5th Annual Forbidden Ride
Friday May 24 and Saturday
May 25th, 2013
Ride Perth County in the Forbidden Ride
During the last weekend in May, the highways and streets of Perth County will be filled with the sound of roaring motorcycles cruising their way around Perth County as they take a Forbidden Ride.
Pre-Order your Forbidden Ride T-Shirts!
Order your Forbidden Ride T-shirt online and pay by PayPal. T-shirt orders can be picked up at the Mitchell Arena on Friday night or in Shakepeare at the Welcome Centre at the morning registration on Saturday morning. If you are unable to attend the ride you may pick them up at the Welcome Center in Shakespeare any time after the ride weekend.
T-shirts are available in several styles in yellow or black - to see the short-sleeved styles, click here. Also available in long-sleeved styles in black only - click here to see. Both Mens and Womens styles available in several sizes.
If you prefer not to order online use the Printable Order Form and mail it to us:
Perth County Visitors' Association
2146 Line 34,
P.O. Box 340
Shakespeare, ON N0B 2P0
You can register IN PERSON on the day of the event, or at the Friday
night Show 'n Shine.
Please pre-register to be guaranteed the meal, as we need to know attendance in advance.
Come on Friday, and stay the weekend!
On Friday afternoon, see a performance of the rock opera Tommy at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. On Friday evening, join us for a Motorcycle Caravan and Show 'n Shine or see The Three Musketeers (see special discount ticket offer below!*). Then stay overnight in Perth County - check out Perth County Accommodations for great places to stay. Some of our members are even offering special Forbidden Ride Packages! Continue your stay after the dinner on Saturday night and take a leisurely ride home on Sunday after enjoying a great breakfast or brunch in one of our many restaurants and exploring more of Perth County.
The Forbidden Ride Weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a Motorcycle Caravan which will begins at 6:30 pm at the Stratford Antique Warehouse just east of Stratford and will continue on to Mitchell, ending with a Show 'n Shine.
On Saturday morning, participants are encouraged to visit one of our many fantastic restaurants for a delicious breakfast. Then be sure to browse through some of the unique shops before heading to the Perth County Welcome Centre and Artisan Market in Shakespeare to begin the Forbidden Ride. Good eats and some entertainment will be waiting for you at Milt Dunnell Field in St. Marys at the end of the day's ride.
Some of highlights of the weekend include:
- Motorcycle Caravan - arrive 6:15 to 6:30 pm at the Stratford Antique Warehouse, 2977 Forest Rd and Ontario St. – look for the black and yellow ribbons! Ride ends in Mitchell and will be escorted by Stratford Police and OPP.
- 7:30 to 9:00 pm - Show and Shine at the Mitchell Arena Pre-Registration for the Saturday Ride is available, pick up your riders package - Get the PrIze List and Rules HERE
- 7:30 to 9:00pm – NEW - ALL ARE WELCOME! Live Music and Food at the Mitchell Arena - with Whoa! Miss Mojo, a favourite at the annual Stratford Blues & Ribfest (click link to see a video!) You do not need to be registered for the ride to attend this fun event!
- Tour of the Countryside on your Forbidden Ride! Get the RIDE ITINERARY HERE!
- Cloud Chasers with be on hand on Saturday at The Flats in St. Marys offering hot air balloon rides to raise money for our chosen charity Monkton Lions Club Fishing and Outdoors Camp for Kids
- At the dinner in St. Marys following Saturday's ride:
- Live Entertainment with Red Kings and up-and-coming rock/metal group Reignfall (click link to see their videos!)
- Full Course Local Meal - first 350 registrants are guaranteed the meal.
- $1000’s of dollars worth of Prizes
- Raffle - Three Excellent Prizes to be won!
All this for only $30 per rider and $25 per passenger!
The Forbidden Ride will take you all over the countryside, with bikers stopping in at least 5 different towns to collect stamps on the “roads less travelled”. You will stop at various attractions to explore the exciting landscapes and forbidden finds we have to offer! It will end with a savoury local full course BBQ meal featuring local foods, a 50-50 draw, and a raffle. Live music and great prizes will await you. (Dinner takes place rain or shine - will be served indoors in case of inclement weather.) First 350 pre-registrations received are guaranteed the meal.
The annual Forbidden Ride event also promotes the “Ride Huron-Perth Motorcycle Map” that guides motorcyclists to motorcycle-friendly roads, restaurants and accommodations in the county.
The cost to participate in the ride is $30.00 for the first rider and $25.00 for a passenger, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Monkton Lions Club Fishing and Outdoors Camp for Kids - "Every day is a smile day" The camp provides fun outdoor activities, new friendships, and new experiences in Ontario's North to youth in Perth County.
Meet our Forbidden Adventure Contest Winners !
... and this year's Forbidden Ride Ambassadors, Brian and Yvonne McMullen
Our lucky couple will be awarded over $800.00 worth of prizes including accommodations at Heron Nest B&B in Mitchell and beautiful Westover Inn in St Marys, plus two tickets to see Tommy at the Stratford Festival, many gift certificates and free Forbidden Ride registration and Forbidden Ride Swag!
Here's Brian's Forbidden Adventure story:
Oh Yeah!! Happy!! Happy!! Happy!! The old 70 Yama-hammer fires up ..yet another beautiful day. For my sweet’ ums and I, nothing better than a cooler evening, ,full tanks of high test, and a chance to get fully leathered. I had just installed a set of chrome highways pegs?’
Yeah, that’s right... I’m cool... I’m bad... and if you can’t keep up with me and my bug eatin’ buds TOO BAD!!!
Yep - there’s nothing better than taking a June bug right between the eyes at a buck-ten. I can blame those big alligator tears on the high speed wind, but we know better, couldn’t hide that big bug welt between the eyes. You know that my story’s gonna get bigger. ”You should’ve seen it - first it it was a bat disoriented by the loud pipes and bright lights - and then - a big old hawk almost took me off my ride - HA! HA! A! HA! I know - ...whatever!!
But tough guys don’t cry - two wheeled wind warriors ride on. It’s that little kamikaze, sneaky, multi biting, WASP that nearly made me do the high speed get off. BUT I had my wife - The love of my life - On behind me who for the last ten miles has been yelling in my ear, “Bugs?? What Bugs?? I haven’t been hit yet.”
Then it started, all the way up my leg - and WAY too close to my groin!! Are you kidding me??
After screaming like a little girl, my first thoughts were, ‘Where can I stop?’ - ”SCREAM” - Damn loose bottom leathers’ - again “SCREAM” ..’Stupid highway pegs’ - ”OWWWW” - followed by by “Bad day to be wearing a thong’...
So I jammed on the brakes bashing helmets with my sweet’ums behind me ..then kickstand , leaned her over and leaped - hands clawing at belt, dome snap, zipper and finally dropping those leathers faster than you could say ‘chip wagon’ - which so happened to be where I had stopped - right out front of the chip wagon.
Wasp taken care of I looked over and man you should’ve seen the look on Nanny Tater’s face - total shock - she asked if if we were okay, paused looked down at my thong, turned bright red and exclaimed loudly “OH MY!!” Then she and my wife and I laughed way too hard and way too loud. We rode home that evening still snickering about the whole thing as the angry red wasp bites began to swell - Mom always said to wear clean underwear - .guess she forgot to mention thongs."
A special Thank You to our committee members:
- Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers (CMC) – Stratford and Saugeen Maitland chapters
- Wighty’s Repairs
- Town of St Marys
- North Perth Chamber of Commerce
- Bobs Used Cars
- Huron Perth Health Care Alliance