The Love’s in Ormond Beach, FL, will limit truck parking to 30 minutes starting Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 8, during Bike Week.
This location typically has spaces for 62 trucks; however they will not be permitted to stay longer than a half-hour over the course of the annual biker event.
OOIDA member Donnie Reed of Ormond Beach says truckers should “stay home” unless they want to get caught in the middle of the traffic. “There’s really no parking for trucks anywhere if they come down for Bike Week,” he said. “If you’re just passing through in the truck, keep going.”
Christina Dukeman, communications manager for Love’s, told Land Line that the Ormond Beach travel stop is located next to a Harley-Davidson dealership, meaning bike traffic is especially heavy in the area. She said signs advising of the time limit for truck parking have been posted at the travel stop for several weeks.
Dukeman said fuel islands will be open as usual throughout Bike Week, but truckers should make alternate arrangements for long-term parking during the event.
Cary Watkins, another OOIDA member from Ormond Beach, explains that even alternative parking is a challenge. He says there’s ample parking at the rest areas, but the closest rest areas are 25 and 75 miles away.
Like Reed, Watkins recommends truckers avoid Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach altogether for the duration of the biker festivities.
“They pull off the interstate and it’s a three or four hour ordeal just to get in, get fuel, and get out,” said Watkins.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK. The chain has more than 200 locations in more than 30 states.
– By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff