Been "H"appening 07/18/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
Sunday one great big beautiful day? The weather was perfect, and
the event was even greater. The "Ride for Kids" motorcycle run
was a picture perfect day. It just does not get any better than
along with several other members of our chapter H, were volunteers for
this illustrious event. And we were all proud to be there and do
what we could and assist the event chairman in any way possible.
our day started very early. We had to be there by no later than
0600hrs. The members who did participate in volunteering for this
event were; Dave & Susan Glasgow, ole country Joel Gyurnek, lucky
Larry & Nancy Greco, web master Jimbo & Dawn Garner, Cary &
Kitty Levin along with son Matt, Fritz & Carol Goins, thundering
Mark & sweet Paulette Brenton and son Eric, and yours truly.
The ones who showed up and did participate in the run and gave
generously to this foundation were; major Dan Harris, wimpy Lester
Chapman, professor Damien Shelton and his daughter Becky, and crusty
Gregg French. So as one can see, our chapter had in excess of 35%
of its membership for this wonderful event.
figures that I picked up along the way are reasonably
accurate. There was a total of $368,271.00 that was contributed
to this event by all of its participants and those who offered pledges
brought in by the participants. There were approximately 35
police or law enforcement agencies involved in lending support and
guiding the route. There were Lake county sheriff, Cook county
sheriff, state police, and many of the local municipalities that became
involved for the pederiatric brain tumor foundation for the ride for
kids. Our chapter H received third place in funds that were
brought in as a group. The figures were in excess of
$7,200.00. Way to go folks!!! That means, only two other
organizations beat us out for total dollar donations.
ride itself, had great security and a heavy escort by the local law
enforcement agencies. How sweet it is!! The route concluded
in a little more than 130 minutes of some great scenery riding.
Some of the towns that we went through were, Northbrook, Wheeling,
Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Hainesville, Libertyville, a good portion
of Lake County, some in Cook County and Deerfield. The ride was
great, fun and well worth it. I do not know exactly how many
motorcyclist were attending, however, I received an rough estimate,
which was about 2700 bikes. It took the better part of an hour to
empty out the parking lot for this escorted ride.
this time, I would like to on behave of Chapter H, pay tribute to
"All-State Insurance" company for allowing this event to take place on
their grounds. This event has been going on here for more than 5
years, in Northbrook, ILL. All-State has been more than gracious
in allowing this worth while cause to continue on their grounds.
They also supported this event by picking up any and all costs that
were directly related to their grounds. Such as paying for the
big huge tent to be put up and taken down. And among other
things, getting such organizations to contribute coffee and donuts and
rolls and orange juice in the morning. Also, getting bagged
sandwiches and soft drinks for our afternoon delight of brunch.
we all would like to thank the Navy personnel for attending and
volunteering their services. The Naval personnel came from Great
Lakes Navy training center, which is just a few miles from here.
They were extremely helpful in providing assistance as necessary.
everyone returned from the run, we all ate our box lunches and had
refreshments under the big tent. At that time, some of the 'kids'
were introduced and interviewed, the awards and reorganizations
were given out. Honda was represented, a drawing was made, and
some lucky person was given a brandy new GL1800, compliments of
Honda. It does not get any better than this. This is
strictly a win, win situation for everybody.
time was nearing the end. By this time, after the awards, there
was hundreds of people standing in line waiting to pick up their
shirts, hats, and jackets from the "Ride for Kids"
event. Afterwards, the crowds started to disperse and head
for the exits.
is as this point that I asked ole country Joel, and lucky Larry if they
had time to do a little back road country ride. Naturally,
these two along with myself, were eager to give our ponies some much
needed exercise. Hi ho, hi ho, tally-ho and away we
go. Ahoy matey, no more city dude living for us. It is time
to do some shucken 'n jiven. Ole country Joel was on his new
mount B-B-EYES, lucky Larry was riding BLACK BEAUTY, and me, my
took the lead and headed north, while country Joel did the sweep and
lucky Larry was the "negotiator" for us rough riders. I took this
way because I have not been through this area in over 20 years.
My, my how this location has changed. All built up with new
homes and roads and shopping centers. Our direction took us
through Northbrook, Deerfield, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake,
Round Lake, Fox Lake and all of the surrounding areas. The
scenery was very invigorating. Eventually, we tip toed our way
onto U.S. route 12 off of route 134. Our direction, by Larry's
idea, was of course an ICE CREAM STOP. (Because he is the
'negotiator). What else?? I managed to lead us 3 amigos to
"Erickson's" in Hebron, ILL, at routes 47 and 173. Yummy, yummy
our tummies were happy.
direction from that point, took us south and even further west
circumventing Harvard, ILL and passing through the towns of Chermung,
Capron, Poplar Grove and eventually turned south and east bound through
the medium size town of Belvidere and swept back down to Marengo and
a great day--today was!! We were all hoping that this day would
never end. The camaraderie was absolutely the best ever.
The crowds for the RFK event were the best ever. No
particular incidents took place. Good Lord, can we have the rest
of the year like this?? Please, Please!!
in all, the rough riders of the greatest chapter in the American
Goldwing Association had a wonderful day and managed to log in about
165 very safe miles.
until next week, lets be particularly careful out there.