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Dirt_Dad 01-11-2019 08:27 PM

Romney Camp N Ride - Retired
 
After a lot of discussion and thought, the Romney Cycles Camp N Ride event is retired. As you've been able to tell from this thread, all of us organizers have been looking at what the event has become and where we think it should go. The answer is simply that we as a group think it's run it's course.



Since you all know me as the guy who writes long posts in the Romney Camp N Ride threads...I will stay true to form.


Bob, Kevin, Larry, the team at the dealership and I all first want to thank everyone who joined us over the years. We had some truly great gatherings. I'm grateful to have met so many wonderful people through the Camp N Ride. For me, the true joy of this event was not the amazing riding available in the area, the free camping, free food, or the demo rides. It was the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many fantastic fellow riders. The Camp N Ride was my opportunity for 2 or 3 days a year to get together with many of my favorite friends. I thank all of you for that.


I can say you also left a big impression on the folks at Romney Cycles. One of the reason we were welcomed back for so many years even after the business case may have been difficult to justify, was the way all of you conducted yourselves at the Camp N Ride. Without disrespecting other groups of riders, I'll just say the staff at Romney recognized you were different..really different. They never once had to clean up after an event, because everyone left the place spotless. Our riders showed gratitude for their efforts, and respected everyone at all levels of the dealership. I'm sure most of you are thinking right now, "of course, doesn't everyone do that?" The answer is no, not everyone does that. They noticed, and it was appreciated.


Let's not forget, you all raise $13,304.04, plus time, and merchandise for charity between 2014 and 2018. I am immensely proud to have been associated with so many generous people. We made a difference during our time, and I hope you all take some satisfaction in that knowledge. WE improved the lives of the kids both at the WV School for the Deaf and Blind and of the kids at The Potomac Center.


Second, I want to say how fortunate I was to have Bob as a planning partner. You guys will never know just how much of the nuts and bolts that made the event work smoothly was a direct result of Bob being willing to become a leader in the Camp N Ride. I won't go on because I don't think he likes it when I do, but ... thanks, Bob. I appreciate it.


Bob and I want to add that we as a group owe a lot of thanks to the good people at Romney Cycles. The Camp N Ride was their idea, and their event. I'm aware the motorcycle industry has changed a lot over the seven years of the event. Those changes have increased the challenges to putting on an event like the Camp N Ride. Regardless of whatever challenges existed, Romney still always went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and taken care of. I'm truly grateful for the efforts Romney put into hosting us, and I will always remain a loyal supporter of them in everything they do. I did take the opportunity to send Kevin (owner) a note this evening thanking him for all his and Larry's support over the years. I'm sure if any of you feel so inclined you can figure out from their website how you could do the same.


As Bob and I've discussed between ourselves, West Virginia will always be riding nirvana. With no set plans so far, we are going to enjoy going to some of the other events this coming year and hope to see some of you at them.


By the way, here on Trooper also a huge thanks to BigB and the moderators. I had challenges posting here and they always helped...quickly. Thanks guys. You made keeping the Trooper community informed possible.

Dirt_Dad 01-12-2019 12:54 AM

From Wreckchecker



Quote:

Originally Posted by Wreckchecker, post: 36746452, member: 114766
Jon/Dirt_Dad and I met after the first year of this event and I'm proud to now have him as a friend. And it is going to be bittersweet to see the sentiments from everybody else weighing in.


We talked a lot about whether to continue CnR and some of you can understand at how it went back and forth. In the end, we all just realized that it was just time for life to go on. We really are looking forward to seeing everybody in the future.


As for the kids at Potomac Center, I've already started to collect stuff to donate regardless of whether not the event keeps on going. If you have anything to drop there as a donation, please do think of them if you are headed to Laurel Fork or anywhere else in the area.


Thank you all for improving our lives!


Rick123 01-12-2019 05:25 AM

Such a sad news...thanks guys for your effort and hopefully see you on the road.

V-Tom 01-12-2019 10:30 AM

Jon,

Sorry to see this end.

We only managed to make it to one Romney but really enjoyed it! Thanks for all the hard work you and the guys put in to it!

Hopefully we'll see you soon!

..Tom

Dirt_Dad 01-12-2019 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by V-Tom (Post 5343873)
Hopefully we'll see you soon!


Thanks, Tom. Might just happen. Received an email from Steve (FireDog) last night. He told he's going with BigB down to Iron Horse this year. Are you heading that way?


I always enjoyed by Strom gatherings at Iron Horse. I've got a long history of getting together with riding buddies in May. Leaning strongly towards going.

V-Tom 01-12-2019 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dirt_Dad (Post 5343909)
Thanks, Tom. Might just happen. Received an email from Steve (FireDog) last night. He told he's going with BigB down to Iron Horse this year. Are you heading that way?


I always enjoyed by Strom gatherings at Iron Horse. I've got a long history of getting together with riding buddies in May. Leaning strongly towards going.

What are the dates?

I honestly don't know but I think it is about time I went back again.

..Tom

Dirt_Dad 01-12-2019 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by V-Tom (Post 5343913)
What are the dates?

I honestly don't know but I think it is about time I went back again.

..Tom


I'm thinking the same thing. Rally is May 16-19. https://www.stromtrooper.com/events/...y-16-19-a.html


Who knows, maybe I'll dust off my old maps and lead a ride like we did 10 years ago. I remember you and I having a pretty good time on those rides.

Big B 01-12-2019 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by V-Tom (Post 5343913)
What are the dates?

I honestly don't know but I think it is about time I went back again.

..Tom

Please come Tom, I believe the spare cabin I have reserved would sleep you fine. :wink2:

Big B 01-12-2019 02:19 PM

Iím really bummed about this Jon, but Iím honestly not surprised due to the low turnout the last few years. Itís a lot of work to pull off a gig like this as yíall know, itís also hard to enjoy yourself when youíre worried and concerned with everyone else enjoying themselves. Hope to see you at the Strom Rally my friend, and you ďand TomĒ fully realize you are part of our Ohio family.

V-Tom 01-12-2019 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dirt_Dad (Post 5343917)
I'm thinking the same thing. Rally is May 16-19. https://www.stromtrooper.com/events/...y-16-19-a.html


Who knows, maybe I'll dust off my old maps and lead a ride like we did 10 years ago. I remember you and I having a pretty good time on those rides.

I am going to see if that works with my work. And yes I did have a great time on your rides!

..Tom


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