October 29, 2000, Fall Back Tour to East Broad Top Railroad
Rockhill Furnace, PA
Welcome to the final scenic drive of 2000. Previous plans make it impossible for me to be here today, so read on.
I have driven most of this route four times and it’s been my favorite drive yet. There should be a favorite type of road for everyone. I hope the leaves are still falling, but if not the views should still be spectacular—it’s like nothing you’ll ever see from the beltway.
This tour will take you through Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Please pay close attention to posted speed limits because some of the route goes through small towns and has many twisty roads. There is no gravel or dirt, but leaves can be slippery.
The first car should leave no earlier than 10:00 a.m. You can either follow each other or depart at different intervals. More than likely you will bunch up later down the road anyway. There will be many one-lane roads so please be cautious and aware of others. The rule I like to suggest is lead, follow or get out of the way. Mileages are an approximation. The delta column is the mileage from the previous instruction and it is generally more helpful than the mileage column as the mileages will tend to drift as the day progresses. Names in quotes are references to a sign. There are notes in the instructions as to where gas and food are in case you need to take a break.
This tour is a little different from previous tours in that there are two starts: one in Maryland and one in Virginia. Forty-five minutes into the drive both groups should converge. Be on the look out!
I expect everyone to arrive at the railroad station by 2:00 p.m. There is no need to rush; there is plenty of time even if you stop along the way. This is the final train ride of the year and it starts at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $9.00 per adult ($8.50 with a BMW CCA membership card). Tour the grounds while you wait.
I would really appreciate it if someone would write an article for the dB about this tour. Show off your writing skills, see your name in print. Just drop me a line and let me know you’d like to volunteer.
Hope to see you next year and don’t forget to RSVP to the Holiday Party invite, which is being held in January 2001. See the dB or the web site, http://www.nccbmwcca.org for details.