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July 17th Events Update + Vacation Photos

For the past 2 weeks we have been on an adventure of our own,  visiting and riding with our son and daughter–in-law from Seattle to Mt. Rainier to Mt. St. Helens.  We also spent a few days riding at Yellowstone and a few more in the Big Horn Mountains.  It was amazing! Here are a few highlights from our trip:

Driftless Challenge:
July has been a great month for entries.  We have several entries from multiple people.  Remember, the more entries you have, the better your chance to win.  There is still over a week left, so plenty of time to get your pictures in to us.  Good Luck!!
Pictures: 
Even if you aren’t entering the Driftless Challenge, we LOVE to see your pictures and have been busy putting them all up on our Pictures & Video Page.  Check them out and keep those pictures coming!  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com or message us on Facebook.

July 20th:

July 27th:

August 2nd:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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July 10th Events Update

Looks like a few riders have been busy working on the July Driftless Challenge.  Thanks for sending your pictures, we look forward to seeing more in the coming weeks.

July 13th:

July 20th:

July 27th:

  • July 26th-27th:  Ben Kopp Memorial Ride – Apple Valley, MN.  This route is located near the St. Croix Route and the Redwing Fairbault Route.

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  It’s a great time of the year to do it!  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!
  • Don’t forget about July’s Driftless Challenge!  We want your entries now!!  Another prize will be awarded at the end of the month.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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July 3rd Events Update

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We have closed out the June Driftless Challenge and are currently accepting entries for the July Driftless Challenge.  The long weekend is a great opportunity to go and get some great pictures.

July 6th:

July 13th:

July 20th:

  • July 19th-21st:  British Biker Cooperative – Kicking it at the Cave, Blue River, WI.  This event is located near the Wisconsin Triangle Route and the Boaz Caz Route.
  •   July 19th-21st:  Road Guardian River Road Fundraiser, Prairie du Chein, WI.  This event is located near the Wisconsin Triangle Route, the Lower Kickapoo Route, the Pike’s Peak Route and the Iowa Waterfall Route.
  • July 20th:  Fire and Iron 131 Burn Camp Ride, La Crosse, WI.  This event is located near the Mindoro Cut Route and the Highway 16 Route.
  • July 20th:  Lorem Ipsum, Viroqua, WI.  This event is located near the Blackhawk Trail Route
  • July 20th:  Simply Street Bikes, Summer Cycle Fest, Eden Prairie, MN.  This event it located near the Redwing Fairbault Route and the St. Croix Route.
  • July 20th:  Valley Springs Motorcycle Club, Dual Sport Ride, Bay City, WI.  This event is located near the Maiden Rock Route.

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  It’s a great time of the year to do it!  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!
  • Don’t forget about June’s Driftless Challenge!  We want your entries now!!  Another prize will be awarded at the end of the month.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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June 25th Events Update

1. The June Driftless Challenge is closing this Saturday with no entries.  Get your entry in by Saturday and there is a pretty good chance you will win!

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2. We are not going to be able to ship any orders from the Driftless Store from June 30th through July 15th.  So, if you want a Driftless Map or an SD card for early July, be sure to get your order in quickly.
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June 29th:

July 6th:

July 13th:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  It’s a great time of the year to do it!  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!
  • Don’t forget about June’s Driftless Challenge!  We want your entries now!!  Another prize will be awarded at the end of the month.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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June 19th Events Update

There are a lot of great events going on this weekend from Chicago, to Iowa City to Eau Claire.  Check out the details below:

June 22nd:

  • June 21st – 23rd – Motoblot Chicago – Motorcycle and Hot Rod Street Rally.
  • June 22nd – 9th Annual Horsepower for Veterans – Eau Claire, WI, Motorcycle Run, Show and Fundraiser.  This event is located near the Eau Claire Route and near the Laura Ingalls Wilder Route.
  • June 22nd – 11th Annual Hillbilly Stomp – Reedsburg, WI – Looks like this could be your last opportunity to do the ‘Stomp’.  This route is close to the Camp Douglas Route and the White Mound Route.
  • June 23rd – 2 Brothers Road Riders Ride – Onalaska, WI.  This event is located near the Mindoro Cut Route.
  • 3rd Annual Dirt Orcas Summer Classic – Iowa City, IA.  Check out this event!  It starts at BMW Motorcycles of Iowa City for lunch, then everyone will break into groups and make there way to Fairfield, Iowa.  Both paved and gravel routes will be available.  In Fairfield, the groups will meet up again at Jefferson County Ciderworks for dinner, raffle drawings, and a viewing of California Backcountry Discovery Route (CABDR) – South.  Camping is available onsite.  Space is limited and registration is required, so don’t hesitate and sign up today!!

June 29th:

July 6th:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  It’s a great time of the year to do it!  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!
  • Don’t forget about June’s Driftless Challenge!  We want your entries now!!  Another prize will be awarded at the end of the month.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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June 12th Events Update

We had an awesome time last weekend hosting the 4th Annual Mayhem Ride.  You can read about it here.

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June 15th:

June 22nd:

  • June 21st – 23rd – Motoblot Chicago – Motorcycle and Hot Rod Street Rally.
  • June 22nd – 9th Annual Horsepower for Veterans – Eau Claire, WI, Motorcycle Run, Show and Fundraiser.
  • June 22nd – 11th Annual Hillbilly Stomp – Reedsburg, WI – Looks like this could be your last opportunity to do the ‘Stomp’.
  • 3rd Annual Dirt Orcas Summer Classic – Iowa City, IA.  Check out this event!  It starts at BMW Motorcycles of Iowa City for lunch, then everyone will break into groups and make there way to Fairfield, Iowa.  Both paved and gravel routes will be available.  In Fairfield, the groups will meet up again at Jefferson County Ciderworks for dinner, raffle drawings, and a viewing of California Backcountry Discovery Route (CABDR) – South.  Camping is available onsite.  Space is limited and registration is required, so don’t hesitate and sign up today!!

June 29th:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Planning on trying out one of our routes?  It’s a great time of the year to do it!  If you are interested in paper maps or pre-loaded SD cards with the routes or tracks, visit the Driftless Store today!  Your purchases go directly back into the site to help us keep it free for all to use!
  • Don’t forget about June’s Driftless Challenge!  We want your entries now!!  Another prize will be awarded at the end of the month.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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2019 Mayhem Ride Wrap-Up

The Mayhem Ride is an annual group ride that Dale started 4 years ago for a small group of family and friends.  This is the first year we opened it up publicly and invited all our Driftless Road followers along, and we are so happy with the way it went that we may just have to do it again next year!

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Wow, what a great day!!  We ended up with a really big group (compared to past rides), 17 bikes and 25 people!

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This was a special day for Dale for many reasons.  One of which was that our youngest son was his co-pilot for the day.  Another is that it gave him the opportunity to surprise his dad with a birthday cake on his 80th birthday at the cookout after the ride!

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The weather was perfect and everyone arrived in time to visit a bit before we took off.

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We made stops in Fennimore at the Veteran’s Memorial and Cassville for a drink/fuel stop.  We also stopped for lunch in Praire du Chein and again for drinks/fuel in Blue River.

The roads (with 1 or 2 exceptions) were great, and the scenery, as always, was awesome.

Toward the end of the ride we stopped in Boscobel at one of the rider’s houses to see his motorcycle collection.  Bill collects all sorts of motorcycles…some are very unique.  When we got there, we found another group of riders was already there, so we got to visit with them too!

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Overall it was a great day.

We would like to thank all of the riders who came out to ride with us on Saturday, especially Jeremy, Cari, Jeff, Neil, and John who came so far just to ride with us.

We also want to give a big thank you to Bill for opening up his garage/museum to our group.

Finally, we want to give a special thanks to our good friend Roddy.  Roddy did so much to help make this more than just a ride.  He gave us suggestions for stopping points, he designed the ride shirts, he opened up his campground for our riders, and he provided a post-ride cookout for the entire group.  Roddy, words alone are not enough, but Thank You!!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Mayhem ride.  Until then; ride safe everyone.

 

 

 

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June 5th Events Update

4th Annual Galena Adventure Ride is in the Books – Last weekend we had a great time making some new friends and riding some amazing roads.  Motoworks Chicago’s Johnny Scheff and Chicago Dual Sport Rider’s Terry Gerken organized a wonderful 2 day event filled with riding, eating, and story telling.
I was fortunate to lead a paved group ride on both Saturday and Sunday and I had a blast.  Our group was mostly from Chicago, so all of the roads and sights were new to them.  Here are some of the highlights from our ride:

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We are in the final countdown to the 4th Annual Mayhem Ride.  The weather is shaping up to be terrific for the ride day, and the rider count is increasing.  If you are planning on attending, please go to our Event Page and sign up.  Also, if you find you are not able to attend, please remove your name from the list.
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Last weekend was also the BMW Owners of Minnesota Hiawatha Rally at Money Creek, MN.  It looks like they had a great time!

June 8th:

  • June 8th – 4th Annual Mayhem Ride.  This Featured Event, hosted by Driftless Road Adventures and Woodman Lake Cabins and RV, is sure to be a fun day of riding some of the best roads in Southwest Wisconsin.  After the ride is over Roddy (from Woodman Lake Cabins) is cooking up burgers and hot dogs for everyone.  We might also have a few other surprises in the works, but you have to join the ride to find out what they are.  Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Woodman Veteran’s Memorial.
  • June 6th-9th – Pure Stodge Touring Association presents the 43rd Annual Iowa BMW Motorcycle Rally. Located in the heart of the historical German Amana Colonies—there is plenty of shady, grassy camping space at the Middle Amana Community Park! Enjoy modern restrooms and shower facilities; campfires; electricity; and plenty of space for RV camping.
  • June 8th-9th – Glacial Lakes Motorcycle Club – Hyder Seek.  Complete an IBA ride and end up in Hyder, AK for a banquet with the GLMC team.

June 15th:

June 22nd:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Riding season is here!  Visit the Driftless Store for paper maps, SD cards pre-loaded with routes, and official Driftless Road Adventure gear.  All proceeds from these sales goes toward keeping our site ad-free.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Galena Ride Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend we met up with Johnny Scheff and the group from Chicago Motoworks for a ride/rally at Chestnut Mountain Lodge near Galena, Illinois.  This event was also held in conjunction with the Chicago Dual Sport Riders group and Terry Gerken.  It was difficult to get a total count because riders were coming and going throughout the entire weekend, but I would estimate between 70 and 100 riders participated at one point or another.

Friday night, Johnny hosted a cookout and a bonfire.  This was a great time to meet other riders and make plans for the following day’s ride.

The forecast for Saturday was predicting rain, so we wanted to get an early start.  I was leading the paved rides, so I asked everyone to be ready to roll by 8:00.  In spite of our large group (14 riders) everyone did a great job and we were rolling by 8:05, so I called that our first success of the day.

We had a great group of riders with a wide variety of ages and bikes.  In addition to the great riding we made stops at Charles Mound (highest point in Illinois), at Cajun Jack’s for lunch, and at the Apple Canyon Lake Waterfall.  We also made stops in Hazel Green and Hanover for gas and snacks.

Here are some pictures from Saturday’s Ride:

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On Saturday night Terry and Johnny had a cookout for everyone at the Blanding Rec. Area Campground.  This was another great night of meeting new people and rehashing the day’s rides.

On Sunday we decided to get an early start because everyone would have to travel home by the end of the day.   Even though we had another big group  (12 or 13) we still managed to get rolling by 8:05, so thank you everyone for being ready on time again!!

We had a shorter day riding day planned, but it was still a lot of fun.  We stopped at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth, the rode to Loren for brunch at the Slurp and Burp.  From there we made our way to Savanna where the group split up with some returning to Chestnut and some heading for home.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday:

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I want to thank Johnny and Terry for organizing this great event and for asking us to participate.  I had a blast and met a ton of cool people.  I hope I don’t have to wait until next spring to see them again.

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May 29th Update – ‘Everywhere Man’ & Featured Events!

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Everywhere Man visits Davenport:  Last week, Dale had the pleasure of hosting Brett Anderson (Everywhere Man) in Davenport, Iowa.  Brett (Everywhereman.me)  has spent the past 18 months travelling to all of the locations from the country song “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man”.
His travels have taken him all over the US, into Canada, Alaska, Mexico, and South America.  He has ridden for over 50,000 miles and has met and made many friends.  On the Iowa leg of his trip, he has brought along his mother, as he explains in this news clip.  Dale has been following Brett’s story for some time now and waiting patiently for him to make the trek to Davenport.  Having a son in the news business, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get his inspirational story on our local CBS/FOX news.
It was an amazing day and as is his custom, we commemorated parting ways with my signature on his bike.  As you can see, Brett was a great sport and also put one of our stickers on his bike.
We wish Brett safe travels as he continues his quest to ride “everywhere”.
We are locked and loaded for the Galena Adventure Ride with Motoworks and CDSR.  It is also listed below as the Motoworks Chicago 4th Annual Galena Ride.
Don’t miss this event that is sure to be memorable!  And don’t forget to find Dale and say hello!
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We have seen some of the photos from the Chicago BMW Owners ride in LaCrosse last weekend and it looks like they had a great time!  Check out their Facebook page.

May 31st:

June 8th:

  • June 8th – 4th Annual Mayhem Ride.  This Featured Event, hosted by Driftless Road Adventures and Woodman Lake Cabins and RV, is sure to be a fun day of riding some of the best roads in Southwest Wisconsin.  After the ride is over Roddy (from Woodman Lake Cabins) is cooking up burgers and hot dogs for everyone.  We might also have a few other surprises in the works, but you have to join the ride to find out what they are.  Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Woodman Veteran’s Memorial.
  • June 6th-9th – Pure Stodge Touring Association presents the 43rd Annual Iowa BMW Motorcycle Rally. Located in the heart of the historical German Amana Colonies—there is plenty of shady, grassy camping space at the Middle Amana Community Park! Enjoy modern restrooms and shower facilities; campfires; electricity; and plenty of space for RV camping.
  • June 8th-9th – Glacial Lakes Motorcycle Club – Hyder Seek.  Complete an IBA ride and end up in Hyder, AK for a banquet with the GLMC team.

June 15th:

Please check our Events Calendar for more details on these and other Driftless Events.

Reminders:

  • Riding season is here!  Visit the Driftless Store for paper maps, SD cards pre-loaded with routes, and official Driftless Road Adventure gear.
  • TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to pre-order Mayhem Ride T-shirts that will be available for pick-up the day of the ride in the Driftless Store.  Don’t forget to let us know if you are attending by indicating that you are “going” on the Facebook event page.
  • Keep those photos coming!  We are so excited to be receiving some of your pictures to share.  Send them to DriftlessRoadAdventures@gmail.com.

Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee