Miles of Smiles at RoadRUNNER’s 2009 Touring Weekend in Western Maryland

Aug 20, 2009 View Comments by

Beautiful scenery, attractive accommodations, challenging tarmac, bucolic vistas, delicious local food, informative riding seminars and clinics, cool evenings and moderate daytime temperatures, the camaraderie of like-minded motorcyclists and over $6,000 in prizes given away made the 2009 RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend one to remember. Although the festivities didn’t begin officially until Thursday evening, July 9th, a number of riders had arrived earlier to extend their vacation in the beautiful environs of Western Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake and the Appalachian Mountains. After registration, a buffet dinner was served at the WISP Resort, followed by several briefings from RoadRUNNER staff members detailing what to expect on the tours and giving instructions for safe group riding. Jim Ford, of the Rider’s Workshop (, presented his tips and techniques for how to become a more accomplished rider. Over the following two days, Jim instructed free, half-day, on-road mini-clinics for motorcyclists who wanted to better understand and practice their advanced riding techniques. Also in attendance, Eric Trow of the Stayin’ Safe Advanced Rider Training school ( volunteered to help out with the guided tours. Motorcyclists came from far and wide to participate in the 2009 event, including several from Canada. And they rode a diverse cross-section of bikes, on cruisers, sport tourers, dual-sport, scooters, vintage and a Can-Am Spyder. Riders had pre-selected one of the two guided tour routes available each day and also had elected to ride with either a “sport” or a “leisure” riding group, tailored after riding preferences. Robert Smith’s Friday evening seminar, featuring his top ten tips for safer trips, was thought provoking and generated a robust discussion about motorcycle safety. On Saturday night, Chris Myers presented a number of captivating photos of his three tours in Europe, accompanied by an entertaining dialogue about riding in other countries with motorcycle touring companies. After the Christian Neuhauser Memorial
Dinner on Saturday night, it was time for the big gift giveaway. Forty-four individual door prizes, with an aggregate retail value of over $6,000, were awarded by RoadRUNNER Publisher Christa Neuhauser and Senior Editor Chris Myers. The generous sponsors of these prizes included Adaptiv Technologies, Dainese, Open Road Motorcycle Adventures, Shoei, Stop N’ Go, Smart Parts S100, WISP Resort and RoadRUNNER Magazine. We’ll let you know about next year’s location. Rest assured that Touring Weekend 2010 will be another superb motorcycling event brought to you by your friends at RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel.

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