Four Wheeling to Winfield – October 14, 2018

Nailed it!  That’s right my Feline Friends, although you never really quite know if the decision you make several days prior to a Kitty ride is the right one, we nailed this one! 

When the October 14th Road Trip was in the early planning stages, it called for seasonably warm temperatures and clear skies.  With each passing day, the seasonably warm temperatures became unseasonably cold temperatures and Mother Nature also decided to throw in a strong chance of rain.  Several days before, I reached out to Kathryn and Suz and said we gotta pull the trigger.  Either we cancel altogether or we caravan by car.  Both Kathryn and Suz agreed a little bit of cold and a whole lotta rain shouldn’t stop us from still getting together.  OK, let’s end this season the same way we started it – caravan it is!  Then I spent the next several days waffling between hoping the weather would improve so we could ride and hoping it wouldn’t so we wouldn’t have to change the plans at the last minute – and I could say we were right.  Bragging rights are very important.

Well, I bragged all over myself when I woke up that Saturday morning and it was raining and it didn’t look like the kind of rain that was leaving anytime soon.  That was the first time I said, “Man, we sure got that right.”  There were many other times I said that as it never stopped raining the entire time we were gone.  Not once.  And as a matter of fact, it got colder and it rained harder as we travelled back home that day.  Did I mention that we sure got that right?!

Alice picked me up and when we arrived at the QT meetin’ spot, Kitties were hunkered down in their assigned cars taking shelter from the rain.  Soon after, Susan arrived and after checking with my soaking wet, nearly falling to pieces, roll call sheet, that meant everyone was present and accounted for.  While we were leaving earlier than expected (because ain’t nobody going to stand around and chat in those conditions), we hit the road for Winfield USA.   

Upon arriving in Winfield, we hooked up with Bobbie and Dawn who rode directly to Winfield, and there was Dawn taking pictures of some sculptures outside the restaurant…in the rain.  Trust Dawn to flip her nose at the weather and not care one wit about how wet she was getting to get the perfect pictures.  The rest of us…well, we beelined it for the door and yelled “Hi Dawn” as we ran by. 

Once inside, we welcomed and introduced ourselves to Kathryn’s guest, Cindy.  When Kathryn told me days prior that she was bringing a guest, I assumed this was a long-time friend of hers.  Well, you know what happens when you “assume” something – it makes an ass out of you and me….but this time, just me.  Turns out Kathryn had just met Cindy….at Home Depot….yep, total stranger….who Kathryn’s tag-along friend introduced her to….at Home Depot.  Talk about risky business!  Cindy could have been an ax murderer or a Kitty snatcher!  However, turns out Cindy was just a sweet gal out buying padlocks….at Home Depot….to prevent her no-good, cheatin’ husband from getting his stuff out of the shed, garage and house.  After hearing the story about Cindy’s husband and what he did to sweet Cindy, he shouldn’t just be locked out, he should be locked up!  Some men just gotta be scoundrels!  Kathryn’s good vibes about Cindy were spot on and she fit right in like she had been a part of our gang for years.  Rumor has it that she ”just might have to” join the Kitties! 

The restaurant, Shindigs, sat our group of 11 upstairs where there wasn’t another soul in sight.  Silly Shindigs!  That’s just begging us to be loud and boisterous!  Well, you asked for it and we’re going to give it to you…and then some! We talked, we laughed, we shared, we emphasized and we made a cold, wet day that could have been spent closed up in our homes, a beautiful day making memories with friends.  And we did it loudly! 

For one lucky Kitty, it was a day for making money!  After counting out the cold, hard cash in the flamed bag, it looked like we had $25.00 up for grabs….well, up for grabs if you got the winning ticket!  And that fortunate Kitty was none other than Kathryn!  My guess is Kathryn will be spending that money on a rock, or a bush, or a toilet or some other necessity for the home she’s building…with her own two hands.  I’m not kidding.  The woman is like Wonder Woman with all that she can do on her own.  When I die, I wanna come back as Kathryn. 

After grabbing one of the wait staff to snap a group photo, it was time to make one last potty stop and reconvene into our assigned cars for the trip back to Wichita.  By the way, this has to go on record of the fewest pictures ever taken on a Kitty Road Trip.  I’m sure Dawn is happy about not having to find space for my customary 156 pictures in the newsletter.  You’re welcome! 

That’s a wrap and drop the mic!  We had a great season of rides and comradery; we added eight, yes I said EIGHT, new Kitties (Kim, Lily and Lori [returning Kitties which confirms that Once a Kitty Always a Kitty!], Krista, Deborah, Stephanie, Tresny and Susan); we demonstrated our talents and proved Kitties Rock by painting rocks; we boo’d and hissed at the Mosley Street Melodrama; we filled Easter buckets for the children residing at the WFCC; we patched ourselves up with Road Names; we got buttoned up with International Female Ride Day buttons; we posed like Supermodels in photo shoots [thank you again Gary and Alice!); we traveled around the world on our Meow Mixers; we showed our patriotic spirt and rode in the Shortest Parade in Wichita; we collected badly needed items for the WFCC and treated the residents to fun, games and ice cream; we caravanned our way through rain to Buhler, KS in April; we tu-tued our way to Abilene, KS in May [and wished we had caravanned – it was cold and wet!]; we visited the underground in Ellinwood in June; we nearly melted going to Bartlesville, OK and Tahlequah, OK for our Annual Overnighter in July; we got free bandanas [we love free anything!] in Wynona, OK in August; we Tom-Katted our way to Ponca City, OK in September; and we made the best of a bad weather situation by driving to Winfield, KS in October.  A great big HUGE thank you to each and every one of the Kitties for making our 14th riding season one to remember.  A MASSIVE thank you to Suz and Kathryn for finding us fun and interesting places to go to this season and to Dawn and Alice for taking us around the world with international cuisine Meow Mixers, organizing the charity events and planning fun Winter Events!  The Kitties rock in so many ways, but the friendships we’ve made and strengthened has to be at the top of that list.  Winter activities will be announced soon so make time to stay connected and until we ride again in April 2019, keep the shiny side up!

Those on board for the “Four Wheeling to Winfield” Road Trip were Queenie, Tink, Lady, BatKat, da Vinci; Glitter, Ice, AliKat, BadA$$, Susan and Guest Cindy.

Janice – KKMC Founder

Four Wheeling to Winfield – October 14, 2018

Nailed it!  That’s right my Feline Friends, although you never really quite know if the decision you make several days prior to a Kitty ride is the right one, we nailed this one! 

When the October 14th Road Trip was in the early planning stages, it called for seasonably warm temperatures and clear skies.  With each passing day, the seasonably warm temperatures became unseasonably cold temperatures and Mother Nature also decided to throw in a strong chance of rain.  Several days before, I reached out to Kathryn Langrehr and Suz Tiede and said we gotta pull the trigger.  Either we cancel altogether or we caravan by car.  Both Kathryn and Suz agreed a little bit of cold and a whole lotta rain shouldn’t stop us from still getting together.  OK, let’s end this season the same way we started it – caravan it is!  Then I spent the next several days waffling between hoping the weather would improve so we could ride and hoping it wouldn’t so we wouldn’t have to change the plans at the last minute – and I could say we were right.  Bragging rights are very important.

Well, I bragged all over myself when I woke up that Saturday morning and it was raining and it didn’t look like the kind of rain that was leaving anytime soon.  That was the first time I said, “Man, we sure got that right.”  There were many other times I said that as it never stopped raining the entire time we were gone.  Not once.  And as a matter of fact, it got colder and it rained harder as we travelled back home that day.  Did I mention that we sure got that right?!

Alice Friedman picked me up and when we arrived at the QT meetin’ spot, Kitties were hunkered down in their assigned cars taking shelter from the rain.  Soon after, Susan Heller arrived and after checking with my soaking wet, nearly falling to pieces, roll call sheet, that meant everyone was present and accounted for.  While we were leaving earlier than expected (because ain’t nobody going to stand around and chat in those conditions), we hit the road for Winfield USA.   

Upon arriving in Winfield, we hooked up with Bobbie Cole and Dawn Morse who rode directly to Winfield, and there was Dawn taking pictures of some sculptures outside the restaurant…in the rain.  Trust Dawn to flip her nose at the weather and not care one wit about how wet she was getting to get the perfect pictures.  The rest of us…well, we beelined it for the door and yelled “Hi Dawn” as we ran by. 

Once inside, we welcomed and introduced ourselves to Kathryn Langrehr’s guest, Cindy Barker.  When Kathryn told me days prior that she was bringing a guest, I assumed this was a long-time friend of hers.  Well, you know what happens when you “assume” something – it makes an ass out of you and me….but this time, just me.  Turns out Kathryn had just met Cindy….at Home Depot….yep, total stranger….who Kathryn’s tag-along friend introduced her to….at Home Depot.  Talk about risky business!  Cindy could have been an ax murderer or a Kitty snatcher!  However, turns out Cindy was just a sweet gal out buying padlocks….at Home Depot….to prevent her no-good, cheatin’ husband from getting his stuff out of the shed, garage and house.  After hearing the story about Cindy’s husband and what he did to sweet Cindy, he shouldn’t just be locked out, he should be locked up!  Some men just gotta be scoundrels!  Kathryn’s good vibes about Cindy were spot on and she fit right in like she had been a part of our gang for years.  Rumor has it that she ”just might have to” join the Kitties! 

The restaurant, Shindigs, sat our group of 11 upstairs where there wasn’t another soul in sight.  Silly Shindigs!  That’s just begging us to be loud and boisterous!  Well, you asked for it and we’re going to give it to you…and then some! We talked, we laughed, we shared, we emphasized and we made a cold, wet day that could have been spent closed up in our homes, a beautiful day making memories with friends.  And we did it loudly! 

For one lucky Kitty, it was a day for making money!  After counting out the cold, hard cash in the flamed bag, it looked like we had $25.00 up for grabs….well, up for grabs if you got the winning ticket!  And that fortunate Kitty was none other than Kathryn Langrehr!  My guess is Kathryn will be spending that money on a rock, or a bush, or a toilet or some other necessity for the home she’s building…with her own two hands.  I’m not kidding.  The woman is like Wonder Woman with all that she can do on her own.  When I die, I wanna come back as Kathryn. 

After grabbing one of the wait staff to snap a group photo, it was time to make one last potty stop and reconvene into our assigned cars for the trip back to Wichita.  By the way, this has to go on record of the fewest pictures ever taken on a Kitty Road Trip.  I’m sure Dawn Morse is happy about not having to find space for my customary 156 pictures in the newsletter.  You’re welcome! 

That’s a wrap and drop the mic!  We had a great season of rides and comradery; we added eight, yes I said EIGHT, new Kitties (Kim Jones, Lily Nordyke and Lori Gibbs [returning Kitties which confirms that Once a Kitty Always a Kitty!], Krista Cotterill, Deborah Barker, Stephanie Rodriguez, Tresny Janzen and Susan Heller); we demonstrated our talents and proved Kitties Rock by painting rocks; we boo’d and hissed at the Mosley Street Melodrama; we filled Easter buckets for the children residing at the WFCC; we patched ourselves up with Road Names; we got buttoned up with International Female Ride Day buttons; we posed like Supermodels in photo shoots [thank you again Gary and Alice Friedman!]; we traveled around the world on our Meow Mixers; we showed our patriotic spirt and rode in the Shortest Parade in Wichita; we collected badly needed items for the WFCC and treated the residents to fun, games and ice cream; we caravanned our way through rain to Buhler, KS in April; we tu-tued our way to Abilene, KS in May [and wished we had caravanned – it was cold and wet!]; we visited the underground in Ellinwood in June; we nearly melted going to Bartlesville, OK and Tahlequah, OK for our Annual Overnighter in July; we got free bandanas [we love free anything!] in Wynona, OK in August; we Tom-Katted our way to Ponca City, OK in September; and we made the best of a bad weather situation by driving to Winfield, KS in October.  A great big HUGE thank you to each and every one of the Kitties for making our 14th riding season one to remember.  A MASSIVE thank you to Suz Tiede and Kathryn Langrehr for finding us fun and interesting places to go to this season and to Dawn Morse and Alice Friedman for taking us around the world with international cuisine Meow Mixers, organizing the charity events and planning fun Winter Events!  The Kitties rock in so many ways, but the friendships we’ve made and strengthened has to be at the top of that list.  Winter activities will be announced soon so make time to stay connected and until we ride again in April 2019, keep the shiny side up!

Those on board for the “Four Wheeling to Winfield” Road Trip were Queenie, Tink, Lady, BatKat, da Vinci; Glitter, Ice, AliKat, BadA$$, Susan Heller and Guest Cindy Barker.

Scratching Made from Scratch – June 25, 2017

Rule #1 for a bike trip – Expect the Unexpected.  On June 25th, twelve Kitties piled into the Quik Trip parking lot on the northwest part of Wichita all ready to ride to Wilson, KS and eat at the Made from Scratch Café.  As I was walking out of the QT with my cup of hot tea, I was accosted by Kitties who all had their radar pulled up on their phones.  What I saw was a whole lot of blue, green, red and yellow and it was the red and yellow that gave me the most concern.  And where should all that blue, green, red and yellow be?  Right smack dab in the middle of where we were headed.  If we didn’t get wet getting there, we sure as heck were going to get wet getting out of there.  With imploring eyes, I heard one Kitty after another say, “Please Janice, don’t make us go there.  We don’t want, need or can survive another Oh Hail No ride!”  Ok Kitties, where do you want to go?  From the radar, it appeared all the wet activity was north of us, so instead of being Kitties today, let’s be Snow Birds instead and head south.  Suz Tiede suggested Attica, but the memory of the Oh Hail No ride is still too fresh so Attica was scratched.  Kathryn Langrehr suggested Winfield with a stop in Dexter to visit the Henry’s Candy Company.  We all agreed that was doable and after Suz Tiede begged on her hands and knees that we NOT eat Mexican food (something about stomach cramps and diarrhea – Oh, was I not supposed to share that?  My bad.), we agreed that Montana Mike’s would have something for everyone and especially those with delicate tummies.  So Kathryn Langrehr, with the map of Kansas hard wired in her head (seriously, how is it that Kathryn knows every single back road in the state of Kansas and I have to Mapquest how to get across town?), she quickly rerouted us from northwest Wichita to southeast Kansas.

However, before leaving we all welcomed Sue Hartman, who was making her debut ride, to the group.  Let me just say that this is one Kolor Koordinated Kitty!  Her bike is a beautiful teal color and she has embraced this color to the absolute max!  Her shoes were teal, her Kitty shirt was teal, her jacket was teal and her little backpack was teal.  She even has a daughter named Teala!  We may not know a lot about Sue yet, but we sure as heck know her favorite color!

With Kathryn Langrehr in the lead and Nellie Taylor bringing up the rear, we were in Winfield in no time flat, despite a slight delay by a passing train.  As we pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant, I didn’t see one single indication that this was Montana Mike’s.  As we parked our bikes, I looked over at Colleen Williams and said, “Where are we?”  Her response, “Just outside of Winfield.”  OK, I had that coming with my inability to lead myself out of a paper bag, but what I mean is what is this place?  My little bandanaed head was spinning around looking for a sign that said Montana Mike’s, but it appeared we were eating at the Now Open Restaurant as that was the only sign in sight.  Oh well, fine by me so long as it’s not Mexican food because if it is, I ain’t riding behind Suz Tiede!  Turns out, Montana Mike’s had closed and it was under new ownership, but the signage hadn’t been installed yet.  Despite the fact that 12 Snow Birds showed up unannounced and unprepared for, we were immediately seated and received excellent service from a super friendly young waitress.  However, in spite of seeing 12 gorgeous bikes parked outside, she only commented on one.  Nellie Taylor’s Whiz Bang machine.  I swear, riding with Nellie is like being the ugly girl with a group of pretty girls in a bar.  We are categorically ignored!  Darn you Nellie Taylor and your Whiz Bang machine!  You know how I like being the center of attention!  You’re ruining everything! I conducted the normal Kitty business while waiting for our lunch to arrive by selling pins, patches, taking orders for Kitty swag and trying my best to keep track of all the cash that was being thrown my way.  To an outsider, this must look like some serious drug dealing going down with all the trading of cash back and forth.  After lunch, I counted out the 50/50 money and BAM!  Someone is going home with 30 smackeroos!   We gave Sue Hartman the honors of pulling the winning ticket and was it me?  No.  Again.  The winning ticket belonged to SECOND TIME WINNER DAWN MORSE!  I’m seriously thinking of changing the bylaws to say that no Kitty will be allowed to win twice until this Kitty is allowed to win just once!  Congratulations to Dawn!  Kinda.  No seriously, I’m happy for you.  Sorta.

As we were wrapping up our meal, Kathryn Langrehr announced that weather was moving into Hutchinson, where she lives, so she was going to make a run for it and try to beat the rain.  Colleen Williams, who was fighting a splitting headache, said she was going with her and Bobbie Cole, who believes it’s better to travel in threes said she was joining them, as well.  So as those three Kitties headed north, nine Snow Birds stayed south and travelled the short distance to Dexter.  But first, we made a gas stop at the very same Dillons where the Fob debacle happened last month.  All eyes were on Christine Allsman to make darn sure she had her Fob and she secured her Fob!

Upon arriving at the Henry’s Candy Company in Dexter, we all filed inside to buy as much candy as we could stuff in our saddle bags.  Denise Johnson and Suz Tiede had their picture taken to commemorate a picture that had been taken there in 2014 to see if they had aged any – they have not.  After paying for our goodies and taking a water break, we all biked up and said good-bye to our Snow Bird days and headed north to uncertain weather.

Dawn Morse led us back to Wichita via Augusta.  So far so good, not a raindrop in sight.  However, as we arrived in Augusta, I looked to the east and it didn’t look good.  Not good at all.  I looked over at Denise Johnson and said, “We’re going to get wet.”  Well, not all of us, just those of us who live any further west than about Greenwich Road.  Linda Moreland, Suz Tiede and Nellie Taylor made it home high and dry.  Dawn Morse got a little wet, but the rest of us?  Soaked. To. The. Bone!  None of us had rain suits on and only one of us even had a jacket on – that being Smarty Pants Denise Johnson.  I debated pulling over to put on my jacket but it wasn’t a rain jacket so that just meant another piece of clothing would be drenched so I just trudged on.  Christine Allsman found the silver lining to all those dark clouds and was grateful that the rain had cleaned off all the bugs from her half chaps.  I, however, just longed for my Snow Bird days…..

Thank you for another great day on the bikes!  We reinforced what we already knew…it’s not where you go that matters.  It’s who you go with that’s important!  Those on board for the Scratching Made from Scratch Road Trip were Janice Friedman, Kathryn Langrehr, Bobbie Cole, Maureen Stout, Christine Allsman, Denise Johnson, Colleen Williams, Suz Tiede, Nellie Taylor, Linda Moreland, Dawn Morse, and Sue Hartman.

 

Scratching Made from Scratch – June 25, 2017

Rule #1 for a bike trip – Expect the Unexpected.  On June 25th, twelve Kitties piled into the Quik Trip parking lot on the northwest part of Wichita all ready to ride to Wilson, KS and eat at the Made from Scratch Café.  As I was walking out of the QT with my cup of hot tea, I was accosted by Kitties who all had their radar pulled up on their phones.  What I saw was a whole lot of blue, green, red and yellow and it was the red and yellow that gave me the most concern.  And where should all that blue, green, red and yellow be?  Right smack dab in the middle of where we were headed.  If we didn’t get wet getting there, we sure as heck were going to get wet getting out of there.  With imploring eyes, I heard one Kitty after another say, “Please Janice, don’t make us go there.  We don’t want, need or can survive another Oh Hail No ride!”  Ok Kitties, where do you want to go?  From the radar, it appeared all the wet activity was north of us, so instead of being Kitties today, let’s be Snow Birds instead and head south.  Suz suggested Attica, but the memory of the Oh Hail No ride is still too fresh so Attica was scratched.  Kathryn suggested Winfield with a stop in Dexter to visit the Henry’s Candy Company.  We all agreed that was doable and after Suz begged on her hands and knees that we NOT eat Mexican food (something about stomach cramps and diarrhea – Oh, was I not supposed to share that?  My bad.), we agreed that Montana Mike’s would have something for everyone and especially those with delicate tummies.  So Kathryn, with the map of Kansas hard wired in her head (seriously, how is it that Kathryn knows every single back road in the state of Kansas and I have to Mapquest how to get across town?), she quickly rerouted us from northwest Wichita to southeast Kansas.

However, before leaving we all welcomed Sue, who was making her debut ride, to the group.  Let me just say that this is one Kolor Koordinated Kitty!  Her bike is a beautiful teal color and she has embraced this color to the absolute max!  Her shoes were teal, her Kitty shirt was teal, her jacket was teal and her little backpack was teal.  She even has a daughter named Teala!  We may not know a lot about Sue yet, but we sure as heck know her favorite color!

With Kathryn in the lead and Nellie bringing up the rear, we were in Winfield in no time flat, despite a slight delay by a passing train.  As we pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant, I didn’t see one single indication that this was Montana Mike’s.  As we parked our bikes, I looked over at Colleen and said, “Where are we?”  Her response, “Just outside of Winfield.”  OK, I had that coming with my inability to lead myself out of a paper bag, but what I mean is what is this place?  My little bandanaed head was spinning around looking for a sign that said Montana Mike’s, but it appeared we were eating at the Now Open Restaurant as that was the only sign in sight.  Oh well, fine by me so long as it’s not Mexican food because if it is, I ain’t riding behind Suz!  Turns out, Montana Mike’s had closed and it was under new ownership, but the signage hadn’t been installed yet.  Despite the fact that 12 Snow Birds showed up unannounced and unprepared for, we were immediately seated and received excellent service from a super friendly young waitress.  However, in spite of seeing 12 gorgeous bikes parked outside, she only commented on one.  Nellie’s Whiz Bang machine.  I swear, riding with Nellie is like being the ugly girl with a group of pretty girls in a bar.  We are categorically ignored!  Darn you Nellie and your Whiz Bang machine!  You know how I like being the center of attention!  You’re ruining everything!

I conducted the normal Kitty business while waiting for our lunch to arrive by selling pins, patches, taking orders for Kitty swag and trying my best to keep track of all the cash that was being thrown my way.  To an outsider, this must look like some serious drug dealing going down with all the trading of cash back and forth.  After lunch, I counted out the 50/50 money and BAM!  Someone is going home with 30 smackeroos!   We gave Sue the honors of pulling the winning ticket and was it me?  No.  Again.  The winning ticket belonged to SECOND TIME WINNER DAWN MORSE!  I’m seriously thinking of changing the bylaws to say that no Kitty will be allowed to win twice until this Kitty is allowed to win just once!  Congratulations to Dawn!  Kinda.  No seriously, I’m happy for you.  Sorta.

As we were wrapping up our meal, Kathryn announced that weather was moving into Hutchinson, where she lives, so she was going to make a run for it and try to beat the rain.  Colleen, who was fighting a splitting headache, said she was going with her and Bobbie, who believes it’s better to travel in threes, said she was joining them, as well.  So as those three Kitties headed north, nine Snow Birds stayed south and travelled the short distance to Dexter.  But first, we made a gas stop at the very same Dillons where the Fob debacle happened last month.  All eyes were on Christine to make darn sure she had her Fob and she secured her Fob!

Upon arriving at the Henry’s Candy Company in Dexter, we all filed inside to buy as much candy as we could stuff in our saddle bags.  Denise and Suz had their picture taken to commemorate a picture that had been taken there in 2014 to see if they had aged any – they have not.  After paying for our goodies and taking a water break, we all biked up and said good-bye to our Snow Bird days and headed north to uncertain weather.

Dawn led us back to Wichita via Augusta.  So far so good, not a raindrop in sight.  However, as we arrived in Augusta, I looked to the east and it didn’t look good.  Not good at all.  I looked over at Denise and said, “We’re going to get wet.”  Well, not all of us, just those of us who live any further west than about Greenwich Road.  Linda, Suz and Nellie made it home high and dry.  Dawn got a little wet, but the rest of us?  Soaked. To. The. Bone!  None of us had rain suits on and only one of us even had a jacket on – that being Smarty Pants Denise.  I debated pulling over to put on my jacket but it wasn’t a rain jacket so that just meant another piece of clothing would be drenched so I just trudged on.  Christine  found the silver lining to all those dark clouds and was grateful that the rain had cleaned off all the bugs from her half chaps.  I, however, just longed for my Snow Bird days…..

Thank you for another great day on the bikes!  We reinforced what we already knew…it’s not where you go that matters.  It’s who you go with that’s important!  Those on board for the Scratching Made from Scratch Road Trip were Janice, Kathryn, Bobbie, Maureen, Christine, Denise, Colleen, Suz, Nellie, Linda, Dawn, and Sue.

Janice, KKMC Founder