To All Members:
This thread is designed to be a quick and easy to read offering of the Q & A s regarding Shark Week 4 in Maine. In order to keep this thread uncluttered with extraneous posts, please do not post on here. As questions that are pertinent to the general membership are asked, we will post the Q & A in this thread. It's designed so that all members have easy access to all FAQ, without having to wade through pages and pages of posts and comments. Hopefully you will find this to be helpful in your trip planning.
To ask a question about the SW4 event, simply PM your question/s to either myself (Northwoods_Maine) or GMAN SERGU. My name is Kevin and GMAN is Gauthama.
Here is the basic info of who, when, where, why for SW4:
Q - Who's invited to SW4?
A - All current members of the RoadGlide.org forum and their invited guests
Q - I don't yet own a Road Glide but plan to, .... or, I'd like to invite a friend
that doesn't ride a Glide, is that OK?
A - It's absolutely OK. We welcome all riders who are members, or guests of a
member, regardless of what you/they currently ride ... though we can't
promise you won't be the object of some good-natured ribbing if you
show up on a Honda, Victory, Ducati or any other brand/model.
Q - When is SW4?
A - Shark Week 4 officially starts on Monday Aug. 11, 2014 and runs
through Friday a.m. Aug. 15. Rooms at the host location are also
available at the discounted SW4 rate for the nights of Sunday 8/10 and
Friday 8/15 for anyone looking to extend their stay.
Q - Where is the host location?
A - The host facility is the Town & Coutry Motor Inn on Rte. 2 in Shelburne,
NH. This is immediately south of the town of Gorham, N.H. and just a
5 minute ride from the Maine border. Overflow lodging accomodations
will be approx. 1 mile away from the host facility, in Gorham and that info
will be posted here when needed. T&C - 1-800-325-4386
NOTE: As of 7/23, due to cancellations, there are currently 10 rooms available at the T&C host facility. First come, first served. Ask for the "Shark Week" rate.
Q - What is the special SW4 rate at the T&C?
A - The rate at the T&C is $81. single occupancy, $88. double occupancy.
Room rates are based on the number of people sharing the room, not
the numer of beds in the room.
Q - What do I need to do to get that rate?
A - Simply request the "Shark Week 4" rate when calling to make your
Q - Is there any camping allowed at the host facility?
A - No, but for those on a budget or who just want to camp out, there are 2 campgrounds
located within 4 miles of the T&C. The White Birches Camping Park is less than one mile
away (east on Rte. 2) and is recommended by the locals. Also, the Timberlands Campground
is approx. 4 miles away. Both offer tent and RV sites. Here's their info:
White Birches Camping Park - http://www.whitebirchescampingpark.com/
Timberlands Campground - http://www.timberlandcampgroundnh.com/
There are also several State or National Forest campgrounds within 10 miles of the T&C.
Q - If I'm staying at the Royalty Inn or any lodging facility other than the T & C (or are camping) can I still particpate
in the awards banquet on Thursday night?
A - Absolutely, and we hope you do attend the banquet. This is not an event you'll want to miss. If you are staying
anywhere other than the T & C, you will still need to stop at the T&C as soon as you get in town and tell them that
you are with Shark Week 4, are not staying at their facility, but still want to make reservations for the Awards
Banquet that Thursday evening. They'll take your name/s and meal choice/s. and a credit card to charge it to.
3/9 Update: The Awards Banquet is almost totally sold out so please make your reservations ASAP if you plan to attend.
Q - Does the host facility have a restaurant and/or bar?
A - Yes, both. The restaurant is open from 6-10:30 a.m. for breakfast, and
from 5-10 p.m. for dinner Monday thru Thursday. It's open til 10:00 p.m.
on Fri/Sat, and noon til 9:00 on Sundays. The bar opens at 4:30 daily,
except on Sundays it opens at noon.
Q - Will there be entertainment at the bar - my wife likes to dance?
A - Normally the bar offers a house band on Friday and Saturday evenings.
However, the T&C management has graciously offered to provide live music
in their lounge each night of SW4.
Q - What type of activities will there be during Shark Week?
A - While we have a few special surprises planned, in general the schedule
- early arrivals, set-up, then 'bench racing' and BS'ing
outdoors in the parking lot. There will be a group ride to dinnner if interested.
Note: There will be a 30' x 50' tent (with chairs and a few tables) set up in
the back parking lot all week for everyone's use. It will provide shade
from the sun, or shelter from any rain showers, as well as be a general
gathering place for meeting and greeting fellow members and their
guests. It will be our central meeting place for most of the daytime
activities and will be "party central" for night time gatherings.
- Official arrival day. Register at the Inn for your room, then
register for teh event as well as registration for guided day ride tours at the tent.
Monday is reserved for just hanging out in the parking lot, getting re-aquainted with old friends and making new
friends you haven't met yet. And, of course, checking out all the bikes!
- Both guided and self-guided day ride tours in NH's White Mountains. The morning rides will end
at Laconia HD who is hosting a free lunch event for us. Laconia HD is the official HD dealer sponsor
for Laconia Bike Week, and has a really nice operation. A bonus with their location is that anyone who
wants to visit the National Police Motorcycle Museum can now do so without going out of their way as
the museum is almost across the street from the dealership - just a block or so up the road.
After the lunch event we'll head to our "signature" ride of the week - the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Other
routes available for the faint of heart. We'll conclude Tuesday's activities with our annual "T-shirt swap" (8:00)
immediately followed by the SW5 proposal presentations. A power point projector, screen, and microphone will
be available for those making presentations. Voting will be by ballet, which can be cast anytime up til 10:00 pm
- All guided tours will focus on a trip to the Maine coast (primarily in the Portland area).
There will be a terrific opportunity to participate in a 4 hour whale watch boat tour for those interested.
We have a boat reserved, departing from Portland at 2 P.M. for WHALE WATCHING!!!!!
There is a limit of 91 people for this whale watching excursion. You will need to call and make your reservations
A.S.A.P. More info here: http://odysseywhalewatch.com/
Ticket price is $40 (16.66% group discount). Call 207-775-0727 to make reservations and pay for tickets.
If questions please send a PM to GMAN SERGU
Those not doing the whale watch can do a guided tour of a couple of lighthouses, an old Fort, a lobster
shack for lunch, and a late afternoon ice cream cone stop. We'll also likely offer another separate ride to
Freeport, Maine to L.L. Bean's multi-building campus of retail stores, plus there are hundreds of other 'outlet"
type stores within several blocks.
Those not wanting to ride to the coast will have the individual options of guided or
self-guided day rides in the mountains, or plan a day fishing, or schedule a round of
golf at the Androscoggin Country Club which is located directly across the street from the T&C.
Due to the nature and length of the day's rides to the coast, and the varying times
of return to the T&C, no official evening events are planned for Wednesday.
Check out the T&C bar and band or hang out at the tent and parking lot enjoying the
comraderie of your fellow shark riders.
- both guided and self-guided day ride tours in the western mountains and lakes region of
Maine will be offered. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch that's cooked and served by the motorcycle
group, "The Widow's Sons", a group of bike riding Masons. Tours will end back at the T&C around 4:00.
The annual Shark week group photo will be taken at 5:00. at the T&C. Please be there!
A cash bar will open at 6:00 for the awards banquet, and the meal will be served promptly at 6:45. The banquet
will culminate in the presentation of several awards plus the announcement of the location of Shark Week 2015.
The annual raffle will be held donwstairs from the awards banquet as soon as the banquet activities have finished.
Bring your wallet, and take some chances on winning some of the terrific prizes that have been donated.
- Due to requests from several members who will be leaving very
early on Friday a.m., the time for the group picture has been moved from Friday morning to 5:00 p.m.
on Thursday - before the banquet.
Those staying over on Friday are welcome
to hang out and do as they please on Friday as there are no official functions planned.
Q - What are the plans for meals?
A - Except for the Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, all breakfast and dinner meals are on
your own. Day rides on Monday will include the free Laconia HD hosted lunch. Wednesday lunch will be on your own
in the Portland area, and Thursday's rides, we will have the "Widows Sons" (a group of Masons) preparing a lunch for
us in Rangeley, Maine that you can purchase.
Q - Can you give me directions to get to the host hotel?
A - Generally speaking, if coming from the south we'd suggest taking the
Maine Turnpike/I-95 (to avoid heavy local traffic in southern Maine) to Exit 63 - Town of Gray.
Then follow Rte. 26 north to the town of Bethel. In Bethel, follow
Rte 2 west (towards Gilead, ME. and Gorham and Berlin, N.H.). The T&C
is located in Shelburne, N.H. about 1/2 mile south of Gorham, on the
If coming from the west, you'll likely be taking mostly secondary roads
but will probably end up on Rte 16 or 116 to Rte. 2 south to Gorham and
If entering the address of the T&C into a GPS, use:
2 Main St., Gorham, N.H. as your 'go to' address.
Q - Does the T&C have washers/dryers for guest use?
A - No, but they do offer dry cleaning and laundry service, and there is a coin op
Laundry Mat a mile or so away in Gorham.
Q - Regarding the Thursday night raffle - how does that work?
A - Sponsors, supporters, and members donate prizes throughout the year.
(PM "TracyB" if you'd like to donate a prize). On raffle night, all prizes will be
displayed on tables with a small paper bag taped to the table in front of each prize.
You can purchase as few or as many tickets as you please and you decide which
prizes you place your tickets into the corresponding bag for.
Q - Where does the money come from to finance this rally, and where do any profits go?
A - Because this is an all volunteer effort, cost are kept to a minimum. We do incur
costs for things like the gathering tent, any equipment rental needed, and literally
dozens of small expenditures. We cover those costs primarily from the sale of event
T-shirts and other event logo'd items, as well as from the raffle tickets, and donations.
Any profit from the event goes to providing some 'seed' money to those volunteering
to host the next years' event, as well as to a local charity as a goodwill gesture for
sharing their town with us for a few days. This year's charity will be the local chapter
of the Shriners, in an effort to help them fund all the great medical care they provide for
children in need across the country.
Q - What can we expect for temperatures during the rally?
A - Although it'll be mid-August, you have to be mindful that you're in the mountains not
far from the Canadian border. Day time temps should be 75-85 degrees, but can drop
into the 50s at night. As with any outdoor activity in the mountains, it is always
suggested you dress in appropriate layers of clothing. Your day ride may start at 55 degrees
in the morning and get to 75-85+ by early afternoon, and then start cooling off considerably
as the sun sets. Quick late afternoon/evening thunder storms are always a possibility in the
mountains so remember to bring your rain gear with you each day.
Q - Just got a very important question from "Laxinharley" on a subject matter that I had overlooked.
He asked where the closest 'package' store is to the T&C?
A - Beer and wine are available at most grocery or convenience stores but liquor must be purchased
from a State of NH Liquor Store. There's one about 1.5 miles away and on the same street as the T&C.
There's also mega liquor stores on all of the highways coming into NH. Google - NH Liquor Stores for locations.
159 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
Q - Have had a couple members ask what the cost is for the rally?
A - There is NO charge to attend this rally. You will incur costs for lodging, meals, etc.. but
those decisions are yours. The only cost would be your meals if attending the awards banquet on Thursday night,
and that cost will be billed to your room.
With that said, we do ask that you help support the cost of this event through the purchase of
event T-shirts and other memorabelia, and through the purchase of raffle tickets. There also will be a couple
of "donation jars" set up at the gathering tent.
Q.- What are the nearest/best airports to fly into for the rally? My wife is planning on flying in for the event.
A - Here are 3 choices:
The closest commercial airport would be Portland ME. It's 92 miles and a little less than 2 hours from the T&C. The first 17 miles would be interstate. Nice 2 lane all the way after that.
The second closest would be Manchester, NH. It's 134 miles and 2 hours and 15 minutes away. There is a very direct highway route (I-293 N to I-93 N) for about the first 100 miles.
The third is Logan Airport in Boston. That's 181 miles and almost exactly 3 hours away. The first 150 or so miles is interstate I-93 N.
Time and miles shown are per Google Maps. There are more rural winding roads from both Boston and Manchester, NH, but I gave you the most direct/fastest routes. Boston would not be my choice just because you have to deal with a lot more traffic getting in and out of there, but it sometimes offers the best fares.
REMEMBER - Got a question? Just PM either Gman or myself.
Other Questions and Answers will be posted at regular update intervals.