Our vacation in May was planned around the South East Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (SEVROC) motorcycle rally in Maggie Valley, NC. The motorcycle rally was a 4-day event (May 18-21). Our vacation began on Sunday, May 14. We drove from Warren, PA to Front Royal, VA, where we spent the night. On Monday, May 15, we drove from Front Royal, VA to Waynesboro, VA, via Skyline Drive. We drove from Waynesboro, VA to Maggie Valley on Tuesday, May 16. For the next 5 nights we were lodged at A Holiday Motel, which was home base for SEVROC 2017.
SEVROC is an annual event. This year marked its 19th year. Since 2006 the rally has been held in Maggie Valley. Prior to 2006 the rally was held at two other south east locations: at Suches, GA for 2 years and at Lake Lure, NC for 5 years. (Thank you “Skid”, of Skid and Sandy on the Road, for information about rally locations prior to 2006.) From 2006 through 2013 the Applecover Inn in Maggie Valley served as home base for SEVROC, with innkeepers Derrick and Amy Cole catering to the club needs. SEVROC 2014 had a change of venue due to Derrick and Amy not being at the Applecover Inn any longer. Since 2014 A Holiday Motel has served as home base for SEVROC, with owners Gabi and Rob Edwards catering to the club needs. This is our fourth SEVROC rally. Bob and I attended the rally previously in 2008, 2014, and 2015. This was the first year that we didn’t take the motorcycle to the motorcycle rally. Our mode of transportation in the prior years was by motorcycle AND car. I have never been able to ride long distances on the motorcycle, but I have been able to make the drive. I was uncertain if I would be able to drive this year, as the arthritis in my right knee appears to have worsened in the past year or so. Therefore, we opted to travel by car only. Because VROC rallies are more about the PEOPLE than the bikes, it doesn’t really matter how you travel to a rally. What is important is that you come to the rally! Over the years I have come to think of a VROC rally as a family reunion.
A Holiday Motel
SEVROC 2017 Rally Headquarters
An enjoyable part of the SEVROC rally is to meet new people and to get reacquainted with friends whom you have met at other rallies. In between rallies we stay in touch with our friends via the VROC web forum and Facebook.
“Boomer” and Mikey greet each other.
“Jax” greets Hang and “Zeke”.
The rocking chairs in front of your room provided a good location, too, for meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends.
We enjoyed a campfire each night of the rally.
Campfire at A Holiday Motel
The SEVROC Meet & Greet was held at the Rendezvous Restaurant at the Maggie Valley Inn, located approximately 3 miles north of A Holiday Motel. The Meet & Greet began at 6:00 pm and was over around 7:00 pm. Dinner was served family style. We had tossed salad and rolls, fish, coleslaw, ham, fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and macaroni and cheese. For dessert we had Oreo chocolate pudding with whipped topping. The food was good; the company was exceptional.
Bob and I sat at this table.
“Willie Wonka”, Carlene, “Pappy” and Cheri sat opposite Bob and me.
“Willie Wonka” and Carlene
“Pappy” and Cheri
I took pictures of those at other tables as well. I heard that our dinner party totaled 51 people.
And just as I was ready to return to my table, “Judge” and Cindy arrive at the Meet & Greet.
In the center, “Judge” and Cindy
After dinner, back at A Holiday Motel, “Southern Draw” and Carolyn’s son, their daughter-in-law and granddaughter entertained us with music.
“Southern Draw” and Carolyn’s son and daughter-in-law
SEVROC 2017 wrapped up the evening of Saturday, May 20, with a raffle and 50/50 drawing.
Gathering for Saturday’s Raffle and 50/50 Drawing
Riders of Kawasaki (ROK) sent “Jax”, the organizer of the SEVROC motorcycle rally, a number of prizes to be drawn for. ROK also sent Kawaski-branded merchandise to be handed out to rally attendees.
Thank you, ROK, for the Kawasaki-branded lanyards, water bottles and travel mugs!
The raffle begins, with the first ticket drawn.
The raffle resulted in 12 merchandise winners.
Bob was one of the twelve winners. He won 6 quarts of oil.
Next up was to draw the ticket for the money. The winner would receive 50% of the proceeds. The balance would go to the local police department K9 unit.
The winning ticket for the 50/50 was drawn by one of the K9 officers.
“Blondy” won the 50/50 drawing.
“Blondy” with “Jax”, Mikey and the local K9 officer
The total amount of money collected for the 50/50 drawing was $696.00. Therefore, “Blondy” won $348.00, and the local K9 unit received $348.00. “Blondy” handed over her entire winnings to the local K9 officer. The giving didn’t stop there. Individual rally attendees came forward and contributed more money to the K9 program. When the money was tallied up, we had contributed $1,200.00 to the K9 program!
“Jax”, Mikey, the two K9 officers and one of their two dogs
The next order of business was the presentation of a quilt to “Jax”, in recognition of all the years that he has organized the SEVROC rally.
Presentation of Quilt to “Jax”
The quilt was made of SEVROC shirts from 15 different rallies. The shirts were donated by various members. Mikey’s wife, Linda, was responsible for the quilt’s preparation. She and Mikey had each of us come secretively to their room and autograph the back of the quilt. What a wonderful gift for “Jax”!
After the quilt presentation, the K9 officers showed their dogs. One of the K9 officers showed us what last year’s SEVROC contribution to the K9 program purchased for the K9 unit. The black box and yellow ball in the picture displayed below is used in training K9 drug sniffing dogs.
K9 officer explaining use of black box and yellow ball in training of K9 drug sniffing dogs
What a wonderful time we had with our VROC “family”.
I love each and every one of them and look forward to the next time we meet in person!