Sheperd Maple Syrup Festival – April 29, 2017

This trip came up suddenly.  My wife and I were going to be attending the Sheperd Maple Syrup Festival on Sunday the 30th with friends of ours who have young children. When the weather showed 100% chance of rain on Sunday, I was the only one who could reschedule to Saturday.  So, off I rode.  The weather was nearly perfect — just a little chilly; time to buy a heated jacket.   I missed all the rain, which didn’t appear in Grand Rapids until after 6 PM Saturday evening.  The ride was simple,  East Beltline to Northland Drive to Federal (Hwy?/Road?) to M-46 East to US-127 North to Sheperd.  On the return, I took US-127 North to M-20 West to US-131 South.  I had never been riding on M-20 West, so it was interesting to ride through Mecosta and Rodney.   Posted by Ethan Powsner

The hub of the Sheperd Maple Syrup Festival. Pancake Breakfast served here.
“Bottomless” Pancakes






Helicopter tours were available.
Interior of ’68 Shelby GT 500 KR. A brief look at the internet today indicates prices well north of $150,000.
Back in the day, you could get interesting options. There were a couple of these older K5 Blazers.
This was the only BMW motorcycle at the festival. There were a number of Harleys.
There was also a Quilt Show.

April Club Ride — Frank L. White Gravesite, Woodlawn Cemetery, Leslie, MI

Frank L. White is the chef pictured on the Cream of Wheat cereal boxes.  His story is on Wikepedia.  Besides being of general interest, Mr. White’s grave site lies at the end of an interesting route that includes I-196, I-96, M-50, M-188, the Grand River, as well as numerous country roads.   We started the ride with the usual hearty breakfast at New Beginnings and departed with 8 riders — Phil Nellis,  Roger Vanden Brink, Mike Hankinson, Mark Giem, Jake Berzkalns,   Dave Winn, Jodi Lee, and Ethan Powsner.  The weather was perfect as we motored east on I-196 and I-96 in order to clear GR before we took a meandering route to M-50 East for most of the rest of the way.   The mid-ride rest stop was at the McDonalds in Lake Odessa.  After we reached our destination in Leslie, we had lunch a few short blocks away at the Leslie Depot Diner.

Posted by Ethan Powsner

Breakfast @ New Beginnings. Large crowd today.
Pre-ride staging, Club Treasurer Bill Dirkmaat(L), Phil Nellis


Rest stop at Lake Odessa McDonald’s


Tiny Chapel on shore of Lake Odessa


No better sight than a line of BMWs. At Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, MI


Taking photos of Mr. White’s gravestone. It doesn’t cease to amaze that this icon of hot cereal lived in Leslie, MI during the last years of his life.


Frank L. White grave. You can learn more on Wikipedia.



Lunch at the Leslie Depot Diner
Left to right. Ethan Powsner, Jodi Lee, Dave Winn, Roger Vanden Brink, Mike Hankinson, Mark Giem, Jake Berzkalns

BMW MCGR G 310R Debut (4-15-2017)

BMW MCGR had an open house this morning to welcome the new 310 R.

The star of the open house

















Much needed coffee, lemonade, water and baked goods
Lots of bikes, many good deals


Al Dewey (back to camera) wearing the club sweatshirt








The weather couldn’t have been better.   After this, I pre-rode next week’s club ride to Leslie “The Cream of Wheat Ride”.  While in Leslie, I stopped at the McD’s for a refreshment, some shade, and to adjust my shift lever to better fit my new boots.

Shade is your friend when you are ATGATT
Fine tuning the shift lever placement

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Fennville and South Haven 04-01-2017

Beautiful day for a ride. Combined a little of everything. Shopping for motorcycle boots, riding out in the country, having a picnic, coffee breaks, and even some slow speed practice.









Where else in Grand Rapids can you get Starbucks coffee and see hundred(s) of motorcycles?





There were quite a few shoppers at BMW MC GR





Fennville was a nice place for a picnic and some coffee. Had a sandwich in this little park adjoining the post office.









“Roots” coffee shop in downtown Fennville.









Mural in South Haven









Overlooking the lighthouse








Inspired by Jerry Palladino’s “Ride Like a Pro” video, I tried my hand at the Slow Race and Cone Weave. There are plenty of vacant industrial buildings with nice parking lots.  Today, I carried my supply of cones and a large reel-tape measure. It helps if it is cool out.

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