Thursday, June 20, 2013
Had a great time last week with Hank and the current CrossRoads crew. This is the 4th year in a row I met the riders in Champaign. Acting as the official taxi service, I picked up Hank from Chicago and Rick from the Champaign airport. Mike Taylor joined the group. He did the same ride from Champaign to Boston with the 09 group and rode in the East Coast ride two years ago. Ronni and I also acted as the official greeters hosting a wine and cheese reception in our suite. A great time was had by all. Hank and I rode every day he was here. We started with a short 20 miler to a small lake near where I live to be sure his bike was ready. The following day we rode 35 miles and Hank showed no duress or fatigue. I knew he was ready to accompany the 013 crew. Because I am quite familiar with Champaign, we had a fine meal at Biaggis with the entire crew minus Tracy. The following evening Ronni, Jan, Hank, Mike and I discovered a new place even I hadn't known of. It was excellent and we enjoyed another fine evening of dining. Unfortunately, I was not able to enjoy the ambiance of my favorite pub, Hubers, due to time constraints. After the traditional helmet decorating following the rest day I decided to join Hank and Jan on the ride to Danville to the first sag stop. A severe cross wind greeted us but I figured it was better than a headwind so I was glad to join them. Hank is currently riding and doing the bag carrying for the crew. I can honestly state that Hank has not lost any of his riding ability. I am truly amazed. Today they have a rest day in Erie PA.