All roads lead to Fly-By Week- fun ways to get there
The southeast region of Ohio is filled with rolling countryside
and great roads, so it's easy to make your route to Fly-By
Week into a personalized fun, twisty ride. To get you started,
we've prepared routes to Fly-By Week from three different
parts of Ohio. They are available in both PDF
map/instruction form as well as Garmin GPX format for GPS
users. Click HERE to see suggested routes.
August 20-26, Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's
(MSTA) largest regional rally comes to Marietta, Ohio. Fly-By
Week 18, from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August
26, offers a full-week celebration of motorcycle sport touring.
Like other MSTA events, Fly-By Week is a riding rally- expect
the parking lot to be empty during the day, as attendees will
all be out riding the twisty roads of southeast Ohio and
northern West Virginia. Socializing is in the evening and
there are plenty of fun activities on tap.
Fly-By Week activities
Every day is a riding day, but there are no large organized
group rides at Fly-By Week. Attendees can choose one of
the official routes, create their own, go sightseeing or
whatever strikes their fancy. They can ride solo, with friends
in small groups or sign up with one of the open groups if
they are looking for someone to ride with.
Monday through Thursday we have planned a series of
Dinner Tours to nice restaurants in downtown Marietta
using a shuttle service. In addition to fine dining, this is one
of the best opportunities to make friends and get to know
fellow members in an informal small-rally atmosphere.
Friday is the first big day of Fly-By Week. There will be lots
of riders arriving throughout the afternoon and into the
evening- many more folks to meet, bikes to look at and new
people to ride with. The "outdoor lounge," with tables and
chairs under pop-ups located behind the West end of the
hotel, becomes the major focal point of the rally. The
traditional "brat burn" cookout will start around six PM so
everyone can enjoy a casual picnic-style dinner together
and socialize. The grills will be kept going so if you don't
arrive until 8PM, you'll still get a bite to eat.
Saturday is the biggest riding day, so even if you can only
come for the weekend, you'll have a great day of riding with
lots of fun folks. Since many attendees only get to ride one
day, they want to take advantage and ride one of the longer
routes. Having to be back at a fixed time for a large group
dinner becomes a liability, so there will be no event dinner or
cookout on Saturday evening. The hotel has a full-service
bar and restaurant and there are several others just down
the street, including Gran Ranchero Mexican Restaurant
and Wings Etc Sports Bar.
When to go
Fly-By Week 18 begins on Monday, August 20th and runs
through Sunday, August 26. With over fifteen rally routes to
choose from, you can ride a different route every day and
still not do half of them in the entire week.
Don't be discouraged if you can't attend the whole week.
The Fly-By started over 20 years ago as a weekend-only
event, where many left after work on Friday, made a dash
for Marietta so they could arrive that evening, ride on
Saturday, and go home Sunday.
Over the years, those who had a bit more time began
arriving on Thursday. Being able to ride rally routes both
Friday and Saturday doubles your riding opportunities at the
rally, making the trip even more worthwhile.
Several years ago, several of us decided to make the Fly-By
into a real vacation and spend the whole week there. The
"early birds" had so much fun that we decided to open the
event up for everyone who has the free time to spend and
have expanded the rally to 2018's Fly-By Week.
With 17 official routes to choose from, how do you choose?
Routes fall into several categories-
DESTINATION routes include parks such as Holly River
state park in WV, New River Bridge and gorge etc.
· CURVY routes are easier for big touring bikes
· TWISTY routes have sharp curves, elevation changes and
are best for sport-touring and sport bikes.
· ADVENTURE routes utilize mostly dirt and gravel roads.
This year's single route does not contain any single-track,
steep or extremely rough roads- most have been graded this
season and are suitable for all dual-sport and adventure
bikes regardless of size or tire selection.
This year's routes vary from 130 to about 320 miles in length
and are available now. Go to our EZ Route Selector and
download your favorites now.
Note: These routes are available for MSTA FlyBy Week
attendees only- please do not share them with others
Finding someone to ride with
For those who are looking for someone to ride with, we will
have multiple sign-up sheets each day so you can choose a
group based on desired riding style etc.
Event T-Shirts- The FlyBy Week T-Shirt deadline has
passed. No more T-Shirt orders can be accepted, but you
can still Click HERE to get a good look at them!
Free Therapeutic Massage- Fifteen minute mini-massages
Thursday-Saturday Click here for INFO
Best Western Marietta Hotel
701 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750
United States Note: Hotel Website shows No Vacancy
for Fly-By Week. Call 740-374-9660 for reservations and
tell them you are with Fly-By Week to get a MSTA block
room. Under new ownership this year, they are rolling out
the red carpet for us. Double rooms are $75 plus tax and
include the free breakfast buffet with good bacon and
sausage, real scrambled eggs etc. There is also a
full-service bar and restaurant in the hotel that has
reasonably priced drinks and a menu of sandwiches and
dinner entrees including great steaks and BBQ ribs. The
MSTA room rate and block of rooms closes on August 10, so
get your event registration and room booking in early!
ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO THE RIDE
Online Registration for MSTA members is $15. Member
registration at the hotel will be $20.
NON-MSTA ATTENDEES: Your $30.00 registration fee
includes a FREE 1 year membership in MSTA (regularly
$39.00), in addition to your event registration.