Been "H"appening 08/11/02
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
How is everyone doing today? I sure hope everyone had a fine
weekend. The weather was sure perfect for any outside activity that
one might have planned.
On this day, Sunday, the weather was just beautiful. All motorcyclist
could not ask for a better cruising day. We at chapter know how to
ride with the best.
On this gorgeous Sunday morning, our bunch of hearty rough riders
met at Mickey D's for our weekly breakfast run. The weatherman and
the good Lord sure cooperated with us today. It just does not get
any better than this.
Our rough riders consisted of; Lucky Larry Greco, Lloyd & Leona
Tatman, Lloyd Tatman, jr., Joe Mendoza, Dancin' Dick Sieple, jungle Jim
Lamontagna, trusty Bruce Hirsch, gentleman George Riebesehl, Mike Matich,
Sir Malcom & Christine Irwin with their lovely daughter Kirsty, Cary
Levin and whose wife, Miss Kitty, just had a brandy new baby boy, Benjamin
C. on 8 Aug. Congratulations to the new parents of Benjamin C.
Also we had our newest member join us, John Francis and of course yours
So its off we go, hi ho, hi ho, lets get those big ole ponies ready
to go!! We decided to dine in fine cuisine at "Papa G's" in Elburn,
Illinois on route 47. After we filled our empty tummies and socialized
quite a bit, I guess it is time to ride into the wild blue yonder.
Everyone scattered in different directions, some went on home to
do much needed chores and some went to the antique motorcycle show, while
others did some back road ridin'.
There were four of us who decided to do some back road and country
ridin'. Gentleman George, Lucky Larry and our newest member John
Francis and of course yours truly, decided to ride our big ole ponies.
These wings like to eat up the road and see the country sites.
I took the lead, and Lucky Larry did the sweep. We headed
south on Rt. 47 to Keslinger road and turned west bound to Harter road
and south bound from their to U.S. 30 and continued west bound. Eventually
heading in a northwest direction to Dixon, Ill where we picked up route
2 and took it along side the Rock River through Black Hawk Trail into Oregon,
Ill for fuel and refreshments. But alas, time is a wasting and these
wings want to get rollin', so its off we go, hi ho, hi ho. Our next
stop was "White Pines State Park". After spending some time there
to see the sites and walk around to stretch our legs. Again, our
ponies were calling us, "lets go". Its off we go, heading west out
of the park to Ill route 26 and eventually turning north to Freeport, Ill.
I just had to stop at the gas station that ole Joel Gyurnek and
I stopped by last week to show my riding partners were ole Joel did his
famous "Gold Wing Shuffle". I even pointed to the exact same spot
where he drew a crowd while he was shaking that thing. That is where
he picked up his new name "Swivel Hips" while he was dancin' to Country
& Western music. Ole Joel's reputation goes a long way.
Anyway, we fueled there and got some refreshments and decided to slither
out. So we head east on U.S. 20 towards Rockford, Ill and eventually
through a small town call Marengo, Ill. Does anyone care to guess
what we stopped for? Yep---your are right again, ICE CREAM.
Just for the record, we Gold Wingers stopped along side route 20
to help a fellow motorcyclist in trouble. His Harley was giving him
some problems. Larry loaned him a tool and I gave him some wire and
fuses to get him going on his merry way. The camaraderie amongst
motorcyclists never ceases to amaze me. Honda helping Harleys.
Wow, it just does not get any better than this.
In so doing, we managed to accumulate on or about 235 glorious safe
miles today. We were hoping that this day would never end.
So, until next time, lets be particularly careful out there.
Your unruly rep