LRW Fall Lunch Run Trifecta

Trifecta:  A run of three wins or three grand events.  Let’s go with “3 Grand Events”.

The 2021 LRW Fall Lunch Run Trifecta came about due to a mild looking weather forecast from late November to mid-December.  Looking at the mid-week forecasts the projections were for mild temperatures, sunshine with just a slight chance of rain.  Seemed like the perfect excuse to get out of the house for a nice “late in the season” ride and lunch with friends.  An email went out to the LRW riders seeking interest and the replies were enough to plan a lunch ride.

Grand Event # 1:  Wednesday, November 24th.  40 miles +/-

Destination:  Bootleggers Bar & Grill, Antioch, IL.  Weather:  45~50F with sunshine.

We met at the HE McD’s for coffee with a 10am ETD.  For the ride I elected to forgo a planned route and just “meander” north on roads that I ride and enjoy.  The only “goal” the meander was to try out the latest round-about in Lake County, the intersection of Fairfield Road and Monaville Road which had just opened to traffic.  Bootleggers was ready and waiting for our group of 6 hungry riders and we were not disappointed.  A friendly neighborhood tavern offering good food and great service.  No complaints.

Grand Event # 2:  Thursday, Dec. 2nd.  70 miles +/-

Destination:  Bunker Bar, Waterford, WI.  Weather:  55~60F, sunny but windy

The Bunker Bar is a must visit, if for no other reason, a culinary masterpiece, their grilled spam sandwich.  Once again we met at the HE McD’s for coffee, departing at 9:30am for a scenic 70 mile ride.  The route was a new one which included a couple of the Wisconsin rustic roads as well as many other 2-laners.  With a little tweaking this route could become a keeper.  We again had a group of 6, not all of whom ordered the signature sandwich they just rode 70 miles to enjoy.  What’s the old saying:  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.  Appropriate for our group.

Grand Event # 3:  Wednesday, Dec. 15th.  50 miles +/-

Destination:  Maple Park P & G, Maple Park, IL.  Weather: 50F, cloudy and windy

 For the last lunch ride of the Trifecta I decided to head west instead of north.  We hadn’t visited the Maple Park Pub & Grill since 2018 (my computer gave me that tidbit courteous of Google) so I figured it was time.  Known for their burgers and comfy atmosphere, I thought it would make a great final lunch ride.  Once again the ride started at the HE McD’s with a route that was, paraphrasing Steve,, “a lot of old favorite roads assembled to make a new route”.  Evidently it worked as 1) we didn’t get lost; and 2) no complaints.  Since 2018 the Pub was completely remolded providing much better seating and much better lighting.  Our lunch group was 7 for this outing and our table was set up and ready upon our arrival.  The staff was great, welcoming us in like we were regulars and seeing to all our needs.  The food did not disappoint (the potato soup was exceptional, a meal on its own) and the burgers were on special at $5.  Can’t beat that.  All in all, a great ride and lunch with friends to cap off our 2021 LRW Trifecta.

My thanks to our hardy riders who joined in on the lunch rides:  Bill L, Bob W, Cosmo, Don K, Frank B, George G, & Steve P. HGB

STAYING WARM ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE

STAYING WARM ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE

Most bikers hang up their helmets when the temperature drops, but the dedicated crowd rides on. They say the key is staying warm and toasty.
The temperature feels colder when you are piercing through the air at high speeds, but heated motorcycle accessories and the right apparel can help keep you comfortable during cooler rides. Try these tactics to stay warm during the colder months!

Full-Face Helmet
When it gets colder outside, a full-face helmet may be your best friend. The enclosed design helps prevent wind and rain from hitting your face. The best options may fit tight to provide proper insulation.

Balaclava
Also known as a ski mask, this garment keeps heat under your helmet to keep your head, face and neck warmer. Look for a balaclava made of wool, (one of the best fabrics for insulation) but also one that is specifically designed to go under a helmet (for safety).

Neck Sock
As you layer up the rest of your body, remember to keep your neck warm. Body heat will escape through any inch of skin left uncovered, so bundle up with a neck sock under your helmet/jacket.

Socks
Socks are super important. Toes, like fingers, are one of the first parts of your body to feel the cold. Invest in thick wool socks to trap in the heat!
Heated Grips
Rider’s hands are subject to extreme cold. Sitting out front in the direct wind stream, fingers are often the first part of your body to show symptoms of cold-related issues. Heated grips are a reliable source of hand warmth, no matter the weather.

Waterproof Gloves
Heated grips are great for the cold, but they won’t help much in wet weather. Rain or spray from slush can soak your gloves, making them useless. Try gloves that are wool-lined with a weatherproof exterior to help keep your hands warm and dry.

Rain Suit
Even if it is not raining, some rain suits help block the wind to keep you warm. It’s a good idea to keep a rain suit under your seat in case of emergencies. Rain or cold weather can pop up unexpectedly, especially during a long road trip.

Newspaper
Speaking of unexpected weather … if you find yourself riding in the unanticipated cold with no gear, stop somewhere to pick up a newspaper. Put the paper under your jacket and pants to create a barrier from the wind. It’s a DIY trick and it won’t be perfect, but every little bit helps when you’re in a pinch.
Heated Gear
Jackets and gloves can come equipped with internal heating systems. If you get cold easily, this may be a good option for you. These items use power from the bike, so make sure your engine has enough power to handle any accessories.

Heated Seats
It is important to keep your body temperature at 98.6 degrees. If it falls below 95 degrees, you are at risk of hypothermia and can experience symptoms such as slow breathing, confusion and slurred or mumbled speech.1 One way to help prevent this is to warm your core with a heated seat – which can be added to your current bike or purchased in a new bike if you are looking to upgrade.

In addition to having the proper gear, make sure to eat before you head out.2 Both food and fluids play a huge role in fueling your body and keeping you warm. You may not feel thirsty while riding in cold weather, but you can still lose fluids through your sweat and when you breath. If you ever feel too cold during your ride, get off the road and find somewhere warm to rest.
Now that you have these tips, get the most out of your bike with year-round riding! Just remember to be safe and, most importantly, have fun.
Copied from: The Foremost Insurance Group Fall Newsletter.

LRW-CET 9/24 Wee-Dee’s

We had 11 brave souls get up early on a fine Friday Morning to travel to the DD in Gilberts in anticipation of a 66-mile adventure to Wee-Dees in South Elgin.  The temperature was warmer as we all waited for the eventual start of the run. 9:25am rolled around and everyone was ready to get on the road. I must say that as a group we did rather well at staying together, not that the lack of traffic had anything to do with it, but let’s take open roads whenever we can get them. Along the way we came across a small farm which I believe had lamas in their enclosure by the road. We were also greeted with the main part of a combine which probably was heading to one of the unharvested fields that we traveled through. Speaking of fields, there were corn, soybean and even a late grain fields along the way.

One of the highlights of the trip, among other things and the scenery, were the 2 roundabouts. Always an interesting proposition with 9 bikes. Some of the oncoming traffic would stop and let the group through. Good to see the friendliness of the motoring public.

We managed to do the 66 miles in 1 hour and 45 minutes which, if I am correct, was the initial estimate for this run.

Somewhere along the way, most likely the last 500 feet, we picked up donut Don, so there were now 12 JPC’s heading into Wee-Dee’s for lunch. This is the highest count of attendees for a lunch ride in 2021. Once inside, we were greeted by a wonderful lady (the owner) who started taking orders and turning them into the money man who in turn gave the orders to the cook.  I went to get my drink out from the soda machine and got some napkins and up came my 2-dog special. Marge’s 2-dog special was up a few seconds later. The cook was spitting out orders every minute and I bet within 5-7 minutes we all had our food.

After we all had our lunches and all the associated BS sessions, we meet outside for the obligatory picture session.  Now they are not the best pictures since I was using a brand-new Cell phone and it has a very long learning curve. What is below are the best of the bunch, some of which were very interesting and not worth publishing.

Thanks to all that came along – Hugh, Steve, Dave, Joe, Greg, Bill, Sandy, Ken, Frank B, Don, Marge W and yours truly.

Bob W

LRW-Shabbona Café 09-08-2021

I was sitting around at home last Saturday night and I was thinking is was time for another LRW event. So I fired up my netbook to see if there were any destinations and routes in my Garmin file that haven’t been run yet. Finding none I decided to look down the list to see if there was route and a restaurant listed that we had not been too for a while. Towards the end of my Illinois List I spied the route for the Shabbona Café in beautiful downtown Shabbona Illinois. Because I originally made this route up in May of 2017, and had not ridden it since that time, I determined that a pre-ride would be necessary before I would subject a group to this route. So On Sunday, while the rest of you headed for breakfast in Cortland, I did my pre-ride to make sure there were no surprises on the route. Finding no major problems with the route, later that Sunday I got the notice of the upcoming LRW out to the members.

The weather on Wednesday morning, as promised, was absolutely beautiful. We arranged to meet at the Dunkin Donuts (DD) in Gilberts with a advertised departure time of 9:45 am. When Don, who advised he was coming, did not show up we decided to give him 5 more minutes before we departed. We left DD at 9:50 and, while on the way, Bill heard from Don who said he was meeting us at the restaurant.

The planned route was 70 miles of typical Illinois back roads, meaning areas of what passes for twistie’s in this state with sections of Whoop-Dee-Doo’s along with mile upon mile of corn and soybean fields. A pleasant ride but not very scenic. Well none of six riders got lost or left behind so the voyage to the Shabbona Café could be considered successful. Don, as promised, was waiting inside holding down the big table. Don explained he had a doctor’s appointment so I decided not to penalize him for his absence. He was deducted 2-points for not telling us about it before hand.

We had an absolutely insane waitress, Laura, waiting on us which added to the festive feelings we 7, Bill L., Cosmo, Don, Bill H., Candi, Frank and I were all enjoying. In addition to having a good time everyone appeared to be enjoying their lunches. I especially enjoyed the “small town” prices on the Cafes menu.

After more than a hour of conversation we decided it was time to head for home. Our guest from the Land of Cheddar took off on his own to head back to Burlington. The rest of the group fell in behind me an proceeded to drop off at various places along my route to home. Thanks to you guys for coming out this time. I hope we can get a couple of decent LRW’s in before we have to call the game on account of weather.
Story and photos by Steve.