Douthat State Park
14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro, VA 24460
GPS location is Latitude, 37.896054. Longitude, -79.8093
Their phone number is: 540-862-8100
Day 1 - Blue Ridge Parkway route
A 213-mile ride that will take us through the valleys and mountains of western Virginia, including about 40 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are a number of technical sections on this route. We will have a sit-down lunch at the Peaks of Otter Lodge on the BRP. This ride was chosen for Friday in the hope of seeing less tourist traffic.
Day 2 - West Virginia route
A 242-mile ride into the mountains of West Virginia. Lots of gorgeous twisty highways but not too technical. Lunch will be at The Custard Shack in Webster Springs, WV.
Two fuel stops are planned on each route based on the range of the GTS. Gas will be at mile 82 and 142 on the first day and at mile 92 and 168 on the second day. Plan your ride accordingly. The route files in GPX and KML format are available here
Just off of exit 27 on I-64 there's a BP station on the south side of the highway (2610 Grafton St, Clifton Forge, VA for your GPS). You'll probably want to fill up there before heading to the state park. It's about 8 miles from there to the cabins, so factor that into your calculations when you're thinking about gas range on the rides. There's a Kroger supermarket another mile south of the BP station if you want to pick up any food (1618 Main St, Clifton Forge, VA).
There is no cell coverage or internet at the cabins at Douthat State Park and for most of our rides - particularly in West Virginia - you can't count on getting a cell signal. In the event of an emergency while riding Scutrbrau will have a SPOT tracker, but that would only summon EMS services, not a tow truck.
Now back to the maps. Participants can use the map to plot your position at anytime. One method is to email a geotagged picture to this thread.
1. Make sure geotagging is enabled on your phone.
2. Click on the @ button on the top right side of this thread. This will give you your own email that will post to this thread. What I did was to save the email address in my email contacts to make it easy to find.
3. Now when you stop for gas or the group takes a break you can snap a photo on your phone and email it directly to this thread and a corresponding map pin will appear on the map from your location so friends and family can see where you are. As Jess always warns, don't do this if you do not want your location pinpointed.
PM me if you have questions on this.
Additional help with geo tag. Thanks Cubs! http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/11712/how-to-disable-geotagging-on-your-smartphones-camera-android-iphone-blackberry/ just do enable instead of disable.
Another method is to use a SPOT Personal Tracker email notification. I have never used one but I believe you can set it up to periodically send an "I'm OK" message as well as manually sending an "I need help" message.