Been "H"appening 06/06/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
was probably as good as one could ask for, considering all of the rain
and humidity that we been getting lately. Nonetheless, a scrappy
crew from chapter H did gather and Mickey D's this morning for a much
needed ride. The rough riders were rarin to go!! Our ponies
were properly fed and they wanted to do some heavy duty galloping while
kicking up their hoofs.
membership consisted of major Dan Harris riding BEATLE BOMB, fast Eddie
Bowser riding V65 MAGNUM, ole country Joel Gyurnek riding his new
mount (H-D Ultra Classic) B-B EYES, professor Damien Shelton and
daughter Becky riding GREEN BACKS, Lorri Berthelot & Ken Kaya
riding MIGHTY WING, gentleman George Riebesehl riding SILVER STREAK,
jumpin Joe Hughes riding another new mount (BMW--1200LT) THE GREAT ONE,
sergeant Russ Prichard riding RED DEVIL, smiley John Francis riding
MAGNUM FORCE, lucky Larry Greco riding BLACK BEAUTY, roven Robert
Sample riding OLD TIMER, and yours truly.
our chosen place for some fine dining cuisine was at "Papa G's" in
Elburn, ILL. Needless to say by now, our tummies were growling so
loud that our ponies could hear them from a ten foot distance.
But alas, it's time to mount our ponies and ride, ride, ride to our
chosen destination for some mighty fine vittles and dining pleasure.
took the lead, fast Eddie road shot gun and ole country Joel did the
sweep. Our direction took us south and eventually turned our
direction to the west by southwest until we reached our rendezvous
point. We put our ponies in the corral under the cool oak tree so
they would not receive sun stroke and get too hot. As gentleman
George yelled out, "so be it, lets get seated and chow down". I
think he was hungry. The coffee was poured and the socializing
commenced. Yes siree, the defiant swagger was definitely flowing
from one end of our table to the other end. By now smiley John
was feeling a little feisty, he just had to show us his new foot work
by doing his famous "moon walk" dance. Smiley John has plenty of
rhythm and moves. He's got dance!!
he settled down, vittles arrived and served, "bon appetit". Our
tummies were finally satisfied with much needed nourishment. But
alas, time's-a-waste'n, our ponies were screaming for some much needed
exercise. After all, they were cooped up in their respective
corrals all week, with little or nothing to do.
of the rough riders had to retrieve to their casa's, while the rest of
us decided more back road riding would be essential to satisfy our
ponies. The one's who decided to join me were, fast Eddie, jumpin
Joe, gentleman George, ole country Joel, lucky Larry and roven
selected the roads that were seldom used, because of little or no road
kill for our ponies to slip on with their hoofs. Our direction
took us west, way west and eventually turned northwest and swung around
to the north. We stayed on Keslinger road to a small town of
Malta, and continued into Rochelle, ILL. In our travels, we
zigged and zagged back and forth as the winds and roads lead us.
Eventually heading north on ILL 251 to Flagg Road and west bound pass a
very small town of Aston just to the out skirts of Dixon, ILL.
Our direction took us north on Daysville road were we circumvented
several small towns. We did negotiate many curves and dipsy-do's
and we promenaded around those squirrelly back roads. We
traversed as our direction took us straight north into the town of
Byron, ILL passing the "smoke stacks" where we picked up route 72 and
turned east bound. Next, we passed through "Stillman Valley" and
ventured onto an oblique side road which veered us towards the Rockford
area. It is forward ho we go, hi ho, hi ho and away we go!!
Our direction took us east on U.S. 20 into Cherry Valley which is a
very small town next to Rockford. Heading in a southeast
direction into Genoa. By now our ponies were having fun and
kicking up their hoofs and totally satisfied. Incidentally, it
was past mid afternoon, so what do you suppose we rough riders stopped
for?? Give up? Yep--you are right!! ICE CREAM of
course. The local D.Q. in Hampshire was just waiting
for us. Hee Haw--yippee--ice cream. Yummy, Yummy my tummy
is happy. Besides that, our poor ponies needed a little breather
of their own. So we gave them a 25 minute rest while us rough
riders did some chit-chatting and we slurped our delicious ice
these rough riders of chapter H our simply the best that there
is. It is a true pleasure to be part of this group and ride with
the best. It absolutely does not get any better than
this. How sweet it is!! Goldwings galore!!
we managed to log about 175 very safe miles. Folks, it is not
always how far one rides, but who they ride with that makes it very
enjoyable and fun. The rough riders are simply the best.
until next week. Do not forget the "Ride for Kids" ride on
Sunday, 18 July. It starts in Northbrook, ILL in the All-State
building complex, off of Sanders road. Hope to see each and
everyone of you there, because it is for a worth
while cause. And all of the kids will appreciate it.