Friday the 13th Lunch-Pasta Mia, Bartlett, August 13, 2021

This was the 3rd Annual Friday the 13th lunch and the first to take place post-pandemic. With 10 people in attendance I am going to count this in the success column.

Hugh & Joanie, Joe & Marge, Ken & Lynn, Steve & Lu, George and Don were the Cruisers’ that answered the call, and from what I was able to observe had a good meal and a great time. There is something about lunching with fellow Cruisers’ that loosens ones tongue and refreshes the spirits; AKA, everyone talks to everyone else.

Past Mia was (is still) a favorite of ours (Lu & I) from our many years of living in Hanover Park. I was a little concerned when they contacted me on Thursday to tell me they had booked a large, after funeral buffet crowd. They asked if I would mind being moved to the high-tops in the bar area. I told them we were flexible and that moving our tables was not a problem. Good pastas, great sandwiches, delicious pizza and a selection of Craft Beers make this a desirable casual place to stop for a tasty meal. After we downed our lunch I could tell all in attendance were of the same opinion. All to soon the conversation came to an end and we were off on our separate ways.

Thanks to all who attended and I hope to see all of you, and maybe some new faces, again at our 4th Annual Friday the 13th lunch in May 2022.

Story by: Steve P.
Photos by: Steve P.

LRW-CET 8/4/21-Sammie’s

On Wednesday, August 4th, we met up at our favorite Hoffman Estates McD’s at 9am. After coffee, it was kick-stands-up at 9:30 and we were off on my planned route to Sammie’s Hot Dogs in Round Lake, IL. There were 8 of us on 7 bikes present at the start: Bob W., Cosmo, Don K., Hugh B., Joe H., Ken & Sandy M., and myself.
Wednesday’s weather was absolutely perfect for us motorcyclists, with 70 degree temperatures for the ride to Round Lake and just 81 degrees for our rides home.
My route today was 65 miles long and it was a combination of some familiar sections with a mix of some new roads sprinkled in for variety (anyway they were new to me). As best that I could make it, I added in as many twists, turns and as much hilly terrain that this part of our State has to offer. At the end of the ride I was not presented with a list of complaints so I am going to chalk this ride and this route up as a success.
Shortly after we arrived at Sammie’s our group number swelled by one as the lovely and talented Mrs. Brandt (Joanie) graced us with her presence. She was in the neighborhood so she decided to join us.
The dogs and fries were delicious and, near as I could tell, Cosmo was the only non-taker of the tubular delights offered by Sammie’s (he went for the beef sandwich). After 90 minutes of mostly cordial conversation we split up and headed our separate ways home.
Thanks to all who attended I hope you all had as much fun as I did.
Story by: Steve P.
Photos by: Steve P. and Hugh B.

The Meandering Roads Lunch Ride

MEANDER: To proceed by taking a winding or indirect course.

For the second 5th Friday lunch ride the weather forecasters were spot on:  “sunny with occasional clouds, temps of upper 60’s to mid 70’s and pleasant”.  Weather like that is hard to come by but we enjoyed the perfect day to have a group ride for lunch.  For our destination I chose a tavern in the Spring Grove area that I had wanted to try out.  I had driven past KC’s Cabin countless times without ever stopping in so this ride gave me that opportunity.

We met at our Hoffman Estates Mc’D’s at 9:30 am for coffer and conversation with a departure time of 10 am.  I had a 65 mile route planned which I had split into a southern leg and a northern leg.  The southern leg was roads that I ride for my own enjoyment and relaxation so I didn’t bother planning a road-by-road route.  I simply worked my way up to Johnsburg choosing roads I thought the group would like.  The northern leg was somewhat unfamiliar territory so I planned that leg using Goggle Maps from Johnsburg to our destination.  My first pre-ride proved that pre-rides are necessary as my route included 2 roads that were closed by construction and 1 road that didn’t exist despite what Goggle Maps showed.  The ride went smoothly.  No U-turns, a couple of round-abouts, lots of turns (45 turns in 65 miles!) and nobody got lost.  I learned at lunch that the route included a road that Ken & Sandy McC had never been on and that alone made the ride worthwhile.

The folks at KC’s Cabin were ready for us upon arrival having a table set up and waiting.  Service was fast and friendly.  The menu had something for everyone and the food was quite good.  Evidently the group liked the place as there was no hurry to leave.  We finally got out and heading home after 2 hours of eating and conversation.  Turned out to be a good place and I’ll certainly be back.

Many thanks to our LRW lunch enthusiasts who participated:  Frank W, Bill L, George G, Steve P, Ken & Sandy McC. HGB  8/4/21