Chicago to Indianapolis

Trip Start Aug 14, 2013
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Trip End Aug 28, 2013


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Friday, August 16, 2013

The  Alarm went off at 0500 - Early again!  LJ being far more organised had all his gear ready early last night.  Dave still had a few things to sort out which resulted in him having to repack all the bike/flag/decals/etc/parts ready for this morning. Still he got his head down before midnight local so even he managed 5 hours shut eye... LJ got about 6 hours.  Me? I had about 8 hours sleep - I had already contacted Maiya and Sergei to let them know that all is ok, then I just had to make sure LJ and Dave had my little bits sorted out.
 
Ivan, the Super 8 manager, ordered our cab to get to HD Eagleriders in 'Countryside' - a suburb in the SW of the city.  It cost $75 to get there but heyho, there was no other way. We arrived about 45 minutes before it opened, but that did allow Dave and LJ to be first ones to be processed.  All paperwork was signed, the keys handed over, bikes packed and then.... we were off!
First off, We headed down to Joliet to see the old prison that was used in the film 'The Blues Brothers'.  We got there with no incidents and Dave even managed to find some treasure (www.geocaching.com) there. Dave has brought 3x RBLR geo-trackables to drop off whilst we are all here, hoping that they make it back to the UK by September next year - the website can explain more.  With treasure found (not really treasure, but a log which was signed) and photos taken we were on our way again.
 
About 36 miles on we stopped at a small town called Marseilles on the Illini River. Here we met the Kansas Crew (Dave, Denny, Chris, Brenda, Bill, Bob, Jeannie and Lonnie) at the Middle East Memorial and LJ laid a RBLR wreath. It was a simple yet poignant ceremony. The memorial has 7500 names on it and was erected by the Illinois Motorcycle community.  With introductions also completed and a nosebag enjoyed in a local diner, it was time to set off for Indianapolis. 
Apart from Dave getting a bug in his right eye which he couldn't remove for 7 miles, the ride was incident free and took about 3 hours.  As the day wore on LJ and Dave were becoming better at understanding the way their Colonial brothers managed road conditions (traffic, junctions where no one has right of way, etc) and by the time the hotel was reached they felt that they still didn't have a clue but they did love the fact that you can turn right on a red light - hehe
 
Staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, near to Indianapolis Airport, we all checked in by 20:30, dropped of our bags and met up at 21:00 in a social area outside the main reception area.  Loads of pizzas and beer were ordered which went down really, really well.  Bad Bob, Terry and Sheila arrived from Kentucky, or Tennessee, or somewhere, and altogether about 80-90 Legion Riders (and one Meerkat) were enjoying each others company.  Dave met a lot of people from the 2010 Legacy Run and man-hugs and back slapping carried on into the night.  LJ obviously met them all for the first time and said that he can remember some of their names.  I was the centre of attention as I am sure you can imagine, especially being so cute. 
 
As the evening progressed I left early as all the wind in my fur had tired me out. LJ and Dave carried on with the socialising which included Dave being given a jar of Florida's finest moonshine by Rod H.  His son Gary made it specially for Dave to enjoy.  Dave passed it around but only after making sure no one was smoking as it is highly flammable stuff.  Everyone there agreed  that It was seriously strong and when someone did a flame check we were told that it is drinkable. Apparently when you set it alight, if it burns blue then its safe to drink.  I don't think it will feel safe in the morning.
 
LJ decided that discretion was the better part of valour and called it a night about 01:00 and left Dave to it. Dave was the last to leave (with Doug and bad Bob) at 03:30. It could be a slow morning :-)
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