The 3rd Annual (2018) Blue Ridge British Bike Rally (BRBBR) is planned!

When: Friday September 21 & Saturday September 22, 2018  

Rally start both days will be from Peaks of Otter Visitor center (NOT the lodge); milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Kickstands up @ 10:00 A.M.

 

Sorry this took so long, guys & gals, but I had to struggle with either moving the date or just bypassing the Peaks of Otter Lodge. The thing is that POOL has been booked for several months with 2 weddings for the weekend of BRBBR3 (9/21/18 & 9/22/18). There are a few rooms left, but they will not be discounted (about $180/night). Very few stayed there last year anyway because of the price.  I know that some of you have set aside the weekend, so rather than have me mess with the dates, just plan on staying in Bedford; about 12 miles away. It’s MUCH cheaper, and closer to a bunch of restaurants.

Days Inn – 921 Blue Ridge Ave., {U.S. 460} Bedford VA 24523 (540)586-8286 will discount 15% to  (TBA)

Super 8 – 842 Sword Beach Ln., Bedford VA 24523; (540)587-0100; will discount rooms to $77.20/one king including tax or $88.23/ two queens including tax. Reserve by Aug/20/2018. Cancellations no later than 1 week prior. Rate includes continental breakfast, HBO, Showtime, Wi-Fi, microwave & refrigerator.  Rates apply Wednesday night 9/19 through Sunday night 9/23.

 

Bedford VA B&B’s available also http://bedandbreakfastsbedfordva.com/

National D-Day Memorial is only a couple miles from Days Inn & Super 8.

Variety of chain and independent restaurants in Bedford; only a mile or two east on U.S.460.

Camping available near Peaks of Otter visitor center; 1/4 mile from rally start.

This is some of the best riding east of the Mississippi River; curvy, hilly roads, mostly smooth.

 

 

BRBBR#1 (September, 2016) Charter Members

Friday brought 9 riders from 4 states; VA, NC, TN, IN. 

A ride 90 miles down BRP to Mabry Mill found 5 more R3’s from Mayberry Days event, and to our pleasant surprise, after lunch we saw 2 vintage Bonnevilles and a BSA!

About 220 miles for the day.

Triumph’s FINALLY had HDs outnumbered!!!

Pictured in the first photo:

Standing L-R

Bobby (RAT-BobbyK ) ’15 Bonneville T214 (VA)

Nikki (RAT – NikkiLynn00) ’12 Bonneville (VA)

Bob (RAT, TB1600, Tiger 1050 -VABird) ’12 T-Bird 1600 (VA)

Rich (None) ’12 T-Bird Storm (NC)

Bill (RAT Magbhw) ’99 T-Bird 900 (VA)

John (R3 – RocketJohn) ’14 R3 Touring (VA)

Denny (RAT-Denny) ’98 T-Bird Sport 900 (IN)

Front L-R

Kirby (RAT-JKRobin) ’16 Bonneville T100 (VA)

Pat (RAT-Tugboat) ’14 America (TN)

Second photo is the lineup of Triumphs at Lover’s Leap overlook, Meadows of Dan, VA; one of the best overlooks in the region.

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This, being the first of what will hopefully be an annual event was a GREAT time! I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did. Putting a face and pleasant personality with a forum user name makes the forums even more meaningful. Though there were only nine of us each day, there were a total of five states represented, with RAT member “Denny” riding over 500 miles to get here from Indianapolis. He also had the oldest bike in attendance with a gorgeous ’98 TBS. “Tugboat” came with a ’14 America over 200 miles from Tennessee, and Gary (GMan – Triumph Tiger 1050 forum) came over 250 miles from PA.

I get to ride these roads as much as I like, living just 10 miles from our starting point, but it was a wonderful time meeting fellow Trumpeteers. We outnumbered the HD’s wherever we went, and around here that’s a very rare occurrence (…NEVER). 

Saturday, I inadvertently left my camera’s card home, so Rachel (BobbyK’s wife took over photographic duties with a real camera. Pictures posted by BobbyK (above) 

1st pic at welcome center BRP (about Milepost 5)

2nd Pic is at Devil’s Backbone. 

L-R = Rich, Dan, Gary, Nikki, Kirby, Bob, Denny, Bobby

(Dan, Gary and Rachel (taking pic) joined us for Saturday only, but we lost Pat, Bill & John.) 

Saturday’s ride took us 86 miles to the beginning of the BRP and then on to lunch in Devil’s Backbone Brewery (Nellysford VA). Total day’s ride about 185 miles through the beautiful Blue Ridge.

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