Gotta do something other than fret about COVID-19, so let’s kick off planning for BITA 10. I believe this is the longest running Buell meet, in the east anyway.
In case you haven't been before, the meet is held at the Skyline Village Inn, located smack in the middle of some of North Carolina's best twisty roads, including NC 226A (aka "the Diamondback"), NC 226, NC 80 (aka "the Devil's Whip") and it's within easy riding distance of the Dragon, the Snake, and several other named roads. If you want a more leisurely ride, the Blue Ridge Parkway is ~100 yards away. See videos below for rides on the local roads.
This meet is very loosely organized; show up (all makes welcome, 2, 3, or 4 wheels), grab a few other riders, and head out riding. In the evening hang out at the hotel deck and enjoy a cold brew with a good meal while enjoying one of the best mountain views in the area. We usually try to have one semi-organized ride on Saturday morning. There are several destinations that make good out-and-back group rides.
Contact info for the hotel: Skyline Village Inn & Cavern Tavern 12255 NC Highway 226A Between Spruce Pine & Little Switzerland, NC Phone 828-765-9394
Reservations for the meet HAVE to be made by phone.
It's a funky little hotel that was built back in the 40's. The current owners, Mike and Lynn Thrift, have restored it and are really nice people. The hotel has some really interesting history behind it. It has a good restaurant, and a store with the best beer selection for ~50 miles. Room rates vary from about $80/night to $120/night depending on what location you want (balcony or not) and what discounts you can get. Pets are allowed. Tell them you're with the Buell meet and they'll give you a decent discount.
Covered motorcycle parking is provided in back. If you don't have a bike or don't want to ride it, Mike has a fleet of rental motorcycles so that's a great option. He also has some tools and a motorcycle trailer and he’s glad to help out stranded riders in case anyone has an issue.
That's it for today. Block the dates on your calendar, put in your vacation request at work, apply for that second mortgage NOW, and/or start creating a convincing story for your boss/significant other for why you HAVE to be there!