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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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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!
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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:
 

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I’m really bummed about this Jon, but I’m honestly not surprised due to the low turnout the last few years. It’s a lot of work to pull off a gig like this as y’all know, it’s also hard to enjoy yourself when you’re worried and concerned with everyone else enjoying themselves. Hope to see you at the Strom Rally my friend, and you “and Tom” fully realize you are part of our Ohio family.
 

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Hope to see you at the Strom Rally my friend, and you “and Tom” fully realize you are part of our Ohio family.
**If** I am still married in August I likely wouldn't be able to come to Ohio Labour Day as my stepdaughter's wedding is Labour Day Weekend. (I think the Saturday but might be the Friday but either way doesn't give me a enough time to get there for Saturday.)

I think odds are good for the Iron Horse so put my name on the cabin for now. Is that a shared cabin or a private one?

..Tom
 

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I only attended one year, but thoroughly enjoyed it - snow and all.:smile2:

I think it was mentioned that arranging for food was a hassle. For me, I was perfectly satisfied with the nearby McDonald's.

But that's prolly not much of the reason, and maybe no part at all.

On the plus side, I now know where this dealership is, and I often check their inventory, as I remain casually in the market for a Vee2.

Also, from Suzuki's perspective, the trial Vee2 ride I took at Romney, via the Suzuki truck, was what turned me onto that nice bike.

Of course I don't blame anyone for discontinuing this event, but it was fun and much appreciated.
 

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I’m really bummed about this Jon, but I’m honestly not surprised due to the low turnout the last few years. It’s a lot of work to pull off a gig like this as y’all know, it’s also hard to enjoy yourself when you’re worried and concerned with everyone else enjoying themselves. Hope to see you at the Strom Rally my friend, and you “and Tom” fully realize you are part of our Ohio family.
I know you've been through this situation, too. Yes, there is a lot of work, but at the end of each event you feel so grateful for the time you got to spend with people you really enjoy seeing. Bob and I often talked about how we had to psych ourselves up just before the event, while fully knowing by the end of the event we'd love what had just had transpired. It always worked that way.

Sunday after everyone was gone, Bob and I would sit down and make notes about what went right and what when wrong, and what should we try to address for the next year. At the end of our meeting we always agreed, it was worth every second of effort put into the event. I would then ride home at under the speed limit just decompressing. Exhausted, but very satisfied. I will miss the Camp N Ride...but it's time was over.

Brian - I do feel part of the Ohio family. Thank you for making me feel that way.
 

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**If** I am still married in August I likely wouldn't be able to come to Ohio Labour Day as my stepdaughter's wedding is Labour Day Weekend. (I think the Saturday but might be the Friday but either way doesn't give me a enough time to get there for Saturday.)

I think odds are good for the Iron Horse so put my name on the cabin for now. Is that a shared cabin or a private one?

..Tom
It’s a semi private cabin, I’ll call Monday to get the details for you and Jon. And my Labor Day gig has also been retired, so we for sure need good alternatives for gatherings.
 

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While it really is touching to see the doubt and encouragement, let me make it clear that this event IS retired. There are other events already in the area BUT they are not the Romney Camp-N-Ride and will not be held at Romney Cycles.

All four us us organizers agreed that Camp-N-Ride has ended. This included the dealership owner and his general manager. People would be surprised at how much time and money the dealership put into this and they couldn't just keep writing this off. Building the fire pit, the showers, paying (yes) for the factory trucks, and paying for your "free" meals came straight out of the owner's pocket which shows how much he really enjoyed having us there long after he realized how much it was costing him. Dirt_Dad and I could have found another venue but we each have other interests this coming year which limit our time for organizing another CnR. The two of us really agonized in weighing the good we did for the kids and the chance to see a lot of you, versus these down sides. It hurts to see it come to an end.


As for other events, below is a list of others in the general area. We're not yet sure which, but Jon and I do plan to hit some of these others. The list is on this thread and there have been some updates on the below thread to check for:
https://advrider.com/f/threads/2019-romney-camp-n-ride-poll.1350744/page-2


"...below is the list of competing events for all of our time that was mentioned above. We pulled together the ADVRider threads and other known events of 2018 and those already announced for 2019. The events ending with a period are announced 2019 dates and those ending with question marks were 2018 dates, so we don't know their 2019 dates. If any of you have corrections to this list, just post them with your vote and I'll update this post.


MARCH
28/29 March Moto Madness


APRIL
6/7 Eurobike NC
13/14
20/21
27/28 Stolen Pig KY 25-28. HUBB VA. Laurel Fork (4/27-5/5)


MAY (5/1 = Labor Day)
4/5 (Traditional Romney) Georgia Mountain Rally, Green Ridge Dual Sport? Classic M/C Day
11/12 (Mothers Day weekend)
18/19 Ricks Eastern Rendesvous 15-19. British & Classic MD. Smokin Hole NC? Strom NC? Dirty Goose NC?
25/26 (27 = Memorial) New Cumberland WV,


JUNE (VA & MD schools out on 6/7 and 6/13 respectively)
1/2 Durty Dabbers?
8/9 Rider Campout Somerset PA? Dirty Daze NY?
15/16 BMWMOA


JULY
6/7 (Holiday weekend)
13/14 BYOB (2019 not yet decided). GSGiant WV? PA Grand Canyon?
20/21 NEADV Rally? BMW RA?
27/28


AUG
3/4
10/11
17/18 Four Winds PA? Soggy Bottom PA
24/25


SEP
31/1 (2 = Memorial Day)
7/8 Blue Ridge ADV NC? BWDR?
14/15 Snappin Turtle NY? Meadows of Dan? Blue Ridge Rally?
21/22 Allegheny ? HUBB NC. ADV Moto WV?
28/29 NotaRally. Renfro KY?

OCT (Weather can change really fast, and there can be snow the last two weekends)
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As for camping, most people at our event were actually sleeping on the property of The Potomac Center, which TPC originally was allowing as a business courtesy to the dealership. As most of us who met the kids are aware, some have been taken from parents who have subjected them to nightmares. Some of those parents have defied court orders to get access. I would strongly suggest not even asking TPC for permission to camp on their property and would expect to wake to a WV Trooper if you do. (They are in the next building over!)

Clearly he didn't list the Strom Rally. Since that one is bike specific and as far as I know, only listed here, I left it alone on the other forums.
 

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I hate to see stuff kind of fade away. The truth is that there is too much work that goes into these for all but the most passionate to put up with! Unless you have fresh blood coming in, both to help and to visit, things tend to get stagnate.

I think there are too many events. Most are lucky to plan for one a year, some 2 or 3. If the excitement to plan and make the trip isn't there, then you are going to lose attendance. Few have the resources or desire to put on a professional event with vendors and planned/organized events. While these can certainly bring in attendance, they can lose some personality too.

So, the best you can hope for is to be around friends from the forums, past attendance, and the new friends to be made! In the long run those are more valuable than the new riding pants you won as a door prize anyway.

The chance to see V-Tom, Dirt Dad, Big B and some others at the V Strom rally at the Ironhorse has me excited about this years event!
 

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Went three times and always enjoyed! My fallback are rides hosted by "MSTA". Nation wide, welcoming to all makes and styles of bike, huge selection of downloadable GPS maps, friendly people, and inexpensive. This years MSTA rally is in Bristol, Va/Tn June 20-27th. Also, for those wanting to ride identical routes to the past Romney rally, this years BMW-RA rally is at Woodstock, Va, 5-8 Sept, camping or motel options. Hope to see my Ohio acquaintences on the road this year! Jim (phatguy) in Cbus
 

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Went three times and always enjoyed! My fallback are rides hosted by "MSTA". Nation wide, welcoming to all makes and styles of bike, huge selection of downloadable GPS maps, friendly people, and inexpensive. This years MSTA rally is in Bristol, Va/Tn June 20-27th. Also, for those wanting to ride identical routes to the past Romney rally, this years BMW-RA rally is at Woodstock, Va, 5-8 Sept, camping or motel options. Hope to see my Ohio acquaintences on the road this year! Jim (phatguy) in Cbus


Come to the Strom rally at Ironhorse in May, you'll see most of us Ohio boys there and many others I'm sure you know. :wink2:
 
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