It was exciting to see such a great MTF turnout!
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The doors opened to the banquet room and none too soon, as I was getting hungry, trying to avoid the lobby popcorn as much as possible to save my appetite. Jim and Francine from Canada were among the first to get in the room and they grabbed an excellent table for some of us. We had a fabulous buffet dinner and then settled in for some great entertainment, first by Bob Higdon, a great storyteller, and then by Mike Kneebone. Then he began giving out the certificates for those who did a certifiable IBA ride in to Jacksonville, starting with the easiest rides - the BB1500 and SS1000 - and working his way up to the more difficult rides - BBG, 50CC, 100CCC - and finally announcing the two biggest ride-ins of the week, Greg's BBG Trifecta and Steve's 100CCCx2. Here I am receiving my certificate from Mike for my SS2000:It was ovewhelming to look around and realize that this was a room full of people who share the same interests and passion for long distance motorcycle riding. As Mike Kneebone said, when he started the annual tradition of having the riders stand up as the rides they've accomplished are listed: "If you've done a SS1000, stand up. Well, that should be everyone in this room."