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The Over The Hill Gang

The Over The Hill Gang
Let's ride! Riders are Jerry Cole, Billy Niverson, John Nave, Jack McClain, Larry Davis, Larry Burk, Merle Combs, Charles Thomas, Art Adrianson, Larry Miller.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anderson Power Sports Ride..

Eight of us met at Jackie's Family Restaurant for a ride today.  Phil Smith rode his riding mower down to see us off.  After making sure Phil had enough gas to get back home, the other seven of us took off for Chism's Corner (at the intersection of IN 13 and US 22&35) and lunch.

I had planned to lead the guys on a ride around Greentown, and environs, but Billy said he was going to Anderson Power Sports, in Anderson, to order a clutch pack for his T-Rex. I decided we needed to go with him so we could look at all the motorcycles at the store.  I'd never been there before but some of the guys, Larry Burke being one, had bought bikes there.  Off we went to Elwood on IN 13, over east on IN 28 to Alexandria, then down south on IN 9 to Anderson.  The rest of us looked at bikes while Billy ordered his clutch parts at Anderson Power Sports.  They have a lot of outdoor equipment and four brands of motorcycles.

We decided it was time for ice cream, after looking at all those motorcycles, so I led the riders to Gaston and then on to Upland and Ivanhoe's.  The ice cream was great on a hot summer day (95 degrees).  It really wasn't that bad as long as we kept moving and didn't stand outside too long.

We split up for home, after ice cream, and I got home about 4:00PM.  It was a very nice ride and I think we all had a nice time.  Something to remember this winter when the snow is flying! :)

I rode 106 miles.

Riding today was Larry Burke, Larry Miller, Larry Davis (do you see a pattern?:), Jerry Cole, John Nave, Charlie Thomas, and Billy Niverson.

Jerry Cole rode his new (to him) 2006 H.D. Roadking that replaced the H.D. Fatboy that was wrecked.  Really nice bike.

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Ride video:

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Breakfast at Elwood

So, be careful going over the railroad track on the east side of Elwood!  It's gotten worse!  I came clear off my seat this morning going over it.  We were riding to Richards Restaurant for breakfast.  Merle Combs, Larry Davis, Jack McClain, and Billy Niverson rode down to eat. 

Who should be at Richard's eating breakfast but Larry Burke and his daughter.  They were there with Larry's Christian riding group before going to Indianapolis for a charity "ride around the 500 mile racetrack" event.

Jack went home after breakfast.  I rode north with Merle and Billy, on IN 13 from Elwood, for a couple of  miles and then I turned off east and north on country roads until I got north of Sweester and then turned east for home.

I like to ride out in the country (slowly) and look at the scenery.  This time of year it's interesting to see how the crops are doing.  This spring was so wet that some farmers didn't get their crops planted until late and a few fortunate ones got theirs in early.  I saw some field corn over by Swayzee with ears on it that had silks out already!  But some corn is only three feet tall.  It's been a weird spring.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Merle lead us to Montpelier were we ate at "Uncle Leo"s Cafe":

We then road over to Warren where Larry Burke led us along the Salamonie River on Belleville Road.  We left the river, after a few miles, and road up near Huntington where we picked up Division Road south of Huntington.  We road west on Division Road over to Andrews and then west on East Blue Star Hi- way to Lagro.  Out of Lagro we rode "Old 24" to Wabash.  After having a cup of coffee at Wabash Gardens, we rode home.

Riding today: Merle Combs, Larry Burke, Charles Thomas, John Nave, Larry Miller, Larry Davis, and Billy Niverson.

I rode 109 miles and had a pleasant ride in upper 70's temperatures.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Short Ride today..

Only had four show up at Jackie's today.  Merle Combs, Billy Niverson, Jack McClain, and myself, Larry Davis. We left Jackie's at 8:00AM and rode to The Mill Street Inn in Gaston, Indiana.  After breakfast Jack rode home and I rode with Merle and Billy to Portland where I turned off for home.  I didn't want to ride much farther so I headed off home.  I assume Merle and Billy went on to Berne before they rode home as that was the destination.

I rode 103 miles today and that was plenty for me.

No GPS (I'm in between a Garmin Zumo 220 and a Garmin Zumo 660 like I had on the Harley-I miss the MP3 player in the 660).  No pictures as I forgot my camera.  I was late last Saturday morning so I left the house at "0 dark 30" this morning (7:00AM) so I would be there on time and I was half awake.  Merle said we were going to Gaston for breakfast and for the life of me, I couldn't think where Gaston was!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Been Away For Awhile..

I've not blogged for over a month as I lost interest, for awhile, in blogging and riding.  I've traded bikes and that's restored my interest in riding (and blogging follows) so I'll try to record "The Over The Hill Gang's" adventures, again.

We're meeting at Jackie's Restaurant in Gas City, now.  Same time--7:00 AM on Saturdays and 11:30 AM on Wednesdays.

Only five of us, yesterday, at lunch -July 6th, 2011.  Four of us rode to Wabash, after lunch, and visited the Wabash County Historical Museum.  One of the reasons I wanted to go there is Brant's (Wabash Harley Davidson dealer) has a display of old motorcycles there in the museum. It's a nice museum considering how small it is.  Here's a link:

After the museum, we rode out east of Wabash looking for the Canonball Race Track.  The track was a "big deal" back in the 30's and 40's as many races were held there.  It's now called "The Cannonball Motorcycle Club" and they race dirt bikes and four-wheelers.

Here's a link: Cannonball Motorcycle Club 

We found it without too much difficulty but there was a "No Trespassing " sign at the entrance so we turned around in the driveway and left.  Some of us turned around in the gravel with more difficulties than others! :)

Next, I found the  Hanging_Rock_National_Natural_Landmark along the Wabash River.  We got off the bikes and sat in the shade in a wooden deck-like structure that's right on the river.  It is very peaceful there in a pretty setting.  We didn't see a "hanging rock" there, but it was nice place.

I tried to find a McDonald's, on my GPS, near Huntington, with no success, so we rode to "The Country Post Inn" on the north side of Huntington and had coffee and pie.  As it was after 3:00PM we rode on home.

What a nice ride!  I really enjoyed myself and I hope the other three riders did, too.  No camera today so no pictures.

Here's what our ride looked like:

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At lunch today were Billy Niverson (who, along with Charlie, put me on the trail of a cheap cell phone deal), Charlie Thomas, John Nave (who, I think , fell in love with an old truck we saw at the Wabash Museum), Art Adrianson (who's suffering from a bad back and can't ride), and myself, Larry Davis.

I rode 96.8 miles on my new 2011 Honda CBR250R bike.