Our 3 Year anniversary meeting is behind us and we now look forward to the Fall season!!
We live in a tourist mecca and need to be vigilant when we ride. Whether riding as a group or just riding alone, we should always remember to pay close attention to our surroundings and all of those we share the road with. It will be Leaf Peeper time and that is what they are doing...looking at leaves. There will also most likely be many Bicyclists out there, so keep your eye on them as well. Ride Safe and Enjoy the roads.
This month brings us “Stew’s BBQ and Camp Out.” This is the first official opportunity solely for our club to camp, enjoy, ride, bond, and maybe even get a little crazy with our friends, old and new. Details in the Newsletter.
We also have our usual club offerings with scheduled Social Gatherings and the October Meeting, so please try to take advantage of these or use any of our social media to schedule your own thing.
No matter what you do, make sure you include some riding in the colors of Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas, and hopefully it will be with fellow club members!
At the meeting this month 9/16/14, we will be celebrating our club’s third year in existence. We are having our usual great socializing Pizza / Beverage party, along with taking a group Photo for posterity. So remeber to PLEASE ride your bikes out for this picture, weather permitting.
There is no ofﬁcial meeting or presentation as we will just be enjoying the food and some tire kicking, so come on out!
This past August, 2014 was the actual 3rd year anniversary of our ﬁrst Ofﬁcial Club meeting held at the newly opened Dealership. The First Ofﬁcial club meeting was Tuesday August 30, 2011. We put the celebration off until September so everyone could enjoy the full summer of riding.
Please read the Newsletter for more History of our young club. There are a few very notable events coming up, The end to end Blue Ridge Parkway Tribute Ride for Kent beginning 9/10/14, and a Campout B-B-Q being put on and hosted by Stew Stewart at his home Halloween weekend. Please see the September Newsletter, Events on this website and/or visit our other social media for details. Don’t forget the usual socializing at our Bi-Monthly Gatherings and join the new Meet-up group we sponsored and use it to ride with your fellow club members at your own schedule.
JULY MEETING RECAP AND BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOUNDATION PRESENTATION
There was a balanced mixture of sadness and joy at our July meeting. There was sad news that our dear friend and fellow club member, Kent Skoug, had passed in a motorcycle accident while traveling. Joy was found in presenting the fund raising proceeds from the High Pass Boogie to Carolyn Ward (CEO) and Willa Mays (CDO) of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Our club will be recognized with a magnet on the Graveyard Fields Donor Board. One will also be placed there for Kent.
Pictured from left to right (Carolyn Ward, CEO Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; John Koenig, High Pass Boogie Event Director; Robert “Stew” Stewart club member; and Thomas Montgomery, owner of Eurosport Asheville.)
Here is a nice write up from the BRP Foundation as seen on their webpage brpfoundation.org: Asheville BMW Riders gathered at Eurosport Asheville recently to present a check for $5,200 to Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The Foundation was the beneficiary of the “High Pass Boogie” the inaugural Asheville BMW Riders all-day Appalachian Mountain challenge by motorcycle. The 400 mile ride, took about 10 hours to complete. “It’s all about enjoying our incredible scenery the way we like best—on a BMW motorcycle” said John Koenig, Event Director. “But it’s also about giving back and supporting a place that gives us so much pleasure. We are very happy to support the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s efforts on the Parkway.” The club’s gift will support the Graveyard Fields project, at milepost 419 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where a new restroom facility, major trail improvements and expanded parking area were completed in early July.
“The Asheville BMW Riders are one of our Community of Stewards members that have found their own personal way to connect with the parkway, give back to the place they love and create great memories all along the way,” stated Ward. “Their event is a great example of how easy it is to make a difference and by working together; we can protect the future of our Parkway.” The Foundation will continue fundraising for this project. “We are still about $40,000 short of our goal” said Carolyn, “but we’re counting on people being inspired by these improvements to give.”
Here is the July newsletter for your enjoyment. We hope everyone is enjoying their summer wherever you may be!
It is with great sympathy that the Asheville BMW Riders mourn the loss of one of our own. Kent was very involved in the ABMWR. He was the club Secretary as well as a Ride Captain. He was also very active with the BMWRA and on their Board of Directors. Kent leaves behind his wife Ursula and two sons. A true gentleman and friend. He will be missed greatly.
Kent's passion was riding his motorcycle. He loved the Western North Carolina area because, as he said, "there is not a straight road". One of the attractions he had for deciding to move to NC from Seattle was the Blue Ridge Parkway. He enjoyed planning motorcycle rides and encouraged people to ride. On his most recent ride across the country to meet with other riding enthusiasts, his travels led him through the Lolo Pass in Idaho. It was there that he had an accident that unfortunately proved to be his last ride.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Please send donations to:
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 South Marshall St. Suite 105B
Winston Salem, NC 27101-5865
(Please include " In memory of Kent Skoug" with your donation for appropriate routing.)
Or call the Foundation at 866-308-2773 if you have questions regarding credit card donations.