July 11, 2008
"Fire In The Hole"
Ride & Rally
Special to Huntingtonnews.net
AUGUST28 - 31, 2008
Motorcycle enthusiasts from all around are invited to be a part of the 1ST ANNUAL "Fire In The Hole" Motorcycle Ride 4' Rally to be held in the Moccasin Valley section of Lebanon, Virginia. Come enjoy the 250 mile motorcycle ride through some of the most breathtaking mountains, historic rivers. and thriving coal towns on the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail and Kentucky Scenic Byways. "Coal Miners Remembered" (CMR) is the motto and message statement to commemorate the dedication of our coal miners, and to preserve our heritage as coal-mining country. The history of coal mining runs deep throughout the Appalachian region, some could rightfully say as deep as the seams of coal themselves. "Fire In The Hole" will be recognized by all who have worked so bravely mining the most abundant. nonrenewable fossil fuel produced in the United States--COAL.
The "Fire In The Hole" Motorcycle Ride will be held on Saturday, August 30. 2008. The line-up starts at 8:00 a.m. and the ride will leave from the Russell County Government Center Parking Lot in Lebanon, Virginia. at precisely 9:00 a.m. Come early to enjoy the fares available from the breakfast vendor, and attend the dedication ceremony to kickoff the ride with "Survivor Big Tom", Senator Phillip Puckett, and more. Our route will be as follows:
• Highway 19 South to Alternate Route 58 West to Norton, VA.
• Highway 23 South to Big Stone Gap. VA.
• 1ft STOP: Powell Valley High School, Big Stone Gap. VA. (Rest/Fuel Break)
• Can you ride the TUNNEL? Must get through it to Highway 25E into Middlesboro, KY.
• 2nd STOP: Lunch break (several restaurants and gas stations).
• Route 119 North into Harlan and Whitesburg. KY.
• 3'd STOP: Letcher County Central High School. Stretch/Refreshments.
• Highway 23 South back into Norton. VA.
• Alternate Route 58 East to Moccasin Valley Rd. Route 613, Lebanon. VA.
**NOTE: Next year's CMR ride will be through the West Virginia coal-mining territory.
What about the RALLY? The First Annual "Fire In The Hole" Rally grounds will be located on the "Spirithawk Farm" and Oak Grove Community Center. State Route 613, Moccasin Valley Rd. Lebanon. VA. Camping available on the scenic Rally grounds. with concessions, live entertainment. vendors. special events. and more. Watch for updated information In newspapers. radio stations, billboards, and flyers to be coming out shortly.
Plan to be a part of this breathtaking ride. paying tribute to one of the most important work forces in the United States--coal mining. A workforce that generates approximately one-half of all the electricity in the nation. Our Appalachian Coal Region produces more than one·third of all coal produced in the United States. Be a "CMR" rider and be proud to represent COAL MINING.
For more information about the lrt Annual "Fire In The Hole" Ride & Rally, camping. or vendor set-up. call (276) 794-7326. (276) 701-6873. or (276) 701-7000.

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