Riders gathered for a photo near the Oakland B&O Railroad Museum in Oakland, Md., just visible in the background.
Way back in August 2016, we invited readers to join us at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania for the very first Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Getaway. More than 80 readers showed up that first year, and we're thrilled that you keep coming back every year since. Our 4th Annual Getaway was Aug. 9-11, 2019, and like the first three it was another wonderful weekend of riding, wrenching and bench racing, along with tasty meals shared together. With 70 riders on classic Moto Morinis, Yamahas, Nortons, BMWs, Triumphs, Laverdas, Hondas, Suzukis and more — not to mention a trio of brand-new Royal Enfield twins — enjoying the great twisty lanes and back roads of Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands. While our venue at Seven Springs moved from indoors at our beloved Festival Hall (now remodeled and too nice for drippy, oily motorcycles) to up the hill at The Foggy Goggle, we soldiered on. Despite not as much space for inside parking, the large covered patio played home to most of the bikes during our time at the resort. We did manage to sneak a few inside the bar which made for some fun photos.
Joel Sammick (middle) aboard his 1972 Laverda SF, prepares for departure.
Beautiful, scenic, curvy roads were the highlight of the Saturday ride.
Founding editor Richard Backus (right) joined us for the weekend aboard his Laverda RGS 1000. He was also kind enough to lead Saturday night’s discussion with special guest Dain Gingerelli (middle).
Riders park their bikes and settle in before Friday night’s dinner.
Craig Mallory (left) and Ben Walker from Bonhams joined us for the weekend’s events and rides, putting miles on the RetroTours Norton Commando Fastback and Moto Morini 500.
All manner of classic and modern bikes lined up in front of The Foggy Goggle, our weekend clubhouse at Seven Springs.
Dain Gingerelli and the RetroTours Yamaha TX750.
We made space inside the bar for parking a few bikes!
The 1920 Baldwin steam locomotive ouside the B&O Museum in Oakland.
Another terrific road on Saturday.
The hills are alive with the sound of motorcycles.
A 1956 Zündapp Bella at the Garrett County Transportation museum.
A trio of fabulously faired bikes from Ducati, BMW and Honda.
Eric Kurth was the recipient of our yearly Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance Best of Seven Springs Award for his recently revived 1974 Triumph Trident.
Paul Harrison and his Moto Guzzi V7 (left) and Ben Walker at a fuel stop.
Friends Tom McKee and Adam Rexroad planned our routes. Saturday’s 125-mile ride took us south to the quaint downtown of Oakland, Maryland. Riders relaxed, wandered downtown, took in the museums and had lunch at a variety of locally owned restaurants. Thanks to Tom and Adam for the killer route, and to the Alder Street Diner for the best burger I've had in years!
Saturday night's banquet featured this year’s special guest, motorcycle journalist Dain Gingerelli. Dain kept us in stitches, sharing stories with Richard Backus and our group of riders from his many decades spent riding, writing and racing. On Sunday morning we were on the road again, making a 60-mile loop through Ohiopyle State Park, then back to Seven Springs.
Special thanks to sponsors Bonhams, Spectro Oils, RetroTours and Pecard Leather Care for helping making it all happen. Watch for details on our next MC event at Seven Springs, the expanded Gearhead Gathering, Sept. 5-6, 2020! MC