Third Annual Twin Valley Rally – September 14, 15, 16, 2012
Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Update, July 8:
Twin Valley Rally 2012 has reached capacity. Registration is closed. We are truly sorry for anyone who did not register in time. Meals, amenities and admissions are all based on being officially registered––there are no day passes, walk-ins, etc. We keep a wait list in case of cancellations, but realistically, there are already more waiting than we will be able to accommodate. Nevertheless, we will add you on a first come basis. Registration opens May 1st. Mark your calendar for 2013.
The 3rd Annual Twin Valley Rally is once again set for the third weekend in September, 2012. The magic formulae––eatin, pickin, ridin, sippin, and kickin––will be summoned again, and perhaps a new potion or two will be devised to crank up the fun factor a few notches! Twin Valley Rally is hosted by Twin Valley Riders, the sport touring club of the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Southwest Virginia. We are chartered as BMW MOA Chapter 284 and a BMWRA chartered club as well, however, we are non-exclusive and warmly welcome riders of all marques for both the rally and club membership.
Twin Valley Rally is hosted in the heart of the Central Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia, and some of the finest motorcycling roads in the country. This area, despite it’s august beauty and gnarled topography, isn’t notoriously crowded, aggressively patrolled, or named after a reptile. The riding area includes Mount Rogers (at 5729 ft., the highest peak in Virginia), Burkes Garden, Route 16, Big Walker Mountain, Fancy Gap, Breaks Interstate Park, the communities of Saltville, Fries, and Pocahontas, the Crooked Road venues, numerous wineries, and more than a few miles of twisty pavement in between. In our third year, we’re gaining confidence, understanding how the magic works and looking forward to hosting a Rally that will make you wish this weekend could last all year. Last year, one of our out-of-state guests departed the rally, rounded up some friends, and came right back and stayed twelve more days! Seriously.
Twin Valley Rally is in the heart of Crooked Road territory at the intersection of US Route 58 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is the birthplace of bluegrass music. A tradition in the making, each year a bunch of talented musicians with banjos, guitars, mandolins and high lonesome voices find their way to Willville and Twin Valley Rally. This year we will feature a talented, traditional bluegrass band, then have them stay and jam with everyone who brings an instrument or can tap their feet. If you play, definitely bring your instrument. If not, bring a big grin and plan on giving it a serious workout.
In 2010, we were treated to a surprise. There was some picking and singing down by the campfire and someone enticed one of our lady campers to sing Bobby McGee. Reluctant at first, she silenced the crowd as she laid into one of the most soulful, bluesy, a cappella renditions you can imagine… It turns out that wasn’t Becca’s first gig––she’s an established blues-rock vocalist from Eastern Virginia. Last year she came back with Danny, her accomplished acoustic guitarist, as our featured talent. Even though we had a good idea of what to expect, she blew us away––yet again! This woman has amazing pipes!
The rumor is It’s confirmed––she’ll be back for a third time!
Riders love BBQ; that’s a indisputable fact of life. We’ve ventured down to the flatlands of North Carolina many times to partake of their world-class hickory-smoked barbecue. Being only a stone’s throw away, it’s understandable that we’d be particular enough to want to make sure our barbecue is smoked just right, and to make it a centerpiece of our Rally. Last year, we accepted the challenge and rolled in the smoker, charcoal, a stack of apple wood and enough pork butts to feed a hundred and some hungry riders. Jonathan and Seth fired the smoker at 3am Saturday morning and over the next fifteen or so hours smoked those butts to near perfection. It was excellent, even by Carolina standards! We’ll be doing the same again this year, except we’re going to start a bit earlier, and we’ll be cooking for more than a hundred and fifty. Homemade cole slaw, baked beans, sweet tea, and a variety of homemade sauces will round out Saturday night’s dinner. Friday night it will be grilled chicken breasts, green beans and baked potatoes. The food alone is enough reason to make sure you’re here, and it’s only going to get better each time. What more could anyone wish for after long day of chasing twisties through the central Appalachians? Alright, we know what you’re thinking… chances are we’ll have some of that too!
Breakfast at the Meadows of Dan VFW
The Meadows of Dan VFW has agreed once again to put on their famous all-you-can-eat breakfast for us on Saturday morning. These folks have been doing monthly breakfasts for many years and they do a fantastic job. If you love bacon, sausage, eggs and biscuits––and what red-blooded rally-goer doesn’t––this is a can’t-miss opportunity to start your Saturday ride off proper.
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 up our BBQ, gathering for morning coffee, happy hour and extended elbow workouts, programs and general fraternizing throughout the weekend. Community campfires each night down in the campground and a diligently maintained bath house with hot showers make Willville an ideal venue for Twin Valley Rally. The site is a mile west of the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 177) on US Route 58 at Meadows of Dan, Va.
Twin Valley Rally is featuring three types of guided tours this year. For those who prefer to roll on their own, we’ll be happy to suggest great roads and areas to explore. As last year, we’re doing guided gap attack and dual-sport rides. We’ll form each into reasonably sized groups and focus on great roads whether they be paved or dirt.
Additionally, we’ve added a scenic-historical tour led by Michael Abraham, author of several books on motorcycle touring and the region’s fascinating history and culture. Michael’s tour will explore the nearby coal producing areas of Virginia and West Virginia. Pocahontas, Virginia sat atop what was considered the richest coal seam in the world. Now it is often described as a “lost town” as its fortunes and population have plummeted in recent decades as the seam has been largely depleted. Nearby Bramwell, West Virginia hosted 40 mansions, homes of the coal barons. These sister towns make a fascinating historical and scenic destination. Michael will speak about the area and has arranged guest speakers from the communities. Expect to spend about four hours on the road with additional time at each destination.
The fun begins as riders start rolling in 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 our resident smoker gurus, musical entertainment, and hot coffee brewing by first light Saturday and Sunday mornings. We’ll have maps with suggested rides as well as guided on-road and dual-sport tours on Saturday. There will be a bunch of other options such as a slow race, happy hours both days, expert massages for your tired aching muscles, door prizes, raffles, etc. There will be campfires both nights as well.
- Two nights of camping at Willville
- Two BBQ Dinners – Chicken & Pulled Pork
- Guided Gap Attack and Dual Sport Rides
- Live Bluegrass Music and Jam
- Door Prize Drawings
- 50/50 Raffle
- Commemorative T-Shirts*
- Campfires Friday & Saturday Nights
- Morning Coffee Provided
- Happy Hour Friday & Saturday
- Flower Hill Therapeutic Massage*
- Saturday Breakfast Buffet by local VFW*
* add’l cost item
Many preeminent motorcycle dealerships, moto gear and accessory retailers, and other businesses, support Twin Valley Rally by way of sponsorships and generous contributions of products and services, discounts, door prizes, and by helping raise awareness of the Rally among their clientele. We greatly appreciate these contributions and urge everyone to support our sponsors. A special nod goes to Will Beers, owner of Willville Motorcycle Camp, for his many contributions to the Rally’s success.
Rally Flyer Download
Download the flyer, print and distribute freely. We encourage everyone to post a flyer in local bike shops, BBQ joints, bars and clubs, post offices and court houses. Email copies to your entourage and mother-in-law. Use it as trading currency in leu of fifty dollar bills, or be the first to exchange thirteen copies for a fresh set of treads at your participating dealer!