Autumn colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains, sinuous blacktop roads, hot morning coffee, and a large collection of historic American motorcycles while riding your own favorite bike at a steady pace with everything else provided for – that is the Blue Ridge Rendezvous.
Rendezvous in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The legendary scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which wind their way through the American states of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, makes the area among the top motorcycle travel destinations in the world. It encompasses the surreal Great Smoky Mountains, the enchanted Shenandoah National Park and what you may know as Deal’s Gap - or “Tail of the Dragon” – an eleven-mile stretch of U.S. Route 129 with 318 curves in Tennessee. Few places on Earth can rival riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Blue Ridge Rendezvous is billed as a scenic three-day motorcycle tour through the (you guessed it) Blue Ridge Mountains and is brought to us by Blue Strada Tours and Motorcycle Classics magazine. It includes a welcome reception, a farewell dinner, and accommodations for all three nights at the historic - and riding nirvana-adjacent - Switzerland Inn. Tour guides will assist you on the numerous organized daily rides from which you may choose, and support vehicles will assist in the behind-the-scenes duties for you.
Blue Ridge Mountains Tour
From 2 to 5 October of 2011 will be four days and three nights of motorcycling bliss in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is timed to coincide with two important events: the fabulous fall foliage that hits the entire area in autumn, and the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, which begins on the final day of the Rendezvous.
The Blue Ridge Rendezvous also pays your way into the Wheels Through Time Museum as part of the package. It just happens to be located five miles off a much-beloved ribbon of tarmac - the Blue Ridge Parkway - in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. This museum houses over 300 vintage, historic and rare American made motorcycles from more than 24 homegrown marques. The foundation of the museum is based on the collection of one man, Dale Walksler; his vision and effort have secured the Wheels Through Time Museum an integral place within the industry and our shared history.
Blue Ridge Rendezvous Vintage Love
The Blue Ridge Rendezvous organizers are hoping that you will bring your favorite vintage motorcycle for the touring duties, but it is not required. The setting you will be surrounded with on this ride, however, would suit the full range of bike styles, displacements and country of origin. The Blue Ridge Mountains have been shaped by complex natural and man-made histories, but it really feels like the roads here were designed by riders seeking a taste of heaven.
The Blue Ridge Rendezvous packages start at $643 per person, includes all of the above (except the Barber event) and you can slide right into the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival right after. For a trip which will always be something which you compare others against, that’s not a bad deal. For more information: http://www.bluestradatours.com/bmr.html