Been "H"appening 06/02/02
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
What a good day it was today.
It wee bit cool and overcast, but none the less, excellent riding weather.
We folks of chapter H know how to ride during all kinds of weather, rain
or shine. We definitely prefer shine. Our usual Sunday morning
meeting place was packed with good ole gold wings. We were fortunate
enough to have a guest join us on his new 1100 Shadow. That would
be Tony Dalesandro. He learned that you must be ready to ride with
a full tank and a CB radio.
Among the membership that joined us were, assistant
rep ole Joel Gyurnek, Bob Sample, Les Chapman, Jimbo Garner, Professor
Damien Shelton, Jim Lamontagna, Cary Levin, Bruce Hirsch, Larry Lucht,
Lucky Larry Greco, Dick and his lovely wife Betty Sieple, Ken Archibald,
and of course yours truly. Sergeant Russ Prichard did join us, however,
he had some electrical problems with his big ole pony, so he opted to go
So its off we all traveled to Sandwich, Ill.
about 40 or so miles southwest of good ole Mickey D's.
I took the lead and away we go with our big ole ponies
heading to the Golden Arch restaurant in Sandwich. Naturally we took
only the back roads to arrive there. Once there, it took only a few
minutes to get seated with our good size crowd. Once seated our usual
socializing began, hot and heavy. The big rumor going around was
Fritz Goins just purchased a brandy new GL1800 the day before from Des
Plaines Honda, which held its annual customer appreciation day. It
was also suggested that Fritz's wife Carol, gave him the okay to proceed
with this major purchase. Congratulations Fritz on a great choice.
While eating our vittles and socializing, good ole
Joel had to hassle the waitress and create a stir. Good ole Kenny
Archibald had his hand in it, to create a bigger fuss. It is a good
thing that Jimbo, Lucky Larry and myself kept things well under control
with their antics.
After finishing our vittles and filling our once empty
tummies we were off and raren to go. Some of the membership opted
to return home and get some chores done, only ole Joel, Lucky Larry
and Cary decided to go to the Sandwich Fair ground motorcycle swap meet.
Jimbo, Bob, Bruce, our guest Tony Dalesandro and yours truly decided that
more back road riding was in order.
Jimbo took the lead and I had sweep as we rode south
and west. The further we traveled the darker and cloudy it got.
This time mother nature pulled a dirty trick on us gold wing riders, it
started to drizzle, yuk!! But alas, these goldwings will ride in
any weather and handle it very well. So take that Mr. Weatherman!!
When you ride with Jimbo, be prepared to ride, there
is no stopping us now. Jimbo found all kinds of back roads, that
twist, bend and wind in all kinds of directions. In this case discretion
was the better part of valor due to the drizzly weather. So he opted
to head back north and east to avoid the moisture. Naturally on our
way back, does any one care to guess what refreshment we all decided to
stop for? Again, you are right, ICE CREAM. How original can
that be, yum, yum.
On our way home, Jimbo traveled along the Fox River
and we headed north. On a whim, we decided to go by the "Hideaway"
restaurant on the Fox. But getting to it was very tricky, a bit more
turns and bends that we had anticipated. Naturally, we did get lost,
but alas, when Jimbo leads, he always find our destination.
This Sunday, 2 June 02, was another great riding day,
less the rain of course, but who cares, that is what they make rain gear
for, isn't it? In our travels, we covered on or about 160 safe miles
and can not wait until next weekend for more.
Next Sunday, 9 June 02, our chapter is scheduled to
ride in a parade, which 200 dollars will be donated to our club for its
So, until next week, lets all be very careful out
there when riding our big ole ponies.
To all, have a great week.
Your unruly rep is signing out. Dick