- Presidents Ride Part 1
If you like history and riding, then this ride is for you. Virginia is rich in history starting from our Colonial beginnings, war for independence, Civil War to present day. Did you also know that eight presidents were born in Virginia; three just East of Fredericksburg, two SE of Richmond and three in the vicinity of Charlottesville. Below is the list of Presidents and their birthplaces grouped into two parts. Part 1 is April 18 and Part 2 is May 16. Part 1 James Monroe 4460 James Monroe Hwy, Colonial Beach George Washington 1732 Popes Head Rd, Colonial Beach Robert E. Lee, Stratford Hall (added to this ride) James Madison 17200 James Madison Pkw Proceed to Mortons Open House John Tyler 10920 John Tyler Memorial Hwy, Charles City County William Henry Harrison 12602 Harrison Landing Rd, Charles City County Last year the riders opted to skip the ride to Tyler and Harrison due to time constraints. Riding to Tyler and Harrison is an option instead of proceeding to Mortons Open House. Part 2 Woodrow Wilson 20 N Coalter St, Staunton Thomas Jefferson 2450 Richmond Rd, Charlottesville Zachary Taylor 7350 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville The planned routes will primarily stay off the interstates as much as possible and take scenic back roads. Each day would be a full day of riding to include breaks and photo ops. Some of the sites are now private residences and/or only a historical marker. A later post(s) will include mileage and a route list.
- Presidents Ride - Part 2
We will be linking up at the Warrenton Exxon 8-8:30 AM. Riders Brief 8:15. Sidestands Up 8:30. Birthplaces to visit: Woodrow Wilson 20 N Coalter St, Staunton Thomas Jefferson 2450 Richmond Rd, Charlottesville Zachary Taylor 7350 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville We will be traveling to the Staunton/Charlottesville area with about 4:15 hours in saddle, not including rest stops and time on site. The route is not very technical or difficult, with the exception of the section on Rt 211 going over Skyline drive. We will generally follow Rt 211 west, south on Rt 340 to Staunton, then Rt 250 east to Shadwell, then north to Barboursville. Lunch will be at Pig ‘N Steak (Madison, VA) for some BBQ.
- Fort Valley Road
An approximately 250 mile day-ride starting in Montgomery County and passing through Waterford, Sperryville, Thornton Gap and Fort Valley. We will stay off the highways in favor of the scenic and sometimes challenging back roads this area has to offer. Some of the highlights will be White's Ferry, Crest Hill Rd, Route 211, Camp Roosevelt Rd, Fort Valley Rd and Blue Ridge Mountain Rd. There will be a stop for gas and/or pit stop every 90 minutes or so. This is not a ride for inexperienced motorcyclists or road racers. Expect a brisk but sane pace, with the leader waiting for all riders at each turn. Meet at the Shell station at 1250 W. Montgomery Ave, Rockville. Kickstands up at 8:00. 9:30 - 9:45 am: Meet with NoVA riders at the Dunkin' Donuts at 1200 Wolf Rock Dr, Purcellville, VA. Kickstands up at 9:45 am. Late breakfast / early lunch at Brookside Restaurant in Luray. Please have a full tank of gas and be ready to roll from each location on time. Ride Lead - Henry Friedman