NC History Tours
(Benefiting the MRF)


The 2007 NC History Tours have been completed and
there are currently no History Tours scheduled for 2008.

Email Tour Organizer here:        NCRider  at  ATT.net


    

Format:
Motorcycle ride to a historical NC landmark where a short history narrative will be given to educate the riders on the historical significance of the location.

Tour donation is $10 per motorcycle.
Tour is free if you join the MRF on the day of the ride.
Existing MRF members ride for free.
(Please present membership card at start of tour.)

MRF membership is $25 per year.

100% of donations will go directly to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) to promote motorcycle awareness, safety, and fair legislation. For more information on the MRF, please visit their web site at: www.MRF.org Please show your appreciation for this important national organization by supporting these tours and by becoming an MRF member.
"Rain or Shine" departure times subject to Tour Director’s adjustments for weather related safety issues. Riders are responsible for their own lunches. Please arrive at the start point with tanks full, bladders empty and be ready to ride.
For more information, please email NCRider@att.net or call (919) 522-4922
Join online HERE

The Motorcycles Riders Foundation (MRF) is an organization that has been fighting for the rights of America's motorcyclists since 1987. The MRF lobbies against unfair motorcycle laws and fights discrimination against riders. They promote motorcycle safety, motorcycle awareness, and lobby for federal funding for our national motorcycle safety agenda. They are completely focused on making our riding experience safer, while guarding our constitutional rights.

       

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2007 History Tours (completed)

Saturday, April 21, 2007: Battle of Alamance (120+ mile tour)

Meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Jenks Road and US Hwy 64 in Apex (8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502), sign up for the Tour before registration closes at 9:45 AM and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride. Then we’ll ride to the Battleground and view the history video, tour the grounds, and enjoy a live fire demonstration of a flintlock musket. Departing the Battleground, we’ll ride to the location of Pyle’s Defeat and learn how Light Horse Harry Lee won a small but important battle in the Revolutionary War. Afterwards we’ll stop for lunch (optional) at Carolina BBQ & Seafood to discuss the Tour. This Tour will be over at approximately 2:00 PM and we should be back in the Wake County area about 3:00 PM.

See pictures and write up HERE

Saturday, May 19, 2007: House in the Horseshoe
(110+ mile tour)


Meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Jenks Road and US Hwy 64 in Apex (8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502), sign up for the Tour before registration closes at 9:45 AM and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride. Then we’ll ride to the site of the original Chatham County Courthouse, view the old roadbed and learn how David Fanning captured the Court of Chatham County. From there we’ll ride to The House in the Horseshoe and see where Fanning met a women so brave that Fanning left everybody alive and the house unburned. With any luck we can talk the Ranger into a live fire demonstration (click-flash-boom-smoke never gets old!). We’ll ride back to Sanford for lunch (optional) at the Checkered Flag Grill and another narrative/discussion before the Tour ends about 3:30 and then ride back to Wake County, arriving in the Raleigh area about 4:00 PM.

See pictures and write up HERE

Saturday, June 9, 2007: CSS Neuse
(140+ mile tour)


Wake County area motorcyclists will meet at Team Powersports (222 US Hwy 70 East in Garner, NC 27259 919-772-7866), sign up for the Tour before registration closes at 9:15 AM and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride. We’ll then ride down to the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston and meet with members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Calvary before learning about the CSS Neuse. After that we’ll tour several more Civil War sites before eating lunch (optional) about 2:00 PM at King’s BBQ in Kinston.

Pictures and write up: HERE

Saturday, July 14, 2007: Sherman’s March North  
(150+ mile tour)


Wake County riders will meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of US Hwy 64 and Jenks Road in Apex for an 8:00 AM departure (
8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502). This Tour begins at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville when registration closes at 10:00 AM (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28305 910 486-1330). After a quick tour of the Museum grounds, we’ll follow the Civil War Trails with major stops at Aversboro and Bentonville. We’ll stop for a late barbecue lunch at Holt’s Lake BBQ in Smithfield (optional). This tour will be a long ride with many stops. Be prepared for a full day of riding. To get an advance copy of the map for the Tour, call 1-800-VISITNC and ask for the Carolinas Campaign Map or pick one up in Fayetteville.

See pictures and write up HERE


Saturday, August 11, 2007: Battle of Elizabethtown 
(190+ mile tour)


We’ll meet at Team Powersports on US 70 East in Garner (222 US Hwy 70 East in Garner, NC 27259 919-772-7866), sign up for the Tour before registration closes at 9:15 AM and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride. We’ll then take I-40 South to I-95 South to Benson, where we will ride NC 242 South to Elizabethtown. After a narrative about the events leading up to the Battle, we will ride to the actual site of the Battle and hear how 71 brave citizens defeated over 400 of the King’s soldiers. Then we’ll have lunch at The Front Porch Restaurant (very good food!) (optional), and then ride back north, arriving back in the Raleigh area about 3:00 PM.

 

2006 History Tours (completed)

Saturday, April 1, 2006: Battle of Alamance (110+ mile tour)

Meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Jenks Road and US Hwy 64 in Apex at 9:45 AM (8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502), sign up for the Tour and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride.  Then we’ll ride to the Battleground and view the new history video, tour the grounds, and enjoy a live fire demonstration of a flintlock musket.  Departing the Museum, we’ll ride to the location of Pyle’s Defeat and learn how Lighthorse Harry Lee defeated a force three times his size.  Afterwards we’ll stop for lunch somewhere and discuss the tour.  Tour will be over at approximately 3:00 PM and we should be back to the Wake County area about 4:00 PM.
Ride map HERE
See pictures and write-up HERE

Saturday, May 13, 2006: Moore’s Creek National Battlefield (250+ mile tour)

We’ll meet at Team Powersports on US 70 East in Garner at 9:15 AM (222 US Hwy 70 East in Garner, NC 27259 919 772-7866), sign up for the Tour and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride.  We’ll then ride on I-40 South to NC 210 West and arrive at the Battlefield.  After a professional presentation by the Ranger, and hopefully a live fire demonstration, we’ll tour the Battlefield.  On the way back to Raleigh, we’ll stop at The Pink Supper House for a late lunch. The barbecue at The Pink Supper House is worth the ride!  We should be back to the Raleigh area about 5:30 PM.
Ride Map HERE

See pictures and write-up HERE

Saturday, June 17, 2006: House in the Horseshoe (100+ mile tour)

Meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Jenks Road and US Hwy 64 in Apex at 9:45 AM (8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502), sign up for the Tour and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride.  Then we’ll ride to the site of the original Chatham County Courthouse, view the old roadbed and learn how David Fanning captured the Court of Chatham County.  From there we’ll ride to The House in the Horseshoe and see where Fanning met a woman so brave that Fanning left everybody alive and the house unburned.  With any luck we can talk the Ranger into a live fire demonstration (click-flash-boom-smoke never gets old!).  We’ll ride back to Sanford for lunch and more discussion before the Tour ends about 3:30 and then ride back to Wake County, arriving in the Raleigh area about 4:00 PM.
Ride Map HERE

See pictures and write-up HERE
Saturday, July 29, 2006: Sherman’s March North   (75+ mile tour)

This Tour begins at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville at 10:00 AM (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28305 910 486-1330). (Wake County riders will meet at the Citgo gas station on the corner of US Hwy 64 and Jenks Road in Apex at 8:00 AM.) After a quick tour of the Museum grounds, we’ll follow the Civil War Trails with stops at Old Bluff Church, Aversboro Battlefield, Bentonville, and Smithfield. This tour will be a nice ride with many stops. The tour will end at Holt's BBQ in Smithfield around 3:30 PM. To get an advance copy of the map for the Tour, call 1-800-VISITNC and ask for the Carolinas Campaign Map or pick one up in Fayetteville.
Schedule and route HERE
Tour Map HERE
See pictures and write-up HERE
Saturday, August 26, 2006: Battle of Elizabethtown  (190+ mile tour)

We’ll meet at Team Powersports on US 70 East in Garner at 9:15 AM, sign up for the Tour and enjoy a narrative about the day’s ride.  We’ll then take I-40 South to I-95 South to Benson, where we will ride NC 242 South to Elizabethtown.  After a narrative about the events leading up to the Battle, we will ride to the actual site of the Battle and hear how 71 brave citizens defeated over 400 of the King’s soldiers.  Then we’ll have lunch at The Front Porch Restaurant (country buffet), and then ride back north, arriving back in the Raleigh area about 3:00 PM.


Tour Map HERE
See pictures and write-up HERE

2005 History Tours

April 16, 2005 - “Wake County - The Early Years”
Tour of the Early History of Wake County covering primarily the 1700's. The Tour will start at Fall Lake Dam Visitors Assistance Center (2 1/2 miles north of I 540 on Falls of Neuse Road) and after seeing some of eastern Wake County and selected Historic Sites in Raleigh, the Tour will conclude in Downtown Raleigh.
SEE PICTURES OF THIS TOUR HERE

May 28, 2005 - “Alamance Battleground”
Tour will be a ride to the Battle Grounds (southwest of Burlington) where we'll have a Park Ranger give us a narrative. We'll probably stop for BBQ in Chapel Hill on the way back to Raleigh. Tour time will be approximately 5 or 6 hours. The tour will start at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Jenks Road and Hwy 64 in Apex (8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502) (Just west of the Little Bar) at 9:30. This tour is restricted to twenty bikes. Please RSVP if you are going by May 14, 2005 to NCRider@att.net or call (919) 522-4922

http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/alamance/alamanc.htm
SEE PICTURES OF THIS TOUR HERE

June 25, 2005 - “Moore's Creek National Battlefield”
Tour leaves Team Powersports in Garner (222 East Hwy 70, Garner, NC 27259) at 9:30 sharp will be a ride down I-40 south to the Battlegrounds and after listening to the park ranger educate us, we'll head back north, stopping somewhere for BBQ. Time will be 6 or 7 hours. Please RSVP if possible so we know you are going: NCRider@att.net or call (919) 522-4922
http://www.nps.gov/mocr/index.htm

SEE PICTURES OF THIS TOUR HERE
July 23, 2005 - “The House in the Horseshoe”
Tour to The House in the Horseshoe (it is either a really big horseshoe or really small house - you'll have come on the Tour to find out) will go down US 1 South to NC 42 West to the Historic Site. After an entertaining talk by a park ranger, we'll ride back north stopping for lunch on the way. (5 or 6 hour tour) Tour leaves the Citgo gas station on the corner of Hwy 64 and Jenks Road in Apex, NC at 9:30 AM. (Citgo-Mini Mart 8321 Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27502 Phone: (919) 362-7192)
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/horsesho/horsesho.htm
SEE PICTURES OF THIS TOUR HERE

August 27, 2005 - “Battle of Elizabethtown”
Tour is to the Battle of Elizabethtown and to view the Tory Hole. Bruce will provide the history narrative. We will stop for lunch on the way back to Raleigh. (6 or 7 hour tour). Tour leaves Team Powersports in Garner (222 East Hwy 70, Garner, NC 27259) at 9:30 sharp.
SEE PICTURES OF THIS TOUR HERE
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