What's Been "H"appening 12/02/01
by Mike and Sue Hanus, AGWA-Illinois Chapter H

Despite heavy fog and freezing temperatures, twelve members of AGWA-IL
Chapter H showed up at 6AM on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001 to participate in the
24th Annual Chicago Toys For Tots motorcycle parade.  This parade is held on
the first Sunday of December and is the oldest and largest of all the Toys
For Tots parades held in the nation.

The promise of a sunny December day in the low 50's after the fog burned off
was too much for Chicago area bikers, who turned out in record numbers. The
estimated number of bikes was said to be 25,000!  As an indication of how
many bikes there were, the first bike out left at 9:30.  Our group was
approximately in "the middle of the pack" and did not get out on the parade
route until 10:15!  Even at that time there were still bikes entering the
staging area.

The seventeen mile parade was lined with a lot of flags, banners and signs
thanking the bikers for their efforts - sights that warmed you up despite
the lingering chill in the air.

After completing the run, most members of Chapter H stopped for a late
breakfast before heading off to take advantage of the unseasonably good
weather by completing any unfinished outdoor "honey dos" or watching the
Bears squeak out another win.

This run is a great way to officially end the riding season and kick off the
holiday season by supporting a great cause.

For those interested, the Chicago Toys For Tots website can be found at:

http://www.sharperdesign.com/tft/

Happy Holidays to all & RIDE SAFE!

Mike & Sue Hanus
AGWA-IL Chapter H