Grand Tour

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 to November 4, 2018.

WHAT IS THE GRAND TOUR? The Grand Tour is an annual activity that the Carolina BMW MOA sponsors for participating members. It’s goal? Encourage you to ride more and experience the excellent riding the Carolinas have to offer.

******* NOTE REGISTRATION FEE IS $20********

1. Sign up for this year’s Grand Tour. To be eligible you must be a current member in good standing with the Carolina BMW MOA.

Personal Grand Tour numbers are assigned for your identification and prove that you visited the location.

2. To receive a personal number email Peter Krenn at

3. Submit your Grand Tour Registration fee of $20 to our Treasurer Sid Welch. Your number will become active when Treasurer Sid Welch ( receives the $20 registration fee.

You can do this paying Sid at one of the twice-monthly breakfast meetings, by mailing your entry fee to Carolinas BMW MOA, PO Box 11184, Charlotte, NC 28220-1184.

Or by using Pay Pal:

4. Go ride to the 20 destinations and take a photo with your legible personal number. There are 20 locations to visit for this year’s Grand Tour. The locations do not have to be visited in sequential order.

5. When you get the picture, send the photo to Peter Krenn ( in a timely manner, 7-14 days, and Peter will acknowledge the submission and update our records.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST GRAND TOUR: We suggest making a large bold print of your personal number on your computer and laminating it, this will make it much easier to photograph. Some Grand Tour riders attach a string on the laminated card so they can hang the number on a nearby post/sign/tree.

Carolina BMWMOA Grand Tour 2018 instructions.

Sunday March 11th to Sunday November 4th.

There are 20 locations to visit for this years Grand Tour. Each location will be numbered, this is to make record keeping easier for me. The locations need not be visited in order. The location number of the site visited is not to be confused with the number assigned to you personally. Personal numbers are assigned for your identification and prove that you visited the location. Your number will become active when Sid gets the $20 registration fee.  To get a personal number email me at  You may keep you old number if requested within 10 days of GT start. To be eligible you must be a current member of Carolina BMWMOA.
I suggest making a large bold print of you personal number on your computer and laminating it, this will make it much easier to photograph. I even put a string on my lamination so I can hang my number on a post or sign.
So the rules are, whenever you visit a location on the tour you MUST submit a picture of the location WITH YOUR PERSONAL NUMBER appearing in the picture, legible, so I can read it. IF I CANT READ IT, IT DOSENT COUNT! Have fun with this and take some “creative” shots. We will show them at this years Christmas party.
When you take the photo, send it to me in a reasonable timely manner, say a week or two, I will acknowledge I received it in an equally reasonable time frame.
All picture emails go to me, Pete,
Entry fee is $20, to be paid to the club treasurer, Sid Welch.
Even if you enter, but don’t finish, it’s fun to get a few locations. We usually have a prize for folks who enter, finishers get a little better prize of course, the registration money, plus some,  is used for that. You will get something if you finish or not. However the best prize is just the time you spent traveling and enjoying the Carolinas.
Finally, it’s a long summer, plan out your trips, go where it’s hot earlier when the weather is cool. Don’t gripe how hot it is in Eastern NC if you waited till July to go.
We don’t care if you take you motorcycle, car, bicycle, or airplane, but just go. We suggest you to take you significant other or offspring’s  on a few of these, and if they don’t ride, that’s okay, that’s why we said other means of transportation are fine to.
Look at the map and see what else is in the area you would like to visit, enjoy the local diners and small town bed and breakfast Inns. The Carolina back roads are very scenic and a good break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Look up the hours of museums, restaurants  and parks to make sure you have access to them if you plan to visit and spend time in any of these. You are on your own on this, we are not a travel agency.
In order not to make it hard on those Iron Butt folks that enjoy just traveling, none of the locations have to be open to get your photos. Also, this is not a race, I will not divulge who finished first or last, only who finished. Have a great ride folks


Pete Krenn, Carolina Grand tour coordinator for 2018



Grand Tour PDF document for print:  

Grand Tour Destinations PDF


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#1 Calhoun Falls State Park, 46 Maintenance shop road, Calhoun Falls, SC 29628
Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area is located on Lake Russell, one of South Carolina’s most popular lakes. Get a photo of any Calhoun Falls State Park Sign.
#2 Branchville, 7504 Freedom Rd, Branchville, SC 29432
Located on the southern tip of Orangeburg County, is home to the world’s oldest railroad junction. The junction was built in 1828 and ran from Charleston to Branchville. A photo of the Railroad Depot in Branchville
#3 Little Chicago, 1301 Mt Lebanon rd, Campobello, SC
The community had once had a reputation for illicit liquor manufacturing and sales, earning it the moniker Little Chicago. Corner of Lebanon Road and Goodjoin road. N35.03.759  W082.11.021
A photo of the pole holding multiple signs.
#4 Poinsett State Park, 6660 Poinset park road, Wedgefield, SC 29168
The park is best known for its botanical oddities, combining the flora of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and Piedmont. Any sign with the Poinset State Park name on it
#5 Yonce Mill, Mount Calvary road, Spring Ridge, SC 29129
Old Grist Mill built around 1845 and worked into the 1970‘s. Get a photo of the Mill
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#6 Dutchman Creek Marina and Restaurant, 5546 River Run Road, Winnsboro, SC
Great Hot dogs and outdoor seating for lunch. A photo of the restaurant.
#7 Cheraw SC 29520
In the middle of downtown Cheraw is a very cool 7-ft. tall bronze statue of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. Photo of Dizzy Gillespie Statue
#8 Pearl Topiary Gardens, 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville, SC.
A wonderful display of sculptured plants, photo with Garden in Background.
#9 Vien Quang Buddhist Monastery, 1038-1044 Galway Lane, Clover SC 29710.
Very Beautiful, Peaceful and Relaxing Adventure For the whole Family! … and great deals for Clover, SC, at TripAdvisor. Open to the public. Saturdays and Sundays 10 am until 5 pm. Please respect the rules and get a photo of a sign or grounds, but not Monks or workers. Google it first.

#10 Metcalf Classic service station at or near 2937 Polkville Rd, Shelby, NC 28150
Get a photo of Station.
#11 Blind Squirrel Brewery, 4716 S Us Hwy 19e, Plumtree, NC 28664
Award winning craft brewery, 5 Bedroom Lodge, Restaurant, Winery, & Disc Golf Course. Get a photo of the Brewery, Newland or Plumtree sign.
#12 Piedmont Cheerwine Bottling Co, 1413 Jake Alexander Blvd S, Salisbury, NC 28146
The original beverage bottle had a paper label till it was replaced by a glass bottle with three cherries on the neck and the Cheerwine name molded into the shoulder. Get a photo of Bottling Company sign or building.
#13 North Carolina Aviation Museum, 2222 Pilots View Rd, Ashboro, NC 27205
Immerse yourself in aviation history!… Get a photo of Museum or Airport sign.
#14 Lake Waccamaw State Park, 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
Located near the town of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina. The Lake Waccamaw Depot museum is nearby housed in a 1904 Atlantic coast railroad depot. Exhibits include a 300-year-old Indian canoe and marine fossils. Get a photo of park sign.
#15 Crapetree Falls trailhead sign, Near Little Switzerland, NC
The trailhead is located outside Crabtree Falls Campground at mile marker 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get a photo of the trailhead sign.
#16 Thistle Meadow Winery, 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs, NC
Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 246) in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, A family owned winery just two miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway, featuring small batch hand-crafted wines. A photo of the winery.
#17 John Blue House and Heritage Center 13040 X Way Rd, Laurinburg, NC 28352
Beautiful country feel for any type of picture taking. Touring the John Blue house takes you back in time. Get a photo of the house.
#18 Ava Gardner Museum 325 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577
The Ava Gardner Museum holds an extensive collection of artifacts from Ava Gardner’s career and private life, spanning over 50 years as a movie star. Photo of Museum.
#19 Parker’s Ferry, Parker’s Ferry Road, near Winton, NC
A cable ferry located on the Meherrin River near Winton, NC. It is one of three remaining cable ferries left in operation in North Carolina. Parkers ferry road. 36.436121 76.953112 Photo of Ferry.
#20 Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard, 588 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC
People talk about glass of vidal blanc and great wine and great music. Get photo of vineyard sign.