I am fortunate enough to have met up with a great bunch of guys a few years back when I had my Triumph Tiger, the Royal Rat Pack, led by my buddy Ron. So great a bunch are they in fact, that they still let me ride with them, even though I don't have a Triumph any longer. In fact, they'll let just about anyone join them for one of the several rides they put together each summer. The Stan Stagg mystery ride for 2005 was announced to be the Shock and Awe tour. The teaser from Stan himself: "This tour is designed to Shock and Awe all of your senses. The tour will feature a ride through the rural highways and byways that snake their way through southern Chester County [Pennsylvania]. Our ride will take us over covered bridges, along streams and creeks and on the winding roadways of Chester County. The tour will also feature cuisine to shock and awe your taste buds as well. So come join us for a days ride that will allow all of your senses to be put to the test and to socialize with others that share the same mental illness (bikeaholism) you do." We gather in Morgantown, PA, home of the Manufacturers Outlet Mall (MOM). Stan hold a riders meeting and distributes route sheets for the day's ride. Here's the cast of players in this day's adventure. Stan-Sprint ST, Ron-Bonnieville T100, Ed-Daytona 600, me-KTM 950, Mike-DR650, Dave-Concours, Russ-ST 1100, and Joe-Yam. The first Awe. We are treated to an impromptu display of legendary Italian sports cars. After a short ride, we're confronted with a detour, on to a busy highway. Waiting forever in the heat to make a left with 7 other guys on bikes. Back on route, we're stuck behind a tractor trailer that has no idea where he's going. Here's a picture of the driver getting his rig stuck. Next stop, what looks to be an old train station fixed up to house antiques and artsie/fartsie stuff. Abandoned after a flooding. Files and computers and phones just left where they stood. It was quite interesting rummaging through the now lifeless rooms that surely would have been filled with grey haired patrons on a beautiful Saturday like this only a few years ago. Fun twisty roads. Low bridge. I thought those guys were right behind me! And now we stop for some excellent mexican food. I am very hungry! Mike's trying to buddy up to this lobster...before he EATS it! How did I miss him going around that turn?? I must have been distracted by a horse and buggy. There's always room for ice cream, especially after mexican! Classic mirror shot. Self portrait. Ron showing that Amish fellow on the bicycle just how fast that Bonnie T100 really is. This is one of my favorites of the day. It must have been very interesting to watch me hanging off the side of my bike trying to get this shot. Lucky for me. A nice little 175 mile day. I didn't even make it to the low fuel light!