NAGF Spring Blue Ridge M&G!
Why Blue Ridge M&G? This annual M&G Can be held along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Front Royal Va to the Smoky Mountains going into Tennessee!! The hopes for the event will be that it will be hosted by a different member each year, at or near where the potential host/hostess lives anywhere along or near the 500+ miles of some of the best riding roads in the country. Any event held near this stretch of road must be a great event based on what the whole area has to offer riders and campers alike!! Even if you just enjoy the view on the way into the event or on your way home from the event. The Blue Ridge is centrally located for those in the north and the south, and even for our family in the mid-west. The Blue Ridge Mountains cover such a large area that it should be easy to find volunteers to host a NAGN Spring Blue Ridge M&G every year, for years to come!
Why the spring time?? Many reasons……. The summer months are busy with other events, vacations or this is other people’s busy time and can’t get away. For me, the best reason is there is nothing so breathtaking as the flowering trees and shrubs along the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. If you like fall rides with the colored leaves, then you’ll love the Flowering Dogwoods and wild rhododendrons in bloom, which are just a couple of the many wonderful sights you will see in this beautiful area in the spring. Temperatures are generally in the mid to high 70's during the day and high 50's to 60's at night at the first of June, so whether you are riding, sitting near the community fire pit or snuggled in your sleeping bag in your tent, the weather should be perfect for all our needs.
So What are the when’s and where’s of this M&G?
I have selected the weekend of June 3rd, 4th and 5th of 2016 for this Second annual Spring Blue Ridge M&G. Taking largely what Dusty boots had to say about the amount of campgrounds open in the north for those traveling from far away, having a place to stay and rest during their trip. I love to see as many people as possible to show up for any event anywhere, but all is for not if we don’t do this with the safety and comfort of our membership that attend first and foremost always!!! So anything earlier in May just wasn’t possible as it would restrict our Brothers and Sisters to the north. Any later in the year and we start getting into other events that we all might partake in around the country. I realize that this years dates does coincide with another event, apologies for that, but do to personal schedule, this is the date that I am most available. I understand that this leaves people making tough decisions, but don’t be hard on yourself (or me), you make the best decision for you! I and other attendees will understand.
Where is the event being held?
Willville Campgrounds, Route 58 (1510 Jeb Stuart Highway ) - Meadows of Dan, Virginia 24120 (Exit Route 58 West off the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile Marker 177.7)
3/4 of a mile on the left) Map
Cost for camping is $10 per person per night during the event. Electric is sporadic throughout the grounds (Bring extension cords). No reservations are needed, just sign up so we can have an accurate head count for the camp host as I communicate the group needs. Please keep in mind, nightly rates for days other than the scheduled event days, are at the parks normal rates, and cash or check is the only form of payment that Will accepts.
We will have free use of the campgrounds pavilion for the weekend, which has water and electric, a gas grill and plenty of shaded dry picnic tables, chairs and lounges. This camp ground is a motorcycle only campgrounds. If you have an RV, posted information regarding RV sites is below.
Food: Friday night - BBQ – WHOLE HOG!!!! baked beans, Smoked Mac & Cheese, and Potato salad.
I wanted to do the main meal on Friday night based on the amount of food that we didn’t eat last year. This year, we will have a 120 to 130 lb whole pig (No head for the less timid) and we can eat off that all weekend if there is enough. If not…………….
Saturday night there will be Hamburgers, Homemade Bratwurst, Chips and, ice cold beer or soda
Breakfast: Pancakes and bacon served every morning along with hot coffee.
Cost of food: Donation!
Last year all the donations that were given for the event was donated to the NAGforum. This year will be the same as this is a NAGF Sponsored event.
Lodging - There are a small Cottage and a “Bunkhouse” that can be rented on site at Willville campgrounds. In the local area there are other cabin rentals, motels, RV camping, gas, stores and restaurants for all your various needs.
Motel Info: Blue Ridge Motel, 2295 Jeb Stuart Hwy Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 (276) 952-2244
Price for 1 person room $46 +$4 tax = $50 Total 2 people w 2 beds in a room is $54 + $6 tax = $60 total per night.
RV camping info: Meadows of Dan CampGrounds 2182 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
Sites are $30 per night for a 30amp back in site, or $32 a night for a 50amp pull through site.
(276)-952-2292 www.meadowsofdancampground.com/ You will have to call to make reservation and get prices and availablity depending on your personal needs.
Both Hotel and RV camping facilities are within a ½ mile of Willville Motorcycle camp grounds.
Attendees as of 5/31/2016
Jobe05 - John & Rebecca (2) Camping
- Tim Johnson (1) Camping
- My Sister Sue (1) Cabin
Hobo - Bum (1) Ya never know
Dust Boots - Ken (1) Camping
Mowerdoc - Jim & Pat (2) Camping
Zipp - Mike (1) Camping
Rampaul1955 - Paul (1) Camping
AZGL1800 - John (1) Motel
Dave0320 - Dave (1) Motel
NC Aspenwing - Larry&DeeDee (2) Motel
Russel Lawrence (1) Camping
Larryinseatle - Larry & Steve - (2) Camping
JBHawly - John - (1) ??
Halfling - John & Nancy (2) Camping
Browner_77 Allen - +1 (2) Camping
JGL351 - Jim - (1) camping
Layne and Greg
Ratster - Rhett
Brianinpa - Brian (1)