8/2016-Fried Bologna Overnight Ride to Waldo Ohio

August 8th.

At 8 AM on this date three brave individuals (Steve, George & Hugh) mounted their motorcycles and rode to the Addison Dunkin Donuts on US Route 20 for an overnight ride to beautiful Waldo, Ohio, home of the G & R Tavern and their world famous Fried Balogna sandwiches.

“This is where the magic happens”.

We headed west out of Dunkin Donuts, jumped on Southbound I-355 to pick up Eastbound I-80 which took up to Northbound I- 57 witch we followed to Kankakee where we picked up Southbound IL-1,  that was the beginning of my chosen route.

We stayed on Southbound IL-1 until we picked up IN-28 east, which we rode across the entire state of Indiana. IN-28 was not a special road as it was not a rider’s paradise and it was not graced with miles of twistys and mountains of elevation changes.

In case you forgot why I wrote this story or why we rode here.

It was not an unpleasant road, just flat land with corn-field after corn- Field with a break in the monotony by the many small towns along its route. It did have one thing in its favor in that it took us completely across Indiana without having to use the Interstate. Also, leading George III and Hugh Brandt on a ride is at times like trying to heard cats. So with fewer turns there was less chance of losing either of them.

Left: Keith, George, Steve. Right: Ken, Rhys, George, Hugh.

IN-28 took us to OH-47 which we followed into Sidney, OH where we bunked in for the night at the Comfort Inn. After a couple of adult beverages at the hotel bar Georg, Hugh and I walked across the parking lot to the restaurant for dinner.

After a hearty meal and, I might add, a few more adult beverages, we walked back to the hotel where we headed for the lobby to partake in some more sparking and stimulating conversation.  When we were all talked out (not George, just Hugh and I) we headed off to our rooms for some needed sleep.

August 9th

“The Magic” !

After a satisfactory breakfast we saddled-up rode the final 74 miles on OH-47 into Waldo and our destination the G & R Tavern. OH-47 from Sidney to Waldo turned out to be a rider’s delight. It was beautiful twisty road with lots of elevation changes thrown in for good measure to keep you on your toes.

YUM! YUM! YUM!

 

At 11:30 am local time (EST), four riders from the Detroit area BMW club I belong to rolled into town and joined us for lunch. I myself decided to skip their equally world famous pie and have two balogna sandwich’s while George and Hugh each had one sandwich and split a (rather generous) piece of pie.

The seven of us shared a lot of conversation at the lunch table before we split up and headed for home. Hugh Brandt left us in Waldo so he could ride a few more days on some of Ohio’ s more famous, or should I say infamous roads. George and I headed down US-23 to the Ohio Turnpike and the quick route home.

Only the brave dare enter here.............................

Only the brave dare enter here………………………..

Except for a couple of back-ups on the Indiana toll road, the ride home was quick and uneventful. I pulled into my driveway at 6:30 PM having ridden 350 miles. Our ride to Waldo on the two-lanes netted us 475 unhurried miles.

I hope to attract more riders the next time I lead people to Waldo to enjoy the gourmet food and the “Exotic Scenery” you’ll see on the ride there. Steve.

The Holiday Party is Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Holiday Party is Saturday, December 9th
We have a room and a DJ scheduled. I need to know how many are going by the 20th of November.
I would prefer payment on or before the JPC meeting of the $30 per person.
Please call 847-658-6446 and leave a message with your RSVP.
Please mail checks to:
     Jean Mumford
    1025 N. Harrison St.
    Algonquin,IL 60102
Thank you,
Jean

10-08-2017 LRW-Twin Lakes WI-Touch of Class Rest.

Electric Vests, Roundabouts, Tats & TOC

Hugh arriving at HE McDs.

The LRW lunch ride planned for Wednesday, Nov. 8th did not start out, nor finish, as planned.  A 100 mile route was queued up and as the route was 50% urban and 50% rural I decided on an earlier than usual start.  The ride notice was sent with a 9am departure and naturally, I was immediately questioned by Bob W. as to why 3 hours.  I’ve come to realize Bob is not happy without questioning something.  The early morning temp in Wauconda was 27° with heavy frost so I contacted the riders and a decision was made to leave at 10:30am with a shortened route, maybe 50 miles.  By departure time it was almost 40° with bright sunshine.  Gonna be a good day for a ride.

I arrived somewhat late to McD’s, 10 minutes before “kick stands up”.  The other riders were already there and deep in a discussion of their electric vests.  It turns out that Bill’s new vest operated only at max heat with no known way to dial it down.  Well, once Steve got into this conversation, we had 3 guys appearing to disrobe inside McD’s pulling all sorts of wires out of vest, pants and gloves.  I was waiting for Steve to hook some of his wires to Bill’s to see what would happen.  George and I just sat there in amazement of this debate.  Then the debaters each took their stand as being correct until Bill called the shop which sold him his vest and asked for instructions on hooking it up and plugging it into the bike’s electrical system.  This caused even more controversy until Steve realized his vest was an older model and the hook up and controls on the newer vests were different.  This solved the problem and finally, 30 minutes after “kick stands up”, and with Bill now all hooked up and presumably warm, we hit the road.

Not using the original planned route I decided on taking scenic roads up to Wilmot and then turn left.  Our destination was a small, friendly tavern in Twin Lakes, WI.  That would normally be an easy task but we had Bob, and that meant a roundabout had to be in the route or else I’d hear about.  So, to make sure Bob would be totally satisfied I decided to include not 1, but 2 roundabouts and negotiate both with 270° turns.  So I set my sights on the Roberts Road roundabout followed by Johnsburg.  The 270° in Johnsburg put us heading west out of town, the opposite direction from Twin Lakes but I had to believe Bob was smiling and happy.  I later found out that unfortunately, no, Bob wasn’t completely happy.  I then had to explain why I had my left turn signal on going into the roundabouts which, of course, didn’t satisfy Bob.  He thought I should have put on the right turn signal despite the fact that we were going to exit the roundabouts to the left (WHAT?).  And finally, Bob was whining about not doing full circles at both roundabouts, 630° instead of the 270°.   I just don’t know how Marge puts up with this guy.

Our destination in Twin Lakes was the ‘Touch of Class’, a small, very comfortable and friendly tavern with Spotted Cow on draft.  The TOC was recommended by Bill and not because our group was by any stretch of the imagination a classy bunch.  No, it was more for the atmosphere and the burgers. Our lovely server, Joyce, was a bonus for our table.  I couldn’t figure out why, when I was talking, none of my table mates were looking nor paying attention to what I was saying.  Turns out lovely Joyce was the distraction.  Joyce had a charming tat in a very prominent location which demanded immediate and focused attention of most, if not all of their male customers.  Watching my table mates’ heads swiveling in unison as though controlled by stepping motors as lovely Joyce and the tat moved around was entertaining to say the least.  I don’t think Steve even realized that his lunch was in front of him until the tat moved from view.  It is quite remarkable what a well placed tat can do.  The half-pound burgers were excellent, as advertized, enjoyed by all.  When it came time to head home our exit seemed to take forever.  What was quickly decided on however was that we had to return to the TOC next LRW lunch season.

Thanks for the recommendation Bill.  It sure was a hit.

HGB

(I’m the Editor so I get to put my picture and my bike in again!)

Nomination time for club officers.

This is Nomination time for club officers.   Think about whether you want to run for office this year or who you might want to lead this club over the next year. Do your civic duty to the Cruisers’ and volunteer to run for office. Remember you can’t blame anyone for how things are run if you won’t get involved.
Email me at jpc256@sbcglobal.net if you wish to have your name placed on the ballot.

11/01/2017-LRW-Maple Park Pub & Grill

Burger’s and a LaBatt’s

11/01/2017- Wednesday Lunch Ride.

Cruisers A-Cruisin’

Wednesday, Nov. 1st.  7am and the outside temp is a balmy 38° F with cloudy skies.  Not quite perfect riding conditions but it will do for today’s lunch run.  Per our weather prognosticator, Steve P., the rains won’t come until late afternoon, 6pm at the earliest.  More on this later.

Riders and their rides.

Ken, “Mr. I Like Turns” McCall, volunteered to take the lead and deliver us to one of the best hamburger pubs in the area.  Not the fancy burger joints with bourbon cured Canadian bacon, caramelized bananas & pulled pork smothering a skimpy 6 oz patty.  Just a plain old handmade 13 oz patty of local beef, perfectly grilled to order and paired with a pint of Labatt Blue.  Your choice of toppings.  And dripping with grease, er goodness.  Absolute hamburger bliss.  Destination:  Maple Park Pub and Grill.

Good friends and good food. It don’t get better than this!

Ken’s planned route was for a 100 mile journey from our HE McD’s to Maple Park, 30 miles off as the crow flies.  I thought I knew all of the good riding roads around but Ken found some that were new to me.  During the ride I was wondering why Ken would slow down every now and then so at lunch I asked him if he was driving by memory or following his GPS.  The true leader that Ken is, he got us there from memory.  Although somewhere along the way he lost 3 miles.  Must have missed a turn or two is my guess.  Also missed was a roundabout which Bob W. was anticipating.  Bob couldn’t help but bring up this issue to everyone’s amusement.  Maybe next time, Bob.

No caption needed.

Maple Park Pub and Grill is a friendly place.  Upon entering we were greeted by the locals wondering if we knew it was November and rather cold and windy outside for motorcycles.  They had a good old time with us but we gave it right back at em.  Our waitress/cook was very accommodating especially when we asked for a group picture behind the bar.  No problem whatsoever.  I especially like how the beer tap handles frame Steve.  What a cutie the little guy is.

Just an excuse to get a picture of my bike on the blog….

Lunch finished and stories told so it was time to head home.  About 15 minutes out, the 6pm rain came, 4-1/2 hours early.  With the temp not much above 40° and at highway speeds, this rain sure felt good.  Like ice pellets.  Thankfully it was a very light rain which didn’t slow us down.  Steve must have been snoozing during his weather forecasting classes. (Note from Steve: I ran into NO RAIN on my way home. Must be because you guys didn’t know the dry route to home.)

By the way Ken, you owe us 3 miles.  Thanks for the great ride.

HGB

10/28/2017-Halloween Pot-Luck Dinner (revised)

Here are a few photos from the Halloween Pot-Luck Dinner held at the Elmhurst Masonic Lodge, October 28, 2017. As you can see a good number of attendee’s were in costume and all brought a ‘dish’ to pass. The food was good, and plentiful. Conversation at all the tables flowed like water and loud laughter could be heard throughout the evening.

The Jerseypine Cruisers Halloween Pot Luck Dinner was held at the Masonic Lodge in Elmhurst, Saturday, October 28, 2017. The spacious banquet hall was ideal for our party of 23 guests. They arrived in costumes and festive attire with a variety of delicious dishes from appetizers to desserts. We collected donations, had a 50/50 drawing, surprise raffles, and People’s Choice Awards  for costumes that went to these categories:

Best Couple: Dennis Hyde as “Mr Hyde” and Linda Glamor as “Witch Pepin”.

Best Male: Dennis Hyde.

Best Female: Linda Pepin

Sexiest: Mike “the Pirate” Lisciandrello.

Funniest: Candi “Hillary” Wenzon.

Best All-Around: Jean ”Little Red Riding Hood with her goodies” Mumford.

Special thanks goes Mike and Carol Lisciandrello for finding our ideal facility and for all their help, and to Bill “the Wolf” Mumford for his help and support. Thank you to all that attended and who helped. It was a fun evening and everyone had a great time.

 Happy Halloween!

Jean Mumford – Chairman

Marge, Jean and Linda.

Marge and Linda.

George and Bev.

Ken and Lynn……………………..Greg and Rose.

Ken, Candi and Sandy.

Candi and Frank.

 

8/18/2017 Wednesday Lunch Ride.

Beyond the Cheddar Curtain

Wednesday, Oct. 18th. Weather: Clear skies, bright sunshine, 65~70 temps. Absolute perfect riding conditions for the scheduled Lunch Ride Wednesday(LRW).

After 3 weeks of trying to get beyond the Cheddar Curtain, 7 hungry riders gathered at our H.E. McD’s ready for a ride. In alphabetical order: Hugh B., Greg B., George G., Bill H., Tom K., Ken Mac. & Bob W. We will pick up 2 more riders at the rest stop south of Fontana for a total of 9.

The planned route was for a 90 mile meander (i.e. turns) through rural back roads ending up in Rochester, WI at Chances restaurant, recommended by our friend, Cosmo. The ride objectives, as voiced by a few of our weekly riders, were to feature a round-about, have plenty of trees and not so much corn, lots of turns, camaraderie and plenty of fresh air. Well, the last was easy as we were riding motorcycles and fresh air is plentiful. As for the others, check.

Our rest stop was some 55 miles of enjoyable, relaxed riding with a round-about and lots of trees. Near the end, a special treat for George G. was Wisconsin’s idea of a mogul run for motorcycles. A half-mile run of hills of different heights and lengths ending with a very high climb up and a really steep descent. I had to tell George we didn’t have time to do a repeat but his smile was ear-to-ear.

At the rest stop we met Cosmo and Kathy who then rode with us through beautiful country roads and lanes of lower Wisconsin. The fall color change was a little ahead of Illinois and we were treated to bright reds, oranges and, of course, Cheddar yellows. We did miss waving at Cosmo’s house due to my enjoyment of the scenery. And the route to the food.
And for turns, to satisfy Ken, 42 over 90 miles. A turn every 2.25 miles on average. Ken was smiling too, I think.

As I hadn’t looked at the route for 3 weeks I missed 2 turns. But due to my superior navigation skills, sans GPS assistance, I got us back on track without anyone noticing. Naturally, I said nothing at took all the credit for a great route/ride.

Chances’ is a very relaxed and casual restaurant. Built in 1843 you get the feeling of old Wisconsin. Accommodating? When we called with our head count they asked if we could delay our arrival by an hour as they had a party of 30 just arriving. We arrived a half-hour early yet they moved things around and seated us. After a filling lunch (they had German beer on tap, a big plus!) and plenty of camaraderie we staggered (not really) out to the bikes for a quick ride home. By day’s end everyone was smiling and rest assured we’ll be back to visit Chances’ and Cosmo, again.

As for my dictated objectives, check, check, check & check. Got ‘em all.

HGB

2017- JPC Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Ride

2017- JPC Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Ride

We had a wonderful day at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial. We had a great turn out with beautiful weather. We shared some wonderful memories and great stories of our recently departed members. May they ride all together and look down and bless us all. They are all missed.

Mike Lisciandrello

2017-Overnight to Parke County, Indiana

2017-Overnight to Parke County, Indiana

Wind, showers, dense fog, warm temperatures and sunshine…we had it all on the Fall Overnight. Six of us left on Saturday from Randall’s Pancake House in South Elgin. Rick left Flo with us and headed to Des Plaines to get a new tire to replace the one with a nail in it and planned to meet us in Danville for lunch. We meandered through the back roads towards Danville, fighting the 28 mph headwinds all the way. Although windy, the temperatures were in the 80’s. We were just about finished with lunch at Jocko’s when Rick walked in. Des Plaines did not have the tire he wanted, but they had taken a bike in trade that week with a wheel and tire that was the same, so they took off the wheel and put it on Rick’s bike and he was on his way to meet us. We arrived in Terre Haute just before the rain showers started. Luckily, there was a restaurant within walking distance so we walked across the parking lot in the drizzle, which had stopped by the time we walked back.

Sunday morning we woke to dense fog. One could not see across the parking lot! We delayed our departure for the covered bridges and started out an hour later. It was still foggy, but the visibility was better. By the time we got to the Rockville Visitor’s Center, the fog had lifted and the sun was shining. We did portions of the four different routes. We managed to see or drive through 11 of the 31 covered bridges. Many of the bridges are on gravel roads and therefore not easily accessible by motorcycle. The roads in Parke County are very scenic and curvy but not particularly well maintained. However, this time we did not see any orange painted circles around the potholes like we previously encountered. We were surprised and delighted to find one road that was freshly repaved. Now, they just need to start repaving the other ninety-nine percent of the roads!

If you ever find yourself in Rockville at mealtime, be sure to stop at Benjamin’s. When we stopped for lunch on Sunday, the parking lot was very full. Even without advanced reservations our group was seated without delay. Bill complimented the well-run kitchen as all our food was delivered in a timely mnner and at the same time. The portions were huge! Rick and I had salads that neither of us could even eat half of it.

We arrived back at the motel around 4 p.m. and relaxed until dinner, which turned out to be a good thing. Most of the group decided to walk to the Texas Roadhouse, which was just down the block on the corner. Well, that’s where it was six years ago. That location was closed and they moved to a new building a couple of blocks further down. There’s nothing like working up an appetite! Good thing we had taken the rig, as Steve called “shotgun” for the ride back to the motel.

Luckily on Monday morning, we did not have fog. We took off early to make a breakfast stop in Arthur, IL at Yoder’s Kitchen. Shortly after we crossed into Illinois, the fog set in. It was not as dense as the previous morning and visibility was better as well, but it makes for a long 100 miles. The food at Yoder’s was delicious. One could enjoy the breakfast buffet or order off the menu. Ken ordered a cinnamon roll that was the size of a salad plate and it had icing on top and it was pooled all around it. After a hearty breakfast, we headed in a northerly direction where people starting splitting off when we came to Dwight. Some of us stopped for lunch, but Hugh said he had eaten more in the three days than he had in a month! Good food, good roads, good friends and all kinds of weather conditions…that is what motorcycle touring is all about!

Sandy McCall

8/22/2017 Meeting Minutes

JPC MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES
August 22, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Greg Buss at 7:31 p.m.

Board Members Present:
Joe Hill’
Greg Buss
Sandy McCall
Bill Mumford
Bob Wagner
Lynn Vicker

Absent:CandiWenzon

Introduction of Hosts:
Shirlee and Hermin Vazquez

Introduction of Guests & Prospective Members:
Bill and Annie Berger, Ron Carlo

Additions/Deletions to Agenda:
Moving wall under unfinished business g.

Announcements:
Frank and Candi are on vacation in SD and Frank became very ill this morning. He has sepsis in the blood. He is currently in ICU, but his vitals are improving.

President’s report:
Last few weeks we had good attendance at the Sunday breakfast rides. We’re having 20-25 people,

VP Chapter Management Report: Bob Wagner
Meeting & Programs: Willhavea program in September.
Editor: we’re receiving blog items. Keepthemcoming!

VP Community Relations Report: Lynn Vicker
Tour Directors:The Sunday rides are big. If someone wishes to lead a different ride, feel free to break into smaller groups, which makes it easier for restaurants. Autism ride is Sept. 16th. Look at the Autism website for more details

VP Individual Involvement Report:CandiWenzon
Cookie awards were given to ride leaders during the month of August.
Membership (G Barrington)
a. AMA
b. Membership – we have a new perspective member: Ron Carlo
c. Speak Up none
d. Birthdays – birthdays for August were announced

Unfinished Business:
a. Event financial reports: none
b. Constitution review committee – The committee established rules including 100% agreement to the changes, they used the old constitution as a guide, they agreed the club is top heavy, membership will have a greater voice, and bylaws and constitution were combined. George presented a petition signed by members. Members have received a copy of proposed new constitution via email to review the new constitution. A special meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at the Elks Clubto go over the constitution The vote will be whether the constitution will be accepted.
Motion to accept petition: Bob
Second: Joe
Discussion: none
Motion: Passed unanimously
c. Wildcat Mountain – Great time. Sixteen people were present. Lots of good roads.
d. Dirt Racing – Greg will wait inside the entrance by the stands. The group will be near the top in the middle of the track.
e. WI Motorcycle Memorial – The ceremony will be September 16th at 2p.m. for the laying of the bricks. A group ride will leave from IHop at Lake Cook Road and Route 83 at 7 a.m. There will be a ride up to Door and back. Take a look at the website: WImotorcycle.org There is availability at the Days Inn in Green Bay on Saturday.
f. Sept. 24th leaving at 6:30 from McDonalds for the Memorial Ride.More details to follow.
g. Moving of the Vietnam wall – Sept. 27 Leaving at 7:30 from the IHop in Buffalo Grove. Will escort the semi to Des Plaines.If you plan to attend or can help, contact Greg.

Program:
None

50/50 & Door Prizes
On a bike: Steve Penczak
50/50:Joe Hill won $31
Several door prizes were given to various ticket holders.

New Business:
a. Event budget requests: none
b.Fall Overnight – It will be a three day event going to Parke County, IN. Both nights will be spent inTerre Haute. On Sunday, we’ll take a scenic ride throughout Parke County on rustic secondary roads and view several covered bridges. We will leave fromRandall’s Pancake House in South Elgin at 8:30 a.m. Anticipated mileage is 250 miles each day. We are staying at the Super 8 Motel in Terre Haute. A block of rooms is being held until September 5th..
c. Lunch ride –October 14th. Leaving from HE-destination is Chestnut Mountain, A flyer will be forthcoming with the details.
d. Halloween potluck – October 28th. Waiting for information regarding a location. Details will be forthcoming.
e. Planning for 2018 –events were suggested for 2018. People may still put events on the calendar next month

Good of the Order & Adjournment
Ken V looking for hosts Bob C & Marge volunteered
Bob C has his bike fixed and it is riding “good”
Jean thanked Lynn for telling us about Frank
Shirlee thanked Mike L for the pre-ride to Door
Joe F – people showing up in cars should not be razzed. It’s about getting together and not what you ride,

Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sandy McCall