All motorcyclists are invited to this single day rally offering endurance, sport tour and dual sport routes showcasing world class terrain and raising funds for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the private fundraising partner for the national park. The 2016 Blue Ridge High Pass Boogie adds a Silent Auction during the pre-event mixer at Eurosport Asheville Friday May 13th. Registration through Pay Pal, opens March 1st at abmwr.org.
The 2014 inaugural Blue Ridge High Pass Boogie raised over $5200. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation used the proceeds to enlarge the parking area and add restroom facilities at the majestic Graveyard Fields hiking area (milepost 419). Asheville BMW Riders was recognized on the donors' honorary plaque installed at the wayside.
The 2015 Blue Ridge High Pass Boogie raised $6,500 dollars which was matched 1:1 with Federal grant dollars. The $13,000 was earmarked for rehabilitation of the Blue Ridge Parkway's Mt. Pisgah's Amphitheater (milepost 408). Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation said "We couldn't be more grateful for their (ABMWR) contributions and commitment to the Parkway, as well as their friendship."
In 2016 funds raised by the Blue Ridge High Pass Boogie will again be matched 1:1 with Federal dollars and applied at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park (milepost 294),the single most visited stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway (225,000 visitors per year). The 3,500 acre former estate offers the Parkway Craft Center, 25 miles of hiking trails and other amenities.
To see pictures and track event progress, join the High Pass Boogie Group on Facebook. (Interested corporate donors please email
Here we are in February already, with groundhog day and the Month for Romance. Please Don't forget your special other half on Valentine's day this year.
February 2nd is groundhog day, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. We have definitely qualified for winter this year with the recent snowfall, but thankfully temperatures creeped back up as they typically do and we hope that February will allow for some riding!
Anyway, Spring is not that far off, but we still need to deal with varied weather conditions for now. If you are out riding on those warm days, don't forget there can still be snow, ice, gravel and who knows what, lurking around each of those corners. A nice ride on a cold day with leafless trees provides a whole different experience in the winter. So plug in those Gerbing Electrics and turn up the heat for a little winter riding fun....what? No Electric liners? What better gift for Valentine's day that says I love you :-)
Don't forget that our gatherings in the winter do not necessarily mean if it is too cold, wet, or you have your bike winterized that you still can't come out in the cage and socialize with your friends. Those kind of gatherings actually give us a better chance to get to know each other and share some stories. Of course if weather is good, and you have your bike ready, we still get to chat then ride. So try and stop by a gathering either way if you can. We always love to see a nice group of friendly faces at each one.
Happy Groundhog Day, Valentine's day and be safe on those roads!