It was a beautiful morning on July 21st when our group of riders led by Frank pulled away from the Gilberts Dunkin’ Donuts . We immediately complied with JPC history in making our first U-turn to avoid a cement median strip on Tyrell Road that didn’t allow us to proceed north. Traffic was light and there was no rain in sight.
We used back roads all the way to Genoa City, Wisconsin and arrived at the Broken Spoke near 11:30am. Imagine the look on Frank’s face when we pulled at the locked door at the entrance……the restaurant was dark but after a few desperate knocks, a rushed employee appeared and apologized for running late. We chalked it up to a true Wisconsin experience.
Once seated, Steve and Lucy joined us (travelled by car) as their plans were to cruise the high seas of Lake Geneva on a boat tour after our meal.
The Broken Spoke has a large menu including such items as brats covered with pulled pork, bacon and cheese smothered burgers, chili, nachos, cheese curds, Nashville hot chicken, fish and to-die-for fried potato peels (with cheese of course). All good! Frank was excited about his very thick chili and demonstrated to all , the spoon that stood straight up in the bowl without even beginning to lean over (the spoon, not Frank).
All in all, the Broken Spoke offered excellent service, clean surroundings, nice bathrooms and awesome food…………. It definitely deserves a repeat performance!
LRW-Spam-a-Palooza @ The Bunker Dateline: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 It was a beautiful clear and mostly sunny day when I rolled out of bed this morning. After being forced to cancel this ride last week I was very much encouraged to see the sun light streaming in my window.
On my ride over to the Hoffman Estates McDs I was trying to remember how many responded positively to the flyer notice. I guess, for the most part we had what we have begun to call the “Usual Suspects.” Myself, Hugh B., Don K., George G., Frank W. (Candi had an excused absence), and Kurt L, a recent convert.
My route consisted of a lot of tried and true road segments that would certainly be familiar to a lot of members who have ridden to Wisconsin with us before. My planning and execution of the route was absolutely perfect right up to the point where in ended in a Waterford WI residential neighborhood. As they are wont to say even the best laid plans sometimes go astray. Mr. Brant stepped forward to direct us to the Bunker and I made a note to check my GPS file when I get home to see what happened.
George decided on Pulled Pork while the rest of us ordered our Spam Burgers and fries. We then spent the next 30 minutes drooling in anticipation of their arrival. 4 of us agreed that there was no finer sandwich in the world while Frank said he could take it or leave it and George just said “too much salt”.
After lunch and photos we were treated to Mr. Brandt’s patented ‘return routes” This is definitely one ride that will be repeated. How often will depend on the number of requests we receive. All in all, a great time was had by all. We enjoyed the nice weather, the ride, and some of us even positively enjoyed our lunch.
This is a cargo trailer manufactured by Smitty’s of Ames, Iowa. I purchased it in 1981when we were doing a lot of travel by motorcycle. A couple of years later Smitty’s came out with a taller bottom shell which gave the trailer a full 9 c.f. of packing space which was perfect for our travels at that time. We pulled our Eagle cargo trailer behind our 1976 Goldwing throughout the USA, from Key West to Washington State, from southern California to Nova Scotia. And many points in between. Countless 3-4 day motorcycle rallies and JPC weekend campouts. Camping gear and personal items were inside, 2 lawn chairs strapped to the luggage rack and our Little Oscar cooler strapped to the luggage rack on the bike. The Eagle trailer was also put to use for Cub Scout and Boy Scout campouts. By 1992 our 2 growing lads were at an age where we needed to spend a lot more time with them and their activities so the camping days came to an end and the trailer went into the garage.
Fast forward to 2021 and I had a need to make room in the garage for a bigger car so something had to go. Sadly the trusty old trailer was chosen. I gave it a good wash, checked for any accessories and checked the tires (yes, they still held air !) and put it out on the road with a For Sale sign attached. On day 3 a Harley guy stopped by and showed interest in buying the trailer. We had a good chat and all his questions got answered. A few hours later he was back to buy it. Terms agreed to, money changing hands and we stuffed the trailer into his truck and off it went. That was the first week in June.
Today I heard what sounded like a motorcycle engine idling but I could not place from where. Much to my surprise there was a Harley sitting in my driveway with the Eagle trailer hitched to it. My friend had cleaned the old thing up, painted the inside, cleaned and polished the wheels to a like-new chrome finish and upgraded the wiring. And it looks terrific behind the bike.
I am now happy knowing that my old trailer, which served us so well. is once again on the road in very good hands.
Dateline H.E.: Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, 6am.
The weather in our area did not look all that bad. However, when I checked the report for Waterford WI they were already reporting light drizzle with some real serious looking weather lurking nearby. Because of this I sent out an email calling off my Spam-A-Palooza ride to the Bunker.
Now Cruisers’ being Cruisers’ I decided to ride over to the Hoffman Estates McDs to inform any who showed up that the ride was cancelled. Sure enough I had 4 ride in; 2, George G. & Bill L., that didn’t get the message, 1, Don K., that happened to be driving by and saw the bikes, and Hugh B. who knew I was going there to see if anyone else would show up.
Well you know how they say that when one is handed lemons the best thing to do is make lemonade? Well that is precisely what we did. I had a restaurant in Elgin I wanted to check out for a potential Sunday breakfast ride so I gathered up Bill, George and Hugh and after a 30 minute ride we pulled into the Iron Skillet Restaurant. We enjoyed a pretty good meal but were disappointed when I asked about bringing a group and was informed that they do not take any reservations.
Even when things don’t go as planned with a little thought and some flexibility from fellow riders a good time can still be had.
Story and Photos by: Steve P.
It was a cold morning, with temps in the 40’s, NOT!
The temps were in the mid 70s with a good deal of clouds dotting the sky when, precisely at 9:30 (more or less) our 12 bikes followed our Ride Leader out of the Dunkin Donuts on the start of what would be a really nice 70+ mile ride through the countryside. Don’s route started in Gilbert’s and made a large loop through a nice variety of long curvy roads, and what we who live in this area refer to, as scenic Midwestern motorcycle roads, taking us to our destination, The DogFather Hot Dog restaurant in Bartlett.
Don’s chosen roads had little traffic on them, only a few stop lights and were in good shape so we didn’t have to worry about dodging potholes. There were also some neat old farm houses to look at along the route.
We arrived at The DogFather at 11:40 where we found 4 of our fellow members who arrived by Quadra-cycle, already enjoying their lunch. We proceeded to enjoy “Cheap Eats” hot dog lunch’s along with the tons of laughter and BS-ing that goes on anytime bikers get together.
Attendance was excellent for a somewhat rainy looking day. We had 15 ride and 18 dine and some of us even got to sit and enjoy some new people that joined us for the ride (Welcome Tim, Curt and Val). I think I can state from the comments I heard that everyone had a great ride and that all had a great time.
Thanks Don for leading the ride and arranging for the ‘special’ bikers lunch pricing.