What better way to follow up a great day of riding on a Saturday, then to do some more on Sunday! We had made plans yesterday to go riding with our next door neighbors this morning, and we sat around waiting for them to go. There was some rain in the area off and on last night and this morning, but not enough to deter Bonnie and I from riding. By 11AM though, the skies had cleared to plenty of sunshine…but still not nice enough weather for them to go riding. We have had problems in the past with them backing out on plans, and I guess that’s why last year we just stopped arranging to do things in advance with them. So, at 11AM, we spread the word with other riders that we know, and told them “hey, impromptu ride now…can you meet?”
9 people showed up. And it was a beautiful day for a ride today.
We met at our local HOG chapter location, Indianapolis Northside HD. Everybody that planned to go showed up by 1:30. Aaron and Etta, Steve and Marcy, Gerald and Lenora, Ellie, and Bonnie and I. After a few minutes of helping the dealership get rid of some edible donuts, it was decided that Steve would lead us all towards Crawfordsville, Indiana…to the Creekside Lodge for a late lunch / early dinner.
Today’s ride didn’t have many hills or curves to it, but the riding was in great weather, with the sun shining down and forcing most to shed their light jackets throughout the afternoon. Road conditions were excellent, and Steve led at a very good pace. Ellie hadn’t been riding very long, and did a great job powering her 100th Anniversary Harley to keep up with the bikes in front of her. This was her first ride with our group, and we look forward to more rides with her in the future.
The Creekside Lodge welcomed us to their outdoor patio, where a number of other bikers were already swigging beer, cold ice tea, and eating the items from their menu. The food there was pretty good, once they retrieved all the tenderloin sandwiches they had initially brought to us that was massively overcooked. The second sandwich actually was prepared very well, and worth the extra wait.
The ride was accident free, with nine people that enjoyed each others’ companionship. The back muscles got a work out the last two days, but will help get them back into shape for the 10-day motorcycle trip that is quickly coming in May. It’s that time of the year where the sun is powerful as well, and the riding farmer’s tan will quickly be arriving onto wind burnt skin. Ahhh….love the weather…so much, will probably ride to work again tomorrow. And I may be able to talk Bonnie into jumping on and allowing me to chauffeur her to work as well.
So, another day of safe riding, good company, and enjoyable sunshine…even if we got headed out late.