Mystery Ride IX
September 27 @ 8:15 am - September 28 @ 4:30 pm
- Road Captain: Phil ‘Rain Man’ Rietz
- Departure Briefing: 8:15 am
- Departure Time: 8:30 am
- Departure Point: IHOP Restaurant off Main Street in Santa Maria
CUTOFF DATE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS RIDE IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT NOON PST SO I CAN FINALIZE HOTEL RESERVATIONS!
CE – THIS IS A CLOSED RIDE TO THE PUBLIC. MEMBERS MAY BRING TWO GUESTS WITH THEM.
PLEASE ARRIVE 20 – 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PRE-RIDE BRIEFING! (This will allow you time to visit other riders, use the restroom, fuel up, get a cup of coffee, etc.)
PLEASE BRING YOUR SM HOG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR CURRENT STATUS!
Ride Rating: Moderate
Here is a different ride for you! Mystery Ride IX will mark the nineth time that I have put this ride on the schedule and they have all been very successful, fun, and totally out of the box for the riders. We will meet at the IHOP at Highway 101 & Main Street for breakfast and after breakfast we will have our pre-ride and depart. This will be a one night stay at our destination. I may go back to doing two nights at some point but not this year. Before the ride starts I will ask each rider for $5 if that rider would like to participate in the Destination Game. I will provide a map that each rider will view and select what they think will be the destination for the day of our departure. The rider who guesses the closest will be awarded the pot of $$ for that day. On day two we will return home and we will not play the game. Dah….that is a no brainer. LOL I will use Google maps to calculate distance and route and therefore will not be changing the Google route for mileage purposes. Once you have made your selection you will not be allowed to change it for that day based on our stops along the way en-route to our destination. So start looking at destinations that you might want to guess at before this ride.
I will be the only one who knows the destination each day if it is a multi-day ride (not even Jeanie will know) so obviously I will not be participating in this game. I can tell you that I think the destinations and lodging will be to everyone’s pleasing and it should be a fun experience and possibly someplace you have never been or someplace you have not been to in a while…..kind of a crap shoot on that comment! I will come up with scheduled fuel stops/breaks and meal stops along the route to our destination each day as is normally done for overnight rides.
I will provide those of you who sign-up an approximate cost for the hotel(s) and I will designate a point of no return for cancellations especially since I will be holding them on my credit card. If you cancel after the specified date and I get charged then you will need to reimburse me….so please don’t sign-up if you cannot accept this risk.
Estimated Cost for this year’s ride: $? – $?
We have previously visited and will not revisit: Big Bear Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Three Rivers, Mariposa, Jackson, Tehachapi, and Tulare so do not pick one of these. I do not repeat destinations for the Mystery Ride. It is someplace different each time.
You may want to consider taking your State and National Park passes if you have one….just in case we pass through or stay at one. We have gone through National Parks in the past on the ride.
Contact me if you have any questions at 805.757.9202. Thanks.