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.
Great job George.