Been "H"appening 08/10/03
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
Wasn't this a
great, big beautiful day?? The good Lord sure did shine upon us
today. It just does not get any better than this. The
weatherman, also did his part. How sweet it is!!
rough riders merged at Mickey d's this morning, for what turned out to
be 100% sunshine with big bright blue skies.
consisted of; captain Kirk Huot, assistant rep Ken Archibald, wild Bill
LoBianco, gentleman George Riebesehl, trusty Bruce Hirsch, major Dan
Harris, general Tony Guptaitis, smiley John Francis, fast Eddie Bowser,
Kurt Bonus, and we had some special guests, Bob & Elaine Jans, and
Mike & Colleen Dotson, and of course, yours truly.
destination was the Machine Shed in Rockford, ILL which was selected
for our fine dining cuisine. So it is off we go, hi ho, hi ho,
and away we go. Yes siree, after fed our ponies some real fine 93
octane proof breakfast, they were ready to do some rompin' n'
stompin. Our ponies were cooped up in their stables all week long
and needed plenty of exercise. So we at chapter H decided to
accommodate our ponies.
I took the
lead, and the most direct route. After arriving, we were promptly
seated at the oblong table for some much needed socializing and
nourishment. The coffee was poured and the chit chatting began,
wow did it ever. After some great vittles, low and behold, the
waitresses brought out a little birthday cake for one of our
members. Let the singing begin. Smiley John did the
unthinkable, he stood up on the chair and decided to do his version of
the "twist", can that man wiggle. Much cheers went out for his
fine performance. Our food was bon appetit to say the
least. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
departing, we went out to the corral were our ponies lay in wait.
Some of the membership opted to go home for some much needed
chores. Myself, fast Eddie, gentleman George and our guests Bob
& Elaine Jans decided more back road riding was indeed
This day was
simply too gorgeous not to exercise our ponies and see the
sights. AS we mounted our ponies, I took the lead and gentleman
George did the sweep. The direction that I was headed in, was
north and east. We eventually landed in our neighboring state to
the north of us -- cheese land. We took the lonely roads of
county roads C, A, X, and whatever else our neighboring state would
refer to them as. We eventually circumvented Lake Delavan and
headed towards Wadsworth on our way back. Well folks, at this
time, what do you suppose we stopped for? Yep--you are
right!! ICE CREAM -- yeah baby. Yummy, yummy -- this sure
hits the spot. Naturally, only more chit chatting will do.
Alas, we headed south towards home. I took the lead and took only
the squirrelly roads. These roads zigged and zagged every which
way but loose. Our ponies hoofs were worn out on the sides from
all the twisting and bending that we did. We finally did
promenade on route 47 which eventually lead us onto U.S. 20 and home
ward bound we headed. A great time was had by all. All
together we logged 210 very safe miles. It just does not get any
better than this. The good Lord willing, we will be able to
repeat this again next week. The camaraderie amongst us is the
So until next
week, lets be especially careful out there. Keep the rubber side