Been "H"appening 05/02/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
Well after a
few days of heavy overcast and droppings from the clouds, today is
Sunday, and what a beautiful day it just happens to be. It was a
wee bit chilly this morning, but nonetheless, a beautiful sun shinning
day. I tell ya, it just does not get any better then this.
Today was definitely a day to ride those big ole ponies, which they all
were just itching for some much needed exercise. The temps were
in the mid 40's by 0830hrs. Needless to say, as the day went on,
it would get warmer and much better. How sweet it is!!
at Mickey D's, were all of the rough riders of chapter H lay in wait.
consisted of trusty Brush Hirsch riding his new cage, roven Robert
Sample riding OLD TIMER, sergeant Russ Prichard riding RED DEVIL,
jumpin Joe Hughes riding BLACK KNIGHT (his ST1100), Captain Kirk Huot
riding RANGE RIDER, doctor Cary Levin riding FLIM-FLAM, our guest
Victor Landor riding SPEED BALL and of course, yours truly.
for fine dining cuisine was the MACHINE SHED in Rockford, ILL. I
took the lead and sergeant Russ did his usual fine job of
sweeping. Our direction took us north by northwest through all of
the back roads that we could find. Our ponies were delighted
because there was no road kill, so their hoofs would not slip on the
pavement. Naturally, we had to feed our ponies first with some
mighty fine 93 Octane boost, with oats and hay as a chaser.
So it off we
go, hi ho, hi ho, and away we go. We circumvented all of those
major roads and took those skinny, seldom used roads. No siree,
no more city dude living of us rough riders. Rolling, rolling,
rolling, rawhide, as we snaked through out the greater northwest and
into the Rockford area were we increased our travel time by an extra 40
minutes or so, plus added an extra 35 miles to boot. Our ponies
were smiling from mirror to mirror with this much needed
exercise. Today was truly a motorcyclists delight--cool weather,
little wind and absolutely NO BUGS.
arrived at the Shed about 1045hrs. We quickly demounted out
ponies and put them in the shaded corral were they would not get sun
stroke. Alas, once inside, we were all promptly seated at the big
ole round table.
was kind enough to douse us all with much needed java. So
let the shenanigans commence. And boy did it ever. The
socializing was simply at its finest. Yes siree, the defiant
swagger was definitely flowing. By now our tummies were growling
for much needed nourishment. By now the unexpected happened,
low and behold, the unthinkable happened, trusty Bruce
was getting pretty feisty and really feeling his oats. He
was on a real high this morning, he started to yodel, and sing and
serenade the waitresses. I tell ya, can't this guy
anywhere. It is a good thing that captain Kirk and
sergeant Russ and the head matriarch jumpin Joe were able to keep a lid
on him and simmer him down. How embarrassing!! By now the
vittles were being served and trusty Bruce settled down to his ole
As always, all
good things must come to an end and our departure was soon imminent.
As we all left
to retrieve our ponies in the local corral, everyone had to get home
for one reason or another. I chose to continue on, and visit
a "Civil War Era" which was located in Midway Village on the
north end of Rockford. When alas, I could not believe my eyes who
I met there. It was professor Damien Shelton and his lovely
daughter Becky. So the three of us chose to witness the
demonstrations of wood working, candle making, soap making and
watching the demos of cooking, sewing and other household arts of
yesteryear. We were also fortunate enough to check out the
military life of the civil war. Demonstrating camp life,
artillery drills and a possible visit by General Ulysses S. Grant.
After our site
seeing was completed, it was homeward bound we went. By the time
I arrived home, I had logged 148 safe miles.
So until next
week, lets be especially careful out there.
The unruly rep,