Indiana Wants ME

September 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Cavalcade, motorcycle, travel, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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R Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me 1970

I remember as a young teenager having just moved from Indiana the year before when this song came out and of course missing my friends and finding it hard to make new friends as I entered a new school I was thinking the chorus of this song was just for me!  I was not really paying attention to the lyrics!

Well after last week’s Cade Raid I can honestly say Indiana “police” do not want me, but there may be a couple of the other riders who may be wanted…not mentioning any names….they did say they were only blowing out the carbs of course!

These photos were taken when were at Cataract Falls.  We had a great catered dinner on the covered bridge there.

We watched the fisherman pull a decent size fish out and net it in.  Then headed the 40 miles back to the motel for the evening.  We had over 200+ miles of riding/site seeing for that day and everyone was tired.

Instead of posting a day by day diary of what went on I am going to post a few emails from our Cavalcade group with soem comments from the goup about our trip.  No sense in me reinventing the wheel. 🙂  I liked the way Ed said it best anyway and don’t think I can improve on it.

Ed wrote:

Most of us arrived at the motel on Sunday, greetings all around between old friends & new. As at past events, the group seemed to hit it off great from the start.

Monday we toured the covered bridges in the area, lots of interesting old architecture. Amazing to think how these were built, how the massive timbers were curved & worked w/o power tools or equipment. We also stopped at a working grist mill for a look around & some ice cream.  Will & Linda planned & led this ride.

After dinner that evening we had a lesson on the charging system courtesy of a failed stator, thankfully we had everything on hand & it was taken care of in short order.

Tuesday was the long route from motorcycleroads.com – scenic roads with a  good combo of sweepers & enough sharp curves to keep it interesting!  Passed some more of the covered bridges along the way & had lunch in a small town cafe. Al Cechovsky found this route & led the ride.

Wednesday we were led by John, a local rider that Mark contacted. No idea where we went, but it was a nice ride & included another small town cafe and a stop at a lakeside park with a gorgeous view.

Wednesday evening we had a catered dinner served ON a covered bridge – quite a novel idea, something to remember & pretty good food too!  Since it was quite a ways from the motel we also had another good ride to & from it.  Linda found this & made the arrangements for it.

Thursday morning several riders had to leave for home. The rest of us did some bike work, then took a ride to check out a place that does custom lighting products – more on this later if anything comes of it.  Jim led on the way, and apparently NOBODY led the way back because we all got separated & somehow took different routes…. hey, it was fun!

Friday most of us had to leave. It’s always sad to see it end.

Absolutely fantastic time, I think everyone really enjoyed themselves including those that stayed for a day or arrived late in the week. The motel was perfect for us, everything we needed and none of the expensive amenities we don’t use anyway.  Many thanks to all for the great way this event turned out, it was definately a group effort & I’m proud to have been a part of it!

The stats!

Total attendance   :  30 people from 9 states & 1 province.
Total motorcycles :  19
Total Cavalcades  :  18 including two trikes, one Voyager, & one sidecar rig.

Total failures to proceed -0- (one stator failure caught by voltmeter well in advance)
Total mishaps -0-   Not even a parking lot drop (that I know of)
Several adjustments & minor repairs.
WAAY too many good meals!!

Alan wrote:

Ed did forget one “almost” incident.
Indiana is a no helmet state, but luckily for the driver of the the blue cade with the voyager kit he chose to wear his helmet.  You see, during a group ride, right after executing a sharp right turn… I saw that he was beaten mercilessly with a map by the back seat navigator…like I said good thing he wore his helmet. LOL

And we won’t say WHO Alan was talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anyway everyone had a terrific time and there just is not enough time or space to tell everything that happened!  Those who didn’t make the rally missed a wonderful time.  Hope you make next year’s Cade Raid up in La Crosse, WI.   From what I understand the ones who went to the west raid had some wonderful rides also…when I saw  their pics their in AZ it made me home sick even though I was just there in Jan/Feb and again in May!!!!

God bless and safe riding!

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