One of our club’s favorite destinations
in the past (and a personal favorite of mine) has always been the
Wildwood trip. In recent years, though, the turnout has grown smaller – probably
due to other commitments, the disastrous economic climate, and
a sort of “been there, done that” feeling by some of
the long-time club members.
So this year, Judy and Tam asked if Charlie
and I would like to go for a couple of nights at the Windward Motel
(our usual hang-out), Friday to Sunday morning of Memorial Day
weekend. A bit after our impromptu plans were made, an email was
sent to the club to see whether anyone else wanted to join us.
This was not an official club ride, just an invite to enjoy a few
days away with friends. Unfortunately, probably due to the reasons
I already stated, no one else joined us. But we had a really fun,
relaxing time anyway.
One of the highlights this year was a hastily
arranged birthday surprise for Judy on Friday night after dinner.
All week long Tam and I had been texting back and forth making
arrangements. Thursday evening I went to my local Shop-Rite patisserie
and told the gent behind the counter my dilemma. “I need
a cake – something like that one right there in the front – but
I need to pack it on a motorcycle and drive it to Wildwood.
Do you have something that will withstand
the trip?” The young man responded with, “I have that
cake – frozen – and it’s in a sturdy box.”
Brilliant! He got me the frozen cake still
packed in its heavy cardboard box and placed a bar code sticker
on it. I thanked him and went and paid for my purchase. Once home,
I popped the cake in my freezer and didn’t take it out until
just before our departure, when I carefully packed it in the top
of my T-Bag surrounded by clothing. I had also stashed a bottle
of champagne and some plastic champagne flutes in the luggage.
These were stashed in the refrigerator in
Charlie’s and my room upon our arrival.
Friday evening the four of us enjoyed a nice
dinner at Duffy’s on the Lake, and had the perfect table
for viewing the sunset. After our walk back to the Windward, we
decided to sit outside our rooms and enjoy the cool evening air.
While Judy was in her room for a few minutes, Tam slipped me the
birthday candles that she had brought down, and I opened the cake
box, not sure what I was going to find. Picture perfect cake! I
quickly stuck a few candles on it and brought it out to the small
table along with the champagne & glasses. Tam and I lit the
candles, then Tam called Judy out of the room.
The look on Judy’s face was priceless
as she surveyed the celebration laid out in front of her. After
Judy blew out the candles we enjoyed cake (chocolate – is
there any other kind?) and champagne as we listened to the boardwalk
sounds in the distance.
Saturday morning we were faced with a decision.
I had planned a tentative ride to the Toad Fish Bar and Grill for
lunch (some of you will remember that place from the 2007 lighthouse
challenge). But we decided that since we were only staying down
for the one full day that we would spend it on the boardwalk and
around town, which we did. We shopped, rode rides, and enjoyed
watching the Kite Festival. We’ll save the Toad Fish for
the another trip.
Early Sunday we all headed home up the Parkway,
ending another enjoyable Wildwood weekend.
Just before we left, I was chatting with
Will (one of the owners of the Windward), and he offered to put
together a weekend package for the club for the weekend following
Labor Day weekend. This is Wildwood’s big bike weekend. So – if
anyone is interested, please let me and Ride Captain Carol know.
And keep in mind that if we do go down for that weekend, we can
always plan our own side trips – maybe a lunch ride to the
Of course, there will be plenty of other
opportunities to ride between now and then. See you on the road!