Been "H"appening 08/17/03
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
Today was a
great day, weather wise. Considering the last few days were very
warm and very humid. Today was as good as it gets, the
weatherman sure cooperated with us today. The humidity was down
and the temps were quite moderate with 100% sunshine, it just does not
get any better than this. Yeah--baby!!
riders met at Mickey D's this morning for our usual chit chatting and
to pay homage to our weekly gathering for some fine socializing.
consisted of; Dean & Miriam Gillman, fast Eddie Bowser, lucky Larry
Greco, sergeant Russ Prichard, major Dan Harris, trusty Bruce Hirsch,
gentleman George Riebesehl, rov'n Robert Sample, our newest member Bob
Jans, doctor Cary Levin and of course, yours truly.
decided that our fine dining cuisine would take us to the "Crystal
Palace" in Crystal Lake, ILL. After we all settled down, its off
we go, hi ho, hi ho. And away we go!!
I took the
lead, lucky Larry did the sweep and fast Eddie was riding shot
gun. As I yodeled to our gang, only the squirrelly roads will
do. Our ponies were just itching to ride and start a full gallop
on the seldom used roads. But first, we all had to feed our
ponies some fine 93 octane proof vittles. As we mounted our
ponies, we engaged in a very long promenade route, that had more twists
and turns than one could shake a stick at, nonetheless, it was very
challenging. Alas, our arrival was imminent. Our gracious
host sat us all at the oblong table for our socializing must
begin. Pour the coffee!! Let the chit chatting
commence. Our tummies were growling, but not for long. But
next, the unthinkable happened, major Dan, who is one feisty Harley
dude, decided to dance around the table--doing the hirky-jerk. He
usually gets that way when General Tony Guptaitis is not around to keep
him in check. It is a good thing trusty Bruce and I were there to
try and control him.
Alas, when the
shenanigans were done, our departure was soon imminent. We all
departed to the local corral were our ponies lay in wait. Most of
the troops had to depart for other commitments, after breakfast, but
only a few decided more back road riding was necessary on this one fine
beautiful day. This day was not to be wasted.
joined me for some great riding were, fast Eddie, lucky Larry,
gentleman George, doctor Cary and this unruly rep.
I took the
lead, lucky Larry did the sweep and fast Eddie road shot gun.
Away we go go, nothing rides like a wing, a Goldwing, the real
motorcycle. Our direction took us west, way west, then north way
north up close to the cheese land border. The back roads that I
choose were as unused as ever. No road kill was lying on our
tracks. We started out on U.S. 14 which lead us eventually to
some fine back roads. We eventually snaked our way north of
Rockford, ILL and over further north and even further west. Our
direction took us through the small towns of Durand, Davis, Rock City,
Dakota and past Freeport were we picked up the "Old Stagecoach Trail"
heading for Galena. Man o' man, our ponies were in motorcycle
heaven, when we took the old Stagecoach trail, which was made for our
ponies and their galloping ways. This trail circumvented all
around and traversed back and forth, up and down and every which way it
could. We managed to get as far as Warren, ILL were a pit and
potty stop became necessary. Our ponies were starving for some 93
octane boost. Due to the time of the day--getting late by now, we
all decided to start our trip back home. At that point, we were
about 3 to 4 hours from home. Our route took us on ILL route 78
to U.S. 20 and east bound and down, it is homeward bound we go.
All told, we
all had a great traveling time. We managed to log about 275 very
safe miles. Wow--what great travels we had. How Sweet it
is!! And a good time was had by all.
can not wait until next week, if the weather is anything like
today. The Good Lord willing, we should all be here for a repeat
week, every one take care and have a particularly fine week.