The Shanty Friday May 30, 2021

It all started at the McDonald’s in Hoffman Estates on the morning of Friday the 30th of May with social distancing parking by 9 cruisers.

We took off on our 40-mile ride by heading over to Central Rd and then onto Ela Rd. for that leg up to Lake Zurich.  After passing by the lake in Lake Zurich, we picked up Midlothian for the trip north. Midlothian is interesting as it passes the schools in Lake Zurich and then through the back side of one of Lake Zurich’s industrial parks. Next, we were treated to open spaces with some new and older housing developments. Our next area to be passing through on Midlothian was the town of Mundelein. We passed by a couple of schools, the fire department and numerous subdivisions, which opened up to a golf course and open spaces on the north end. We next passed by the Lake Country Fair grounds which is one of the vaccination locations in Lake County. Our next adventure was navigating US45 north. With the size of our little group, we were almost bound to get split up on this leg of the trip, but with some communications between the front and back of the group, we only had to stop once for the back to catch up with the front. I guess there were too many intersections with signals. With the group back together, we proceeded north for the last leg of the trip. We hung a right onto Millburn Road and were greeted with no less than 3 roundabouts before coming to Wadsworth Rd and the end of our adventure tto the Shanty. With the Shanty changing their rules about the number of persons at a table, all 9, were able to be at the same table, so you can only imagine all the various conversations that took place.

Here are the pictures of our first 5th Friday lunch run attendees

There are 2 more 5th Friday lunch runs, so check or mark your calendar with the following dates. (July 30th, October 29th)

How to Lead a Lunch Run

1.  Gas up the bike

2.  Pick a faraway biker bar

3.  Feast with friends on real comfort food

4.  Have the local HD riders take your picture in the “Hog Pen”

Mission accomplished.  On Saturday, April 3rd with the forecast projecting clear skies, sunny and 70F, we met at Starks Corner for a 12pm departure to wind our way north of the Cheddar Curtain for lunch

Destination was the Shades Bar & Grill in Orfordville, WI, just a few miles east of Broadhead, home of the world famous cinnamon rolls.  Lead by Frank and Candi we meandered the +/- 100 miles on lazy 2-lane rural roads avoiding just about all towns and villages. A very enjoyable ride on a beautiful day.

The Shades was a perfect choice.  Just a small town neighborhood bar.  Friendly folks.  Great sandwiches.  Good service.  My meatball sandwich, accompanied by a cold bottle of Fat Squirrel, by New Glarus, hit the spot.  The sandwich was excellent, by the way.

The ride home was uneventful.  The Harley’s needed gas which gave us a welcomed 10 minute break before the final push home, bidding farewell to my companions in Marengo for last 30 miles.

Sure beats yard work.


JPC Friday the 13th lunch November, 2020

Friday, November 13th, 2020
We had a decent turn-out of really great people for our Second Annual Friday the 13th Lunch. This event was held at the La Hacienda De Los Fernandez restaurant on Lake Street in the Village of Addison. We had Margarita’s, good food, good company and, of course, great conversation. It was an intimate group with six of us present, 5 Cruisers and 1 guest, including one recently missing member from the Northwest suburb of Barrington, Joe Fiedler (who reported that he was doing well and feeling fine. We will be repeating this event on Friday, August 13, 2021 at a location to be announced at a later date. So if you missed either of these two events pencil this date in on your calendar so you can try to make the next one.
Submitted By:
Steve P.
Submitted by Steve P.

It is Apple River Camping Time

This is the time of year that the JPC would be getting ready for their annual campout at Apple River Canyon State Park. Thanks to member Bonnie Cousins for the wonderful picture and the reminder of past fun times.

9/19/20 Second Salem Brewing CO.

Leave it to Steve P. to suggest a lunch ride with just 2 days notice and with no destination in mind.  He made this announcement this past Thursday morning at the Old Farts Coffee get-together at Funky Java coffee house in Villa Park.  He needed to ride somewhere was the stated reason.  After waiting all day for ride details I suggested a return visit to a rather comfortable small brewery in Whitewater, WI, Second Salem.  We had been there last summer checking it out for a possible LRW ride which never happened.

The name “Second Salem” comes from the early 20th century, when locals referred to Whitewater as “Second Salem” due to its reputation as a site of witch gatherings, strange murders, unearthly creatures in the lake and other unexplained phenomena. Whitewater is also the stomping grounds of the Beast of Bray Road, a werewolf-type creature that was sighted in the early 1990’s.  Thus the quirky brewery, Second Salem

Figuring this was my suggestion it would be up to me to plan the ride.  A few hours on Google Maps and I had a quick ride up to Whitewater and a leisurely country roads ride back with the terminus being the No Wake B&G in Port Barrington.  Ride details were sent to a few of our LRW riders of which 3 were good-to-go.  We met at our HE McD’s with a 10:15am planned departure and a target of a noon arrival.  Our little group was myself, Steve and George G. meeting Cosmo at the destination.  We arrived on time hungry and thirsty and happy to find Cosmo and Miss Kathy waiting for us.

Needless to say the food and drink were outstanding  George had a pulled pork poutine bowl that I swear would clog a 2” diameter artery but it sure looked good and it was good (I snuck a sample to taste).  Their home brewed beers all had clever names on the spooky side:  Wildman of LaGrange, Bone Orchard, Wytches’ Brew and, of course, Beast of Bray Road, to name a few.  We had such a good gabbing and eating, eating and gabbing that before we knew it, 2 hours had slipped by.  Just as lunches should be.

For the ride home we travelled Wisconsin’s “alphabet” roads, the 2-lane country roads that wind and twist, rise and fall and seem to go nowhere making great motorcycling roads.  I did miss a planned turn though, the final county road I wanted to ride for our exit from Wisconsin.  In Walworth there is Wisconsin’s idea of a round-about but instead of being configured as a circle, it was a square.  Yes, a square with 4 – 90° turns to negotiate.   Well, I was focused on Rt. 14, which we were on, and I missed the exit to County B.  However neither Steve nor George knew my route so they had no idea that I missed my turn so I just kept going and wound my way to Port Barrington and the No Wake.  No harm no foul, right?  We grabbed a table under to tent overlooking the river inlet and boat dock, I called the Boss and Joni joined us for a relaxing sit down and a beer.  All in all it was a great day of riding, of eating, of conversation with friends.  What more could you possible ask for.  And we have Steve to thank for all of this.

Submitted by:  HGB