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Fox Tail Ride

9th Annual Fox Tail Ride
3rd Saturday in September
(rain date 3rd Saturday in October)
Registration starts at 10:30AM - Ride starts at Noon

Free Registration
FREE Meal after the Ride
Primitive Camping Available

Mountain Thunder – Motorists and farmers give right-of-way on narrow back roads to the mile long line of bikes touring Grayson County, Virginia
 
Grayson County, Virginia, USA – September 17, 2016 – 106 Motorcycles descend on the small town of Independence, Virginia for the 7th Annual Fox Tail Ride
 
In July 2010 Fox Creek Leather put together the first Customer Appreciation ride. “The first year we had about a dozen bikes and a live band. The following year we wanted to give everyone a ride in the autumn colors, but Mother Nature fooled us. Once we hit Mount Rogers, we were in the snow. That was October 2011.” At 5,728 feet, Mount Rogers is the highest peak in Virginia and often sees more wintry weather than the surrounding area
 
This year over 100 bikes thundered through 95 miles of curvy mountainous roads crossing rolling farm land, National Forest, Virginia's Crooked Road, Grayson Highlands riding full circle back to Fox Creek Leather. Several motorists and a farmer pulling a haywagon just pulled to the side of narrow country lanes to watch the roaring parade.
 
The number of participants was impressive. Bikers came from as far away as New Jersey and Georgia, and many locals stopped mowing and gardening just to watch and listen to the bikes roll through. Plans are already underway for next year’s ride.

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2029 Elk Creek Parkway
Independence, VA 24348
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Register to Ride!

 

Are you planning to ride with us this year? GREAT! If you are coming, PLEASE be sure to register... last year we ran out of food and had to make an emergency dash to the local pizza place because only about two thirds of the people who showed up had registered. To register, email rsvp@foxcreekleather.com or fill out the form above. Food is FREE, but we can only feed the folks who let us know they are coming. You will receive your food ticket when you arrive and register the day of the ride.

Looking for lodging? Right here in Independence is Grayson Inn & Suites (877-467-7144) and there are also several hotels about 15 miles away in Galax, VA, close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and about 30 miles away in Wytheville, VA. Just 10 miles to the south of us is Sparta, NC, also close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can also find hotels.

We are in a rural area with several State & National Parks nearby. Just 6 miles from us is Fulton Road Bed & Breakfast. Their number is 276-773-2627 and email fultonroadinn@embarqmail.com. There is a biker rest stop called Bear Claw Holler that is 39 miles away. You can call 276-388-3461 or email bearclawholler@yahoo.com. Arthur's Wilderness Retreat has a nice cabin with room for several people. You can reach them at 276-579-7692 or their website at http://www.arthurscabins.com/. If these are full or not quite your thing, you can look up a place to stay at http://www.graysoncountyva.com/places-to-stay

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October 2011
Thirty-four degrees and SNOW?

The Gang at Grayson Highlands

The Gang at Grayson Highlands

Ten days before our second customer appreciation day the weatherman was calling for bright sun in the 60’s. The forecast devolved until the day before the ride when they settled on cloudy, rain and a high of 47. To rub salt in our wounds these two days of freak weather were preceded and followed by clear weather with highs in the 60’s and 70’s.

The Few, The Proud, The Irrational

The Few, The Proud, The Irrational

A lot of rational people canceled in the four days preceding the ride. The irrational, uninformed and adventurous showed up and were rewarded with snow and temperatures at the higher elevations in the low thirties. Everybody received a door prize. Everyone had a good time and everyone was cold. Q-Ball rode 350 miles each way and got to ride the last 100 miles home in the rain.

Melinda Leading The Way

Melinda Leading The Way

Melinda led the ride on her 87 Honda Rebel 450 – a true rat bike – never been stored a day inside in it’s life with a myriad of dents and malfunctions. We had to pop the clutch to get it started. After the ride Jim from Reidsville, NC told Melinda in frigid admiration; “I don’t care if you do ride a Rebel and wear a pink helmet – you're tough.”

Kelley and the Cowboys

Kelley and the Cowboys

After the ride everyone got to warm up in the store, eat good food and listen to some great honky tonk music by Kelley and The Cowboys.

By: Paul Trachy