Easy Riders

International group of
Harley Davidson riders to tour Madison

Tour is part of official rally through Indiana

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(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.

Harley Davidson bike

Photo provided

Each year, Harley Davidson sponsors
official tours through 48 states
for 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 on Saturday.
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 the festivities.
“We are excited to have these visitors come to our city,” said Madison CVB’s 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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