Beakster Bash XIV 2017

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Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:22 am

It's time to consider planning for the next Bash. As a reference:

BEAKSTER BASH LOCATIONS

BBI Deals Gap NC/TN (2004)
BBII Bartow, WV (2005)
BBIII Marietta, OH (2006)
BBIV Marlinton, WV (2007)
BBV Central, PA (2008) Endless Mountains
BBVI Fayetteville, WV (2009) New River Gorge
BBVII Harriman, TN (2010) Cumberland Plateau
BBVIII Milford, PA (2011)
BBIX Lewisburg, WV (2012)
BBX Marietta, OH (2013)
BBXI Mt. Airy, NC (2014)
BBXII Staunton, VA (2015)
BBXIII Marathon, NY (2016)
BBXIV Lexington, Va (2017)

According to my recollection, any location within 500 mile radius of the confluence of TN, NC, and VA. is worthy. Good roads, reasonable lodging, and adequate sustenance seem to be the basic building blocks of a suitable location. WiFi, Fuel, and DQ are also of importance. Any location along the Interstate 81 corridor has potential. Easy access to the mountains is a plus. By varying the location, we have the opportunity to maintain interest, invite new participants, and explore some fresh areas.

Let's post your ideas for the next Bash. The dates of which, according to past schedules, would be May 17-21, 2017.

I'm leaning toward Lexington, Virginia, but would like to hear your thoughts.
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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:16 pm

Doc, anywhere in the region between Staunton and Marion, VA and over into WV is prime riding. I was looking at Floyd, VA since I have seen several references to it online. The Riders Workshop uses Floyd as a stop on their invisible roads riding course. It is 96 miles further down the road from Lexington for those of us coming from the north. The Floyd Hotel is in town and is large enough to handle our group plus several smaller alternatives are in town. There are several places to eat within walking distance or within a short ride. For entertainment there is the Floyd Country Store with their famous Friday night music jamboree. The Blue Ridge is nearby and you can easily reach Marion and RT 16 and the Grayson Highlands area on a day ride from Floyd. All superb mountain riding.
Anyone have any information on Floyd, VA?

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:32 pm

Take Floyd out of the running. The Hotel Floyd is already heavily booked for that weekend. So back to Lexington or somewhere in the region.

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby wncbmw » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:54 pm

Hopefully, my body and bike hold out to attend next year's Bash, wherever we end up! Missed VIII for bike issues and VIII for knee issues! The knee is fixed now anyway and I am back to riding!

As ctRrider said, anywhere in that neighborhood is great. I actually considered Floyd when I organized the Mt. Airy Bash but went with a venue I knew hosted Ducati events. Anywhere else in Floyd? Lexington would be fine too.

I could go for a return to Fayetteville, WV and the New River Gorge too! At this point, just tell me where to show up.
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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:56 am

Thanks for the update on Floyd there ctRider. The lodging looked great on the website, but it is booked.

Glad to see you are on the mend Vann and back in the saddle.

If there are any other suggestions, feel free to post-up.
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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby mikemagna » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:48 pm

If you organize it I will come. I'm liking Lexington area as Doc suggested.

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby Evan » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:43 am

Virginia sounds good :D

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:47 am

I could see zeroing in on the area between Staunton and Wyethville. There is about a 2 hour ride difference between them north to south. It's more attractive to have a hotel located close to restaurants and ideally walking distance to them or on site like we had in Staunton and Marathon. Historically we have stayed at reasonably or value priced hotels with outside room entrances and bike parking in front of the room. Some areas that seem to meet the criteria with close restaurants are in Wyethville, Christainsburg, Roanoke, and Staunton. Some smaller venues include Galax or Hillsboro. Lexington has expensive lodging that time of year probably due to the two colleges there and graduations. Same for Blacksburg. Anyone have any knowledge or ideas of which one of these areas would make a good choice?

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:09 am

VMI Commencement is Tuesday, 5/16, with Washington & Lee Wednesday, 5/24, for the Baccalaureate service. The Bash would fall in between those weeks.

Take a look on Google Maps Satellite view and zero in on Applebee's in Lexington, Va. and check out the location.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Apple ... -79.419533


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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Sun Oct 02, 2016 3:43 pm

I was zooming so far in looking at Lexington that I completely missed the hotels in East Lexington! Looks like a good option and meets our criteria! Best Western, Holiday Inn Express in the same parking lot and walking distance to Applebee's and a Diary Queen! Devils Backbone micro brewery is just down the street for that nice end of day touch. Lexington is in the heart of some superb motorcycling roads! Let's go for it. Doc, do you want to check hotel availability? Would you want me to check anything?

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:33 am

ctRrider wrote:I was zooming so far in looking at Lexington that I completely missed the hotels in East Lexington! Looks like a good option and meets our criteria! Best Western, Holiday Inn Express in the same parking lot and walking distance to Applebee's and a Diary Queen! Devils Backbone micro brewery is just down the street for that nice end of day touch. Lexington is in the heart of some superb motorcycling roads! Let's go for it. Doc, do you want to check hotel availability? Would you want me to check anything?


If you would be kind enough to check with both hotels, I would appreciate it regarding rates(group discount & blocking till a certain date), availability, motorcycle parking, and that a few of us may be bringing a trailer from up north. See if they have conference room for Saturday Night.

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:55 pm

Will do.

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby Biff's R » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:07 pm

How about the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV? Good roads, and all of us could apply for permanent residency.
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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:47 am

Looks like a good POI next time when we are in Marietta. Maybe they give tours. Not so sure about accommodations though. Looks creepy.
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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby ctRrider » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:53 pm

Working on some reasonable prices and a block of 15 rooms for 5/18 through 5/20 in Lexington, Va. The best locations with an Applebee's and a Dairy Queen next door are the Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western, and their rates so far are from $119 to 129 per night depending on the night. Could go cheaper at a hotel a little further out such a Super 8 or a Motel 6 and you would have to ride to any food places. All the better hotels have competitive rates or are quoting a higher price, or are sold out for that weekend. Any comments?

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:22 am

ctRrider wrote:Working on some reasonable prices and a block of 15 rooms for 5/18 through 5/20 in Lexington, Va. The best locations with an Applebee's and a Dairy Queen next door are the Holiday Inn Express and the Best Western, and their rates so far are from $119 to 129 per night depending on the night. Could go cheaper at a hotel a little further out such a Super 8 or a Motel 6 and you would have to ride to any food places. All the better hotels have competitive rates or are quoting a higher price, or are sold out for that weekend. Any comments?


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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby machew01 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:28 pm

[quote="Biff's R"]How about the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV? Good roads, and all of us could apply for permanent residency.

Be aware that the food sucks and there is no Dairy Queen.

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Postby ctRrider » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:18 pm

Waiting for the contract to lock up 15 rooms at the Comfort Inn Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Dates are May 18 - 22. Should have the contract on Monday when I will have more information. There is a Country Cookin next door for fine dining and a Dairy Queen across the street.

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Re: Beakster Bash XIV 2017

Postby STDocLizard1 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:54 pm

All information for 2017 BBXIV is now directed here:

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