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Gator HD’s 8th Annual Women’s Day Conference

By Deborah Speicher

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Once again, Gator Harley gave the ladies a day of fun, food and fashion. We arrived at 8:30am and were treated to breakfast. By 9am, a group left to go on an escorted scenic ride. For those choosing to stay at the store, there were seminars, speakers and shopping!

Since I decided to forego the ride, I asked one of my riding buddies, Judi Ashlock, how she liked the ride and if she could tell me a little bit about it. Here’s Judi’s story:

“Twelve ladies participated in the ride which was led by Wayne Ray, Director of Lake County HOG. The group left Gator H-D about 10:00am and headed northeast for about seven miles. We then turned northwest onto Emeralda Island Road which took us through one of Lake County’s hidden gems, Emeralda Marsh. After about eight miles of riding through the scenic marsh and viewing some of Florida’s natural beauty, we turned west for a bit and then south. This took us along the west side of the marsh with even more Florida scenery and wildlife to experience. We soon hooked back up to County Road 44 and returned to Gator H-D. The ride was about 30 miles and took about 45 minutes. Other than an armadillo trying to sneak out into our path on the road and a few normal road-kill road hazards, the ride was relaxing and definitely scenic. Great weather, great roads, great scenery and experiencing it all from the saddle of a motorcycle. What a great way to start off the 8th Annual Women’s Conference at Gator H-D.”
Thanks Judi!

Speakers and seminars featured “tech talk” with Mike the master mechanic, Dr. Williams from Florida Heart and Vascular, and Shelly from Cross Train Clermont. The “Jumpstart Experience” was also featured for women who don’t ride since it actually allows them to ride a stationary motorcycle and learn how to shift, use the throttle, etc.
Before we knew it, lunch was being served and the fashion show started. As always, Harley-Davidson proved that their clothing is not only fashionable but utilitarian for riders.
We then had a yoga session with Lisa from Cross Train Clermont followed by a safety and information seminar by Darrin from Pat’s Pawn and Gun.

Last but not least, we were entertained by the “Electrifying Gypsies of the New Millennium.” They had great music and featured belly dancers, a fortune teller and a genie — you had to be there!
The event ended with goodie bags and more door prizes. Hats off to Alex and Peggy for all their hard work in putting this event together. See you ladies next year!

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