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Spring 2016 - Romney, West Virginia - April 29 - May 1, 2016

The 2016 Camp and Ride/Charity event is officially on. Romney Cycles is hosting the “5th Annual Camp N Ride” on April 29 - May 1, 2016.

In 2014 Romney added a charity component to the event. In the last two years our group has raised more than $4,300 for the WV School for the Deaf and Blind. Romney has selected the school again for 2016. It's a school that really cares about the kids and puts the money directly towards helping the kids. Let's plan another huge year for the kids!

If you were one of the 160+ riders that joined us last year you already know the guys at Romney go out of their way to make us feel welcome. They remain interested in growing their involvement in the Adventure market and are once again looking forward to hosting the event again in 2016.

Link to 2015 event
Link to 2014 event video
Link to 2013 event video
Link to 2012 event video

When: April 29 - May 1, 2016
Where: Romney Cycles in Romney, WV
What: Camping on the grounds of the dealership, or staying at local lodging. Then riding some fantastic West Virginia roads.


Romney has recognized that as this event grows there are more people are coming from greater distances. For the people who want more time to take advantage of the fantastic roads in the area, Romney is happy to have people arrive on Thursday, April 28. Do be aware that they are still in normal dealer operation mode on Thursday, so not all weekend ammenitys will be in operation. Meaning port-a-potties will be there, but showers may not be operational until Friday. For everyone else the usual schedule has been most everyone arrives at some point during the day or evening that Friday. Saturday is ride day, and everyone headed their own way on Sunday. The dealership provides the camping area in a nice field next to the dealership, portable toilets, showers, water, ice, a coffee maker for the morning, plenty of wood for the fire each evening, and they sponsor the meal on Saturday evening. They also worked out a group rate at one of the local motels.

Romney has been busy trying to expand the food options available on site. At least one new food vendor has been identified, but they are willing to consider more. If you know of a good food vendor that might be interested in joining us for the weekend have them call Larry at Romney to discuss the details. Romney will once again be sponsoring the dinner on Saturday evening.

For the non-campers
Koolwink Motel
South Branch Inn
I know we sold out the Koolwink last year. I know we had a good number of riders at the South Branch as well. Never heard any complaints about either place.


Accommodation update.


This year Microtel Inn & Suites in Keyser, WV has also offered a special rate of $99/night for any room type for anyone attending a Romney special event. Keyser is about 30 minutes away.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
70 N Tornado Highway
Keyser, WV 26727
Phone: 304-597-1400

As far as Saturday rides, it's open. Talking around the fire Friday evening was how most people hooked up with who they would ride with on Saturday. Attendance at this event has grown in a big way every year, with last year having over 160 riders signed in. It's probably reasonable to anticipate the event will grow again in 2016. If you think you have some good ideas of what would be a nice ride and you are willing to take some people with you, please do.

In 2015 we found the newly implemented "In Case Of Emergency" (ICE) document and sign in procedure to be very useful. Let's face it, who is going to predict a tree falling on a rider? The sign in, wrist band, ICE process will be back in 2016.

2016 will also mark the first year we put out the call for volunteers to help keep the event running smoothly. Romney always wants to do things in a first class manner. They have realized the do not have enough employees to both run the business, and provide the necessary support to a group our size. For us to continue to grow and operate smoothly we will need some of our own group to assist in making it happen. Specific details need to be worked out on how to make smart use of the volunteers. All I can say right now is volunteers will receive a special event hat and shirt to help identify them as someone who is there to help.

Romney is centrally located to a lot of great riding. If you do want to explore on your own here's a few ideas along with the approximate mileage from Romney.
65 miles Rt 72 video
83 miles Spruce Knob
54 miles Dolly Sods
16 miles Oldtown Low Water Bridge video
57 miles Black Water Falls
62 miles Seneca Rocks
52 miles WV/VA Border Crossing near Mathias, WV
74 miles Harpers Ferry video

If you want to bring your significant other, but they don't want to do a day ride with a bunch of sweaty guys, the scenic train is less than a mile from the dealer.
Scenic Railroad
The Apple Blossom Festival was enjoyed by at least one of the spouses at the event last year.
41 miles Apple Blossom Festival - Winchester, VA

Romney Cycles will want a ballpark figure on how many to plan for, but obviously it's way too early for anyone to commit this far in the future. When time gets closer I'll try to get a headcount. But until then post up if you think you may attend, have any suggestions or questions.

So mark your calendars and plan to start your early spring season in beautiful West Virginia.

This following is not an obligation, more of a way to see how many and who may be coming. Post to this thread or send me a PM and I'll add/remove you from the list. When we're a few weeks out we'll try to get a more official headcount so Romney can make their plans.

Possible headcount from Stromtrooper

Dirt_Dad
FireDog45
Rudderfeet
FlyFishJeff
Big B
chirosyd
2stroke + 1
knotzilla
tenny80 + 1 or more
swingset
Rick123 +7
V-Tom
Mrs V-Tom
Harpo
LERanger
woodentoy
RickTor
drphill
Marylu
TerryJ
Tnkrplt
blaustrom
PhilStrom +2
Newhoco
Krakatoa
Forest Cop
568v8
jholly
Mark
Spokes + Ellen
Hammerfer
onlyversyshere
BumbleV
Orion2007
Hammerfer
sbeadg
OneTrack
Borghi
Usedtocould704 "Glen"
Skipper
MikeB
Phatguy +3
Desiryder
Stiglitz
Hoo Dini +2
Stiglitz
Clem
mcrag
Whistler
ride365
biasforbart
tgravenish
Raymond2012 +4
canoepa
blazer350 +1
catboat32 + 1
i81
GS750T +1

Additional headcount from other adventure boards (ADV & yamahasupertenere): 52

Suggested Routes
Several volunteers have put together formatted PDF route sheets and GPX (GPS) files from previous year's rides and a few brand new ones as well. We think there's at least one route for every rider on just about every bike wishing to experience West Virginia's fantastic asphalt, gravel and/or dirt. See HERE for the map downloads.

Also here are some great WV maps for planning: WV DOT maps

Area info
If you are new to the area, or just want more info on riding WV, this was a 2014 briefing for the event: 2014 area briefing

Update
There will be off-pavement training this year. See this link for details: Off Pavement Training Link

Podcast
Check out the Romney Camp N Ride Podcast

Detailed Maps
If you're looking for detailed maps for WV, these are outstanding. They are very accurate, and you can see the type of road surface for all roads.

Shirts!
Link for Event T-shirts: https://www.stromtrooper.com/3861833-post227.html

Routes
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...nR_Routes.html
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I'm 100% in, and will offer to help Firedog45 with route files and such. 99% sure the rest of the Columbus contingent will be there but I'll let them officially chime in. FlyFishJeff and I are planning to trailer our DR650s this year to enjoy some of the dirtier road ride options.
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Yup the Central Ohio boys will be back, rooms are booked!!!!

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Ohio has always shown up big for this event.
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Hey Jon you KNOW we will be there. And I can edit your headline post anytime you need me to after 30 days, just send me a PM with any members needing added.

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Here's the link to all the routes I've collected (at least I think so…) These are all tracks so you'll need to convert them to routes if your GPS can't use tracks.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zkjqsanxt...41_zdVHga?dl=0

If anyone has any notes or comments about the tracks, let me know and I'll keep this post edited to include them. Things like Pig friendly or small bike nirvana… You get the idea 3rry

Some notes:
The 3 State Tour: now includes the small detour to the Sideling Hill Tunnel. You're not supposed to ride up to and through but rumor has it that some have :augie (A little history on that area UncoveringPA | Visiting the Abandoned PA Turnpike near Breezewood, Pennsylvania - UncoveringPA). It's the little tip at the extreme northern end.

Mostly pavement with some well groomed gravel. A Goldwing could do this with no problem.

Sunday Dirt Mt, Weather: That looks to be part of DD's route home so it isn't a loop. Included here for people who may be close enough to arrive or depart that way. (Correct me if I'm wrong on that DD)

Mountains and Mud: Nice mix of pavement, gravel (Dolly Sods) and forest roads. Not a lot of mud (at least last year) but a couple of places where the big bikes would need to pick their lines with some care. Beautiful scenery!

2012 Romney Actual. That was the very first year we had a Camp N Ride and it was a great route. Along with Smoke Hole road (paved) the route also contains a 10 mile dirt road thought Squirrel Gap. A word of caution on that road, for the last two years they have dumped a deep layer of gravel in late April. It can make for a challenging ride though gravel that thick. Easy to skip that one and only dirt section, and that overall route was a fun one.
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Sunday Dirt Mt, Weather: That looks to be part of DD's route home so it isn't a loop. Included here for people who may be close enough to arrive or depart that way. (Correct me if I'm wrong on that DD)
You are not wrong. That is a route I've had out there since year 2 for anyone that wanted to take an interesting ride back to Northern Virginia. Still have never had anyone take me up on that offer.

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You are not wrong. That is a route I've had out there since year 2 for anyone that wanted to take an interesting ride back to Northern Virginia. Still have never had anyone take me up on that offer.

Thanks for your help with this Steve.
You have no idea how powerful I am here.

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John I'm in the process of assembling "ride sheets" for the slightly less tech-savvy as a way to pull together map overviews, ride reports, links to the GPX files and advice about rider skill and bike & tire choices as well as weather consideration, sort of like how Roadrunner does theirs. I'll send you the link for review as soon as I've progressed them a bit. My thinking is that I'll make 'em electronically available here and on ADVRider, and will bring printed copies to Romney for anyone who didn't see them online. They won't be sponsored routes or anything, just suggestions with reminders that you're still on your own to lead or gather with a leader.

I already have most of the 2014 and 2015 rides typed up, but if anyone else wants to make sure their favorite route gets a sheet, give me the GPX track link and a description and I'll be glad to do it up.
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Chirosyd (Syd) from the beautiful Adirondacks of Upstate N.Y. will be there! What an awesome time last year. Not to be missed. Great bunch of riders attended last year, and am sure 2016 will be another great event.

Thank you to Romney Cycles, Dirt Dad and all that help make this a great event. I know that the Canadian Contingency will be there again this year, and hope to meet up with them on the way down as we did last year.

Great idea Rudderfeet to print out some of the rides. I am sure it will be helpful.

Just had the first snowfall of the season today. Planning this trip will keep me busy and excited over the winter for the first big trip of the season.
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