Travels with Harley Part One Harley Davidson Anniversary Ride


If you have been following our blog, you will know that Jim has been riding for years, and although I am not a seasoned vet, I have had my fair share of, “Travels with Harley,” since Jim and I first got together. With that being said, this past Labor Day weekend was our first opportunity to ride to a Harley Davidson Anniversary event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As you know, we were really excited, and then when we were asked to carry our chapter’s flag in the parade we were downright honored.


One of our first stops along the way for our Harley Davidson Anniversary event was at Charlie Parker’s restaurant in Springfield, Illinois, and yes, in case you were wondering, my cat is named after an eatery that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Anyway, while we were there we ran into a group of riders from Illinois who asked us if we would like to ride with them. Of course, we jumped at the chance and really enjoyed riding with this great group of people who we hope to meet up with again, perhaps in another, “Travels with Harley.” Because they were staying just outside of Milwaukee, we split off just south of the city. Jim and I thought we would run into them sometime during the weekend, but unfortunately, no such luck.

The ride was pretty tiring and on top of that, Jim and I are used to getting up at 4:30 AM and are usually in bed by 9:00 so it is hard to turn that inner clock around. So, after we arrived at our hotel we decided to just relax crash and order room service. I also used our down time to make some rough plans for the next few days, as we had both been so busy at the store we didn’t have a chance to.


The next morning I used Yelp to help us find the, “Best Breakfast,” and discovered a place called Zak’s, which is a café/coffee shop that was just a few blocks from our hotel. You all know how much a foodie I am and have to say that I was really impressed with the friendly service, good food, and even better prices. We chatted with a local resident who ate at Zak’s frequently. You always know it’s a great place to eat when the locals have meals there as well. Anyway, he said he’d had numerous offers to rent out his home, which he just moved into recently, but decided to enjoy the celebration as he had never been front row center for a Harley Davidson Anniversary celebration, and this was going to be a big one!


Jim and I still have lots to share, plus a video of the Harley Davidson Anniversary parade, but you know me, I like to keep you guessing, and coming back for more, so don’t forget to check in next week for more, “Travels with Harley!”