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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #45 on: April 10, 2018, 06:48:33 AM »
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #46 on: April 10, 2018, 07:01:39 AM »
Hi Eric I will take the queen in the basement. My son can make this ride I will share with him.That will free up bunk #3. Thank Scott

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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #47 on: April 10, 2018, 07:44:22 AM »
Mike,

Scott asked first in a private message at 6:42 am this morning so the queens his. I have two suggestions, I can move one from the loft to the bunk that is now open and that would give you and your guest the loft to yourselves or take the air mattress in the reloading room that would offer more privacy. I see no issues accommodating you guys. Please let me know if you decide to bring a guest.

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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #48 on: April 10, 2018, 09:12:59 AM »
No problem Eric, I would rather come up alone anyway.

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« Reply #49 on: April 10, 2018, 10:26:36 AM »
I'm fine relocating, Air mattress is okay.
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2018, 05:28:46 PM »
We're a little over 2 weeks out. I've updated the first page with attendees. I have only listed folks that said "I'm in", not the folks that said I "I should be able to". So please let me know if you intend on coming as I'm gauging food, snacks & refreshments. Also if you have dietary needs, i need to know as soon as possible.

We hope to see you here!

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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2018, 05:47:21 PM »
Looks like the 1st weekend date is winning. I'm out, unfortunately. Liz and I both have kid time that weekend. Ah well. Next time. :)
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« Reply #52 on: April 17, 2018, 05:50:37 PM »
Looks like the 1st weekend date is winning. I'm out, unfortunately. Liz and I both have kid time that weekend. Ah well. Next time. :)

Well darn, I just saw Belle of hell peeking and asked her to beat on you. ;)
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2018, 05:52:39 PM »
I'm bummed, too. We had mother's day weekend open, so maybe we'll still make a ride weekend of it. Hit some VA and WV goodness.
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #54 on: April 17, 2018, 07:23:39 PM »

Since the first try at this event we have had hellacious rain, damaging wind and snow locally.

I didn't bother putting the truck cap back on the truck, so I am good to go.

I know I have meetings on the Wednesday, so I expect to head down on the Thursday.  I'll let you know if I'll arrive Thursday evening or Friday.

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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #55 on: April 17, 2018, 07:38:03 PM »

Since the first try at this event we have had hellacious rain, damaging wind and snow locally.

I didn't bother putting the truck cap back on the truck, so I am good to go.

I know I have meetings on the Wednesday, so I expect to head down on the Thursday.  I'll let you know if I'll arrive Thursday evening or Friday.

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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #56 on: April 17, 2018, 09:10:08 PM »
Here are some random thoughts on the surrounding area.

West Virginia and Virginia: These two states are connected, because many amazing roads run between both states. Trips here should really be at least 3 days long, giving yourself 2 days of travel to and from the area, and a day spent exploring. The Virginia's really have so many amazing roads that you could actually spend a few weeks exploring here and continually find new amazing roads. Both states are also amazing for both the pavement quality and the sheer number of twisty mountain roads packed into this region. Overall, traffic and police presence is minimal outside of the towns. Inside towns, not so much and mind yourself.

West Virginia
- US219:
The 219 is the most common way to travel between the south and north, especially for those riding down to the Smoky Mountains and Deals Gap area. You can catch the 219 from Buffalo, but it really only starts to get interesting in West Virginia as you pass through Monongahela National Forest and George Washington & Jefferson National Forest. Along this portion of the 219 you will find excellent pavement, fast sweepers mixed with tight twisties and great elevation changes. There are a few spots with exceptional scenery and lots of places to stop and enjoy the area.
- US33: This road basically connects Elkins, WV in the west to Harrisonburg, VA in the east. It passes over a few mountains, so there are many super fun technical parts to this road. The pavement quality is smooth like butter and the scenery is excellent from one end to the other.
- WV250: Considering the number of twisty bits that stretch out over the 225 miles of the road, this is an amazing ride. It passes over a few mountains and has remarkable pavement. There are many switchbacks, tight turns and fast sweepers.
- Spruce Knob: This road will take you to the highest point in West Virginia, which is pretty sweet, considering that West Virginia is considered the mountain state. The ride up follows a narrow well paved climb, with a few switchbacks along excellent pavement. It's a really interesting ride up because you can see the rapid change in tree canopy and ground cover over a very short distance. The views from the top are excellent, where on a clear day, you can see for miles. The fall colors are also amazing on both the road itself and while perched at the top looking around.
- Smoke Hole Rd: This is my favorite road in the state. This is a secret road. From the south it starts out narrow and winding along a river with very high canyon walls to either side of you. There are plenty of spots to stop in the canyon area to take a break and enjoy the moment. As you exit the canyon, you begin to ride up and down a very tight 1 1/2 lane road with no center line marking and no shoulders passing through forests and fields. It's very tight, technical and twisty, so keep your eyes on the road. The pavement is excellent on the twisty bits and even if you take this road very slow, you will be rewarded with astounding scenery the entire time. This time of year usually presents pea gravel from the winter months, mind yourself.

US219:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.2790494,-79.4812312/Peterstown/@38.3154839,-80.5468599,8z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-80.0967763!2d38.325187!3s0x884b78a669a7ec87:0xa4ebfa98fa4f5c35!1m5!1m1!1s0x884dd88e4441bbfd:0xb161f0a76499184c!2m2!1d-80.7992431!2d37.3973437!3e0

US33:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Harrisonburg/Elkins/@38.7590924,-79.8103184,9z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x89b492c33f077155:0x84e65b9dabd7b5f!2m2!1d-78.8689155!2d38.4495688!3m4!1m2!1d-79.2138295!2d38.6095123!3s0x89b4cf77498c90db:0xd8067500ae7ba3a4!1m5!1m1!1s0x884ae3b56cffb24b:0xce8579539c7bb6d2!2m2!1d-79.8467349!2d38.9259397!3e0

WV250:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Moundsville/Staunton/@39.0012511,-80.5663918,8.41z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m15!1m1!1s0x8835e0beb0413939:0x81a89159bd7ba04e!2m2!1d-80.7431407!2d39.9203526!3m4!1m2!1d-80.3846995!2d39.6000532!3s0x88358a6ad202b9f3:0xccba4dc5deac2e84!3m4!1m2!1d-80.0512139!2d39.1882641!3s0x884af4fde0624255:0x196f9c708eafe453!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b4a08eb8621697:0xe5d6e4710a09b66e!2m2!1d-79.0716958!2d38.149576!3e0?shorturl=1

Spruce Knob:
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Smoke Hole Rd:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Smoke+Hole+Road,+Upper+Tract,+WV/268+Smoke+Hole+Road,+Cabins,+WV/@38.9031685,-79.3036729,11.56z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x89b4d612dbddf0ad:0x76e8ad959cbb3d75!2m2!1d-79.2763996!2d38.8067533!3m4!1m2!1d-79.2576392!2d38.9326719!3s0x89b52e5358cbbba7:0x3031a9862c136a8f!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b52fd97efa7ff9:0xd28394661b8fa5d9!2m2!1d-79.230797!2d38.9827!3e0?shorturl=1

Virginia
Skyline Drive: This road is exceptional and passes through the length of Shenandoah National Park after which begins the Blue Ridge Parkway. Skyline Drive currently has a fee of $15US for motorcycles to enter - a pass that is valid for 7 days. It has many elevation changes and like name suggests, much of it is at high elevation. There are many overlooks for you to stop and enjoy the incredible views from up above. The speed limit is 35mph, which is painfully slow for such a fun road but amazing on a low cc bike or scooter. Apparently there can be a police presence on this road to enforce the speed limit, but I have never seen any. There are many lodges and campgrounds to stay overnight in the park. The pavement is flawless and it's a very twisty road. Well worth the price of admission if you have never been.
- Blue Ridge Parkway: This is the northern half of a very epic road also known as the BRP. The entire parkway starts in Waynesboro, Virginia and finishes in Cherokee, North Carolina, though the section mapped here is just the Virginia portion. Since it is a scenic parkway, there are no services on the road (food/gas), and also no stops or traffic lights. It has excellent pavement, and this Virginia portion is primarily fast sweepers, which seems ironic, because the speed limit is painfully set at 45mph. There is usually less speed enforcement on the parkway than on Skyline Drive. There are many lookouts and the views are really spectacular. Equally impressive are the periodic roads that intersect the BRP, as these roads involve a pretty good twisty climb to reach the parkway. If you have never been before, riding the entire stretch of this road is a must do for every rider and plan extra time for the many times you will stop to take pictures.
- VA16: Also known as the 'Back of the Dragon', this is a spectacular road. It's about 30 miles and really lives up to it's name. There are endless switchbacks and tight turns as it climbs and drops over a mountain range. There is a small corner store in the north end in Thomson Valley where you can buy some t-shirts and stickers. At the south end of the road, there is a great state park/lake called Hungry Mother, which has a few scenic places to stop and take a break beside the lake. The state park also has great campsites.
- VA311: This road is much better than it looks on a map. It has flawless pavement and has many switchbacks and elevation changes. There is very little traffic on it and it is an absolute treat of a twisty road.
- US58: This road connects the two towns of Damascus and Independence Virginia. It's also known as the Highlands Parkway or the Jeb Bush Highway. The scenery is really nice and this road has a perfect mix of fast sweepers with tighter corners on beautiful pavement. It's a great way to do a loop between.

Skyline Drive:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/38.9060657,-78.1992594/Skyline+Dr,+Virginia,+USA/38.0355205,-78.8581276/@38.5026979,-78.9468274,9.27z/data=!4m25!4m24!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d-78.1783409!2d38.8288653!3s0x89b5cee9c2d24773:0xc4aa089a67a0e3dc!3m4!1m2!1d-78.3866949!2d38.5562468!3s0x89b4460af113f49b:0x72ac1f25bb8d44a1!1m10!1m1!1s0x89b449137bf3f181:0xf1a7e7f87dc0485d!2m2!1d-78.4669096!2d38.4523421!3m4!1m2!1d-78.7084032!2d38.2420952!3s0x89b4864d77844d4b:0xa4c625555b1ebc2e!1m0!3e0?shorturl=1

Blue ridge Parkway:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/38.0299278,-78.8573551/36.5624162,-80.9122215/@37.4403222,-80.582203,8.68z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d-78.9004509!2d37.992273!3s0x89b365b10e8b6cd9:0xb3a028c20999aa7e!3m4!1m2!1d-79.2213965!2d37.80614!3s0x89b337ea0446d627:0x696a7a0c767b5eee!3m4!1m2!1d-79.5052374!2d37.5246166!3s0x884cd6379ef3f68f:0x2077e20cbd31dd7c!3m4!1m2!1d-80.503373!2d36.656117!3s0x8852147e91cc6121:0x2c27be81237e6f50!1m0!3e0?shorturl=1

VA16:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/37.0985558,-81.5585373/36.8442801,-81.5021792/@36.966324,-81.6369946,11.21z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?shorturl=1

VA311:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/37.7809864,-80.2317286/Catawba/@37.577955,-80.2808758,10z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!3m4!1m2!1d-80.234169!2d37.6698499!3s0x884c519e0b093fdd:0x6fff60a11c568fea!1m5!1m1!1s0x884da7efe2f81e99:0xdd21b2205c6eba4a!2m2!1d-80.1097462!2d37.3826741!3e0

US58:
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Damascus/Independence/@36.6013873,-81.6668079,10.29z/data=!4m21!4m20!1m10!1m1!1s0x885040d9c37020c9:0x33e75faae37dcd5b!2m2!1d-81.7837303!2d36.6337272!3m4!1m2!1d-81.5139991!2d36.6068121!3s0x8851b4d5296161d3:0x4b69aac63f34acc8!1m5!1m1!1s0x88519550791b78f5:0x69b9029f1a936e3e!2m2!1d-81.150923!2d36.6223478!2m1!1b1!3e0?shorturl=1
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #57 on: April 17, 2018, 09:12:55 PM »
I can post up my thoughts on Tennessee if anyone is coming from that area? 
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2018, 11:36:26 AM »
Liz and I were chatting. If my daughter reschedules on me, I may make an 11th-hour call to head down for a short weekend of it, and grab a motel near by. She's still out, regardless. Nothing is in stone yet.
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Re: 2018 ESTO Spring meet in at Lake Anna, VA part Deux V1.2
« Reply #59 on: April 18, 2018, 04:46:27 PM »
Thanks for the routes Eric, gonna have to check'm out