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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cigar City HOG

One of the greatest things about motorcycling is getting to meet other bikers. Today, Holly and I road out to Tampa Harley-Davidson on North Dale Mabry Highway to attend the Cigar City HOG Chapter meeting as a guest of Director Mark Freeman. Since transitioning from the Fletcher's HOG chapter to an AMA club, I've been trying to reach out to other local riding clubs and chapters to forge relationships.

The tiki bar meeting location
Unlike most club meetings I've attended, Cigar City has a Saturday morning meeting with a ride afterwards. Very fitting for Florida, the meeting was held outside a Tampa Harley's huge tiki bar. Donuts and coffee were served and I got to socialize with some really great people.

One of the main reasons for my attending was to invite them to join us on our trip to Sturgis in 2014. I gave a little of the history of our club and hopefully got a few people interested in the trip.



Me and Holly enjoying the morning meeting in the shade
Director Mark Freeman (left) conducts the ride meeting
After the meeting we joined the group for a ride planned out to New Port Richey. About twenty-five of us took of on a bright and hot sunny Florida day. Unfortunately, a mechanical problem hit ride leader Mark Freeman's bike half way through the ride. His throttle decided to stop working.

While the group waited for Mark to get a tow back the dealer the heat was getting the best of us. We said goodbye to our new friends, and headed for home.

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