Each day, I’ll blog about the previous day’s ride and share some of the excitement and fun we’re experiencing. Blogs are scheduled to run next Tuesday through Friday with the finale on the following Monday. I hope you’ll join us daily and ride along! Interestingly, this year’s event riders come from all parts of the industry. We have representatives from boat manufacturers, a marine hardware manufacturer, a marina, engine manufacturer, an LED lighting supplier, freelance boating writers, state natural resources/fish and wildlife executives, retail dealers, and of course, yours truly, a career boat marketer. We also have sponsored friends riding along, most of whom are active boat owners, including an offshore poker-run enthusiast. Thirteen of the 36 participants are repeat tour riders returning for more action, while 21 are joining us for the first time. This group enjoys great camaraderie through our shared enthusiasm for outdoor sports and recreation. I’ve met industry boaters and bikers throughout the years who have become true friends for life! In closing, I’d like to recognize our event sponsors whose financial support and in-kind contributions really make the event something special.