Been "H"appening 11/07/04
by Dick Scalpone, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H
was especially a great weather day. This morning it was a nippy,
eye watering, teeth chattering 50 degrees this gorgeous Sunday.
As the day would soon wear on, it would reach a balmy 58 degrees with
100% sunshine. How sweet it is!!
all the mid-westerns know, for every day like this, at this time of the
year, we just cheated "old man winter" out of one extra day of nasty,
snowy winter. Being of sound mind, and a mid-westerner all my
life, I know, as everyone else does, we will pay for this great weather
sometime in the next few months, one way or another. Mother
nature has a way of getting even, one way or another.
rough riders of chapter H met at Mickey D's this morning, for yet
another great day of some great chit chatting and some
excellent back road riding. The ones who chose to assemble
were; whispering Joe Mendoza riding PRANCER, dancin Dick Sieple riding
RED MAJESTIC, lucky Larry Greco riding BLACK BEAUTY, Christine Irwin
riding PRINCESS SAFIRE, sir Malcolm Irwin riding Mr. LUCKY with
daughter Kirsty, gentleman George Riebesehl riding SILVER STREAK,
captain Kirk Huot riding RANGE RIDER, sergeant Russ Prichard riding RED
DEVIL, doctor Cary Levin riding his 4 wheeler, trusty Bruce Hirsch
riding his new HOT TOTTIE (electric car) and yours truly riding
place chosen for some fine dining cuisine was 'Parkway' restaurant in
Sycamore, ILL. I assumed the lead and sergeant Russ did his usual
fine job of sweeper. It is off we go, hi ho, hi ho and away we
go. Naturally, only the lonely roads will do, for the route that
I have selected was so lonely that there were cob webs all over them,
and little or no road kill. So our ponies' hoofs would experience
no slippage and maintain excellent traction. Due to the nippy
weather, cold as it may seem, there were no bugs to adhere to our
ponies' wind shields and fairings. Yippee--what a
relief!! Our ponies were smiling from mirror to mirror.
Furthermore, our ponies were elated with all the exercise that they
were about to receive, we all were happy to oblige. Upon arrival
we converged in the back corral to put our ponies to rest.
we hardy rough riders were seated and the shenanigans soon
commenced. The coffee was poured, and the chit chatting was at
its finest as our tummies were growling. We members of chapter H
sure know how to socialize, and that we did. Soon the vittles
were served and our empty tummies were satisfied. Needless to
say, time's-a-waste'n, forward ho -- we must go. Unfortunately,
only lucky Larry and yours truly had the opportunity to continue on
this fine day for some excellent back road riding. As everyone
who lives in the mid-west knows, these days are but a precious
few. In this area, there is at best, 2 or 3 potential
excellent weekends for the remainder of this season for
motorcycling. So lets all take as much advantage of these
precious few days remaining. Soon there after, we all
must lay our ponies to rest in their respective corrals for the long,
cold, snowy winter.
having been said, lucky Larry and I took off, heading in a westerly
direction. Seeking out only the lonely roads, I managed to only
get lost 2 times. It is a good think that lucky Larry has his GPS
unit working at all times, for he found direction and kept us on the
straight and narrow. Our cut-off was on the far northeast side of
a small town in Oregon, ILL. Then proceeded north, and
jockeyed and tip-toed our way further northeast and eventually
circumvented our way towards the town of Rockford, ILL.
Then our direction in route took us southeast throughout many
farm lands of the greater northwestern Illinois. We
continued seeking those lonely old roads that required motorcycle tires
rolling on them to make them smile. We rough riders aim to
accommodate and please those poor ole farm roads. Eventually our
direction took us east, way east and soon turned into a southeasterly
direction, homeward bound.
by far, considering this time of the year, was an excellent day to give
our ponies much needed exercise. Larry and I were just to
happy to accommodate BLACK BEAUTY and HUMPTY-DUMPTY. All in
all, our travels were extremely delightful, while the good Lord and the
weatherman sure did cooperate with us today. Larry and
I managed to log in 150 very safe enjoyable miles.
as a reminder for next week on 14 November, there is the McHenry
"Toys for Tots" run. I hope to see you all there.
until next week, lets all be particularly careful out there.
Those four wheelers could be potentially hazardous to a