38th Annual Square Route Rally - Maryland June 1-3, 2012
June 1 ÔÇô 3 2012 // MD
38th Annual Square Route Rally
BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington #40
Join BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington at Camp WestMar located 7 miles west of US 15 at Thurmont MD in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains for a fun-filled weekend of riding, seminars, tech sessions & camaraderie with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts! We have entertainment & several tech sessions planned for Saturday. However, if youÔÇÖre in the mood for riding, revel in some of the best sport-touring riding in the mid-Atlantic, either on well-maintained asphalt and/or challenging dual-sport routes thru the foothills of the Blue Ridge of MD, PA, WV & VA. We have a group GS ride as well as route sheets to help you to enjoy the miles of curvy paved roads in the Blue Ridge. Civil War historic sites - Antietam, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, The Wilderness & others ÔÇô are readily day-toured from our rally site using provided route sheets. A group ride to Sharpsburg will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Antietam campaign. Or, stretch your legs on the Appalachian Trail, just half a mile from the rally. If you are in the market for parts & accessories or maybe a new bike, we have three notable BMW dealerships in the area.
Our rally is renowned for GREAT door prizes, interesting activities/speakers, and loads of fun! Registration includes 2 nights of camping, Friday evening chili, Saturday multi-entr?®e dinner, continuous coffee, communal campfire, scads of door prizes including multiple grand prizes (preregistration provides an extra chance for a grand prize), rally pin & mug, flea market, and entertainment on Friday & Saturday evenings. Breakfast & lunch available on site or nearby at several high value restaurants. Large bathhouses with private showers. Wooded campsites are available for tent camping or take advantage of 60 first-come/first-serve bunkhouse beds in cabins; motels are in nearby Thurmont, Hagerstown, or Frederick.
14509 Brown Rd, Sabillasville, MD 21780-8728 GPS: N39o 37.244ÔÇÖ, W77o 31.910ÔÇÖ
A great deal of additional, updated information and registration forms are available on the clubÔÇÖs website www.bmwbmw.org or contact Scott Keimig firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cunningham Falls State Park
Located less than 5 miles from the rally, right down MD Route 77, CFSP offers hiking, sightseeing, and swimming among other activities. The Houck area of the park has the falls itself, as well as lake for swimming (including a sandy beach!) Affordable for an entire day or for a quick dip in the lake.
ÔÇóDay Use Service Charge: Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekdays $3/person; Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekends and holidays $4/person; all other times $3/vehicle. Out-of-state residents add $1 to all day use service charges.
ÔÇóHours of Operation: 8 a.m. to Sunset, April through October; Lifeguards are on duty at the lake between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguard coverage may be adjusted during periods of inclement weather.
All roads into the main areas and parking are paved.
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Catoctin Mountain Park
Catoctin Mountain Park, managed by the National Park Service, is just on the other side of MD 77 from Cunningham Falls State Park. (in fact, CFSP was created in 1954 when the original Catoctin park donated 5,000 acres to Maryland)
Began in 1935 as a project by both the Work Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park was originally planned to provide recreational camps for federal employees. One of the camps eventually became Camp David, the U.S. Presidential retreat. That area of the park is closed to the public, but you will notice a section with No Parking signs as well as gates with surveillance cameras. The Secret Service sometimes closes the access roads going by the camp if the president is in town.
Admission to the park is free, hours are Monday - Thursday 10am-430pm; Friday 10am-5pm; Sat-Sunday 830am-5pm.
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For those of you who use a rally as your FOB (Forward Operating Base), there are plenty of great rides to choose from. Find your own way with our route sheets that take you over covered bridges, through Burkittsville, or along the Catoctin ridges. Guided rides include GS rides, a Civil War theme ride, and a ride from the rally site to Bob's BMW for a guided tour of his extensive museum collection.
I haven't been to a SRR since 1989 but I remember them being a good time and a good crowd.
We'd love to have you back.