Rolling Thunder: Ride From Florida

Florida

Ride to the Wall…Southern Style

This second annual event leaves Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson the morning of May 22nd. This is a police escorted ride. A pre-ride party will be held at the dealership on the 21st. Pre-registration ends April 30th.

Packages depend on accommodations and food preferences at dealerships. All include a t-shirt, patch, gas ($4.50/gal):
Gold – $735 per bike
Blue – $635 per bike
Gray – $505 per bike

The police escorts include: Volusia Sheriff’s Office, Savannah/Chatham Police Dept., Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Iredell Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police.

Ride Schedule – Stage 1 (May 22)
1.) Leave Destination Daytona ride to Savannah GA
2.) Lunch at Savannah HD
3.) Savannah GA to Tilley’s Harley-Davidson in Statesville NC
4.) Pig Pickin’ party at Tilley’s (music and prizes)

Ride Schedule – Stage 2 (May 23)
1.) Leave Statesville NC ride to Shenandoah
2.) Lunch at Shenandoah HD
3.) Shenandoah VA to host hotel (Radisson Inn Reagan Airport) or secondary hotel (Sheraton Crystal City)

Ride Schedule – The event (May 25th)
1.) Ride to the Pentagon parking lot

Gas Stops & Estimated Times
Detailed Schedule
Package Information
Registration Information

If you’re coming from Florida’s West coast, there will be a ride on the 21st headed from Crystal River HD. Breakfast will be served between 7:00 am and 7:30 am. Riders will leave at 9AM for Stormy Hill HD in Clermont for lunch. After lunch, the ride will head for Destination Daytona.

Video documentary available:
Ride With Thunder

Riding To Give Back

I was reading an article the other day about winterizing your bike, when I realized I’d never actually thought about it before. Living in Orlando, unless there’s a hurricane, I’m riding – so winterizing really isn’t something I actually know how to do.

So rather than winterize, I ride with Teddy Bears strapped to my bike (OK – not really – I usually suggest someone else do that) or toys stuffed into my saddle bag heading for a kids home or AmVets lodge. The best thing about riding and December are the toy runs in Central Florida, and they’ve gotten bigger each year. Ocala HOG alone collected more than 2,000 toys during their event this year.

Given the number of toys runs, it was fitting that today I received an email from a riding friend who recited a great story about a Lake County Florida HOG chapter member known as the Toy Man (Jim Gray). He started a toy run to help out some local Lake county kids, and over time, the number of toys collected filled an entire warehouse. It took a committee of 10 people to manage it every year, and more than 200 children received toys. Jim was a Vietnam Veteran who worked for the Mount Dora Post Office – just a local guy helping local families during the holiday. Tragically, Jim lost his life several years ago when riding his Harley just before Christmas, but his spirit of giving lives on every time someone gets on a bike and donates their time, money or compassion for a day.

Enjoy the holiday season, and don’t forget to spread a little joy during 2008 by supporting your local benefit rides. Riding is a great way to meet people, but also a great way to make the world a better place.

Ride and remember the journey,
Samich