Been "H"appening 08/24/03
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
just one big gorgeous day? It just does not get any better than
this. Remember last week, I said it was just gorgeous and hoped
the following weekend would be equally as good. Well Sunday, was
even better. It was 100% sunshine with low humidity in the low
80's. It was absolutely a true delight for riding one's
motorcycle. This was the kind of a day that one does not
want to be inside.
riders rendezvoused at Mickey D's at our usual time. There was a
hail and hardy group of; trusty Bruce Hirsch, professor Damien
Shelton, dancin Dick Sieple, whispering Joe Mendoza, Mike Matich,
general Tony Guptaitis, doctor Cary Levin, jumpin Joe Hughes, gentleman
George Riebesehl, sergeant Russ Prichard, fast Eddie Bowser and yours
For our fine
dining pleasure, "R Place" was selected in Morris, ILL. But first, we
had to feed our ponies, their diet consisted of fine oats, great hey
and a chaser of 93 octane proof liquid. They were rarin to go!!
I took the
lead, sergeant Russ did the sweep and fast Eddie rode shot gun.
Our direction took us way south and even further west. Naturally,
I only chose the routes of little or no traffic, which meant very
little interference with road kill. About 80 or so minutes
later our we finally arrived. After we all demounted our ponies,
which were left in the corral in a shaded area so they would not get
sun stroke, the rush was on to get some mighty good vittles. By
now our tummies were growling, hunger had set in and
time's-a-waste'n. As always, we were all seated in the back room
were the long rectangle table was stationed. Yes siree, let the
shenanigans commence. With out a doubt, this is the best
socializing club in the world. We talked about everything and
anything. Our behavior was all impeccable. But next, the
unimaginable happened. General Tony stood up and promenaded
around the table and started to sing. Yep -- sing. He chose
the old rendition of "I did it my way". This dude can
really sing--he sounds great. By now he captured a massive
audience and the cheering was ongoing. Yep, these Harley riders
love to showboat. That is okay, our chapter has many guys who can
entertain, dance, sing, whatever. It is a good thing that trusty
Bruce, jumpin Joe and sergeant Russ were around, they kept feisty Tony
"the Tiger" in check. Major Dan Harris would be ever so proud of
Alas, we all
finally finished our great vittles, and our departure was soon
imminent. Our tummies were full. So it is off we go, hi ho,
hi ho, and away we go!!
We all met at
the local corral were our ponies lay in wait, and ready for more
exercise after being cooped up in their stables all week. Most
had to depart for home and other commitments for this day.
mentioned to some of our membership that there was a car and motorcycle
show going on in the small town of Amboy, ILL. Along with myself,
jumpin Joe, gentleman George, doctor Cary, general Tony, and fast
Eddie all were willing to take in the festivities of some great
I took the
lead, fast Eddie rode shot gun and doctor Cary did the sweep. Our
direction took us north and eventually way west. We established
that only the squirrelly roads will do. So I took the roads that
did much zig--zagging and some great dipsy-do banking on some great
curves. Wow--what a fun ride. Yeah--baby!! How sweet it
is!! It just does not get any better than this. Our route
took us through some small towns of, Lisbon, Serena, Troy Grove,
Mendota, and Sublette, ILL which eventually lead us to the small town
of Amboy, ILL. Once there, we troopers carefully looked for a
place that was well shaded so our ponies would not get sun
stroke. We managed to find a corral by the big ole oak tree, were
shade was a plenty.
The town was
really buzzing, with people from all over Illinois and our neighboring
states. They had cars dating way back in the 1920's, 30's, 40's,
50's all the way up to our current models. Those cars were
absolutely beautiful and well maintained. The paint jobs were
superb on the old muscle cars. Lloyd and Leona Tatman would be in
their hey day, if they were here. Some of the old motorcycles
that were on display were, BSA's, Triumph, H-D's, Norton's, Vincent's
and a few others which I never seen before. A great time was had
by all. With this fine weather, I wished this day would never
end. Everyone of us did some reminiscing of the cars of yester
year and how well they were built. Naturally, some cars on
display were of the very newer style, such as 2001, 2002, 2003's.
There were plenty of sports cars, including the 2003 Corvettes and
others. These very new cars sure had plenty of "techno gadgets"
As jumpin Joe,
gentleman George and I were walking around and through all of these
wonderful displays of great beauties, and just when I was beginning to
feel at ease, those two did the unthinkable, yup--dancing again.
Ole jumpin Joe started to feel his oats and did his rendition of
"Shake, Rattle and Roll", right in the middle of town. I guess
the loud music really got him going. His motor was revving.
Let me tell ya, Joe is very good, he has moves that no one could
follow. Not be out done, gentleman George shouted out "Watch me
fellas" as he wiggled himself into the "Charleston" and "23
Ski-doo". Yes siree, ole George has even better moves then he
ever did show us in the past. Folks, these two guys drew a crowd
and the clapping and cheering came from all around. These two
little rascals are very entertaining. Chapter H should be
considered the entertainment capital of the world.
To no avail,
time is really scooting by fast, by now it is past mid-day and our
distance from home is about 130 minutes or so. So it is time to
go, hi ho, hi ho, tally-ho, and away we go!! Ahoy matey, lets
ride, for our ponies are itching for more exercise.
our wings, we departed town and our direction took us north and
east. Let me tell you folks, this was definitely one of the finer
travels that we spent time in, it was well worth the trip. Today,
was great fun and enjoyment, the 5 fellas that traveled with me were a
pleasure to be with. It is my hope that next week will be just as
great. Keep in mind, next week is a holiday. Labor Day will
soon be here. So lets be especially careful out there, no matter
were you are traveling to or by what means.
So until next
week, happy trails to you.