Harley Davidson riders to tour Madison
is part of official rally through Indiana
(June 2010) In June, the streets of Madison,
Ind., will be filled with the roar of Harley-Davidson motorcycles when
more than 250 riders will travel through the city on an exclusive tour
of Indiana. The motorcyclists are part of an international owners club
that tour through almost every state of the nation and are welcomed
everywhere they go.
year, Harley Davidson sponsors
official tours through 48 states
its exclusive owners club.
On June 24-26, the only official touring rally in the
state of Indiana sponsored by Harley-Davidson will pass through Madison.
Ride Through the Past and Discover the Roots of Hoosier Heritage,
will feature 30 stops on a 500-mile trip through southern Indiana. All
of the riders are members of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group.
These people come from all walks of life, said event organizer
Rick Robertson. They are doctors, lawyers, school teachers and
even railroad operators. They are good people who love to tour and learn
about the area they are traveling through. The group will actually
be broken up into smaller groups ranging in size. Each group could include
up to 10 riders at a time. They will arrive at all hours of the day
Robertson said there are people from more than 12 states, including
riders from New Zealand. Of all the places in the world our New
Zealand riders could visit, they picked Indiana, he said. That
should tell you about the quality of the tour and what international
travelers think of our state. We have a lot to offer.
The tour will feature historic sites that cover a large time period
from when Indiana was still a territory through modern times. Riders
will discover where the first state capitol was, visit Civil War sites,
discover the adventure of flight, stop off for some jazz music and star
blues at the Star Factory, learn about artillery and end each night
with entertainment and games. The ride starts in Richmond, Ind., and
ends in Madison.
The Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau staff worked with rally
organizers and local business owners to put together a package of historic
sites for the riders to tour, restaurants to dine in, and an entertainment
roundup with music, games and awards at Madison Bicentennial Park on
Saturday evening. Acoustic guitarist Bill Lackner will perform during
We are excited to have these visitors come to our city,
said Madison CVBs Marci Jones. The trip will introduce them
to the area and, hopefully, they will want to come back and spend more
time here later.
While in Madison, riders will have the chance to make 17 stops at a
variety of places, including several Historic Madison Inc. homes, the
Jefferson Proving Ground, Lanier Mansion and the Heritage Center and
Railroad Museum. They will also travel just across the river to Carrollton,
Ky.s Gen. Butler State Resort Park and then cross the river at
the Markland Dam.
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