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.
The Routes
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!


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.