2010 Touring Weekend Follow-Up

Aug 16, 2010 View Comments by

As we pre-ride the North Carolina route the day before the event begins, we come upon a disturbing sign: “Road Closed: Local Traffic Only.” This is not what you want to find when the designated lunch stop for participants in the 2010 RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend is at the end of that closed road. Apparently a bridge is out, being replaced by a new one. But it won’t be ready before all our guests arrive. It sure paid off to pre-ride!

Fortunately, the owners of the Toe River Lodge, our lunch stop in Plumtree, NC are aware of the road closure. They’ve been in touch with the contractors, and when we get to the last intersection before the bridge, a detour sign tells us to turn left for the Toe River Lodge. A bumpy, winding single-track road takes us to the Lodge, and we roll gratefully into the parking lot.

It’s just one of the many challenges facing Christa and the team at RoadRUNNER in organizing the 2010 Touring Weekend and Christian Neuhauser Memorial Ride. Volunteer ride leaders arrive from all over the continent, registrations and participant packages are prepared, presentations arranged, and mini-sessions by Eric Trow from Stayin’ Safe are coordinated into the program – the list goes on.

But as with any motorcycle gathering, it’s about the ride. Over two days, groups of riders get to sample the splendid scenery and tantalizing blacktop of the Virginia/Tennessee/North Carolina border regions, including some of the best riding roads in the region. My personal favorite: NC226/191, a serpentine tarmac ribbon, wriggling into the hills of the Pisgah National Forest. Beautiful surface, balmy weather…even a sudden thunderstorm didn’t dampen our enthusiasm.

The Touring Weekend is a perfect opportunity for the dedicated riders in the RoadRUNNER community to meet and share their enthusiasm for the road. As always, we enjoyed talking and riding with new and familiar faces, and we’re already looking forward to next year!

A special thank you to our gracious sponsors: Adaptiv, Aerostich, Allstate, Eureka Tents, Geico, Johnson City, TN, Nolan Helmets, Open Road Motorcycle Adventures, Ozark Folk Center, Racer Parts Wholesale, Sierra Designs, Smart Parts S100, Stayin’ Safe, Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Touratech-USA, and Twisted Throttle.

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