Hi! My name is Patrick J.
Loftus and I am Ginny’s proud husband. We started this web page for fun and
that is just what we want it to be about… having fun with family and
We like to include lots
of pictures so please bear with us while they load. We are still learning
this web stuff so some of our construction may be a little awkward.
I have been a long time motorcycle
aficionado and it probably shows. But we enjoy all kinds of outdoor
activities and hope to share some of all of them. Motorcycles, golfing,
fishing, archery and cliff diving are all here.
We live in Alton, Illinois on the north shore of the mighty Mississippi river a few miles north of St. Louis.
We are fortunate to live in a
quiet, wooded setting and have a family of deer that shares the woods behind
The stretch of Great River Road just to our
west, running along the foot of the Illinois bluffs is one of the joys of our area and extremely popular with weekend cruisers of all descriptions.
A view east on the Great River Road just
outside Grafton, Il
As Ginny says, we love to take weekend
rides and are always "in search of". We hope to share some of our favorite
finds to make it easier on others to enjoy those precious few hours they get
to sneak away and goof off.
We especially like to find comfortable and
homey places to stop and eat and frequently stop at our local parks to snack
and walk the trails. If you are in our area we hope the list will help you
too. Or email us with a hint of your own and we’ll try it out!
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Ginny in the Great Smokey Mountains
Hi, my name is Ginny. I have been married to Patrick for 33 years and we
have two sons, Chris and Matt. I also have an older son named John. Being
the lone female in this male dominant family has been quite an experience
and probably a real personality changer. But I wouldn’t have it any other
A major interest in this family for some years has been
motorcycles, an interest I have always encouraged and enjoyed to a certain
extent myself. Patrick , Matt, and Chris have raced dirt bikes for the past
ten years. Prior to that, the family interest was fishing and
water skiing, but those never did generate the interest the motorcycles did.
A couple of years ago, Pat and I bought a 1983 Gold
Wing and we have been enjoying that on weekends, as well as a couple of
longer trips. We took it to Gulf Shores, Alabama from Illinois in 2001 and
then in September 2002 we took it to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, though we did trailer
it to Gatlinburg and just rode it around locally down there. We found out on
the Alabama trip that riding it for long distances became very
Anyway, we have been doing a lot of Sunday afternoon
rides in our general area (within a 90 mile radius) and enjoying some more
local scenery and eateries, and we will be reporting on these places here on
the web site for any who are looking for a good place to ride and a decent
place to eat on a Sunday afternoon. We hope you will join us.