Been "H"appening 08/22/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
weekend was by far an excellent day for riding our ponies.
Sunday was as good as it gets. This morning the rough riders from
chapter H rendezvoused at Mickey D's for one of the finest days
ever. It just does not get any better than this.
hail and hardy crew that assembled this morning were willing and able
to ride their ponies a far piece. How sweet it is!! Those
that gather for our prolific chow run were; Christine & daughter
Kirsty Irwin riding her new three wheeler PRINCESS SAFIRE, trusty Bruce
Hirsch riding BULLDOG, gentleman George Riebesehl riding SILVER STREAK,
major Dan Harris riding BEATLE BOMB, ole country Joel Gyurnek riding
PURPLE MOUNTAIN (GL1500), dancing Dick Sieple riding his new mount RED
MAJESTIC (GL1800), doctor Cary Levin riding SEXY RED, thundering Mark
& sweet Paulette Brenton riding BUMBLE BEE, jumpin Joe Hughes
riding ROSEBUD (GL1500), sergeant Russ Prichard riding RED DEVIL, fast
Eddie Bowser riding SHOT GUN (GL1500), professor Damien Shelton and
daughter Becky riding GREEN BACKS, and yours truly riding
place that was chosen for some fine dining cuisine was "Jessica's"
in Roscoe, ILL. It is a small town just north of Rockford by the
Illinois-Wisconsin border line.
took the lead and ole country Joel did his usual fine job of
sweeper. Our group is now called the sweet 16 in
attendance. This time, however, I chose a more direct route, for
at least part of the way, due to the distance of travel time.
After arriving in Belvidere via U.S. 20, we promenaded off to route 76
north bound to route 173, then turned west to Belvidere road which took
us in a northwesterly direction and connected up with route 251, turned
north and presto, we were there in a few short minutes. We parked
our ponies in the corral were the shade was a plentiful. Once
seated, the coffee poured, then the shenanigans commenced. Our
group of "sweet 16" had lots to say and the jibber-jabbering was at its
finest. Alas, the vittles finally arrived, and our tummies were
very happy, indeed. Nonetheless, the kibitzing never stopped.
after, our departure was soon imminent, and it's away we go, hi
ho, hi ho. Our ponies were absolutely thrilled because we were
about to give them more exercise. After all, they were cooped up
in their corrals all week with nothing to do and no place to
gallop. Today would be no disappointment to them, not by any
stretch of the imagination.
had to depart for home for other things to accomplish, but the few who
joined me would not be disappointed. They were; gentleman George,
ole country Joel, jumpin Joe, sergeant Russ, fast Eddie and yours
truly. But first, I have to say this much, while still in the
parking lot, waiting for everyone to mount their ponies, ole country
Joel decided to entertain us all by demonstrating to us
some very fancy steps to the "Goldwing shuffle", right in the
parking lot, imagine that. Folks, ole Joel is very
good at what he does. Why, he even had us all clapping along with
some huppen 'n hollarin and doing some shucken 'n jiven. Even the
patrons who were entering and departing the restaurant stopped to
admire his fancy foot work.
alas, it time to go, forward ho, tally-ho and away we go. Lets
mount those ponies and feed them some mighty good octane boost.
The direction I embarked on was due north on route 251 and
turned east on McCurry road, eventually picking up Manchester road
while continuing east bound. Eventually finding our way to
the state line road heading into cheese land. Picking up highway
"C" and turning north, slithering onto route 67 and continued in a
northeasterly direction. Picking up U.S.14 into Wadsworth,
Wis. We traversed back and forth and entered highway
'O'. Our direction was due north into Delavan and snaked our way
around to Elkhorn and picked up highway 11. Actually, by this
time, I managed to get lost only two times. Not bad, it is
usually 3 or 4 times. So, I am improving in finding a very scenic
tour route. The roads that I accidentally road on were
mostly free of 'road kill'. Our ponies sure did appreciate
that. Their hoofs do not track well on sloppy trails. After
departing Elkhorn, our direction took us due south into the Lake Geneva
area. This town was absolutely packed, with wall to wall
people. So now is a good time to take a break and get some
refreshments. Now what does everyone think we stopped for??
is right!! ICE CREAM of course. Culver's was just around
the corner. Besides that, our ponies were huffin and puffin
and need a breather. So it is slurpy time, yum, yum, that
white creamy stuff sure tastes good. This group, amongst
us are absolutely the finest riders in the world and really fun to
ride with. We always have a great time with our stupid slap stick
comedy of words.
method of our methodologies are forever perplexing. Us rough
riders do not even understand them. But who cares, it is the
laughs and fun that only matters.
is now homeward bound, I lead the group, ole country Joel
sweeping and headed south on highway 'H ' and
eventually picked up highway 'B' and turned west
to Wisconsin route 120 which eventually turns into Illinois route
managed to fine a few roads that were off beat and seldom used, just so
we could make it more memorable as this fine day was coming to a
close. After snaking and slithering our way through those
winding, curving and hilly roads, we managed to fine U.S. 20 and turned
east bound. The decision was unanimous, this excellent day
finally had to come to an end, much to our dismay. Oh well, there
is always next week. And should it be equal to today, only
the good Lord knows what might happen. With this crew,
anything goes. And so it goes, we managed to log about 200 very
until next week, may God bless. I do insist that everyone
has an excellent week. Also, lets be very careful out there.
Your unruly rep,