Past Events (2009)

//Past Events (2009)
Past Events (2009)2018-01-25T00:45:58+00:00

Date: Saturday, December 19
Destination: St. Mary’s, GA, Aunt B’s Buffet
Details: 11 bikes, 1 passenger, 1 car. Upper 40s/low 50s. Lots of leather and face masks on this ride, which followed the December meeting. Good back roads route via Hilliard. Aunt B’s is a real “country” buffet and no one went away hungry.
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Date: Saturday, December 12
Event: Christmas Party
Details: Good job by the party committee. Everyone reports a good time.
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Date: Saturday, December 5
Destination Sea Mark Ranch
Details: 5 bikes, 2 passengers, 8 cars. Low 50s and raining at start of ride.
As always, it was a great visit to the Seamark Ranch. The kids were excited and tore into the wrapped packages with great enthusiasm. Susan Coleman, as always, did a great job organizing the event to make sure everyone had a good time. It was good to see our old friends at Seamark and to make new ones.
Road Captain: Ed Tunstall; Tail Gunner: DrD; Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Saturday, November 21
Destination: Kens Barbeque, Lake City
Details: 8 bikes, 2 passengers. Cool fall ride. Always good food at Kens.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Richard “Rick” Kirtley; Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Saturday, November 6
Destination: Don Garlits Museum, Ocala
Details: 5 bikes. Beautiful fall day and more nice country roads. Lunch at Sonny’s and a chance to collect more passport stamps. No better way to use a 72° blue sky Florida Saturday than riding 200+ miles on a Harley.
Road Captain: Mark Stevens; Tail Gunner: DrD.

Date: Saturday, October 31
Destination: Alachua/Conestoga Restaurant
Details: 13 bikes, 2 passengers. Warm fall day and blue skies + nice country roads = another good ride. Big burgers at Conestoga (too big for some). After lunch, most went to the Gainesville HD dealer to stamp their Florida HD Dealer Passports.
Road Captain: Tim Asterman; Tail Gunner: Butch Hubbard; Photographer: Ruth Lee
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Date: Saturday, October 17
Post-Meeting Loop Ride
, 65 miles total distance
Details: 11 bikes, 2 passengers. This loop ride left the Fleet Reserve, wound its way to Macclenny and returned to the Orange Park Dealership where riders received a 15% discount on all merchandise and picked up their passports for the Florida Harley-Davidson Tour.
Road Captain: DrD; Tail Gunner: Mark Stevens

Date: Saturday, October 10
Sunrise Ride: Jax Beach to St. Augustine
42 miles, one way
Details: 11 bikes, 1 passenger, 2 guests. Watched a big, orange sun rise through low clouds over a beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Everyone should witness such a sight once a year. Then rode south on A1A along the ocean to St. Augustine for breakfast at the Village Inn. Another good ride.
Road Captain: Tom Martin; Tail Gunner: John Buckley; Photographer: DrD
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Date: Saturday, October 3
Destination: Stephen Foster State Park
74 miles, one way.
Details: 4 bikes, 2 passengers. Beautiful fall weather. Familiar roads and an easy ride. Lunch at the Telford Inn and a tour of the park and a chance to listen to the world-famous carillion (bells) playing Stephen Foster tunes.
Road Captain: Mark Stevens; Tail Gunner: John West
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Date: Friday, October 2
Light the City Ride

Several OPHOG members were on hand at the Baymeadows HD dealership to volunteer at or ride in the annual PAL Light the City Ride.
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Date: Saturday, September 26
Destination: Middleburg Car Show
90 miles one way
Details: 15 bikes, 3 passengers. Good weather, a little warm. Several hundred antique and custome cars on display. Nice show.
Road Captain: Butch Hubbard; Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman: Photographers: Marilyn Frobish, Susan Coleman
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Date: Thursday – Saturday, September 17-19
POW Ride Home
625 miles round trip, including various event excursions
Details: 9 bikes, 2 passengers, 1 guest. This trip was made to Americus/Andersonville, GA, to honor 175 former Prisoners of War who gathered at the Andersonville POW Museum and Historic Site. The event was superbly organized and run by Rolling Thunder. Very moving. A great opportunity to say Thank You and Welcome Home to American Heroes.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman: Tail Gunner: DrD; Photographers: Susan Coleman, Marilyn Frobish DrD
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Date: Friday, September 11
9/11 Remembrance Ride

Details: 36 bikes wound their way through Clay County proudly sporting dozens of American flags to show that OPHOG remembers the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the tragic end of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. The ride, which began at 7 p.m., was the chapter’s first night ride and though not without some navigational issues all riders ended up at Buffalos in Orange Park for dinner. Several non-HOG riders rode as guests of the club.
Road Captains: John Buckley & John West; Tail gunners: Tom Martin & Gary Hampton.
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Date: Saturday, September 5
Destination: Okefenokee Swamp
, approximately 84 miles, one way
Details: 8 bikes, 2 passengers, 1 car. A nice ride that included some backroads new to most of the riders. Several good comments on the route. Blue skies/partly cloudy 84-86°. All but one of the riders opted to take a guided boat tour through the swamp. Peaceful ride, though everyone had hoped to see some gators.
Road Captain: John Buckley; Tail gunner: DrD. Photographers: DrD, Marilyn Frobish, Sue West
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Date: Saturday, August 28
Destination: Fernandina Beach, Sliders, approximately 60 miles, one way.
Details: 20 bikes, 5 passengers. A little tricky on I-295 and 9A with 20 bikes, but otherwise a pleasant ride along A1A through the marshes and along the ocean. Blue skies 82-86°. Good food at Sliders.
Road Captain Candidate: Gary Hampton; Road Captain: Ed Tunstall; Tail Gunner: John Buckley; Photographers: Marilyn and DrD Frobish.
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Date: Saturday, August 22
Destination: St. Augustine/Barnacle Bills,
approximately 70 miles, one way.
Details: 7 bikes, 2 passengers, 1 car. Nice ride through some backroads that were new to most of the riders. Nice lunch at Barnacle Bills (which was also new to most of the riders).
Road Captain: Butch Hubbard; Tail Gunner: Rick Burger.
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Date: Thursday, August 20
Event: VIP Party at Adamecs. Adamecs HD at Baymeadows invited OPHOG and JaxHOG members to a special night at the dealership for HOG members only.
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Date: Saturday, August 16
Destination: Caddy Shack, St. Augstine. Ride cancelled.
Destination: Seamark Ranch,
approximately 25 miles, one way.
Details: 8 bikes, 8 cars. Threat of rain. Watermelon social and back-to-school gifts for our friends at Searmark Ranch and the staff there. Lots of fun, including a seed spitting contest.
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Date: Saturday, August 8
Destination: Darien, Georgia/Skippers Fish Camp,
approximately 110 miles, one way.
Details: 20 bikes, 4 passengers. Blue skies 85-90°. Humid. Nice ride, mostly on U.S. 17. Good food and cameraderie at Skippers.
Road Captain: Tim Asterman; Tail Gunner: Butch Hubbard (breakdown in Kingsland; replaced by Ed Tunstall). Photographers: DrD and Shotz Meador

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Date: Saturday, July 25
Destination: Astor Florida/Blackwater Inn,
approximately 90 miles, one way.
Details: 17 bikes, 8 passengers. Blue skies and hot, 90-95°. Nice ride with one stop in Palatka and scenic views in Ocala Forest. Lunch at Blackwater Inn on the St. Johns River.
Road Captain: Rick Burger; Tail gunner Butch Hubbard; Photographers: Marilyn Frobish & Susan Coleman.
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Date: Saturday, June 13
Destination: Jekyll Island, Ga
. Approximately 102 miles, one way.
Details: Blue skies and warm, 85-90°. 13 bikes, 1 passenger. Lunch at the Historic Clubhouse and several hours walking through the musuem and historic buildings. Ride included two new members–Welcome!
Road Captain: Dennis “DrD” Frobish; Tail gunner: Steve Coleman; Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Sunday, June 7
Destination: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Approximately 15 miles, one way.
Details: Clouds and threat of rain. 7 bikes, 1 passenger. Several went by car and others joined us at the ball park. Ride was dry but rain delayed the start of the game by almost two hours. Suns lost 2-0, but diehard HOGs cheered them on.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail gunner “DrD” Frobish; Photographers Catherine Norman and Susan Coleman.
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Date: Saturday, May 31
Destination: Historic Fernandina.
Approximately 75 miles, one way.
Details: Qualifying Ride for RCC John West. 13 bikes, 4 passengers. Blue skies and warm. Perfect riding weather.
Road Captain Candidate: John West; Observing Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail gunner: “DrD” Frobish; Photographers Susan Coleman and Marilyn Frobish
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Date: Saturday, May 16
First annual Orange Park HOG Picnic
! Held at the Fleet Reserve following the regular chapter meeting, nearly 50 members enjoyed barbeque, entertainment and friendship at the first OPHOG picnic. Special thanks to Tracy Rhodes and the Ladies of Harley.
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Date: Saturday, May 9
Destination: Butler Seafood House and Grill, Lake Butler
Details: Qualifying Ride for RCC Butch Hubbard
Road Captain Candidate: Butch Hubbard; Road Captain: Tim Asterman; Tail Gunner: Rick Burger.

Date: Sunday, May 3
Destination: Telford Inn, White Springs, approximately 62 miles, one way.
Details: 10 bikes, 1 passenger. Beautiful day. Met with the Tallahassee Wild Hogs for lunch and get aquainted session for two members preparing for Route 66 ride.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner “DrD”; Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Friday, May 1
Destination: Seamark Ranch
, Clay County
Details: 5 bikes. Several members took the afternoon off to volunteer at Seamark Ranch and help them prepare for the next day’s open house. Also delivered framed photographs from previous visit and DVD slide show of same. Good to see the kids again.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Ed Tunstall.

Date: Saturday, April 25
Destination: DeLeon Springs State Park, approximately 88 miles, one way.
Details: 10 bikes, 5 passengers, two guest riders (glad to have you along!). Pleasant ride on US 17, especially the two-lane stretch past Palatka. 70-80°. Blue skies. Unique, all-you-can-eat, cook-it-yourself pancake restaurant at the Park. Park itself is interesting slice of “Old Florida”, with lots to do.
Road Captain: John Buckley; Tail Gunner: Jeff Norman; Photographer: Catherine Norman.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Destination: Cecil Field Air Show, approximately 15 miles, one way.
Details: 7 bikes, 3 passengers. Post meeting ride to the Cecil Field air show. From F-18s to aerobatic biplanes, this show had it all. And throw in a car show with almost 100 cars. Great weather.
Road Captain: Jeff Norman; Tail Gunner “DrD” Frobish; Photographer: Catherine Norman

Date: Saturday, April 4
Destination: Micanopy, approximately 79 miles, one way.
Details: 7 bikes, 3 passengers. Mostly backroads and less traveled highways. CR234 in Alachua County especially nice. Micanopy is a nice old Florida town; full of antique/junque stores.
Road Captain (Qualifying Ride): Dennis “DrD” Frobish; Tail Gunner: Jeff Norman. Photographer: Catherine Norman.
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Date: Sunday, March 29
Destination: Seamark Ranch, Green Cove Springs, approximately 30 miles, one way.
Details: 33 bikes, approximately 15 passengers, 2 cars. Our best turnout yet. A great day. Wonderful opportunity to meet the kids at Seamark Ranch and get to know them. They had (almost) as much fun as we did.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman Photographers: Catherine Norman et al.
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Date: Saturday, March 28
Destination: Backwoods Smokehouse, Interlachen, FL, approximately 82 miles, one way.
Details: 7 bikes, 1 passenger. Nice day for a ride. Overcast, but no rain. Good barbeque and interesting restaurant.
Road Captain: Rick Kirtley; Tail Gunner
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Date: Sunday, March 22
Destination: The Yearling Restaurant, Cross Creek/Hawthorne, FL, approximately 78 miles, one way.
Details: 12 bikes, 4 passengers. Great day. Not short-sleeve weather yet, but 60-65° for the ride and sunny skies. The Yearling has an interesting history and good food, though not everyone wanted to try the frog legs and gator tail.
Road Captain (Qualifying Ride): Jeff Norman, Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman. Photographer: Catherine Norman.
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Date: Saturday, March 14
Destination: Stumpknockers, Dunellon, FL, approximately 145 miles, one way.
Details: 14 bikes, 4 passengers. 1 car. Another gorgeous Florida day. 65° going – 85° return. A longer ride than ususal, but really nice views of Florida horse country and oak-lined country roads. Stumpknockers food seemed to please everyone.
Road Captain: Tim Asterman; RCC Butch Hubbard; RCC Ed Tunstall; Tail Gunner: Mark Stevens. Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Sunday, March 8
Destination: St. Augustine/St. Sebastian’s Winery, approximately 45 miles, one way.
Details: 7 bikes. 3 passengers. 1 car. Perfect Florida weather. 60° going – 80° return. Cloudless skies. Short but nice ride. Interesting self-guided tour of the Winery and tasting. Lunch followed at Georgies Diner.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; RCC DrD; Tail Gunner: John Buckley.
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Date: Friday, March 6
Destination: Daytona Beach Bike Week Rally, approximately 100 miles, one way.
Details: 15 bikes. 5 passengers. 1 car. Brisk 50° gorgeous blue skies. Pleasant back roads rides and lots to do in Daytona.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; RCC DrD; Tail Gunner: Larry Coffee; Photographer: DrD
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Date: Saturday, Feb. 21
Destination: Shriner’s Chili Cook-Off, Metro Park Jacksonville, approximately 15 miles, one way.
Details: 13 bikes. Cool (again!) but blue skies. 15 varieties of chili and all for a good cause–Shriners’ Children’s Hospitals. Several suggestions to make this an annual chapter ride.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Larry Coffee; Photographer Susan Coleman
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Date: Saturday, Feb. 21
Monthly Meeting at Fleet Reserve. Another good turnout on a cool Florida day. Heard from HD regional rep. Chapter voted to adopt Seamark Ranch children’s home in Clay County as its primary charity.
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Date: Saturday, Feb.7
Destination: Pig Stand, Ormond Beach, approximately 90 miles, one way
Details: 15 bikes. Another “cool” morning, 40° at 9:30 a.m. but beautiful blue skies. Met several guests at the Pig Stand.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Road Captain Candidate: Jeff Norman; Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman; Photographer: Susan Coleman
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Date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Destination: Floyds Diner, High Springs, FL, approximately 85 miles, one way.
Details: 5 bikes, 1 passenger, 40° at 9:30 a.m. Cloudless blue skies. Nice country roads. Got to Floyd’s Diner to discover it closed, though with a sign promising to reopen. Adapted, overcame and had lunch at Bev’s Burger Cafe in High Springs. Good homemade burgers. Nice return ride. 57°
Road Captain: Richard “Rick” Kirtley; Tail Gunner: Steve Coleman; no pictures


Date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Destination: Ken’s Barbeque, Lake City, FL, approximately 66 miles, one way.
Details: 21 bikes, 4 passengers, 60°. Added one bike in Lake Butler. Met members of Tallhassee Wild Hogs in Lake City for lunch. This was a good chance for the two groups to mix and meet.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman; Photographer: Jeff Norman
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Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Destination: Conestoga Restaurant, Alachua, Fl.,
approximately 80 miles, one-way.
Details: 15 bikes, 1 passenger, 2 cars. 45-50°. Lots of leather and face masks. Good ride, good food, good fun.
Road Captain: Steve Coleman; Tail Gunner: Tim Asterman; Photographer: Catherine Norman
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Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Inaugural Meeting
87 members, 3 guests.
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