J.P.’s Primary Cover

J.P.’s Primary Cover

By Janis Perfetto

I love the November/December issue every year! It brings great joy to relive the Ride-In and all of the friends, festivities, and fantastic moments of an all too short event! I always get to the host hotel early and sometimes I stay an extra day just to savor the time of our premiere event. This year, I arrived on Sunday and to my surprise, there were several of you already there! As you soak in the moments recorded in this issue, let us know what you enjoyed most. We want to hear from you! And to the Ride-In committee, THANK YOU for a job very well done. We know it’s time-consuming, hard work and we appreciate you.

I talked to many of you who just loved the rides originating from our host hotel, the Holiday Inn in Johnson City, Tennessee. If you managed to get some photos, we would love to see them,share them, and hear about those rides. For motorcycle enthusiasts, Johnson City is the IT location in the east. Talking about IT locations…

There was a hush across the meeting room when our Ride-In destination was announced for 2019. It was just for a Nano-second, and believe me, I was awe-struck too! My first thoughts were racing around thinking of the Badlands, Sturgis before the crowd, Devil’s Tower, Mt. Rushmore, bison (weird, right?) and my favorite part – riding through that part of the country to get there! Casper, Wyoming! I’ve already bought a pair of new cowboy boots! I’m hoping to be able to just hop on over to Washington and Oregon while I’m out there. I haven’t been through those two states and need them for my personal bucket list. Did you know that North Dakota has an awesome scenic highway that motorcycle enthusiasts flock to experience? An artist has created metal sculptures that will make that trip worth the ride. I know some of you have been there and we had an article several years ago, including awesome photos. If you have been through that North Dakota area, please share your experience with us so that others might see something they would like to plan!

If you have never ridden through Utah, put that on your route list too. If you are headed in from that direction or plan on going home that way, Arches National Park is a mere 500 miles and a must see. There is so much to do and see in that part of the country that it will make for difficult decisions if you are limited in time (or $$$!). Take a peek at page 31 for a preview of our host hotel, the Ramkota  Hotel. What a beautiful facility! Remember,you cannot reserve your Ride-In room until January 1, 2019.

See Page 5 for the rest of the story…