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Summer Picnic – 2014

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.

Ozark Mountain Chai

First Night in St. Louis Ready for Dinner
First Night in St. Louis Ready for Dinner

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.

Marty looking for something to drink at the vending machine.
Marty looking for something to drink at the vending machine.

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.]