Twin Valley Rally 2011

The Second Annual Twin Valley Rally
Meadows of Dan, Virginia September 16, 17, 18

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Update: Riders from fourteen states made their way to Meadows of Dan, Virginia and the 2011 Twin Valley Rally was a great success despite the weather being less than fully cooperative. The feedback is all positive and many folks are already planning to return the third weekend of September in 2012.

We had kick butt music! We already had high expectations, but Becca and her talented guitarist put on a show that blew us completely away. What pipes that woman has! A great bunch of bluegrass musicians with a variety of instruments also jammed in the pavilion both nights!

Culinary artists, Jonathan and Seth, performed like pros as well. The apple-smoked pulled pork BBQ definitely raised the standard––it was absolutely delicious, and being discriminating with respect to such vittles, I don’t say that about BBQ or rally food too often. The hearty breakfast at the Meadows of Dan VFW was also top notch.

There were tons of good door prizes including some super-nice items thanks to our great sponsors. We had about a dozen contestants, a hundred spectators, and a gazillion laughs at the slow-ride competition. Smores by the campfire and smooth, fruity delights kept the singing, dancing and howling at the moon going well into the night. This ain’t the kind of rally where the campground goes silent at 9:00.

The camping was less crowded than anticipated so we’re increasing the number of places slightly for next year. Thanks to all who attended and those who contributed to making a wonderful weekend. Dates for the 2012 Twin Valley Rally are September 14, 15 and 16th with online registration beginning May 1st. Mark your calendar and register early to reserve your place.


The 2nd Annual Twin Valley Rally will be September 16-17-18, 2011. Everything that contributed to the great success of last year’s event will be here again––plus new ideas to make this year even better! Twin Valley Rally is hosted by Twin Valley Riders, the sport touring enthusiasts club of the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Southwest Virginia. We are chartered as BMW MOA Chapter 284, however, we are non-exclusive and warmly welcome all riders for both the rally and club membership.

We are an active club and a friendly group with riders of all experience levels. We have weekly breakfasts, rotating on a monthly schedule, usually followed by spirited rides on curvy backroads throughout Southwest Virginia. We also have monthly Malt Therapy sessions at local restaurants, alternating between the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Interested in joining? Check out our forum, look at the schedule and come join in the fun.

Our Playground

Twin Valley Rally brings you to the heart of the Central Appalachians of Southwest Virginia, and some of the sweetest roads in the country. This is undoubtedly the best riding area in the Appalachians that isn’t notoriously crowded, aggressively patrolled, and named for a fire-breathing serpent. We know the roads and it will be our pleasure to show you more sweet curves than a reptile has scales––all weekend long! Big Walker Mountain, Wolf Creek Turnpike, Route 16, Little River Road, Potts Mountain, Burkes Garden, and an unknown number of steep, tight, curvaceous roads whose names include the word Gap! We aim to provide you with an experience that will inspire you to return year after year––if not pull up stakes and move!

The Blue Ridge Escarpment

Here is a bird’s eye view of our playground. If spending most of the day in second gear makes you smile, you’ll like it here. There is great riding in every direction- hairpins, sweepers and dramatic elevation change are par for the course. Squared off tires is not a malady we worry about here, but if you show up suffering and leave without the cure it won’t be our fault.

The Venue

Twin Valley Rally is held at the Willville Motorcycle Camp in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Willville is a 26 acre motorcycle-only campground featuring level, grassy camping in a tall woods beside a mountain stream. The large pavilion provides a perfect place for serving our BBQ dinners, morning coffee, happy hours, programs and general fraternizing throughout the weekend. Nightly campfires in the camping area and a diligently maintained bath house with hot showers make Willville the perfect place for Twin Valley Rally. The site is located less than a mile west of the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile 177) on US 58 at Meadows of Dan, Va.

Entertainment

Twin Valley Rally is held in the heart of Crooked Road territory, so don’t be surprised if a bunch of talented musicians with banjos, guitars, mandolins and high lonesome voices find their way to Willville––if you play bring an instrument. If not, bring a huge grin and plan on giving it a serious workout.

Last year we were treated to a nice surprise. There was a bit of picking and singing by the campfire as the mason jar was being passed, and someone was trying to entice one of our campers to sing Bobby McGee, a la Janis Joplin. A bit reluctant at first, she soon captivated everyone with the most soulful, bluesy, a cappella rendition… I swear you’d have thought it was 1970s well, it turns out that wasn’t Becca Fifleski’s first gig––she’s a blues-rock vocalist with a band down in Eastern Virginia. We asked her about coming back and she agreed, this time with acoustic guitar accompaniment as our featured talent on Saturday night. Janis would be impressed.

Amenities

The fun begins around noon on Friday. The $40 rally fee includes two nights of camping, delicious BBQ dinners Friday and Saturday night, slow-cooked with care by resident culinary gurus, hot coffee brewing by first light Saturday and Sunday mornings. We’ll have maps with suggested rides as well as guided tours for both road and dual-sport riders on Saturday. There will be a bunch of other options such as riding instruction by Jim Ford, expert massages for your tired aching muscles, door prizes, raffles, etc. We’ll have campfires and happy hours both nights as well.

The Meadows of Dan VFW has agreed to put on one of their famous all-you-can-eat breakfasts for us on Saturday morning. These folks have been doing monthly breakfasts for a long time and they do a fantastic job. If you like breakfast, and what rider doesn’t, this is a can’t miss opportunity to start your on Saturday.

Rider's Workshop

Jim Ford - The Art of Riding Smooth

Jim Ford of The Riders Workshop will be here, offering his course in advanced riding skills, The Art of Riding Smooth. Also Heather Ramirez, talented masseuse and owner of Flower Hill Therapeutic Massage LLC, will be happy to soothe your tired, aching muscles after a day of draggin’ pegs, jumpin’ logs and fording streams. It will be our pleasure to impart plenty of tired aching muscles for Heather to soothe.

  • Two nights of camping at Willville
  • Two BBQ Dinners – Chicken & Pork
  • Guided Gap Attack and Dual Sport Rides
  • Live Musical Entertainment
  • Door Prize Drawings
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Commemorative T-Shirts*
  • Campfires Friday & Saturday Nights
  • Morning Coffee Provided
  • Happy Hour Friday & Saturday
  • Jim Ford’s Rider’s Workshop*
  • Flower Hill Therapeutic Massage*
  • Saturday Breakfast Buffet by local VFW*

* not included in the base fee

Registration

Registration is in advance via Paypal on this page (right column). Participation is limited to 125 people, so register now and reserve your place. Enter your name and click the RALLY FEE button. In the shopping cart, click CONTINUE SHOPPING to return to this page, then select your T-Shirt size in either long or short sleeve, then click THE SHIRT to add it to the cart. You may pay membership dues or become a new member at the same time by clicking the dues button (not required to attend the rally). Quantities can be updated in the shopping cart if you wish to register for more than one person or purchase more than one T-Shirt. Complete checkout using a credit or debit card or your paypal account. You do not need a Paypal account to register. Watch this page for the latest updates.

Sponsors

Several of Virginia’s top moto businesses support our club and Twin Valley Rally by contributing valuable products and services, discounts, door prizes, and by helping raise awareness among their clientele. We greatly appreciate their contributions and urge everyone to support these business at every opportunity. A special nod to Will Beers, owner of Willville Motorcycle Camp, for his many contributions to the rally’s success.

Thanks to RevZilla, an online motorcycle apparel store
with the top motorcycle gear available.



Imagine how cool this is going to be…

At last year’s rally we had riders on almost every kind of bike you can imagine. We are chartered as BMW MOA club #284 but we are not exclusive. We welcome everyone, no matter what you ride, both for the rally and membership in the club. After all, it’s about the ride.

The rally is held at Willville Motorcycle Camp at Meadows of Dan, Va., on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is plenty of smooth, grassy, shaded area for tent camping with a mountain stream alongside. Facilities include a pavilion that serves as our dining hall and central gathering place, a bath house with hot showers. It’s motorcycles only!

Meadows of Dan is in Crooked Road road territory in more ways than one. This area is the birthplace of traditional bluegrass and old time music. There will be music and it’ll make ya want to move yer feet.

willville pavilion

The Wilville pavilion - a natural gathering place

The pavilion is the social center and gathering place for all the BBQ dinners, morning coffee and evening activities. We spend a lot of time talking about our region, the great riding and the rally’s amenities, but the fact is that it’s all the great folks coming together to share this experience that really make it wonderful and unique. And a truly great bunch of people they are. We welcomed riders from all parts of Virginia and and the Mid-Atlantic region last year. There are no strangers at Twin Valley Rally.

What’s a Gap Attack? Well, a gap is where they put the road that crosses a ridge. Attack is a verb meaning ‘to take aggressive action.’ Tire companies love us.

Robin and Doug brought the Smores and everyone had a great time around the campfire. We had all sorts of good homemade concoctions to eat and
drink. Let’s hope the peaches show up again too.

winery

Chateau Morrisette

Chateau Morrisette and other wineries are located nearby. If vino is a motivating force for you or your sugga, consider a wine tour or tasting. Chateau Morrisette is having their fall wine tasting on Saturday the 17th featuring expert instruction on the paring of wines and cheeses.

Download the Rally Flyer PDF Entice your friends, arrive with an entourage, spread the enthusiasm! Post the flyer at your local shop or distribute to your local club.

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2 Comments


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    johntice
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Dave,
    We’ll have a registration table set up on the lawn Friday afternoon. If you happen to arrive before or after the table is manned, just ask for Fast Eddie up on the porch or down at the pavilion. We’ll probably make him wear a funny hat with a big feather or something so he can be found. ;-)


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    Dave R
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    For those of us registered out-of-staters coming for the first time ever, what is the process once we arrive? Is there a person to seek out? Looking forward to a great weekend at Willville, my favorite MC only CG!

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