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 Friday April 24th, 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.
It is almost Spring and as you read this I will probably be sitting in Bali watching tons of small bikes and scooters riding across the countryside. We came here in March to celebrate our birthdays and enjoy some warm weather. I am hoping that you will have some nice riding weather back home and have the chance to make a Gathering and/or meeting.
As a reminder to everyone, we have a nice website
www.abmwr.org where you can go to see upcoming events, read past newsletters, look at club pictures and interact on some forums. We will be trying to gravitate towards using it more if we can get your cooperation in doing so, and we will also continue to maintain all of our other great social media.
We have a nice Facebook Page,
AshevilleBMWRiders, where we hope you will take the time to post to. Go ahead and put up some pictures, motorcycle related info, or anything else you think would interest this fine bunch. I see many of the same usual suspects on there, so how about some new faces?
Our Yahoo Group serves its function by giving you those subtle reminders (twice before each event) that a meeting, gathering, or other event is coming up. With all of our electronic devices, calendar books and notices in Newsletters and website, we all deal with that same problem of forgetting things at times. So hopefully while checking your emails you will see that one single Yahoo reminder and it will give you the opportunity to share some quality time with your fellow club members.
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.