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BACKROADS 2017 EVENTS

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Keep checking here and our Facebook page for impromptu dinner rides,

mystery destinations and fun gatherings. See you on the road!

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For Stonewall Jackson Resort: Click Here for reservation site • Put in Lakeside Lodge and dates - click reserve

Click 'enter your access or promotion' and select Group Code • 910865 • update and confirm

Complete selection and booking

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Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, NY

When calling for reservations you must reference Backroads Magazine for the room block.

800-228-2801

Bonnie Castle Resort, Alexandria Bay, NY

When calling for reservations you must reference Backroads Magazine for the room block.

800-955-4511

Melody Manor Resort, Bolton Landing, NY

When calling for reservations you must reference Backroads Magazine for the room block.

518-644-9750

 

Our $99 reserved block of rooms at the Country Inn Berkeley Springs has been filled.

There are still some rooms left in the historic wing at a higher rate as well as rooms available 2 miles away

(still in town) at the Best Western (304) 258-9400.

BACKROADS CLASS RALLY

October 14 - 19, 2017

Six Days that will Change the Way you Approach Riding

 

VIRJoin Backroads as we take a road trip south to the borderlands of Virginia and North Carolina to attend the CLASS Motorcycle School on Monday and Tuesday October 16 & 17 at Virginia International Raceway. We will take two days to head down, two days on the track at VIR with Reg Pridmore and his talented instructors and then take two days to return back north. The route down will be typical Backroads fashion (twisty and interesting pavement) and we will overnight Saturday and Wednesday in northern Virginia at accommodations to be announced.

BUT, you will need to sign up for CLASS and make room reservations at the track for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.

Some of you have taken CLASS or schools similar in the past. Some of you, we think, will really enjoy this experience to be able to fine tune your riding skills even more than your already Rossi-like (?) talents. You will learn skills and attitude adjustment from Reg and crew that will translate directly to your street riding. If this sounds like something you would like to do, we can promise you the following…

#1 We will have a great riding adventure during this week.

Great roads, excellent hotels, awesome food and good friends! We always do.

#2 It will be something you look back on later knowing that it was the most excellent of times.

#3 Your riding skills will be brought to a higher level.

You will be a better all around rider - smoother, sharper and more confident.

Please consider this and reserve your CLASS spot today. VIR room reservations are now available so call them ASAP. We sincerely hope you choose to join us this October for a week-long riding adventure that will be unlike any other Backroads’ experience you have had so far! Please send an email to editor@backroadsusa.com and let us know you’ll be joining us so we can keep you posted on plans.

CLASS School • www.classrides.com • $895 for the two days + lodging

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Have the time of your life with CLASS

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Here are the routes for the Spring Break 2017 Gathering. The links will bring you to the download site where you'll get both the GPX file and the PDF printed route sheet.

Remember to have the latest version of the Garmin maps on BaseCamp.

If you are leave from the Delaware Water Gap and want to have breakfast first, plan on enough time to eat so you can leave no later than 9am - it's a pretty long day's ride.

If you plan on dining at the restaurants at Stonewall Jackson Resort Friday and/or Saturday night, we've been asked to make dinner reservations now so as not to overload the staff.

Stillwater's - in or outdoor dining at the resort's signature restaurant with locally sourced food • 304-269-8880

Lightburn's - in or outdoor dining above the golf course in the clubhouse - reservations available AFTER April 16th at 304-269-8894

TJ Muskies Lounge is also an option and does not need reservations - more pub-type dining.

Day One • To Berkeley Springs

This is a long first day (285 miles) from our start at the Delaware Water Gap.

Along the way we’ll cross hill and dale, along some favorites and then south along the Susquehanna River

and right past the infamous Three Mile Island that had a partial meltdown in March of 1979.

Down past the Mason-Dixon Line we will ride through Catoctin Mountain Park and right past Camp David.

The final blast into West Virginia will be just that and enjoy our return to The Country Inn in Berkley Springs.

Day Two • To Stonewall Jackson Resort

Today’s route is a bit shorter - 200 miles - but exciting as we head deep into WV!

You will have time to stop and see the Paw Paw Tunnel, a 3,118-foot-long canal tunnel on the

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and then cross over one of the oddest privately owned bridges in the USA

into Old Town running down and across West Virginia to the Stonewall Jackson Resort outside Roanoke.

Day Three • Free Day in the Mountain State

We have a bevy of different ride suggestions for you, please feel free to do any or none of them – it’s up to you - as there is so much to see and so many great pieces of pavement (& gravel) to experience...

 

Salty & Sweet (260 miles)

You can hardly go wrong here in West ‘By God’ Virginia. Shira’s put together a ride which brings you to J.Q Dickinson Salt Works –

some of the best salt on the planet – then up to Charleston for a scoop or three of ice cream before heading back to the Resort.

 

Myths & Legends (300+ miles)

This early start day trip heads southwest for some hot dogs with the hillbillies (go for the Homewrecker – if you dare) and a date with the Mothman –

the legendary West Virginia monster along the Ohio River in Point Pleasant. We promise you will meet the Mothman!

 

Sweet Lil’ 16 (200 miles)

Looking for some twists & turns? We gotcha covered with a ride down one of the most entertaining roads in a state full of curvy roads. If you start early you could do it both ways.

 

Marietta Mound Builders Lunch Ride (240 miles)

This is a slightly longer route that involves a ferry across to Ohio at Sistersville and, eventually, to the riverside city of Marietta – where we will first visit an ancient Hopewell Burial Mound.

This cemetery has one of the largest sites of Revolutionary Officers in the USA as well. From there it’s a short ride for lunch along the river at the Levee House.

We will cross back over the Ohio River into West Virginia and ride east before picking up a good bit of the Sweet Lil’ 16 route on the way back.

 

Or, you can make it an early day and simply enjoy the resort and all it has to offer - paddle and pontoon boats, CraigCat powerboats or Segway tours (what could go wrong on these?) There’s a Wildlife Conservation Exhibit, complete with Polar Bear, a spa to soothe your aches or simply sit and enjoy the beautiful setting on the lake.

 

Day Four • To Canaan Valley Resort (270 miles)

Our ride suggestion this day will head south and then east before turning north and we hope we put together a day ride that will thrill you. Plenty of twistalicious paved mountain roads,

past scenic railroads and giant telescopes (SETI - Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project) and the famed Seneca Rocks – a staple with many a WV Backroads’ ride.

Enjoy Canaan Valley State Park, where the deer will come and greet you.

 

Day Five • Homeward Bound

“Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome; Time for this one to ride home."

We hope you have had a super time on the 19th edition of the Backroads Spring Break – but it might be time to head home and that route is up to you. Ride Safe, Ride Smart, Ride Home!