Wednesday Dec. 6- Galena

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Skinner, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    Headed out early on this December the eighth
    Loaded up bikes at Drymike's place
    Riders were chosen strict on decree
    Or whoever it seems had this day free
    A ride near Galena was Cauldrons debut
    The land of the hills, Chains forbidden fruit
    The bikes were jammed in the back of the truck
    A little 250 in the middle was stuck
    Packed in so tight the rides and the gear
    3 helmets, six boots, some goggles, and beer
    All was in order as we headed up North
    Taking the long way, then back, and then forth
    We trusted the routing to Map Quest, you see
    Not using the maps beside of me
    Paid a quick visit to the quad cities and hustle
    Stopped for some coffee and breakfast did rustle
    A call from the Skinner came over the phone
    Chicago crew was early and wouldn't postpone
    New tires from Sinc for us to enjoy
    Christmas come came early for the dirt biker boys
    The Fist he assembled, while Skadamo added oil
    Tasks all part of pre riding toil
    Chain was complaining about unpreparedness
    “How can they ride when their rides are a mess?”
    The karma you know was soon to set in
    Would Chain be denied of this ride once again?
    For whining and moaning on behalf of his friends
    His throttle was sticking, it looked like the end
    This couldn’t be true
    For complaining about others, his time had come due
    The Fist fixed his bike while riders unload ( good idea)
    Chain was stuck fixing on the side of the road
    Cards were all dealt and rightfully so
    All others would ride and leave Chain in his woe
    The crew hit hills of beauty for sure
    While Chain limped to town, in search of a cure
    In the back of a bicycle shop he found a small bench
    With parts and some pieces, to help in a pinch
    File on this and solder on that it was better than new for a buck and a half
    Back on the road, Dakar running just fine
    Was it possible he’d see Galena this time?
    Rounding a left, deep in a lean
    It caught his eye, how could this be
    The oil light was lit, this could be real bad
    He thought of the bike and the times they had had
    Should he light it on fire and walk back to the truck?
    Or go on and ride in spite of his luck?
    Gone on and ride that was the call
    Head up to Chestnut for lunch with them all
    Lunch and a Pint would sort all this out
    Refusing to whine and enjoy nice Stout
    So we laughed and we joked over burgers and beer
    Solved the worlds problems and grinded our gears
    Left in a race our group now complete
    Headed out east to get off the street
    Into the gravel with rocks and mud slinging
    Burning through turns with chain rings a singing
    Wide to the left and low to the right
    When Skinner rolled on he pulled out of site
    115mph on gravel
    you say it aint so?
    I was behind him but not before Joe ( Vstromrunner)
    Tears were flowing from my eyes I believe
    Caused by the force of a mega geese breeze
    Up over the hills and down through the valleys we rode like True Grit
    Not like some Sallys
    Sometimes the road abruptly would end taking us places we’d already been
    And so it went all the daylong
    We rode until dusk and started at dawn
    Back to the lot in Savanna we rode
    The gear and our bikes we had to reload
    Dinner from Skinner and beers from the Chain
    We all said goodbye, we’d do it again
    And so it seems, Chain never shall know
    If Galena is quaint
    Or a lousy shit hole


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  2. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    :clap The exact reason I don't even try, I just take the pics!
  3. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    we're all speechless.:cry That was a great read. I will be reading that to my kids every christmas eve.:thumb
  4. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    skinner, get back to work.:D
  5. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    That would be great, wanna sell your house?
  6. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    OK, where's the insert foot icon. Actually I might be selling in the next year. I'll have to look you up...
  7. The Fist

    The Fist Knulp

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    Chain....it was a pleasure to see you, as always --

    And no worries...I won't hold your trash-talkin' ways against you.

    I was bit worried you were gonna be truckin' it for the rest of day, but shit, what a difference a few hours, a nice bicycle shop, and 3 feet of dental floss can make...

    Your poetry makes the ride complete...thank you.

    Skinner -- thanks again for the ride and sausage...next time however, I'll try and cut your whole hand off.
  8. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    leaving for mexico, I will try and take some pics for yall.

    joe
  9. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    Hey fireman,
    What do you do at Abbott? I am in pharmacy school at UIC right now. If Abbott is looking for interns(not monica lewsuxski style though! :huh ) give me holler.

    I swear I wont blow off work to ride too often :D

    joe
  10. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    Cheers Joe, Have a safe and yet still exciting trip!
  11. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    Wish I was go'n to Mexico..have fun!

    Chain, I ended up with all tires. what were you look'n for? I will save them until the next ride. The 19" rears are about 50 - 70%. the 21" fronts are about 80%...
  12. The Fist

    The Fist Knulp

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    Good luck Joe -- Have fun and takes lots of pictures....

    ....and give a couple of those Mexican chicas a kiss for me...
    :sweeti
    :smooch

    ...just not open mouth, I've been sick enough this month already...
    :puke2
  13. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    Joe,

    Your already talkin that Intern-- "Monica language" ya know "blow-off"...

    Take it easy on that leg in Mexico!! Were expecting you to be leading that winter ride in about 8 weeks.
  14. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    I was thinking a 21" would be good to have around. my rear is an 18".
    No worries though, if you find another user before we get together again by all means let it go.
    Im thinking we should do a ride down here as the weather permits, should be close to the same trailer distance from Chicago. we could unload at my house near the Sandridge Forest and go rip for a day. Let me know, The roads are excellent and I kind of know my way around :evil


    Moto joe be safe in Mexico, looks like work is gonna get in my way.maybe a 4-5 day window, but that seems like I would be forcing the ride to happen. Hopeful I can plan better for it next year :cry
  15. chain

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    Thanks, I'll mend my ways i promise :lol3

    The shop owner was too cool. At first he wasn't sure he could help, but when he showed me his little shop and I started grabbing cables and looking through the used parts bin, He got all into it and it was downhill from there.

    dont know if it's a blessing or a curse, but this shit comes to me about as fast as I can write. So I put it down and post it. thanks for your kind words. I suppose if anyone doesnt like it they dont have to read it. :D

    yea, tanks for the sausage :huh :lol3
  16. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    Im thinking we should do a ride down here as the weather permits, should be close to the same trailer distance from Chicago. we could unload at my house near the Sandridge Forest and go rip for a day. Let me know, The roads are excellent and I kind of know my way around :evil

    I'm game as I still have (2) vac. days to burn prior to our Plant Chistmas shutdown which start on Dec 24th and runs until Jan 3 : :nod
  17. chain

    chain Go Fly Supporter

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    Do you have to give notice? or can we just watch the weather for a good day?
  18. skadamo

    skadamo I like riding

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    a ride down there sounds good to me:ear Play'n by ear sounds good. 12/20 says 44deg...yeah, like they can tell that far out. Skinner, Fist, i'll drive this time and I'm bringing donuts. Ya'll gotta keep the sausage and knives to yourself.:lol3

    Bridgestone M77 or Dunlop D756F?...
    D756F is the more agressive one. I am just looking for somethin to stud so I don't really care.

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  19. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    Usually a day or so. Just as long as the person that covers my area is not off that day I should be good. I'll probaby pencil Dec. 18-20 as a 4 day weekend; Have to go down to SIU for nephew's grad. on Sat & Sun.

    I'll keep the schedule....Monday Dec 20 looks good, at least today :)
  20. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    no one ever really said much about it so I will ask again, is anyone not studding for winter ride 2005?


    joe