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Location: Northern Virginia
|Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:32 am Post subject: Eighth Annual Skiyline Drive Cruise.
|We'll be Cruising this year on Saturday, the Twenty Seventh of October.
Join us for a Leisurely Cruise North to South on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley, We'll be Meeting in Front Royal, Virginia, between 8 AM-9 AM on the 27th of October, Leaving our meeting point, at 9 AM, and proceeding south along Skyline Drive which offers some fantastic views of the Shenandoah Valley.
Cost: There is a $15 charge per car to enter the Park. I will probably NOT be picking up passes before we meet at the Super 8, depending on the number of people we have coming, and how many people that I don't know personally are coming, if we are a small group, we might as well just get them at the gate. Passes are good for 7 days, so if you arrive Friday, or stay thru Sunday, you'll only need one pass.
Map of the park:
We will stop at Big Meadows, approximately 50 Miles south of Front Royal for Lunch and Photo Opportunities. Bring Your Lunch! There is also an Aramark "Wayside" right at big meadows that offers some decent picnic type food, if you don't want to carry lunch with you.
Around 1:00 we will turn around and head back north. The trip back is more free form, with everyone moving at their own pace, so they can gawk at the overlooks in a more relaxed fashion. Debbie and I will probably hike a trail on the way back as well for any who might want to join us. Back in Front Royal we will meet back at the super 8, and head for TGI Friday's for dinner about 6:30 or 7:00, for those who wish to attend.
The Super 8 Motel in Front Royal still has rooms and is pretty close to the North Entrance (In Fact, we'll be in their parking lot as the meeting point...);
SUPER 8 MOTEL - FRONT ROYAL
111 South Street
Front Royal , Virginia 22630
If you book On Line at http://www.super8.com The rate is down again this year, at $58.23. You may want to run thru some of the travel sites for the best rate. We strongly urge you to get your room reserved as soon as possible, as lodging around Skyline Drive is difficult to get in the fall, and rooms are usually all booked well before leaf peeping season starts, reservations can generally be canceled as late as 24 hours before coming with no fee, but make sure that is the case if you book the room thru anyone other than Super 8 itself.
If you are considering Camping in the park, you will need to check availability of sites (Reservations are required), For more information, goto http://www.recreation.gov/
For Tent and RV camping near the entrance, I've stayed at the campground below and will be this year too.
Front Royal RV Campground
P.O. Box 274, Front Royal, VA 22630
(They have spaces free right up to the date, so you shouldn't need a reservation)
If you have a set of public band Walkie Talkies, please bring them along, they are a tremendous help in keeping the cruise together!
Below is the attendee list for Skyline Drive 2011. I will bee updating this top message as users are added, so what you see here should always bee current up to the last 24 hours. If you are coming to the Cruise, Please post here with all the information shown in the table below. This year is all makes, so please include your year and make that you will be driving in the cruise, if we don't all know it already.
_____________________Staying at______Days in the Area______________Number__
Attendee Name_________Super 8?____Friday Saturday Sunday__________for Dinner_____Ride
Zuke____________________N_________X______X_______X___________________3_________ Yellow 05 Bee
Mrs Zuke_________________N_________X______X_______X_____________________________ Mustang GT (Or Jeep JKU)
Tim and Rachel____________N_________X______X_______X___________________4_________ 09 Dodge Steeler Bee
From Mid PA;
Take I-81 South to I-66 (Exit 300) and head East, take the first exit off 66 (Exit 6) onto US 340 South.
From Western PA and Ohio;
Take I-70/76 East to Breezewood, Exit the Turnpike at Breezewood, And stay on Route 70 to Hancock Maryland, In Hancock, Pickup US 522 south to Winchester, In Winchester Take I-81 South to I-66 (Exit 300) and head East, take the first exit off 66 (Exit 6) onto US 340 South.
From Eastern PA, Maryland, DC;
Take I-95 South to the Capitol Beltway, Outer loop (West), From the Beltway, take I-66 West, take the last exit off 66 (Exit 6) onto US 340 South.
From Richmond, Norfolk, Suffolk;
Take I-64 (West or East, as appropriate) to I-295 (Richmond Bypass) Head North to reach I-95 North, Go to Fredericksburg, and take exit 133 to get on US 17 North. Follow that to I-66 West, take the last exit off 66 (Exit 6) onto US 340 South.
Previous years have been a blast! Bee sure to check out the galleries for pics from those trips;
For information about Skyline Drive, look here;
If you are an avid Leaf peeper, you can also get twice a week reports for how the color is doing here;
(The first report for the year will generally be the second week of September)
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
John ~aka~ zuke
2005 "Second Swarm" #0857 *Traded in 2015*