Rolling Thunder: Ride From 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

Bears, Eating and Bike Week 2008

Riding down for Bike Week is great. There are bikes everywhere, people everywhere, drinking everywhere, and sometimes bad things happen. So, rather than warn everyone, I thought I’d share a couple of handy map mash-ups from the folks at

First – Bears!! I’m with Stephen Colbert on this one: we’re all still in the dark regarding where they use the bathroom, they hock everything from cereal to gelatinous candy, and even young ones outweigh a Rottweiler. If you’re headed to or from Daytona via the Ocala National Forest, don’t make the mistake of thinking bears are hibernating so won’t be out. Be careful. You don’t want to hit one. Here’s a map of where some bears have been found on Florida’s popular roads.
Second – Eating!! OK, enough about safety and bears. You want to know where to eat, so here are a couple of searchable listings that give you some listings/reviews and health inspection reports.
And, you probably need some coupons, so here’s a link for some local eateries.