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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.

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

LRW to Broken Spoke, July 21, 2021

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!

Story by Candi
Photos by Hugh & Steve