We left Reston, leaving Granny with Beemer, on Friday, June 7, 2007, and headed down Rt. 29. Took frequent water breaks. Destination was the BMW RA Rally on the grounds of the Biltmore Mansion, Asheville, NC.
We got side-tracked before getting to Asheville when John realized there was a bbq place that had been closed when we did the tour earlier in the year. So we ended up in Burlington, NC at Hursey's for some really good 'que.
The official count at the end was 3009 registered for the Rally. I don't know how many camped, but there were LOTS. Some identified their Sherpa tents with special symbols, such as the dead chicken above.
Ted Mayberry (the Sherpa guy) provided the tent, a great air mattress, two sleeping bags, two pillows, and clean towels for our use during the Rally. We also found mints on the pillows when we "checked in".
They "ran" an endurance ride one morning, with dozens of riders passing through the camp, and along the French Broad River. The riders were required to walk this stretch due to the extremely dry, dusty conditions.
Our bikes parked for the closing ceremony. A second tier formed behind us.
I haven't said anything about the Rally itself. Fewer vendors than expected, and we missed the best seminars, but we both got new molded earplugs and enjoyed seeing all the other BMWBMW members who were there. Didn't explore the nearby roads, as I'd had surgery recently, but thoroughly enjoyed the ride to and from, and visiting with everyone there. Great venue! Drew so many riders that the restrooms & showers for the campers were overwhelmed.
We rode home through Botetourt, Bath & Augusta Counties along Route 42 all the way to Rt. 211. Again, the road was beautiful and almost vacant. Our last stop on the way home, at our favorite burger place in Sperryville, VA, after crossing through Thornton Gap.