October is Here! – Chapter Director, Jim Kopchok

20150912_135028Don’t look! The end of the riding season is coming soon. Time to follow Joe Hughes and friends to some warmer weather and extend our riding season! For the rest of us, it’s time to think about making the most of the good weather that remains and enjoying some Chapter rides after our meetings.

As I write this we just got back from our eight days in Hillsboro, WI. What a great week to bond with friends and create new memories. The Hillsboro area was a great choice for the roads and scenery and we even had a couple people join us for a part of the week. This was one of our goals so that more could enjoy the opportunity to ride.

Rather than trying to rehash all the great rides and routes we discovered, please just read the Z2 News and Views on our web site for a small daily diary and some pictures. I have also posted the updates to both our Facebook group and our Facebook page. A HUGE thank you goes out to Don Shore who took it upon himself to map out and lead all of our rides. They were well paced, and yet challenging so that riders of all types could enjoy.

Thanks to Doug Koglin, our ACD, for making the hotel arrangements and providing “hospitality”. Doug also rode sweep all week, keeping everyone in line.

Last month, our after meeting ride was to the Air Classics Museum in Sugar Grove. We had a nice ride over to the museum heading south from our meeting place and then turning west, bypassing a lot of the traffic that confounds our meeting location. The day was hot and the outdoor museum of vintage aircraft was interesting, with several elderly former pilots providing tour guide duties. We were all happy to get back indoors to the air conditioning and then meet across the street at the Roundup for lunch. No one was eager to jump back on the bikes in the heat. Once we were moving it wasn’t too bad.

By the time you read this we should have also ridden on our I Scream run on Sept. 26. Meeting at Fox Valley Cycles and heading for (wait for it) ice cream is a Chapter staple. We had a great ride with 7 bikes and 13 people finding some back roads on the way to Ottawa. Triple J was our destination and everyone enjoyed their sweet treats.

Also by the time you read this, members should be able to share their experience from the Fall Color Ride. We shortened the ride to two days so that it would require a vacation day. Don planned the ride to Galena/Savana and then to my suggestion from last year which didn’t work due to weather, the Oregon Fall Festival and Stronghold Castle. A medieval faire is held at the castle, and is the only weekend all year that the castle is open to visitors.

We still have a couple Chapter meetings left where we hope to ride. Our planning meeting is currently scheduled for November 14 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst where we have held previous training and planning meetings. Thank you Robert and Char for making all those arrangements.

As you know from last month’s meeting, we have already begun to discuss and plan our holiday party for January. We are trying to make sure we have a minimum of 40 people in order to be able to reserve a private room and have a prepared menu of food choices. We have extended feelers to Chapter NW and Chapter Y to see how they feel about joining us and meet our required minimums.

Please don’t forget to subscribe to our web site blog by filling in your email address on the bottom of our home page. You should get an email sent to your account to confirm your subscription – so please reply to that email. After that, each time we post something to our web site blog you will get an email notifying you. We might be able to use that method to sneak in an extra ride, weather permitting, between Chapter meetings.

Barb and I will be out of town for this month’s meeting and will miss you all.

Ride Safe!

Jim & Barb Kopchok Chapter Director

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