CHAPTER C NEWS - OCTOBER - 2021
Contact: Tod & Christine Hellman - 414-530-0918, 414-530-8554
Chapter Website: http://www.gwrra-wi-c.com/
ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:00 AM
Team Motorsports 1890 Mid Valley Dr De Pere WI 54115
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Friar Tucks 1651 W South Park Ave Oshkosh WI 54902
Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:30 AM
BP - Fond du Lac 948 S Rolling Meadows Dr Fond du Lac WI 54937
Sunday, October 17, 2021 4:00 PM
Sebastian's Steak House 770 South Main Street Fond du Lac WI 54935
UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER - 2021:
Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:00 AM
Mineshaft Oshkosh 2041 S Koeller St Oshkosh WI 54902
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Christianos Pizza W1917 WI-23 Green Lake WI 54941
Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:00 PM
Good Company 110 N Richmond St Appleton WI 54912
From The Directors
It has been a great summer riding season for Chapter C. With a ton of different options ranging from short Ice Cream rides, to the big trip to Tennessee (see details below), the riding has been plentiful.
As we look to the fall, we still have rides and events happening - check out the calendar for details. As the weather gets cooler, we have more non-riding gatherings planned.
As we all venture out on fall color rides, please remember to watch for fallen leaves. When they are wet (especially in the morning from the dew) they are like black ice to a motorcycle. We all know this, but just a reminder!
On a very sad note, we had to say good-bye to a Chapter C family member late last month. Judy VonRotz passed away on 9/18. Our condolences go out to Bob and the rest of the VonRotz family.
Our annual planning meeting will happen on November 7th at 9am this year. Note the location has changed to Mineshaft in Oshkosh, due to Primo's closing. Please bring along your ideas for events, rides, gatherings, etc. for the 2022 season. Also, we e-mailed everyone a survey asking for your opinions on a few topics. Please send these back so the Chapter C leadership team can make sure they are brought up at the planning meeting and try to apply your suggestions to the 2022 calendar. Feel free to add additional notes if you'd like.
Wing Riding Wisconsin – EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT– The Tennessee Trip
Saturday 8/28 – The day started comfortable with mild temps, and no rain. The Fond Du Lac group (4 bikes from C, 3 from M, and a non-member) headed out at 7:30 for the 75 mile trip to Oak Creek to meet the rest of the group. The Milwaukee North group (4 bikes from C) departed at 7:45 and rode to meet the FDL group. We had 3 more bikes join at the Oak Creek rendezvous point. From there, we split into 2 groups of 8 bikes each and headed for Lexington, KY. It turned into a warm day, with temps hitting 95! 500+ miles later, we all checked into the hotel for some much needed off bike time.
Sunday 8/29 – Departing Lexington, we decided 2 groups would again be safer. So – 8 bikes each group headed for the Roan Mountain cabins in Tennessee. After the first hour of riding, we finally enjoyed off Interstate roads with some better scenery and some mild twisties. About 350 miles later, we arrived at the cabins. This is a very peaceful retreat, with no cell service, Internet connection, or TV!
Monday 8/30 – Today we had 3 different rides. Group 1 (1-c, 1-m, 1-non) took off for the ‘spirited’ ride, which included the Snake, the Back of the Dragon, and Backbone Rock. Group 2 (2-c, 1-m, 1-n, 1-Florida!) got lost, but still managed to find “Dales Wheels thru Time” motorcycle museum, and here is the description from Group 3: We left our cabins in Roan Mountain and headed for another mountain in another state. We left with 8 motorcycles (6-c, 2-n) and 12 people, traversing the back country roads of Tennessee and then finding more in North Carolina. Getting to our destination, Grandfather Mountain, he did not disappoint! What a view! We were up over a mile from sea level, and it was noted on the swinging bridge! The ride up from the entrance was a steep climb with a few turns to rival the “dragon”. Then it was time to descend, but we stopped at Mildred’s Grill for lunch in the Nature Museum building half way down. Lunch was rather good and filling. This helped us on the ride back to the cabins! All told 96 miles were totaled on the ride with all riders having full safety gear.
Tuesday 8/31 – Two group rides today. Group 1 (2-c, 1-m, 1-non, 1-Florida) again did the spirited ride (finishing what they started yesterday, before a bike breakdown), and Group 2 (8-c, 2-n, 2-m) visited the local area. Christmas in July? How about August, the last day of August as a matter of fact! This ride led us to The Snowy Mountain Christmas Shop in Crossnore, NC. A total of 9 sleds(motorcycles) and 17 elves(people) took part in this little excursion! A neat little place out in the middle of nowhere. This place was supposed to be on the Grandfather Mountain ride, but I did not know where it was, so we did it the next day! Not only was there Christmas items, but there was cupcakes, cookies and coffee drinks! Those that had these were not disappointed! We then left this little treasure and the group broke up into two groups. One went back to the cabins and the other went on to ride some more twisty curvy Tennessee back roads. Everyone had their safety gear on and put on 51 miles for the group heading back to the cabins.
Tuesday evening we enjoyed an awesome private party meal at “Highlander BBQ” which was arranged by a friend of Jerry’s who lives in the area. We also had to deal with the rain that hurricane Irma started to bring into the area.
Wednesday 9/1 – Today was a total wash-out. All day rain due to the remnants of the hurricane. ? Of course, we still had a few “excursions”. Some of us took a walk (in full rain gear) to get some much needed WIFI catch-up, as well as many front porch conversations!
Thursday 9/2 – We all packed up this morning, and left in 2 groups to head to Alcoa, TN. We rode a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as other great routes. About 300 miles, so it was a leisurely day for everyone.
Friday 9/3 – Beautiful day! Both groups left the Alcoa hotel and rode the Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway. Group 1 added the “Gauntlet” to their route. Of course, we all had to ride the “Dragon” again on the way back to the hotel. 320 miles for Group 1, 225 for Group 2.
Saturday 9/4 – Of course, all good things must come to an end. Again, staying in 2 groups, we left Alcoa, TN and headed back towards Lexington. Of course, we had to grab at least one more fun ride. Both groups enjoyed riding thru the “Devils Triangle”, and Group 1 also added a few more “spirited” roads to their route. About 250-300 miles today depending on the Group.
Sunday 9/5 – Well….what can I say. 500+ miles of Interstate to get us all back home, with the 1st hour in a light rain. Again, 2 groups to keep it safer. Kudo’s to the Enderby’s who hit almost 650 miles to get home today!
All being said, I can’t think of a better way to spend 9 days on vacation with a group of people we never would have met if we didn’t join GWRRA! I hope everyone had a great time! “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”;