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Driftin' - June 11 - 14, 2020 (SW Wisconsin)

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John Ranalletta
38 minutes ago, Mike said:

That would be a great addition! Don’t put yourself out if it’s a problem, but I’m sure it would be appreciated by the Drifters. 


I’ll pm my address for samples.  

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Rider1260

Well that's reasonably close to home and roads I've ridden a few time. 

It would be my first group ride in along time. 

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Bud
On 10/30/2019 at 8:23 PM, John Ranalletta said:


I’ll pm my address for samples.  

Still waiting for that address!:whistle:

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KDeline

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Stir

Tentatively in.

Where would be a convenient place to fly my wife in?  She doesn't have the vacation time, nor the desire to ride that far. (About 4000 miles round trip)

 

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Mike

Glad to hear that! The closest regional airport is Dubuque, IA, about 60 miles. Madison, WI ( I believe they refer to it as Dane County) is around 100 miles. Both have some commercial flights, but it would be a regional carrier. If she’s more the type to want to go in and out of a larger airport, both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare are roughly equidistant, just a bit over 200 miles. 

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3Putt

I'm just 150 miles SE of there, in Rockford, IL.  I plan on wondering up that way for a couple of days. 

 

If anyone flying in or riding through needs help or advice feel free to ask.  

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jeddy
On 11/12/2019 at 7:57 AM, Mike said:

Glad to hear that! The closest regional airport is Dubuque, IA, about 60 miles. Madison, WI ( I believe they refer to it as Dane County) is around 100 miles. Both have some commercial flights, but it would be a regional carrier. If she’s more the type to want to go in and out of a larger airport, both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare are roughly equidistant, just a bit over 200 miles. 

Mike...don't forget Lacrosse.  About 60 miles or so.  American connects out of Chicago and Delta out of Minneapolis.  Hope to make the event!  A short ride for me since I am just up the river from you.

 

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Mike
2 hours ago, jeddy said:

Mike...don't forget Lacrosse.  About 60 miles or so.  American connects out of Chicago and Delta out of Minneapolis.  Hope to make the event!  A short ride for me since I am just up the river from you.

 

Thanks! That would be a good option. I haven’t been to the airport, but La Crosse is roughly an hour away. 

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RPondaRoad
On 9/4/2019 at 9:18 AM, Mike said:

As long as I’m inundating everyone with information about the area, this documentary gives a good overview: Mysteries of the Driftless

I'm among those who had no idea that the Driftless existed or what it was.  The video cleared that up pretty well.  Effigy mounds were the biggest surprise for me.  Once upon a time I was a young west coast musician, who traveled the U.S.  While on the road I worked at a nightclub/restaurant called Fanny Hill in Eu Claire a couple of times.  I wish I had known how close I was to this geological treasure.. 

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BrianM

Eau Claire.

 

I might make it. 3 hours away. Depends upon the kids volleyball schedule.

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Mike
On 11/23/2019 at 11:58 AM, RPondaRoad said:

I'm among those who had no idea that the Driftless existed or what it was.  The video cleared that up pretty well.  Effigy mounds were the biggest surprise for me.  Once upon a time I was a young west coast musician, who traveled the U.S.  While on the road I worked at a nightclub/restaurant called Fanny Hill in Eu Claire a couple of times.  I wish I had known how close I was to this geological treasure.. 


It is an interesting area. Anyone coming from the flatlands that dominate the Midwest tends to be a bit surprised by the ridges and valleys that define the area. For those on two wheels, the unique geology has created a fantastic place for riding--thousands of miles of twisty roads that are, generally speaking, lightly traveled. The natural assets, ranging from miles and miles of spring-fed streams to the vast number of unique plant and animal species, adds to it all.
 

The effigy mounds are pretty fascinating as well...the alternate campsite, Wyalusing State Park, has a nice trail where you can see a fair number, and Effigy Mounds National Monument, an easy ride from our place, is even more impressive.

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Mike

Now that we’re making the adjustment to writing “2020”on our checks, I wanted to remind you to pencil this into your calendars if you haven’t already done so. I’ll update the info guide that I’ve tossed together soon, but wanted to remind everyone that the hotels around these parts tend to get busy as summer approaches. As I mentioned, we have some free camping space at our cabin for those who are inclined to rough it a bit, and there’s a beautiful state park camping area not far away.

 

I’ve already received notes suggesting that folks are possibly riding in from both coasts. 

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Jake

Say, are there any Spotted Cows up that way?

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T.M. Roe

Yup, Spotted Cows and lots of Bull Sh*t (sounds like my kind of fun).

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Jake

Alrighty then.  In.

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John Ranalletta

Just reserved a room at Captain's Cove.  Can't wait.

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Mike
4 hours ago, John Ranalletta said:

Just reserved a room at Captain's Cove.  Can't wait.

Excellent!

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Mike
5 hours ago, Jake said:

Alrighty then.  In.

Back in the neighborhood!

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Mike
9 hours ago, T.M. Roe said:

Yup, Spotted Cows and lots of Bull Sh*t (sounds like my kind of fun).

This is very big news!

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MikeB60

Mike,

DyAnne and I are riding up as well.  Looking forward to the trip!

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Indy Dave

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Mike

I wanted to preview  couple of dual sport routes I asked my friend Dale Hoke (www.driftlessroadadventures.com) to put together for our June gathering. These are not overly challenging, for the most part simply incorporating some scenic gravel roads and, on the second route, a water crossing. 

 

Dale is making a couple of changes I requested, and these should be available in final form soon, but I wanted to share a preview. As you can tell from these overview maps, as well from the maps you can download from his website, the roads in the Driftless Zone are truly fantastic motorcycle roads. 

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Mike

Mitch—a renowned route planner—is also going to share some routes. He puts together some great trips, incorporating roadside attractions and excellent dining options. Watch for more here. 

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Mike

As I mentioned above, I slipped Dale Hoke of Driftless Road Adventures a few bucks to come up with a couple of rides for those of you who like to get off paved roads. He came up with these two final routes, which he described as follows:

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Here is a summary of the Day 1 route: 


Starts and ends at your house.  Hits most of the gravel roads I could find between your house and Blue River.  At Blue River the route crosses the river and goes to 5 Points before turning back towards your house.  There are some gravel roads on the way back but not as many.  When I could not find gravel roads, I tried to select smaller paved roads, so that the traffic is still very light.  It is ~180 miles and 5.5 hours of riding time.

 The Day 2 route is a little longer at 195 miles and 6.75 riding hours.  From your house I have the route running South the Cassville and crossing the ferry ($8 per bike).  We didn't talk about when your event is going to take place.  Hopefully the river will be down and the ferry will be active.  After the ferry, the route goes North toward Pike Peak State Park.  that is a good stopping point and has a good view of the River valley.  From there the road goes along the river and through Yellow River State Forest (fun!!) then towards Lansing.  But before Lansing the route turns West to hit a water crossing.  This crossing might be a problem if that water it too high.  I attempted it once and didn't make it but the water was high and I was 2 up.  After the water crossing, its back to Lansing to Mt. Hosner for more great views of the river.  Then cross back to Wisconsin and run the river road back to your place.  This route is longer obviously and ends up with a long stretch of pavement.  If you want, i can redo it to be shorter and not go to Lancing and/or the water crossing.  I can make is shorter and include more gravel if thats what you prefer.

 Day 2 obviously has a better description, but Day 1 is just as fun.  the riders will need to keep track of fuel, because after Blue River, fuel is a bit scarce, unless you get off of the route a bit.

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These are not what you'd call heavy duty dual-sport routes, but they'll provide a nice alternative for you GS types who prefer to kick up a little dust.

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