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DART 2024 - July 18-21, 2024


Mike

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Yes, we’re doing it again! Steve Knapp, Mitch Patrie and I are hosting our little get together in the best riding country in North America, the Driftless Area Riding Tour (DART).

It’s a simple concept: our place in Prairie du Chien, WI is HQ. Those who would like to camp can do so for free. For those who prefer more refined accommodations, there are several hotels nearby (I’ll post a guide soon). Generally speaking, folks roll in on Thursday, ride, eat, and tell lies through Saturday, then hit the road on Sunday. We’ll provide a contribution-optional meal on Saturday. 

The address: 13040 Borah Ridge Rd., Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.

I’ve attached a few photos from past events, and will post more info in the days and weeks ahead. But mark your calendars now…it’s a great time—informal ass-kicking fun. 

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Dave_in_TX

Looks like I'm going to be riding lots of miles this summer. I was already planning on riding from Texas to the MOA rally in Redmond and then to Wisconsin to visit relatives and in-laws. I also have a motel reservation for the UN in Eureka Springs. Now It looks like I'll be heading north from there for DART before finally going home to Texas.

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That's right after the UN...... I'm gonna have to play with my schedule to see if I can make this work.:java:

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Brodiepunker18

Doing it in July this year? I’ll have to see because my best friend and I were talking of going down to ride the dragon around that timeframe.

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Looks like I've got it worked out..IN.

Will be available to do some low speed maneuvering drills (and coaching) if there are interested riders.

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Dennis Andress

Well... the goal here is to wear out the new bike... I'm IN!

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I know many here are familiar, but the Driftless region is one of the most unexpectedly enjoyable places to ride. Some very technical areas, great landscape, and hardly a straight or level road to be found.

I always put it on my list to make it to DART but yet to do it. Hopefully one of these times I'll pull the Harley up the road and make you guys wonder what the hell that all noise is doing here.

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22 hours ago, Hosstage said:

what the hell that all noise is doing here.

Bring the noise!:revit:

I do have a funny story that involves a couple HD riders and a PC800....... I'll divulge at D.A.R.T.

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6 hours ago, 9Mary7 said:

I'll divulge at D.A.R.T.

Now I really need to make an effort to get there.

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Brodiepunker18

Okay so I’m IN!

 

we decided to push the trip to ride the dragon to 2025 due to needing more time than we thought for the trip.

 

pretty stoked for our trip we are planning for this year though! My summer has filled up with motorcycle rides and concerts and a trip with my kids to Canada.

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On 2/10/2024 at 7:47 AM, 9Mary7 said:

Bring the noise!:revit:

I do have a funny story that involves a couple HD riders and a PC800....... I'll divulge at D.A.R.T.

Ah, memories of the PC800. 

Count me in. If only I still had my PC to bring south. Looking forward to my first DART. 

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Brodiepunker18
3 minutes ago, BigtowH8 said:

Ah, memories of the PC800. 

Count me in. If only I still had my PC to bring south. Looking forward to my first DART. 

I have been every year…it is well worth the trip for the riding and camaraderie.

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13 hours ago, BigtowH8 said:

Ah, memories of the PC800. 

Count me in. If only I still had my PC to bring south. Looking forward to my first DART. 

I'm bringing the PC.....

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Stupid question: Is this an all-paved 'rally', or unpaved too? Just curious. My cousin has the bikes in his 2nd house in Traverse City, MI, which is not that far from there. Will look for nice roads on Google. We were planning another dragon trip, but it's 3 times farther away (trailering the bikes, of course). That area could be another option. But we have street bikes. Not sure if we could actually make it to your gathering (we'd stay at a hotel, but would be great to be able to leave SUV and -foldable- trailer in somebody's place), but to know if we can add that area as an option for a riding trip:). Thank you.

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Dave_in_TX
24 minutes ago, JCtx said:

Stupid question: Is this an all-paved 'rally', or unpaved too? Just curious. My cousin has the bikes in his 2nd house in Traverse City, MI, which is not that far from there. Will look for nice roads on Google. We were planning another dragon trip, but it's 3 times farther away (trailering the bikes, of course). That area could be another option. But we have street bikes. Not sure if we could actually make it to your gathering (we'd stay at a hotel, but would be great to be able to leave SUV and -foldable- trailer in somebody's place), but to know if we can add that area as an option for a riding trip:). Thank you.

Part of the road to rally host Mike's place is gravel but the rest is paved unless you want to ride some gravel. There are no specific routes.

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Mike had a video a few years ago of the road to his place, looked like a pretty easy ride, not a very long road, in good shape. 

As Dave says, paved roads abound in the area, just the goofballs seek out the gravel roads...

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Brodiepunker18
9 hours ago, 9Mary7 said:

I'm bringing the PC.....

YES can’t wait to see it!!!! 😁

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Thank you guys. Sounds like a nice area. Will check it out on Google. Weather should be great for riding up there at that time of the year.

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Joe Frickin' Friday
16 hours ago, JCtx said:

Stupid question: Is this an all-paved 'rally', or unpaved too?

 

Most of the roads in SW Wisconsin are paved, but there are a few gravel roads here and there.  I've been touring in the Driftless Area for a couple of decades now and have accumulated a pretty extensive GPS route database.  As the event date gets closer, I'll be posting route package that includes a whole mess of day rides, as well as waypoints for many restaurants, hotels, and other attractions in the riding area.  Most of my routes are carefully selected to avoid gravel roads as much as possible (I'll also be checking later this spring for construction-related road closures that are scheduled to occur during DART).  I do have a couple of gravel-road routes, though I haven't actually ridden them myself.  

 

As with most other BMWST events, some folks group together for day rides, some go solo, and some choose to wander without hewing to any GPS route.  It's all very casual.  Since people stay at a few different hotels (or camp in Mike's yard), you may want to make day ride arrangements with folks the night before.

 

16 hours ago, Hosstage said:

Mike had a video a few years ago of the road to his place, looked like a pretty easy ride, not a very long road, in good shape. 

 

It's really short: just 0.2 miles of gravel road to get to Mike's place.  

 

15 hours ago, JCtx said:

Thank you guys. Sounds like a nice area. Will check it out on Google.

 

You can also check it out on Road Curvature, which uses a little bit of math to highlight roads with a lot of curves in them.  Here's a screenshot of the driftless area, with event HQ at the red dot:

 

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Some pics from my past rides in the Driftless:

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Joe Frickin' Friday

GravelMaps is an additional resource for anyone hunting for gravel roads.  Unlike RoadCurvature, GravelMaps doesn't use math - it's just a place for users to report gravel roads that they know about.  This means it may not be exhaustive, i.e. the fact that a road isn't highlighted at GravelMaps does not guarantee that it is a paved road.  But if you're looking for gravel roads, it can be handy.  Try the filters tab to look for complete routes people have submitted, or just road segments people know about, or both.  Here's a view of the area around DART HQ:

 

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Complete routes are in blue, and segments are in yellow.

 

 

 

 

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Looking forward to the route maps. But the area looks great. The 3rd photo reminds me of the river road from Presidio to Lajitas (Big Bend), and 335 in the TX Hill Country, with similar roller-coaster blind crests like that one. But obviously greener there. Ha ha. I'd have to rely on my cousin to ride there, since it's too far away. Thank you for the great info.

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