Our JPC Father’s Day breakfast group gathered at McD’s in Hoffman Estates on Sunday, June 21st. Frank Wenzon led the group of 10 to Pub 72 in Gilberts for an alfresco breakfast under a very large tent, due to restrictions dining indoors during Phase 3 of Illinois’ Covid virus edits from the honorable Governor Pritzker. The weather was sunny, dry, calm and traffic was light.
Heading northwest toward Williams Bay, we enjoyed a relaxed ride through Lakewood, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and smaller towns beyond. Somewhere around tiny Sharon, Wisconsin, Frank’s GPS malfunctioned and Bill Hominick volunteered to take over as the leader of the pack.
Lots of scenery, usual farm fields………..the corn fields we passed seemed to be doing well, plants are between 1-2 feet high already………so we’ll be able to enjoy what seems to be everyone’s favorite vegetable (which is a starch) in July sometime. We opted NOT to travel through the downtown areas of Williams Bay and Lake Geneva, as the reports of large crowds turned us off to the slow trek we would have had to endure riding through those popular lake towns.
We all agreed that on the road back to civilization, we needed to stop in Hebron for ice cream. That seemed to be the “hot spot” of little towns, lines of hungry people waiting for ice cream and so many motorcycles, cars and a very large truck (maybe overweight???) unlucky enough to attract the attention of the Hebron police. Definitely NOT a pleasant Father’s Day for the truck driver!
Arriving home at 3pm, we enjoyed the after-glo of a very nice ride!
Thanks to all who participated and a special thank you to Bill Hominick…..a very kind man with a big heart, willing to take over in a pinch!
As Willie Nelson wrote: “I can’t wait to get on the road again”
With restaurants now open for “al fresco” dining, the Cruisers hit the road Sunday, June 14th for the first Sunday Breakfast and ride of the season. To make the day interesting our ride Leader, George G., reversed the normal order of the ride to have breakfast first followed by a lazy afternoon guided ride north to the Chain-O-Lakes State Park. A quick 5 mile ride to the Rose Garden for breakfast followed by a 45 mile meander to the State Park was the plan for the day. Half way to our destination the breakfast group picked up 3 more members (2 bikes, 3 riders) for the final country ride to the park.
Once in the park we stopped for a break and to appreciate the scenery of this park. Plus we were overlooking an inlet of the Fox River making the view that much better. Lovely, relaxing stop. Here the group proceeded to do what Cruisers do best: mill around, swap stories and lies and simply enjoyed the camaraderie of friends.
Back to Willie. Our leader had a route back to the city and while riding home a tune written by Steve Goodman and covered by Willie, “City of New Orleans” came to me and a few lines of the lyrics seemed a perfect fit for our day ride.
“Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
“The train pulls out of Kankakee. Rolls along past houses, farms and fields”
Kinda sounds like our travel today. We had 11 bikes and 13 happy, smiling riders and we certainly rolled past houses, farms and fields. No twenty-five sacks of mail though. Works for me.
Saturday, May 30th. The weather forecast looked great, high in the low 70s with only a 10% chance of rain. Perfect weather for a ride to Poopy’s in Savannah for an early lunch. I knew for sure that Poopy’s was open and has been pleading for business. Three of us, Hugh Brandt, George Gauss and yours truly left from Stark’s Corner (Rts. 47 & 72) at 8 AM.
I had a 115 mile route I put together a few years ago in my GPS so I dusted it off and we followed it to Savannah. We came upon a few surprises as in a couple of paved roads that I had ridden a few years ago were now gravel. I know I was on the correct route because I had Way Points along these roads. As always the troops followed with minimum complaint but I did promise to revise the route before I use it again.
As I stated Hugh and George rode with me and we had perfect riding weather. We arrived hungry around 10:45. We sat outside under the canopy, but inside seating was available had we wanted to do so. Poopy’s is quite large so even though there were a lot of people, no one was forced to be seated near anyone else. We had a cocktail (and one of us had a beer) along with a hardy meal and we were on our way by 12:30. Poopy’s was starting to get crowded at this point because the live entertainment, a band, was to begin playing at 1 pm. It was good to be able to sit down and eat out again.
I will mention that on our ride home down Rt. 64 we observed a steady stream of Harley’s heading west, almost all riding 2-up and I’m willing to bet a good portion of those would end up at Poopy’s. It was a 270 mile day for me and I enjoyed every mile of it.
Submitted by: The Editor
Attached is an unsolicited testimonial from Mr. Brandt.
Thanks for organizing yesterdays ride and for the invite. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Gravel and all J and I must admit I’m rather out-of-shape for long distance riding. Pretty stiff today. Still, totally worth all the aches & pains. I got home to an empty house so I grabbed a cold drink and went out on the deck to enjoy the quiet and the sun. And promptly fell asleep. Which is how a good day should end? Thanks to you.
A small group of 8 brave riders sallied forth to penetrate the Cheddar Curtain and all reached our target destination . The weather was perfect the secret route was a success and all arrived safe and bug free . all and all a good ride and a good day