Of course Chris has been out on the bike a number of times since the beginning of the year. In fact, just this past Wednesday, he did just over 450 miles with our friends Jerry and David. But today...today was my first chance to get out for the new year and my first ride since the first weekend in December. Needless to say, I was ready! The lovely weather we've been having lately has really had me jonesing for some "backseat" time on the Concours. So when Chris mentioned yesterday (Saturday) morning that our friend Marty had sent out an e-mail suggesting an impromptu ride for breakfast Sunday (this) morning, I was ecstatic.
|Ready to head out!|
|Chris waits for me to snap the pic before I mount up!|
|We arrived at Brother's at 8:15 AM.|
|Jay parked his BMW behind us; behind him is Bill on his Harley.|
|Our gorgeous Concours 14.|
|Bob is our co-pilot. (Thanks, John!)|
|Sitting on the porch at Brother's waiting to leave...|
|Standing around chatting, letting some morning fog burn off.|
|Chris to Marty, "And then we found out that the BLUE Concours is the fastest color!"|
|The Volcano BMW twins.|
|Our ride leader mounts up!|
|There's Woody (white helmet) and Jim (yellow helmet) behind us.|
|Marty leading the way along Marengo Road.|
|Another year of riding, another year of barn photos!|
|It was a lovely morning for riding!|
|Approaching the Huntingdon Furnace.|
|...and checking on those behind us.|
|We had the roads to ourselves this morning...it was great!|
|One of PA's many limestone quarries.|
|Stone arch bridge.|
|Early "spring" scenery...|
|There's Andrew waiting for us!|
|And there's everyone gathering behind us as we wait at the stop sign at PA 453.|
|Churches and barns, barns and churches...just good photography fodder!|
|Big ol' red barn.|
|Chris told these sheep, "Don't worry...David isn't with us."|
|Hi, Marty! I see you eyeballing me!|
|Coming into Altoona.|
|Settling in at our table.|
Tom & Joe's was HOPPING!!! The flow of people in and out was steady. The kitchen and wait staff provided an element of entertainment, shouting orders and instructions to each other. In fact, the tag line on Tom & Joe's website says, "You can't pay for entertainment this good! Stop in, see what you're missing!" And it's true!
There were quite a few tasty choices on the breakfast menu. The omelet menu included three "curiosities" - a buffalo chicken omelet, an Italian omelet (including pepperoni, provolone, and mozzarella topped with tomato sauce), and a Philly cheese steak omelet (including chipped steak, onions, peppers, and cheese). Not surprisingly, Chris opted for the buffalo chicken omelet. His reasoning was sound - by the time we got our meals, it would probably be close to 11 and it could count as both breakfast AND lunch! I ordered the Special Special...so nice, they named it twice! It was two eggs, home fries, toast, and choice of bacon, sausage, or ham...even though there's really no choice to be made...everyone knows you pick bacon!
|Lots of choices and reasonable prices!|
|Our take-no-prisoners waitress takes our orders.|
(clockwise: Andrew, Jay, Marty, Drill Sargeant Waitress, Jim, Kris, Dan)
|Tom & Joe's|
1201 13th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
|I suspect we might be back here at some point.|
|Chris talks to Kris and Jim.|
|Marty's Tiger, Dan's K1300S, and Bill's Harley|
|Woody and Ann - great brunch tablemates!|
It was close to 11:30 by the time we left Tom & Joe's. The food was quite good and the company could not be beat! With no plan post-breakfast, the group split up for the trip home. Marty led us, Jay, and Bill back to Stormstown initially back the way we came along Kettle Road until the turn off for Skelp, which brought us back to PA 453 to PA 550 and back home.
|Heading for home on Kettle Road.|
|I WILL get a decent picture of this godforsaken barn this season!|
(We need to approach it from the other direction...my "good" picture-taking side.)
Thanks to everyone that showed up for the ride this morning, with special thanks to our leader/organizer, Marty! Today was the first of many, MANY rides for 2012. I'm thrilled to be back blogging my ride reports. If you enjoy them, you'll have plenty of reading to do in the coming months!
Stay tuned and thanks for reading!