The Ride-In™ is Coming Soon!
By Pam Rusk
Time to start packing and finalize your plans, because the Ride-In™ will be here before you know it. For those who haven’t registered yet, “pre-registration” will continue to be taken until June 15. After this time, you may register at the Ride-In™, July 10 – 12. If you wish to attend the banquet, tickets must be pre-purchased by June 15.
Don’t over pack your bike, and pack low to maintain a low center of gravity. This will allow for easier handling of your motorcycle. Fabrics that are breathable, moisture wicking, and easy care make smart choices for traveling, typically don’t take up as much room, and are wrinkle resistant. Also, due to very limited laundry facilities (only one washer and dryer in the hotel), clothing that you can wash out to hang and dry is a consideration.
Basic clothing to pack is underwear, socks, shirts (long sleeve and short), toiletries and comfy clothes in addition to riding gear. Other clothing items for consideration are bathing suit, shorts and tank tops, athletic It is a good idea to take a couple plastic grocery bags, so you can either put dirty laundry in them or use it to take clothing to the laundry mat. Sealing liquids in Ziploc bags can help to avoid catastrophes if a container were to leak. 2.5 Gallon Ziploc bags are good for packing clothing and can reduce space if you squeeze all the air out. Also putting clothing in plastic will keep it dry if your luggage isn’t waterproof.
shoes, flip flops, and a light jacket.
Basic riding stuff that should apply for most situations are motorcycle registration and insurance (best kept in a Ziploc bag), rain gear, extra glasses (for rain, dusk, and night time), tire pressure gauge, bungee cords and straps, head wrap or do-rag, couple sets of gloves (in case you lose one), first-aid kit, tool kit, duct tape, micro fiber rags for washing or checking oil, sunscreen, and protective riding gear (pants, jacket, boots, and helmet).
Now that you are packed, you can focus on your travel plans. The WOW website, under the Ride-In™ menu, has provided self-guided routes that originate from Johnson City and are referred to as the Southern Dozen. From the WOW website, you will be able to view featured videos of the routes, download maps and directions, and download files for a Garmin GPS device. The WOW Member’s Only Facebook group has been featuring several of these ride videos.
The Ride-In™ schedule for this year’s event has purposely allowed you plenty of time for being able to ride and explore the area. Guest speakers have been scheduled to start mid-afternoon so you can ride and still attend the seminars. Please refer to the draft schedule of events and the guest speaker articles published in this magazine issue.
A short summary of seminars planned include a class on rock painting, geocaching, basic bike mechanics, and motorcycle riding gear. A resident storyteller from Jonesborough, Tennessee will present her tales. You will also be amazed by the recent motorcycle adventures of a WOW member who will provide her photos to inspire you. And also featured will be a special guest speaker, a humorist and author of motorcycle guidebooks, who happens to be a former motorcycle cop who rants and raves.
Due to local and state regulations there will not be any raffles to win prizes or cash. Instead we will be conducting a silent auction this year utilizing limited major gift donations. Winners will collect their purchases following the banquet on Wednesday evening.
Since this year we will be having the Banquet and Recognition Celebration on Wednesday evening, Thursday evening plans will be for an open game night. Come and play cards and table games and/or socialize. You should have plenty of time to pack this evening, and if you need to hit the sack for that early morning start home on Friday, coming to game night will allow you to get your last goodbyes in before departing. If you have a particular game you enjoy and would like to introduce it to others, feel free to bring it.
When you leave Friday morning, we hope everyone will ride away wishing the Ride-In™ hadn’t ended and looking forward to the 2019 Ride-In™.
Hope to see you at this year’s Ride-In™.
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