I am writing this in advance for our Newsletter editor since I will still be on vacation when his deadline arrives and I wanted to have something for the April Newsletter.
I have missed all the March activities, meetings etc., but I am sure things went along just fine without me. I bet some of you didn't even realize I was gone. That is probably a good thing, because it shows the Club has grown to point where it has its own life now and you all keep it going because of your participation.
April and May will be important for us because we are in the midst of putting on the second high pass boogie in support of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and it will be the start of planning for the rest of the year's events and other things we hope to have in store for you. Our Secretary Chris has established a great connection with a local eatery that will probably see us having a few functions a year with. Prices are great and what they offer us is exceptional. We are all about having fun and motorcycling and this place will lend a great atmosphere for both. New club attire should also be in the works soon and you members will be the first to know what
we will have to offer.
As always, if there are any members out there with an expertise, an idea, or suggestion to help out with the club PLEASE come forward either in person, email or by phone and let us know what it is. We need you and want you to participate however you can, even if all you want to do is come out for a meeting or gathering. The more we have show up the better we feel.
It lets us know you appreciate having this club to belong to and gives us incentive to keep on making it better. New people and ideas always help to kick it up a notch, so step on up.
Thanks again to everyone who puts in their time to keep this club going, Thomas and the gang at Eurosport, The Officers and Board members, all the volunteers for our events, plus the members who attend. You know who you are and without all of you, this wouldn't be happening!
Can't wait for the April meeting, as long as we don't stay in Bali ;-)
See you down the Road,
THE ASHEVILLE BMW RIDERS
IN CONJUNCTION WITH
ARE PROUD TO PRESENT:
THE 2ND ANNUAL
BLUE RIDGE HIGH PASS BOOGIE
General Information: The Asheville BMW Riders in conjection with Eurosport Asheville will hold its second annual Blue Ridge High Pass Boggie, a single day fund raiser for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Participants will enjoy scenic mountain vistas and the best motorcycling roads the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. You’ll enjoy a choice of 3 different routes. A long challenging 400+ mile pavement ride, plus the options of a shorter paved 200+ mile route, and a very interesting dual-sport loop for the adventure folks. Shortcuts will be available to allow more leisurely-paced riders to select a route that reduces mileage and ride time. This event will follow a loose rally format, although riders will receive directions for the entire route (including short-cut options) up front at check-in. Riders will then depart at their own pace and ride with others (if desired) in small groups according to their riding style or personal preference. The all-paved-road 400+ mile loop will take about 10 hours, the 200+ mile loop will take 4 to 6 hours, and the Dual-Sport (mixed pavement and gravel) will take 6 to 8 hours) running at posted speed limits and allowing for fuel stops. Allowing for stops along the way, riders should have plenty of time to re-collect for a buffet dinner at (Wild Wings Cafe) Asheville . Participation includes a commemorative ride t-shirt, bike sticker, Friday night mixer at Eurosport Asheville " with...INCLUDING PIZZA AND BEVERAGES., continental breakfast, catered dinner, and many door prizes during dinner. Fuel, food, and rest facilities are readily available along the route. Lunch will be on your own.
Eligibility: All riders and brands of motorcycles are welcome to participate in this benefit event.
Benefit Info: All proceeds from this event, minus basic expenses, will be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. We couldn’t have found a more appropriate beneficiary for our ride!
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015, Rain or shine.
Registration and Cost: Riders must pre-register for this event by sending their name, address, and email address, with the registration fee, or use the PayPal feature on our website (www.abmwr.org). Registration form appears below and is also available at Eurosport Asheville or our website. Registration is limited to 150 participants, and will be on a first-come, first-signed basis. IMPORTANT: The closing date for registration will be Sunday May 3rd, 2015. Late registration after that date will only be available if space permits, and will not guarantee an event t-shirt. The registration fee is $85 per person, applies to all participants (i.e., 2-up requires two fees) and is nonrefundable.
Releases: Each rider and passenger must sign a release relieving Eurosport Asheville and the Asheville BMW Riders of any and all liability resulting from any accident, loss, or damage, in connection with this event.
Check-In: Check-in begins at 6:30 am at Eurosport Asheville, 30 Bryson Street, Asheville, NC 28803. Eurosport will also have their parts and service departments open for last minute pre-ride needs. Registration closes at 8:00 am sharp.
One additional thing you'll need is hotel info. This year, we only have one lodging block being held. Folks can call the Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore South in Arden, NC at 828-684-6688. They will need to mention "BMW Club of AVL-Blue Ridge High Pass Boogie" for a discounted rate of $99.00.
Please Choose "Rider" or "Rider and Passenger" & Let's Boogie!
After you complete the payment process, click the link on the right side of the page to be taken to the registration page.
IN MEMORY OF KENT SKOUG:
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.