All roads lead to Fly-By Week- fun ways to get there
Ohio's Southeast region 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 several directions to
help you start your trip. They are available in both PDF
map/instruction form as well as Garmin GPX format for GPS
users. Click HERE to see suggested routes.
Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's (MSTA) largest
regional rally comes to Marietta, Ohio. Fly-By Week 19,
Monday, August 19 through Sunday, August 25, 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. Evenings are filled with good food and drink
with plenty of socializing.
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're offering a series of
Dinner Tours (including transportation) to nice restaurants
in downtown Marietta. 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. Sign
up sheets are available at registration.
Thursday is the first big day of Fly-By Week. Many riders
arrive throughout the afternoon and into the evening- 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 a major
focal point of the rally.
Friday, 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 get back till 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. For convenience, we'll repeat the brat burn like
Friday but if you want something more, 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 19 begins on Monday, August 19th and runs
through Sunday, August 25. With over twenty 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, some friends and I decided to make the
Fly-By into a real vacation and spend the whole week there.
We 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 20+ 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.
· New for 2019- short routes of 50-100 miles
This year's routes vary from 50 to about 320 miles in length
and will be available after August 5. Go to our EZ Route
Selector to look at last years routes for now..
Finding someone to ride with
For those who are looking for someone to ride with, we will
have sign-up sheets for each day so you can choose a
group based on desired riding style etc.
Event T-Shirts- Info coming soon.
Free Therapeutic Massage- Fifteen minute mini-massages
Thursday-Saturday Click here for INFO
Best Western Marietta Hotel
701 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750
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. Both king and
Double rooms are $74 plus tax. Be sure to reserve early if
you want a double, as they sell out quickly.
All rooms include include Coffee Maker, Microwave And
Refrigerator, Flat Screen TV and High Speed Internet
Access The free breakfast buffet features 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 9, so get your event registration and room
booking in early!
ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO THE RIDE
FlyBy Week 2019 Registration- $20 for both MSTA
members and non-members. Register online or on site.