Until we meet again
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
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.
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