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.