As in previous years, on Labor Day weekend Sunday, we held our annual Club Picnic. Following our traditional Sunday breakfast/meetup at Panera Bread in Glenview, Ride Director Andy F. led the group over local roads and scenic byways to Union Pier, Michigan where Marty and spouse Andrea hosted a catered picnic at their summer home on Lake Michigan.
Our trip to the Ozarks began with a Saturday ride down Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis. There was a threat of rain off and on during the day, but nothing substantial ever materialized. On our first night we celebrated Shelly Brostoff’s birthday.
After a somewhat late start because of a flat tire (and it being a Sunday with all the shops closed) we headed out with the disabled bike secured on a rental trailer. Scarcely 30 minute later we were in the middle of a deluge and had to seek shelter at a weigh station.
An hour later the weather cleared and we made our way to Eureka Springs, AR where we spent three days touring the area with a local guide who knew all the roads, scenic stops, and places to eat.
Our return was via Branson, MO where we took in a show.
The next morning it was off to Hannibal, MO where we arrived in time to take in several of the Mark Twain historical sites and had dinner while cruising on a Mississippi River Boat.
The final day was split between a scenic ride along the Illinois River and a mad dash on the interstate back to Chicago.
All in all six nights and seven days riding some of the best roads in the midwest.
[Photos to follow.]