I just received my pins for riding in the 2021 DGR.
What a great start to the next chapter of my life, without Carey my wife of 40 years, but with my new roommate BOB (Big Old BMW).
Already looking forward to next years event on Sunday the 22nd of May, 2022.
Covered just over 210 miles, with only 15 minutes of moderate rain at the end of the day.
Reconnected with some old friends and hopefully justified my sponsors support.
Until this time next year.
Seeing as I gave away my black leather motorcycle jacket, rain suit, gauntleted gloves etc., I’ve got a lot of options going forward. Given the chance of rain, my waterproof leather boots, and waxed cotton Barbour (sorry Ride Sponsor Belstaff) jacket are certain to be included. Beyond that, I’m thinking summer khakis, button down oxford shirt, all cotton of course, and possibly a tie.
Besides, as I’ve said to friends upon attempting more sophisticated endeavors, like hand writing thank you notes, it’s the thought that counts. I’ll post some updates, so that those who have considered donating, feel that I worked for their support.
As I’m doing a solo ride, I need to find my own road so to speak. In addition, my preference is not to repeat a previous ride, and enjoying the opportunity to adventure on the bike, I figured I’d try a new model. First I thought of an old friend who lived about as far west and south of the Chicago lakefront as I could imagine, Geneva, Illinois. Then I realized that Lake Geneva was due north from there; other friends have lake houses in the area, all on the way to the Brat Stop. Then a final leg home to the lakefront in Chicago.
It should be a leisurely 200 mile day, but this is the longest I’ve ridden in like 13 years, so it will be a nice starter trip so to speak. Next I have to decide on my kit, as the weather is forecast to be as high as 80 degrees, but with a chance of rain.
I’ve never done this ride before, and given COVID it will be a solo versus Group Ride in Chicago so I’m working on my own route. Long time ago when my bike had a full fairing, I smoked a pipe with a lid, but later I realized I could smoke a cigar on a Softail with a simple windshield. As my Big Old BMW (BoB) has a smaller windscreen, I figured I needed to get another pipe with a lid, to help me pass the time.
As I get my route laid out, hopefully it will be inspiring enough for you to consider donating to what is a worthy cause, Men's Health through Movember and one which unfortunately strikes much to close. Stay tuned.
On Sunday the 23rd of May, I'm riding in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride with fellow men and women across the globe to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health on behalf of Movember.
Men die on average 6 years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. The number of men that are suffering is growing, and we need to do something about that. So, before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I'm asking you to join me in raising funds and awareness for these causes by donating what you can for this meaningful cause and to help the men we love, live happier and healthier lives.
Have a safe and awesome ride, John. Know that dear Carey’s riding with you Sunday. Hi to Rob - will be thinking of it. Supporting a wonderful cause...have fun!
Enjoy the ride! Be safe, Joni