliminate spots from registered members. I made1 exception for my friend Gil as he asked me over 4 weeks ago if a spot opened up.

    I do these rides because I like to ride and don't mind leading. I DO NOT get paid or compensated in way, shape, or form. So please try and understand posting a ride and having 35 people rsvp just creates more headaches than I am willing to deal with. If this is problematic for you I am truly sorry. This is how I decide to ride, and lead. My game my rules.....
    Again I am sorry if this is in any way offensive, it was not meant to be.
    Thanks for riding with me and for all your support.

    Drew

    2 · October 17, 2013

    • Laura C.

      We just LOVE following you through curvy roads! :)

      October 18, 2013

    • Deb

      Ahhhh Drew, we love you AND we love riding with you! Gil is psyched!

      October 18, 2013

  • Laura C.

    How about if everyone confirms their RSVP? That way if you have to drop out, others can come on the ride.

    2 · October 17, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      How about if everyone just stops whinning!!!

      2 · October 17, 2013

    • Jim M.

      You are right Drew, your ride, you set any limits you want; I just wasn't sure how the wait list thing works with the RSVP's closed.

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Marc K.

    If space opens up on this ride I am still interested in riding. So if someone is on the list and is not going please change RSVP so others can attend the ride.
    And if no one drops off the ride I can’t blame you as it looks like a great ride.
    If I do not make it on the ride be safe and have fun.

    October 17, 2013

    • Laura C.

      Marc - it's looks like there's one spot that's opened up

      October 17, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Mark, I have no clue what happened to your RSVP. I do remember your message and the fact that you were on the wait list. When you disappeared off the list I figured you just dropped out. If something changes I will pop you in. Sorry for the confusion.

      October 17, 2013

  • Marc K.

    Just checking the web site so see if there was any progress. I sent my first message this morning I was second on the wait list. After sending my message I have disappeared from all list on this ride
    Jim I do agree with you first people on wait list should get first crack at going on the ride.
    Once again this morning I was second on the list and now I have disappeared from all the lists on this ride. What is up with that???

    October 17, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Marc,
      I have no idea what is up with your status. I have checked what I can and cannot find you anywhere on the waitlist or any other list for that matter. I do remember seeing you and them you were gone. If something opens up I will add you in.
      Drew

      October 17, 2013

  • Rick N.

    So.....it's "first dibs"? Is that how it works? Who can I slip a $20 to under the table to get my dib bumped up? :) Is there a button I can click to get on the "attending" list?

    October 17, 2013

    • Larry G.

      You mean if I had waited a few more hours to cancel I could'a earned $20? Damn...

      October 17, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Does it go by who'se 1rst on the waiting list or what, I want to go too, but I'm 5th or 6th on wait list; will take anyone's spot. Mr. Karpel isn't even on the waiting list.

    October 17, 2013

    • Marc K.

      When I sent my first email this morning I was second on the wait list. Now have disappeared from all lists ???

      October 17, 2013

    • Jim M.

      I have no idea how this closed RSVP and waiting list works, It says you will be notified when a spot opens, so I guess first on waiting list is notified. ??? Don't know why you were removed from the list Marc.

      October 17, 2013

  • Deb

    I've got Gil too....what happened to the plus 1 feature?

    October 17, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      I have Gil covered Deb. that is why we remain at 14 with no other space open....
      Drew

      1 · October 17, 2013

    • Deb

      You are my hero! Can't wait to see you

      October 17, 2013

  • Larry G.

    OC bound instead...

    October 17, 2013

  • Henry

    Since RSVPs are closed and Eric's spot opened up. Can I take his spot?

    October 17, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Unfortunately not, sorry Henry I have plenty of folks on the wait list ahead of you

      October 17, 2013

    • Larry G.

      My wife has asked me to join her in OC this weekend. That opens one more spot...

      October 17, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Actually we are still 15 even with Eric out. Deb's fiancé requested a spot back in September when I first listed the ride. I at work now and will look at the list when I get he this evening
    Thanks for all your input
    Drew

    October 17, 2013

  • Z50Pilot

    I'll be there.

    October 17, 2013

  • Eric L

    As my wife so politely reminds me, I am committed to seeing the Queen musical in Baltimore on Saturday... sigh...

    October 17, 2013

    • Deb

      Gil was looking forward to seeing you :-(. Say hi to Eve for us!

      October 17, 2013

  • Mike J.

    You have a number of Wanna-Go's and RSVPs are full, but can we just show up and maybe start a second group?

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      The problem is reservations at the restaurant and I prefer not to have groups larger than 15, sorry.

      October 16, 2013

  • Ethan "Anti-Freeze" V.

    I'm sure the 4 week long wait will be worth it for this ride! Looking foreward to it!

    September 21, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    So, the weather is not looking so good for tomorrow especially out here and to the west of me. My thoughts are cancel the ride and move it to October 19th. In addition anyone interested in a ride we can still meet in the morning and do something shorter with less difficult roads. Twisty mountain roads are not so much fun on wet pavement.
    Thoughts?????
    I will make a final decision around 6 pm tonight.
    Drew

    September 20, 2013

    • Deb

      Please move it - I'd love to do the full ride and WV is looking to get wet sooner than MD tomorrow. We'd be up for a short ride tomorrow, weather permitting.

      September 20, 2013

    • Larry G.

      Definitely reschedule even if you do a shorter ride would be my vote...

      September 20, 2013

  • Tom G.

    Do both, move ride to OCT and ride local. Plenty of mountain roads in the area to enjoy.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Eric L

    I would vote for the shorter scenario. Don't relish the idea of a brisk ride down detour road in the rain on brand new tires.

    September 20, 2013

    • Deb

      I'm with Eric on that!

      September 20, 2013

  • Z50Pilot

    We could do a brunch ride. Most of the rain looks like it will be moving in after lunch, so we may be able to beat it. Maybe have a destination ride. Everyone on their own and meet somewhere like Lou and Joe's or Cozy at 10? If anyone wants to ride after lunch they can or people can ride home.

    September 20, 2013

  • Deb

    Trying to work mojo to keep rain away until later...

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Laura C.

    I say - let's just put our rain gear on and go for it. Riding in the rain is better than not riding at all! :)

    September 19, 2013

    • Larry G.

      Damn wimps...

      September 19, 2013

    • Larry G.

      But if it rains, I'm bailing...

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure hope the rain holds up for the day. Will keep my fingers crossed. Really looking forward to this ride! however, if it rains I wont be riding.

    September 19, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Thank you everyone for your RSVP!!
    Now we just need the weather to cooperate and all will be right in the motorcycle world we ride in!!
    Fingers crossed, but not looking good.....time will tell!

    Drew

    September 18, 2013

  • Gary N.

    Still in

    September 18, 2013

  • Larry G.

    Still in.

    September 18, 2013

  • Laura C.

    This looks like a great adventure! Can't wait to spend the day with everyone!

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Gary N.

      weathermen and congressmen are the only two jobs you have to only be right a couple of times to keep your job . 50% ,I coulda given you that one... Hard to beat last weekends great weather !

      September 18, 2013

    • Laura C.

      last weekend was perfect!!

      September 18, 2013

  • Z50Pilot

    NBC dropped the rain chance to 30% and said that it will be coming in late.

    September 18, 2013

  • Tom G.

    Hi Drew, I will be there and look forward to the ride.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there :)

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realized I've got stuff to get done Saturday so I'm going to drop off and make room for others. Have fun.

    September 17, 2013

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