Escarpment Escape Rough Road Ride
Pisgah National Forest, NC
October 23-24, 2015
Lunches may happen or not, depends on where we are when we get hungry. Recommend you carry protein bars, GORP, etc. (or, as Uncle Jimmy says, “Vienna Sausages, cheese and sardines”). If in the wilderness, sit a spell on the porch at Betsey's Ole Country Store located at the intersection of Edgemont and Brown Mountain Beach Roads.
Famous Louise's Rock House is 6 miles uphill from the Inn to the town of Linville Falls http://www.visitnc.com/listing/famous-louise-s-rock-house-restaurant, good grub no matter which county you sit in, open 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, (828) 765-2702.
Thursday, October 22 — we will host a “Welcoming Reception” beginning at 5:00 PM in the lounge at the Inn at Blue Ridge. Expect adult beverages, grill food and knoshing materials. This will be a good opportunity to meet everyone, plan rides, tell lies, kick tires and try out the rocking chairs.
Friday, October 23 — There will be a sign up sheet at the welcoming reception for all who wish to eat supper 7:00 PM at Spears BBQ and Grill, http://www.spearsbbq.com/Home.html
Saturday, October 24 — There will be a sign up sheet at the welcoming reception for all who wish to ride to breakfast (kickstands up @ 8:00 AM) at the Tartan in Linville, https://www.facebook.com/thetartanrestaurant?rf=134976016561649
For dinner, visit Blowing Rock, Newland or Morganton all of which have a plethora of eats ranging from 'Q to fine dining choices.
Changes in elevation means lots of curves. While we will ride some pavement, this ride is focused on avoiding as much of it as possible. Expect a variety of surfaces and lots of unpaved state and forest service roads. Fill your Escarpment Escape rides with Ms, Vs, Ws and maybe some Xs.
Rides will depart at 9:00 AM on Friday and 8:00 AM on Saturday from the Inn. Riders are free to ride in groups of their choosing.
There are no services in the wilderness or on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fuel stops are scarce—so do not pass one by in Blowing Rock, Linville, Collettsville, Newland or on the connecting highways.
Passes can be purchased from local vendors such as at the Marathon Gas Station across from the post office in Jonas Ridge on NC highway 181, at the Convenience Store at the intersection of NC highway 181 and Brown Mountain Beach Road, or in Collettsville.
In addition to the 90' tall Linville Falls, there are at least a dozen more more to visit while in the area.
Rider Safety and Responsibilities
In addition to requiring the use of a DOT approved helmet on all MTF rides, the MTF RRR Committee strongly encourages the use of Motorcycle specific protective clothing and footwear while participating in any off road event. ATGATT reduces the severity of injuries in an accident and we want every participant in our events to be as safe as possible.
The MTF RRR Committee strongly encourages each participant in our events to self assess their riding style, interests, need for breaks and riding skill level and to keep that assessment in mind when choosing a riding partner or small group (2-4 riders) to ride with at our events. Sharing the road with someone of similar interests and riding style not only makes the ride more enjoyable for you, but safer for everyone.
The third part of safety when riding in remote areas is knowing where you are and how to get out. For this reason each rider should have a GPS device with the routes loaded and be familiar with it's operation and use. Being lost in a maze of endless gravel and dirt roads as darkness descends is a safety issue both for yourself and those who will have to search for you.
The Inn At Blue Ridge
Hotel Details:15 rooms at our special rate are held at The Inn At Blue Ridge,
Call Charlie Z at 828.756.7001 to make reservations.
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