The first Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA) FlyBy Week rally at Marietta, Ohio was a big success. Helped by perfect weather all week (except part of Tuesday), every day offered great riding on the twisty backroads of Southeastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.
At the end of a riding day, MSTA members want to get a shower,
change clothes and enjoy dinner
at a nice restaurant, but that doesn't include putting their gear back on riding their bikes into town. To solve
this problem, we offered "dinner
tours," going to a different
downtown restaurant each evening.
On Monday-Wednesday evening we knew attendance would be light
and were able to find enough four wheeled vehicles to carpool
attendees to and from downtown on those nights.

Most attendees arrived on Thursday, and we were ready with quick registration check-in and a trolley bus to take the large crowd into town
for the evening's dinner tour. Thursday was also the day we set up the
"outdoor lounge" behind the hotel to give attendees a place to relax,
gather and enjoy a cookout on Friday night.

Thursday was also a fun riding day as Thunder Roads Ohio's own
Derek Smith brought his Yamaha FJR to ridedo his first sport touring
ride with me. We also had Charles Averell, a TRO reader who came to
the event on his Harley bagger to see what FlyBy Week was all about.
The three of us rode a West Virginia route that took us back across the
Ohio river on the Sistersville ferry and returned to Marietta on OH route
26. How did they do?

We started out slow, but by the end of the 200 mile route, both Derek and Charles improved their average speed by fifteen MPH, were
comfortable and having a great time. Charles said, "These are the kinds of roads I want to ride. I'll be back next year with some friends!"

Here's Derek with one of our volunteer members Jennie Kimes.
Friday evening was the brat burn at
the "outdoor lounge" behind the
hotel. There was plenty of good
food and conversation.

Saturday was another big riding day
and everyone finished the week
without any crashes or performance
awards. The weather stayed dry
and cool, topping off a perfect week.
We even had enough volunteers
to share the work load so everyone
got to enjoy the rally.
Event volunteers Rob Bowling and Allan Skinner take a lunch break on a ride.
Here is what some of the attendees had to say about FlyBy Week:
Andray Hubble, Guntersville, AL: "I want to thank Norm Kern and all of the folks who volunteered at FlyBy Week 2018. I had a great time and look forward to next year! It was fun catching up with friends I have not seen in a while and getting out on the fun roads in southern Ohio and West Virginia. Great weather, event planning, routes, and good seeing so many friends. Ride safe!"
Michael Molnar with Rich Prindle and two others: "Awesome ride today with great MSTA friends! FlyBy Week 2018 was a blast. Thanks to Norm Kern and the many others that helped keep this traditional ride alive!"
Dan Steinberg, Mike Suchara, Rick Barnes, Ron Rieger and Joel Sherzer make a stop at the Big Muskie Bucket, Miners' Memorial Park near McConnelsville, OH. Dan says, "The FlyBy Week event this past weekend was awesome. My posse from Illinois had a blast and it was fun riding many new roads. Thank you for organizing and putting everything together!"
W. Patrick O'Bryant, Chillicothe, OH: "Home safe after an incredible weekend at FlyBy Week! A BIG thanks to all the organizers, volunteers and participants who made my first MSTA weekend outstanding! Special Thanks to Patrick Mogavero for showing me around, and to Dave and Rick for letting me show them a twisty route west!"
Cliff, Cook, Kingsport, TN: "Great stuff. Fun time by all. Thanks to Norm and many more volunteers."