Been "H"appening 06/06/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
60th anniversary of D-Day. It also turned out to be a beautiful
weather day for us rough riders of chapter H. The weather was
rainy all week and today it was suppose to rain in the a.m. but to no
avail, it did NOT. Yippee!! How sweet it is!! Today's
weather was an outdoorsman's delight, a motorcyclist dream, and it just
does not get any better than this.
rendezvoused at Mickey D's about 0900hrs. Also, today was the day
that we were chosen to participate in the Leaf River parade with our
ponies. As it turned out, it was a perfect day for riding our
ponies. Poor ponies were locked up in their stables all week with
no place to go due to the rainy week that just passed.
riders consisted of; wimpy Les Chapman riding BLUE ANGLE, lucky Larry
Greco riding BLACK BEAUTY (new name), doctor Cary Levin riding SEXY RED
(new name), sergeant Russ Prichard riding RED DEVIL, jumpin Joe Hughes
riding BLACK KNIGHT (ST1100), wild Bill LoBianco riding MIGHTY MO, fast
Eddie Bowser riding MAGNUM V65, whispering Joe Mendoza riding
PRANCER, dancing Dick Sieple riding BIG BERTHA, smiley John Francis
riding MAGNUM FORCE (new name), gentleman George Riebesehl riding
SILVER STREAK, professor Damien Shelton and daughter Rebecca riding
GREEN BACKS, and yours truly.
location for some fine dining was the Rockford, ILL area. I took
the lead and sergeant Russ did his usual fine job of sweep, and its off
we go, hi ho, hi ho. But first our ponies were fed some mighty
fine octane with a big boost.
us west and eventually northwest, which took us through some mighty
fine winding and twisting roads that curved and tethered up and down
hills near some of the most wide open farm land available in the
greater northern Illinois area.
roads got to be pretty squirrelly with plenty of dipsy-do's that were
bending and twisting ever which way. Our destination had us
traversing through many small towns, most of which we never heard of,
because it was all farm land.
in the Rockford area, our groups split into two, one group went to the
buffet at "Thunder Bay Grill", who consisted of wimpy Lester, lucky
Larry, doctor Cary, sergeant Russ, jumpin Joe, wild Bill,
and professor Damien and daughter Becky and other
group consisted of fast Eddie, whispering Joe, dancing Dick,
smiley John, gentleman George and yours truly went to the "Country
some great chi chatting with some mighty fine socializing. The
coffee was poured, the vittles were served and the shenanigans
commenced. We were sipping and slurping our coffee as the words
were surfing, everything was all in good fun. It is time to
depart and meet up with the other group were our ponies lay in wait by
the local corral in the shade.
exception of whispering Joe, fast Eddie and smiley John, the remainder
of us rough riders were able to participate in the Leaf River
parade. Time's-a-wasten, no more huppen 'n hollarin, lets mount
those ponies and ride.
lead and sergeant Russ did the sweep, our route took us on U.S. 20 west
bound out of Rockford to Illinois route 2, and the south bound to
Illinois route 72. Our destination took us west on route 72 to
the very small town of Leaf River, ILL. Population less then
800. It is there were we lined up in order of participation for
this town's annual parade. All had a great time. And the
funds that we received will go directly to charity for the Christmas
this day proved to be very worthy of a real fun time and some really
great riding on our ponies which received much needed exercise.
All of us wished that this day would never end, so be it!!
parade was finished, we departed east bound on route 72 to the small
town of Byron, ILL. Does anyone care to guess what our next stop
would be?? Okay, give up? Yep--you are right, it is our ICE
CREAM refreshment stop. Yummy, Yummy, my tummy is happy.
rough riders managed to log in about 170 very safe and happy
miles. The only thing that I had to do when arriving home was to
clean all the bugs off of my pony's face and fairing--yuk.
week, lets all be especially careful out there--OKAY!!