Been "H"appening 09/21/03
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
I trust that
everyone had a fine day on this gorgeous Sunday. Wasn't today a
great weather day? It was a cool crisp 51 degrees this morning
about 0800hrs. But, alas, perfect riding weather. The folks
at chapter H will ride at any sign of great or even good weather, and
our ponies are always willing to go. They need much exercise
after being cooped up in their stables all week long.
we all rendezvoused at Mickey D's this morning at our usual time.
Wow--what a crowd we had today. It just does not get any better
than this. The rough riders consisted of dancin Dick Sieple,
General Tony Guptaitis, major Dan Harris, Captain Kirk Huot, Bob Jans,
crusty Gregg French, fast Eddie Bowser, trusty Bruce Hirsch, sergeant
Russ Prichard, Christine Irwin and daughter Kirsty, gentleman George
Riebesehl, jumpin Joe Hughes, roven Robert Sample, Kurt Bonus, doctor
Cary Levin, shifty Steve and sweet pea Cheryl Roberson, wild Bill
LoBianco, little Jose DalValle and yours truly.
restaurant in Genoa, Ill was chosen for our fine dining cuisine.
I took the lead, sergeant Russ did his usual fine job of sweeping and
dancin Dick rode shot gun. Our direction took us west and
eventually north, naturally only the seldom back roads would be
used. The selection of roads did the usual zig and zagging,
twisting, curving and bending every which way but straight up. By
now everyone should know, that we had to feed our ponies some real good
octane boost, so their romping could take us for the complete distance.
will not believe this, but members of chapter H, actually gave their
ponies names. Yup--names!! For example, trusty Bruce calls
his BULLDOG, smiley John is PUT-PUT, lucky Larry is MONEY BAGS, General
Tony is CAST-A-WAY, major Dan is BEATLE BOMB, jumpin Joe is ROSEBUD,
sir Malcom is ITALIAN STALLION, Christine is JUBILANT PRINCESS,
whispering Joe is PRANCER, sergeant Russ is RED DEVIL, gentleman George
is SILVER STREAK, shifty Steve SILKY SMOOTH, roven Robert is OLD
TIMER, professor Damien is GREEN BACKS, dancin Dick is BIG BERTHA, Kurt
B. is SMALL FRY, fast Eddie is SHOT GUN, thundering Mark is BUMBLE BEE,
Fritz is ORANGE PEEL, Captain Kirk is RANGE RIDER, Ole Joel is PURPLE
MOUNTAIN, wild Bill is MIGHTY MO, doctor Cary is FLIM-FLAM. And
there you have it folks, we have some real characters in this chapter,
for your entertainment pleasure.
finally arrived about 1030hrs with our stomachs a howling and growling
and on empty. We parked our ponies in a shaded area in the local
corral so they would not get sun stroked.
It is then
that we were seated promptly for some real fine socializing and
the long lasting chit-chatting finally commenced. Someone,
please pour the coffee!! Yes siree, this is the finest
socializing club within the AGWA organization, nation wide.
At this point,
after the vittles were served, the unthinkable happened.
Yup--our two Harley members, major Dan and General Tony, did their
thing. This is entertainment at its finest. The major was
dancing all around doing his rendition of the "Herky-Jerky". Can
he ever move. Major has more moves than 5 monkeys. Not to
be out done, the general grabbed the microphone and started his singing
craze. He definitely emmulates Frank Sinatra. Cause he
is always doing it "His Way". What a great voice he has.
All of the patrons at the restaurant were applauding these two Harley
dudes. Great job, well done. It is a good thing that trusty
Bruce, sergeant Russ and captain Kirk were around to maintain
control. Security did not have to be called. It was
all in good fun.
So be it,
time's-a-waste'n, it is off we must go, hi ho, hi ho, and away we
go. Most of our rough riders had to depart for home for some much
needed chores. Only 7 of us decided to continue on riding on this
great big beautiful day. The ones who joined me were general
Tony, captain Kirk, fast Eddie, sergeant Russ, Christine and daughter
Kirsty, shifty Steve and sweet pea Cheryl, wild Bill and yours truly.
destination took us way west and even further south and eventually
coming around to the north and east. The route we took was as
squirrelly as ever that circumvented several small towns such as,
Kirkland, De Kalb, Malta, Rochelle, Hillcrest, Flagg Center, Daysville,
Oregon, Byron, Stillman Valley and eventually working our way back
home. We did stop over in Rochelle to visit a small antique train
station where Christine did take some pictures of our gathering.
Wild Bill introduced us to this place, he is big into trains.
thing must come to and end, as it was past mid afternoon and our route
took us east and homeward bound. The weatherman and the good Lord
sure did cooperate with us today. For it was truly an
outdoorsman's delight, a motorcyclist's dream, with 100%
sunshine. How sweet it is!!
managed to log some 195 very safe traveling miles. A good time
was had by all. It just does not get any better than this.
So, until next
week, lets be especially careful out there.