Five of us piled into the Equinox and drove to the Lewis Cafe in downtown St Clair. Breakfast was excellent. I had a 'whole hawg sausage' omelette with extra mushroom, hold the toast. Sandy had very tasty looking hot cakes. El Nomad and Solo joined us part way through.
The group ride today was to the Anvil Saloon and Restaurant in Ste Genevieve, Missouri (they pronounce it Genevive) via St Louis Power Sports in Fenton.
We hit the road at the appointed time with Kopperhed and Flash in the lead on their Vaquero. Sandy and I were near the lead behind two Vulcans with less than stock exhaust pipes. The group rode well all the way to Fenton, just next to I-44 on the outskirts of St Louis.
St Louis Powersports had refreshments set out for us. Their motorcycle inventory was small, mostly sport bikes but they had a large selection of ATV's and UTV's like the Polaris Razor. They also had a couple of Can-Am Spyders and some interesting looking Dixie Chopper ZTR mowers. The staff were very friendly.
After lunch, the official program was to visit a meat shop to get supplies for tonight's "Bring Your Own" grill party. Sandy, Sherm and I decided to skip that and ride straight back. I led back up US 61 to Festus and took County A to Hillsboro. From there, County B, County EE and Jones Creek Road provided a pleasant ride back to Missouri 30 near St Clair. On B, we caught up with Brillo and Deb in the Audi and followed them for a bit, but they got away from us when we had to wait to make a left turn.
On the way into town, we stopped at a small grocery store and Sherm bought a discounted Porterhouse steak. After we got back, Sandy walked down to the closer grocery store with El Nomad and Solo, where she got a kale salad kit. I had some summer sausage.
The grill fest was convivial. There was a 50/50 draw with the funds generated being donated to The Backstoppers, a worthy local group that supports the families of police, firemen and EMT's who have lost there lives on duty.
We said our goodbyes to Wonka and Carlene before heading back to our room. I had to attend to some family business that took about an hour and worked on some photos and maps as usual before retiring for the night.
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