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BMW RA Ohio Region 2016 Calendar of Events                     

January 9,  2016   Ohio RA Winter Hotel Camp Out Reserve your room TODAY at the Historic Lafayette Hotel in Marietta! We have a block of rooms (camp sites) held until January 3rd, 2016  for RA Members and interested BMW riders who wish to camp out on Saturday night. Call the Lafayette Hotel at 800-331-9336 FREE or 740-373-5522 and reserve your room at our special group rate by mentioning that you are with the BMW Riders Association. Rooms are $49 for a cabin room and $59 for a Queen, plus taxes. The Lafayette Hotel is a Grand Riverboat Era Hotel right on the Ohio River. Tour the city and enjoy it's many shops, restaurants, antique stores and historic buildings and homes. We will meet in the hotel lobby Saturday evening for fun around the campfire (bring a candle).  There will be an informal meeting at 9 PM to discuss and plan the 2016 riding season as well as the state of the RA on the local and national levels. Hotel accommodations have been confirmed, so call now to get the room of your choice.  

March 20,  2016   RA Ohio Region  Breakfast Meeting will be held at 9:00 AM with the short meeting following at 10:00 AM at the Pioneer Restaurant located at 50 Columbus Rd., Utica, Ohio 43080 (SR 62 just west of SR 13).  Everyone should be back from Daytona Bike Week by then and have some stories to share. More details of the 2016 BMW-RA National Rally and our Ohio Region calendar of events will be on the agenda.   Map!   Restaurant phone is 740.892.2087. GPS Coordinates N40 13.780 W82 27.213

April 22-24,  2016   RA Ohio Region Spring Camp Out  This is our season opener held on the last weekend in April at the Kokosing Valley Camp and Canoe  located 1/2 mile west of Millwood, OH (on the south side of US 36 just west of US 62). Camping is $7.50 per person per night tenting or bike pop-ups.  We are looking forward to another great year at this location with its comfortable facilities: flush toilets, hot showers, a laundry, volleyball, basketball, baseball, horseshoe pits, and an on site camp store, just to name a few. Restaurants can be found close by in Millwood, Danville and Mt.Vernon. We will be in "Area B" (right across from the Office/Store) and have the picnic shelter. There is water and electric at each site. Camper-trailers will be charged $30 per night, which includes two adults and two minor children admissions. Please register at the camp office upon arrival. The Ohio RA will provide continuous coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Saturday night, "share a dish if you wish" potluck. Adult beverages are permitted. Excellent riding roads are found in every direction from the campgrounds. Also, nearby is the Kokosing Gap Trail for hikers. Come on out and see why everyone loves this nice location or just to break in your new camping gear. Start your riding season with your fellow RA members. The campground's phone is 740.599.7056. Map Quest look-up address:  25860 Coshocton Rd, ZIP 43028   GPS Coordinates: N40 24.133 W82 17.086

 June 17-19,  2016   RA Ohio Region Summer Camp Out at Sunset Woods just south of Bellville, OH.  If you haven't attended this event in the past you're missing a lot of fun and good times with fellow motorcyclists.  This is a beautiful location with excellent riding in all directions.  The RA will provide coffee, tea, hot chocolate and drinking water as always.  There will be a  Saturday evening pot luck dinner.   A gas grill and stoves are available for your cooking needs.  There are several restaurants nearby as well. The donation can and a 50/50 drawing will be utilized to cover rented equipment and other costs for this event. Sunset Woods offers lots of cool shaded camping among the trees or sleep under the stars in the grassy field. There will be Porta Pots, and a hot outdoor shower. Our hosts are Randy and Lynne Beecham and our event co chairs are Marty and Sigrid Sackman. Sunset Woods is located just south of Bellville, Ohio at 6509 Ankneytown Rd. Look for a concrete driveway at the top of the hill on the east side of the road. It will be marked with BMW signs. Please stop and watch for oncoming traffic before you pull into the driveway. Ankneytown Road is 1.3 miles south of the historic gazebo in the middle of Bellville, continue 1.4 miles south on Ankneytown Rd to Sunset Woods. Please contact Mark Hoskey 419-560-6208 for more info about this Ohio RA event. We hope to see you there!

October 21-23,  2016  Ohio RA  Halloween Camp Out  at Jefferson Lake Sate Park.   No fees for this event,  just pay for your own camping.  Primitive camp sites though there are a few electric sites near rally central. Pit toilets with water nearby and a paved road into the campground.  All interested BMW riders and guests are invited to this end of season camp out.  Last year featured pumpkin carving and vintage horror flicks by the fire and was a total blast !  RA-Ohio coffee, tea, etc. "Bring a dish if you wish" potluck on Saturday evening and more. Ghouls and gobblins welcome. Contact the RA Ohio Region Rep for details.  


Mark Hoskey
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