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Bike-and-boat tour readies for May trip

Two months after its official announcement, the Boaterz 'n Bikerz Hull of a Tour launch of “The Freedom Ride” has more than a dozen riders committed to the event, which runs May 15-24.

Title-sponsored by the Freedom Boat Club, along with media sponsor Soundings Trade Only, platinum sponsor Hurricane Boats and event producer/publicist Kenton Smith Marketing, “The Freedom Ride” features a nine-day guided motorcycle and boating tour from Sarasota, Fla., to Washington, D.C.

The finale includes participation in the famous 100,000-bike Rolling Thunder Rally, which honors war veterans, POWs and those missing in action.

Key tour stops include St. Augustine, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Morehead City, N.C.; Williamsburg, Va.; Gettysburg and York, Pa.; Annapolis, Md.; and Charlottesville and Alexandria, Va. The group will visit Freedom Boat Club locations along the way for waterfront festivities and/or boat rides.

“It’s shaping up to be a really fantastic ride,” tour organizer Wanda Kenton Smith said in a statement. “Besides cruising the scenic and coastal back roads navigated by route planner Jim Krueger of Regal Marine and visiting Freedom Boat Clubs for some wonderful hospitality, we’ll also be touring some historic sites en route. I’m looking forward to touring Patriot’s Point and the naval ships in Charleston, the ferry ride and spectacular pass through the Outer Banks with a tour of the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk facilities, Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, and of course, the stop at the Harley manufacturing facility in York, Pa. Launching from the Pentagon and riding in the Rolling Thunder alongside thousands of war veterans and visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall and many of the Washington, D.C., sites is sure to be a highlight for our crew.”

The Freedom Ride is the second event hosted by the Boaterz ‘n Bikerz group. The inaugural ride traveled 3,000 miles from Destin, Fla., to San Diego in 2012 and included 22 riders.

“Our corporate organization, along with our franchisees, are excited to serve as title sponsor of The Freedom Ride and to support an effort that celebrates the fun and freedom of the outdoor life,” Freedom Boat Club CEO and president John Giglio said.

”We’re looking forward to being part of the ride festivities and to providing the boating experience at several of our club locations, including Sarasota and St. Augustine, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Annapolis,” Giglio said.

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