- Memorial Day Ride to Bushnell National Cemetery
Riders: Please join us for annual Memorial Day ride to Bushnell National Cemetery to pay respects to our fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This is what we do! There is no greater way to say thank you for your freedom than to remember service members you gave their life for us. If you have never participated in this event, you are missing out. Each year there are close to 500 bikes riding down I-275, so many that all I could see in front of me and behind was Patriotic American Bikers. Once at the Cemetery, there is a first class service attended by thousands. There are plenty of guest speakers to include the Governor, Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer, songs and of course Taps. Let’s meet at the McDonalds parking lot on Bearss Ave at 8:00 a.m. and have a KSU at 8:45 a.m. sharp. We will be riding to the I-275 Rest Area and meet up with hundreds of other riders to ride to Bushnell. The Rest area KSU will be at 9:30am. Please remember to arrive with a full gas tank and bring something to sit on (chair) and a bottle of water and prepare for possible rain (rain gear). Following the ceremony, we will ride 3 miles over to the local VFW post and have lunch. The VFW prepares for this event each year and is always ready for a crowd. This is a very popular destination following the ceremony. After lunch, our return ride route will be a scenic ride filled with turns and hills. We will stop in Nobleton for gas. The ride route back to Tampa will be: • Hwy 476 west • Nobleton/Croom Rd south • Croom Rd west • Hwy 301 south • Mondon Hill Rd east • Spring Lake Hwy south • Blanton Rd east • Ft. King Rd south • Eland Rd/Morris Bridge Rd southwest • Hwy 301 and Fowler Rd (301 Mini-Mart) in Tampa is rides end The plan is to be back in Tampa around 2:30-3:00pm.
- WILD HOGS Ride
Working this event. I need an RSVP for folks who desire to stay at the Navy MWR facility. I need that RSVP no later than March 5th. RSVP after March 5th, will mean you will be staying in town at a hotel. Not a problem, just more money. Final RSVP for this ride is April 15th, 2019. After that we need to get a good count of people coming and where everyone is bedding down. REMEMBER - this is a GUYS ONLY ride, means no girlfriend(s), no wives, no sisters, etc. (not even passengers). I will be loading more details in the coming weeks. Basic ride details are we will be leaving on a Friday morning, riding all day Friday to northern Georgia, spending Saturday going to Motorcycle Museums, and Sunday going to Warm Springs and Helen Georgia. Monday morning we will ride back to Tampa Bay.
- 4th of July Parade Ride in Safety Harbor
The Fourth of July is no ordinary date in the calendar. This day marked the beginning of the US modern history, the history of independence and the formation of the new independent state. On July 4, 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. The first signer was the President of the Second Congress John Hancock whose signature immortalized the American independence No one else signed that day. The Declaration was adopted in Philadelphia, where guns fired, candles were lighted and bells rang the whole day. The next day the declaration was publicly announced in all major American cities. In 2019 as Patriotic Riders, we have always celebrated the 4th of July by riding in the Safety Harbor Parade. The parade is a throwback to yesteryear, small town Main Street lined with families and little tikes waving flags. The Parade itself is only one mile long and will take you 10-15 minutes to complete the ride. But Safety Harbor is a beautiful little town that continues to hold onto its small town roots. To start the day, well, breakfast. We will meet at the Paradise Restaurant (443 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL 34695) in Safety Harbor at 8:00am and have our KSU to the Parade starting point at 9:00am. I encourage all to wear your Patriotic Rider stuff, have some US Flags on your bike as well as water and sunscreen. The parade will end at the Safety Harbor American Legion, where we will park and go inside for some AC and a drink. After that you are free to enjoy the 4th however you wish.
- Whimsical Florida Ride #4
A Whimsical Ride is one where we visit a local attraction, something military and of course a local Winery. These rides have something for everyone. Among the rolling hills of citrus in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens continues to be one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring landmarks in Central Florida. Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting with breathtaking views of the Singing Tower. One of the most exceptional attributes to Bok Tower Gardens can be found right at its core - a 60-bell (ranging in weight from 16 pounds to nearly 12 tons), 205-foot Singing Tower Carillon. This majestic Carillon plays 30-minute bell concerts each day at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Also In Lake Wales, there’s a “gravity hill” that freaks out those traveling through by car. Stop your bike in the right place on Spook Hill, put it in neutral and watch as your bike rolls UP the hill. A sign explains it: "Many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by raids of a huge gator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake. The chief was buried on the north side. Pioneer mail riders first discovered their horses laboring down hill, thus naming it Spook Hill. When the road was paved, cars coasted up hill. Is this the gator seeking revenge, or the chief still trying to protect his land?" The True Blue Winery is a family-owned winery in central Florida. They specialize in award-winning blueberry wine. True Blue has a rustic and delightful atmosphere where you can enjoy a glass of wine alongside some delicious food (all made from scratch!) Featuring homemade wines, brick oven pizza and a menu selection such as Steak, Lasagna, Salmon, Chicken dishes, Salads, Sheppard Pie and various Pizza recipes. The Bartow Municipal Airport is located approximately six miles north of the City of Bartow on HWY 17. The site of the Bartow Municipal Airport - in WWII, the Army developed a facility at this site. Designated an Army Auxiliary Field, the Third Air Force established a training program there in 1942. Fighter pilots trained there using the Stearman biplane. With the decrease in demand for pilots as the war wound down, Bartow Field served MacDill Army Air Base in Tampa as an emergency field until closed and returned to the city. A WWII Memorial Museum is located in the terminal building which includes historical narrative and photographs. Museum display cases located throughout the museum and the terminal building offer a glimpse into not only the importance of this aviation training base, but into the individual lives affected by the base. Stories of the people are related through pictures, printed and video. We will travel to Bartow Museum first, then to Spook Hill, then to Bok Tower. After a few hours in Bok Tower we will ride to True Blue Winery for Wine and lunch. A more detailed time line will be forthcoming.