August Chapter Director Report – Wisconsin Bound!

Wisconsin Bound!

Indiana Covered Bridges are behind us and our next Adventure Ride to the wilds of middle Wisconsin is coming up soon! J

20150718_095606It was a hot but enjoyable weekend on the ride to Rockville, IN to visit a number of covered bridges. The highlight was a personalized local historic presentation by the current owner of the Grist Mill at the Bridgeton Covered Bridge, the one most prominently displayed on post cards and other material inviting tourists to the area, with a very scenic waterfall! After a great informal talk on the deck of the Grist Mill, loaded with lots of history and local insight, we shopped the local items and grains. Weighted down by our purchases we then decided some cold ice cream was just the right thing and parked ourselves on the deck overlooking the waterfall!

There were a number of bridges Don had on his route, and we found a couple were washed out and had been replaced by modern concrete slabs, and others were down gravel roads that we elected not to try. Recent weather, including the night of our arrival, had caused some flash flood warnings, so we decided to enjoy the cool comforts of the hotel pool. Since it was raining the night of our arrival around dinner time, we were all happy that Butch and Mary had opted to drive down, since they became our source of dinner delivery (there was no food delivery in the area, even the pizza which we eventually decided on)!

Teo Isaac, one of our newer members, joined us for his first overnighter with the Chapter. Teo is an experienced long distance rider and it was great for everyone in having him along and learning about some of his previous adventures. Now, the question is, after meeting us, will he return? J

We had 7 bikes, 13 people and 1 very important car on our trip.

Because of the heat and some threatening rain showers on Sunday, the group also decided to postpone our visit to Fair Oaks Farms, leaving that for another Chapter day trip. We wanted to experience the fun of that farm and all it has to offer without worrying about the clouds letting loose.

Thank you to Don for again leading our group on our Chapter After-Meeting ride. It too was a hot day on the ride to Union, IL and the Illinois Railway Museum. After a nice lunch, everyone arrived home safely.

The August 1 Movie night is cancelled.  Robert (and Char) Ulrich’s mother passed away this week. Our thoughts go with Robert and Char and we wish them comfort and support. Robert’s mother was recently at their home in hospice care.

Also on the morning of July 31 I received notice that Ron Walldren passed away in his sleep. As you all know, Ron was a dedicated biker and devoted member of our Chapter. He served most recently as our Chapter Educator and could always be counted on to liven up the meeting. Even during his battle with his illness, Ron made every effort to get out on his bike to enjoy his favorite experiences. Ron, may the wind always be at your back and the sun in your face! You will be missed.

Continuing with our health report, I am sorry to report that Katie and John McHugh have also had a tough month, with serious health events affecting John’s son and both of Katie’s parents. John’s son is recovering nicely and we wish the rest of the family speedy recoveries as well.

Let’s hope that August brings about better and happier news from our Chapter. And let it remind us how precious our lives and health are. Make each day count and live each day to the fullest!

August 15th is our Chapter Dinner Ride to Kelsey’s Roadhouse. Our current plan is to meet up at Fox Valley Cycles at about 2pm and after spending some time browsing the shop, take off at 3pm. Dinner should be around 4:30. Please make sure that you are signed up so that we can keep you posted of any changes. This is a Rain or Shine event, so if the weather is bad, bring your car and either meet up at FVC or we’ll see you at Kelsey’s. If you decide to go direct, please make sure we know so we aren’t waiting for you at the start of the ride.


The September meeting has been moved up one week since we leave the next weekend (9/12) for our Wisconsin Ride. So mark your calendar now, for Sept. 6 as our next Chapter meeting.


hillsboroSpeaking of Hillsboro, the next meeting will be our last one before the ride. Don will have the ride details published and a final wrap up at our September meeting. As I write this, Don and Chris Shore are in England on a working vacation, so we need to make sure he clears Customs on the way home!

The end of September we have a date for an Ice Cream run on Sept. 26 and then our Fall Color Ride is scheduled for Oct. 2-4. Again, please sign up so that we can gauge interest in these events. We have some ideas for both of these but, we are would be happy to hear from anybody that has a strong preference or idea for either of these rides.

I think that covers it. See you at the meeting on August 9th! As always, enjoy the summer and Ride Safe!

Jim & Barb Kopchok Chapter Director