Phil ‘Rain Man’ Rietz
Head Road Captain
It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to welcome you to the Santa Maria Harley Owners Group. The Santa Maria H.O.G. Chapter has a great group of members and we are sponsored by what I feel is the Best Harley Davidson dealership in the State of California and I have been to a lot of them. They have a great supportive staff that are always eager to help H.O.G members.
It is also a pleasure for me to once again be appointed as your Chapter Head Road Captain and we have a lot of great rides and events scheduled for 2021. While I have spent the last several years as the Director and Asst. Director I look forward to getting back into this position for the Chapter as I first did in 2012. Please take a few minutes to look at our 2021 ride schedule so that maybe you can pick out some rides that you would like to join us on. There are a lot of Day Rides on Saturdays and Sundays, Overnighter’s and Events scheduled for 2021 with more being added all the time. It is a very fluid schedule. There are always rides added and some have to be canceled due to various reasons. We had some great rides in 2020 despite the setbacks from COVID-19 and the on-again off-again restrictions that included breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late lunch, as well as some great overnight rides to Death Valley and Kernville. We also support our dealerships Bike Nights although all were canceled during 2020. Nonetheless, we have them on the schedule for 2021 in hopes that we will get back to some normalcy so we can once again enjoy this event. I really hope that 2021 will be better for all of us and I hope we can get back to a lot of our favorite rides this upcoming year. Our chapter members always have a great time wherever we go! So I hope to see you on some of our rides or at some of our events.
The Chapter has a great group of Road Captains that I am proud to be associated with and they are here to ensure that you have a great ride but also a safe ride. Road Captain’s are not automatically carried forward from year-to-year. They are selected and approved upon by the Head Road Captain’s recommendation with the approval of the Chapter Director each year.
This year’s group that will be assisting me consists of:
- Richard Oberly – Dragonslayer
- Steve Moeller – Moe
- Laurie Reifsnyder – Deerslayer
- Debbie Hoage
- Doug Grames – Shorty
- Joe Zeller – JoeZ
- Warren Jacks – Guitar Man
- Jimmy Rivas – Jammer
- Cathy Novak – Bad Ass
- Bob Wynn – Where’s Bob
- Mark ‘Bulldog’ Esola
- Paula Garcia
- John ‘Big John’ Hendrick
Please take some time and review the Chapter’s Safety Handbook that can be found on the Safety page. You may be a seasoned rider or you may be new to riding but in either case you need to ride your own ride and ‘you’ are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
I hope to see more chapter members on some of the Chapter rides and events this year.
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