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EXPERIENCED RIDERS RIDERS MUST BE ABLE TO RIDE LONG HOURS 4-8 HRS PER DAY IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO RIDE LONG DISTANCE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME THIS RIDE MAY NOT BE FOR YOU. NEW RIVER GORGE BRIDGE When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, a travel challenge was solved. The bridge reduced a 40-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of North America's oldest rivers to less than a minute. When it comes to road construction, mountains do pose a challenge. In the case of the New River Gorge Bridge, challenge was transformed into a work of structural art - the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia. The bridge was chosen to represent the state on the commemorative quarter released by the U.S. Mint in 2006. In 2013, the National Park Service listed the New River Gorge Bridge in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource. West Virginia, has a lot of natural beauty to admire it not only has rugged terrain but also, its share of waterfalls, too. The New River Gorge area is home to 9 easy to reach waterfalls and zip lining. We will visit 6 of the waterfalls. Wolf Creek Falls Kanawha Falls Cathedral Falls Dunloup Falls Sandstone Falls LODGING IN BECKLEY WV To find lodging use this link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g58856-Beckley_West_Virginia-Hotel-Deals.html Here's a suggested itinerary: 9/19 THURSDAY MEETUP#1 6:00 am - Royal Farms 100 Monument Ave, Oxon Hill, MD DEPARTURE: 6:30AM MEETUP#2 7:30 am - Haymarket Sheetz 15315 Washington St · Haymarket, VA 44 miles DEPARTURE: 7:45 AM GAS STOP: SHEETZ IN MOOREFIELD, WV 152 miles 268 Genny Loop Moorefield, WV LUNCH: C.J. Maggies American Grill 102 miles 16 East Main St Buckhannon, WV http://www.cj-maggies.com/ RIDE TO NEW RIVER GORGE BRIDGE 9/20 FRIDAY ZIP LINING AND WATERFALLS DEPARTURE TIME: 9:00 AM https://ziplinewv.com/gravity-ziplines Make your reservations online for the zipline. The cost is $109 for 3 hours of ziplining. 1. Sandstone Falls 2. Zip Lining at Adventures on the Gorge 219 Chestnutburg Rd. Lansing, WV 25862 LUNCH: Chetty's Pub 219 Co Rte 60/5, Lansing, WV 25862 ****If everyone is not too tired we will ride to the remaining 3 waterfalls before heading to the hotel. 3. Wolf Creek Falls 4. Cathedral Falls Cathedral Falls is one of the state's highest waterfalls. The feathery cascade drops roughly 60 feet into a natural amphitheater. Cathedral is best visited during the state's wet season, or within a day or two of a significant rainstorm. Long periods of drought reduce its flow to a mere trickle. 5. Kanawha Falls 6. Dunloup Falls Of all the "minor" falls in the New River Gorge area, Dunloup is one of the most photogenic. The full flow of Dunloup Creek vaults off a sandstone ledge and plunges about 15 feet onto a smooth sandstone apron. Overhanging trees help frame the scene. RETURN TO THE HOTEL FOR DINNER https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g58856-Beckley_West_Virginia.html 9/21 SATURDAY RIDE TO THE HEAD OF THE DRAGON EVENT WELCH, WV DEPARTURE: 8:30 AM Registration for this event starts at 9:00 am https://www.headofthedragonwv.com/ The "Head of the Dragon" joins Back of the Dragon, Claw of the Dragon, and Tail of the Dragon to complete the Body of the Dragon motorcycle rides series in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The ride consists of 91 miles of McDowell County two lane country roads. You will be riding: Route 52, Route 80, Route 83, Route 16, and Route 161. You will enjoy beautiful mountain scenery while riding the country roads of McDowell County, West Virginia. Riders that complete all the dragon motorcycle rides will attain "Dragon Master" status. 9/22 SUNDAY RIDE HOME DEPARTURE: 8:30AM
Let's ride some backroads, cross States to Maryland and have some lunch at Basset's on Poolesville, MD. This is a nice ride, mostly on back-roads. Some turns are blind and quite sharp, so I will have to warn people that this is not a beginner's ride. We will be riding about 110 miles total with a gas stop around mile 75. This is a point A to point B ride, after reaching our destination, we will have lunch and head home. No ride back planned. Meet time : 9:00AM KSU: 9:30AM
Mark your calendar and plan to visit your National Parks on these special days! Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the following important dates: September 27 -- National Public Lands Day
This has always been a well attend and fun event. A 17 mile 85 minute one way ferry ride to Cape May New Jersey. The cost for a one way ticket was $38 but is now only $34 for motorcyclist. As in the past, KU was able to get a group discount rate of only $18 one-way. This was only if 20 riders committed to purchase a ticket. The group discount was 1/2 off a one-way price ticket which, is even better then the Sr & Military discount offering of $4 off a round-trip So, let's do this! For more information about the ferry, here is a link on what you can expect as a guest on the ferry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMo38gvdHB8&feature=youtu.be Meetup Location: Wawa 321 Buschs Frontage Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409 Destination: Cape May-Lewes Ferry 43 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 1 h 42 min (84.2 miles) Ride Suggestions for a "date" is always welcomed. This is a tentative date. If a group rate is approved, I will get a reservation code to provide to you. You will need to purchase your ferry ticket(s) in advance through Cape May. It will be your responsibility to contact the ferry representative directly with this reservation code to purchase your ticket. Here are links to one of the two past events via the Cape May ferry. Great time had by all. If interested, you can choose to ride the ferry one-way or round-trip. It's fun to ride from New Jersey home too. 2013: https://www.meetup.com/kickstands-up-Group/photos/16056652/ The ferry ride from Delaware to New Jersey takes 81 minutes. It's very enjoyable. Also Beer, wine, other beverages and food is served during the trip. Or, you can bring your own.