By Norm Kern
png Motorcycle Sport Touring Association’s largest regional rally returns to Marietta, Ohio, Monday, August 22 – Sunday, August 28, offering outstanding sport touring routes, scenery, fine dining, and social time in a location that is easily reachable from any direction. Lasting a full week, attendees are free to come as early as they wish, stay a few days or the whole week.
Every day is a riding day, with social time in the evenings. Most attendees arrive on Thursday, ride for two days and go home on Sunday. Saturday is the biggest riding day, so if you only come for the weekend, you’ll still have a great day of riding with lots of fun folks. If you come early, Monday-Wednesday, you will enjoy a relaxed, small rally atmosphere where it’s very easy to meet and get to know people.
Expect the parking lot to be empty during the day-
Everyone will be out riding the twisty roads of southeast Ohio and West Virginia. There are more than twenty official road and six adventure routes to choose from or you can create your own, go sightseeing or whatever strikes your fancy.
While there are no large organized group rides, you can ride solo, with friends in small groups or use our new “Find People to Ride With” forms. Here’s how it works:
1. Circle your riding choices on the form- it takes less than a minute. Add your preferred contact information at the bottom. Leave your form on the stack of completed forms at registration for others to view.
2. Browse other riders’ forms and use your phone to take pictures of the ones you want to connect with for easy reference.
3. Connect- Call, text or email others you’re interested in riding with.
What’s new for 2022
New Venue- Comfort Suites Marietta, located at 202 Cherry Tree Lane, Marietta, OH,45750, is an all-suite facility. Each suite has a full-size pull-out sofa and features a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker and flat screen TV. Free full, hot breakfast buffet each morning. Free on-site guest laundry. Heated saltwater pool and hot tub are open 24/7.
Camping: Multiple options are available nearby.
Outdoor Lounge: Tuesday-Saturday, our trademark “Outdoor Lounge” will be located behind the hotel. We’ll have plenty of chairs and pop-up shelters with tables so you can relax with friends.
Dining: Monday-Friday features nightly Dinner Tours to nice restaurants in downtown Marietta. We carpool and use a trolley bus to get everyone there and back so you don’t have to gear up and ride your bike to enjoy a good dinner or adult beverage.
There are no included meals for 2022, as many attendees prefer to ride long routes on the weekend and would rather catch a bite to eat on the fly. If you want something quick nearby there is Wings Etc, a sports bar with an extensive menu of good food- it’s located just across the lane from the hotel.
Saturday Night Closing Ceremony-
FlyBy Week’s closing ceremony will feature door prizes from Lemon & Barrett’s Motorsports of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
T-Shirts are available for 2022, featuring a new logo by Chris Parker of Roadwolf Design.
Free Therapeutic Massage- LMT Anne-Marie La France of Morganton, North Carolina, will be on hand Thursday-Saturday to provide free twenty minute mini-massages and full paid sessions.
Bike Wash- Water hoses, towels etc. will be available. MSTA member and detailing expert Jeremy Riffle, owner of Vehicle Enhancements, Inc, Dayton, Ohio, will be on hand with tools and detailing supplies, ready to help and answer your questions about cleaning and finish protection for your bike.
For full info and registration, visit https://flybyweek.com or contact event coordinator Norm Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event registration: http://c.planetreg.com/flybyweek2022