Bikers, start your engines for a motorcycle tour of Virginia's lost communities

Lost Tour of Virginia 2007

Lost Tour of Virginia 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 9, 2008 – The Virginia Tech Community Design Assistance Center, in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, is hosting the second annual Lost Tour of Virginia—a motorcycle tour through picturesque communities and winding roads in Tazewell County—on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

July 11 Editor's note: The Lost Tour of Virginia has been canceled.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the publication of a book about the history of these and other Virginia communities, Lost Communities of Virginia.

Bikers will check-in from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crab Orchard Museum at 3663 Crab Orchard Road, just off of US 460, in Tazewell. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., participants can enjoy a breakfast during a presentation of highlights along the route by Terri Fisher, co-author of Lost Communities of Virginia and Community Design Assistance Center Outreach Coordinator. Event safety tips will be presented by Brennan Shepard. Riders will depart at staggered intervals between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Between 4:30 and 6 p.m., riders will return from riding to bid in a silent auction and judge motorcycles. From 6 to 8 p.m., dinner is served along with musical entertainment by The Saturday Night Band. The evening concludes with door prizes, raffles, auction results, and ride prizes.

Pre-registration is encouraged and is $35 per rider and $10 per passenger, and includes breakfast and a program/route map; dinner, and musical entertainment is $15 per person; and t-shirts are $18. Pre-register online. Lodging information is available at the website. At-the-door registration will also be available the morning of the event. For more information, contact the Community Design Assistance Center at (540) 231-5644 or, or in person at 101 South Main Street, Suite 2, in Blacksburg.