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Nov. 20th Update: Thank You Patrons + Black Friday Sale

Thank You Patrons!!

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Tuesday (November 19th) was Thank You Patrons Day.  So we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Patrons.  Your contributions are a very important component to help keep our website free for everyone!!

For those of you who are curious about becoming new patrons, we would love to have you!   In addition to supporting the local riding community, you will receive discounts on maps, SD cards and custom routes, as well as access to all of our private routes.

For more information, please visit our Patreon page.

Black Friday Sale!!


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Mark your calendars for our Black Friday Sale!  Starting at midnight on Thanksgiving night and ending at midnight on Cyber Monday, you can save 25% on all purchases made in the Driftless Store with coupon code GOBBLE25.  That’s right, all paper maps, SD Cards and swag will be 25% off when you enter GOBBLE25 at checkout.  And, as always, all profits go directly back into the site.

Changes on the way:

As we mentioned last week, we have begun to make some changes to many aspects of Driftless Road Adventures.   We have made minor adjustments to some of the routes and we have added new points of interest on all routes.  We have also been working on creating a turn-by-turn sheet for each route.  These will be ready in time for next years riding season!!

We are doing our best to test changes as we go, but we need your help too!  If you notice a problem or a broken link, please take the time to let us know so we can fix it ASAP.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

Jan 31st/Feb 2nd 2020:  Progressive Motorcycle Show – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 7th/9th 2020:  Progressive Motorcycle Show – Chicago, IL

Reminders:

  • Planning for next years rides?  Our paper maps make great planning tools!
  • Need help planning a trip?  Driftless Road Adventures can custom design a route anywhere you want, just send us an email and let’s talk.
  • Shopping for a friend who rides?  Our paper maps and pre-loaded SD cards make great gifts.
  • Please visit our Driftless Store.   Remember, all sales go directly to website maintenance and improvements.

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

 

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Nov. 13th Update – Ride Pics, Rider Feedback, Black Friday Sale!!

One Last Ride?  Finally!!

We finally got out for a short ride last Saturday and we are glad we did.  Sunday the temperatures dropped and Monday we woke up to snow!!  Although it was a short ride, we had a lot of fun on some new (to us) roads.

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Rider Feedback:  We started Driftless Road Adventures because we wanted to encourage people to get out and ride the great roads in the Driftless Area. We thought by sharing our routes we might get a few people to try some new roads and discover why we fell in love with the region.  Recently we received a wonderful letter from someone who has ridden several of our routes.  We were so thrilled that this follower did just that, got out there and had some adventures of his own, that we wanted to share a portion of it with everyone:

Your maps have completely transformed the riding experience for me.  Before discovering Driftless Road Adventures, I would go out and wander the countryside.  I would waste a lot of time and  be reluctant to go someplace I did not know.  Your routes are astounding and have made the whole riding experience much more fulfilling and enjoyable.

Your website has saved me dozens of hours in research, planning  and plotting.   I can plan a whole weekend of riding in about an hour, including places to eat, gas stops  and cool places of interest too. 

I put over 10,000 mile on my KTM 1290 this year.  All of it in the Driftless Area!  The amount of time, attention to detail and dedication to build the routes is truly astounding. My hat is off to you (Renee) and Dale.  Driftless Road Adventures is an outright gem! 

Thank you Doug for your kind words!!

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Mark your calendars for our Black Friday Sale!  Starting at midnight on Thanksgiving night and ending at midnight on Cyber Monday, you can save 25% on all purchases made in the Driftless Store with coupon code GOBBLE25.  That’s right, all paper maps, SD Cards and swag will be 25% off when you enter GOBBLE25 at checkout.  And, as always, all profits go directly back into the site.

Changes on the way:

As we mentioned last week, we have begun to make some changes to many aspects of Driftless Road Adventures.   You might have already noticed we have changed our route file hosting sight.

We are doing our best to test changes as we go, but we need your help too!  If you notice a problem or a broken link, please take the time to let us know so we can fix it ASAP.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

Jan 31st/Feb 2nd 2020:  Progressive Motorcycle Show – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 7th/9th 2020:  Progressive Motorcycle Show – Chicago, IL

Reminders:

  • Planning for next years rides?  Our paper maps make great planning tools!
  • Need help planning a trip?  Driftless Road Adventures can custom design a route anywhere you want, just send us an email and let’s talk.
  • Shopping for a friend who rides?  Our paper maps and pre-loaded SD cards make great gifts.
  • Please visit our Driftless Store.   Remember, all sales go directly to website maintenance and improvements.

 

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Oct 30th Update

One Last Ride?  Take 3…

We are happy to see that a lot of our friends were able to ride last weekend, but we were still not able to go.  Our fur baby recently had surgery so we have been busy keeping her quiet and making sure her bandages stay in place.

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We are still hoping for one last ride, but we think that the window for a big ride is rapidly closing.  Looks like it’s going to be a white Halloween around here.

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Renee and I have started on some of our planned upgrades.  So if you notice anything broken on our website, please let us know.

Also, if you have any ideas for changes you would like to see, new routes or roads, recommendations for the Driftless Challenge or something else you would like to see on our website, send us a note.  We would love to hear from you and will consider all suggestions carefully.

Driftless Challenge:

The 2019 Driftless Challenge season is almost over.  We will be drawing for the Grand Prize this weekend.  Good Luck to everyone who entered!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

November 2nd:

November 9th:

  • No Driftless Events currently planned for this weekend.

November 16th:

  • No Driftless Events currently planned for this weekend.

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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October 23rd Update

One Last Ride?  Take 2…

We are still trying to take one last big ride this year, but we may have to put it off for another week; events are conspiring against us (again!!)  Hopefully the weather will hold out another week or 2 and we will be able to go.

In the meantime, our son sent us some pictures from a fun ride he took last weekend…it made us a bit envious!  On a visit to Las Vegas he rented a bike and headed off on the Extraterrestrial Highway.  There were so many fun things to see, and aside from almost running out of gas in the middle of nowhere, he had a great time.

 

In Other News:

As we mentioned last week, Renee and I have started to work on plans for changes and improvements that we want to make to Driftless Road Adventures.  We think we have a lot of great ideas, but we would like to hear from you too.

If you have any ideas for changes you would like to see, new routes or roads, recommendations for the Driftless Challenge or something else you would like to see on our website, send us a note.  We would love to hear from you and will consider all suggestions carefully.

Driftless Challenge:

The October Driftless Challenge is almost over.  There is still plenty of time to enter and win.  Remember, this is the last monthly drawing and all of the monthly winners will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the contest.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

October 26th:

November 2nd:

November 9th:

  • No Driftless Events currently planned for this weekend.

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for October’s Driftless Challenge!

 

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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October 16th Update

One Last Ride?  

Between the forecast for a cold autumn and some other weekend commitments we have, we are wondering if we will be able to get in one more long ride this season.  During the BMW MOA Tomah Getaway, we met some riders from Missouri and they gave us some riding ideas, so we are looking at the calendar and the forecast for that area now.

This is a great time to get out and explore the Driftless Area.  Fall colors are starting to peak and it should be just beautiful.  Here is the current fall foliage color map:

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Colors will be peaking in Iowa and Illinois in the next two weeks.  So get out and enjoy Mother Nature’s colorful show before the leaves are all down and covered in snow!

Driftless Challenge:

The October Driftless Challenge is 1/2 over.  There is still plenty of time to enter and win.  Remember, this is the last monthly drawing and all of the winners will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the contest.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

Driftless area events are winding down, but there are still a few great things to do.  Check out the great events below!!

Just a reminder, if you you have a Driftless Event that is open to the public, let us know and we will add it to our Event’s Calendar and our weekly blog post.

October 19th:

October 26th:

November 2nd:

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for October’s Driftless Challenge!

 

STAY TUNED….We have a lot of plans for the website and the routes to keep ourselves busy over the winter.  Watch for announcements periodically!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Oct. 2nd Events Update

Vetesnik Rendezvous:

We had a great time at the Vetesnik Customer Appreciation Rendezvous in Richland Center.  What started out as a cloudy, cold, blustery day gave way to sunshine, and we led an awesome ride.  Please enjoy our video of the ride below.  We met a lot of new people which is always fun for us.  Thanks to Garrett for inviting us!!

 

 

BMW MOA Tomah Weekend Getaway

This weekend we have been invited to speak at the BMW MOA Tomah Weekend Getaway.  We will give a short talk about Driftless Road Adventures on Friday night and, following, look for our table where we will be selling maps and SD cards.  We would love to meet you!!  Also speaking will be Chad Berger of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail and Motor Journalist Peter Egan.  Join us!

Driftless Challenge:

Nat P. was the winner of the September Driftless Challenge.  Congratulations Nat!!

We are now accepting entries for the October Driftless Challenge.  This will be the last Driftless Challenge of 2019, so be sure and get your pictures in to be entered.  In November we will enter all monthly winners in our Grand Prize drawing!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

This coming weekend is one of the last big event weekends in the Driftless Area.  Check out all of the events below:

October 5th:

October 12th:

  • October 12th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

October 19th:

  • October 19th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for October’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Sept. 25th Events Update

This weekend is the first of 2 big weekends for us.  Saturday, September 28th we will be in Richland Center with a booth at Vitesniks 27th Annual Customer Appreciation Rendezvous.  Its going to be a full day of fun, food, and music.  We will also be leading a short ride on some of our favorite area roads.  Be sure to stop in!!

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The weekend of October 5th, we will be in Tomah, WI for the BMW MOA Getaway.  Renee and I are very excited about this event.  We will be speaking to the attendees as well as helping everyone with their weekend riding plans.   We will also be riding in the Driftless Area all weekend, so if you see us, be sure to stop by and say hello.  We would love to meet you!!

Driftless Challenge:

This is the last week for the September Driftless Challenge.  You can still win!!  Be sure to get us your pictures by the end of the day on Monday, September 30th to be included in the prize drawing.

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize in November!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

These next 2 weekends have plenty of events available, but they also signal the winding down of organized events in the Driftless Area.  Since there aren’t many events left, it is a great time to buy a Driftless Map and explore a new area on your own!!

September 28th:

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October 5th:

October 12th:

  • October 12th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for September’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Arcadia Route Video and Sept. 18th Events Update

Renee and I had a great time riding the Arcadia and Buena Vista Routes over the long Labor Day weekend.  Last week we shared some of our favorite pictures and this week we have some video.  Below is a very short video of our day-long ride on the Arcadia Route.

Driftless Challenge:

September is 1/2 over and we only have a few entries for the Driftless Challenge, so if you enter, you have a good chance of winning!

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

The next 3 weeks are jam packed with fun events.  Check out the list below, there is sure to be a fun event near you.

September 21st:

September 28th:

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October 5th:

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for September’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Sept. 11th Events Update

Renee and I would like to thank all of the First Responders who work so hard every day!

Thank You!!

Paper Maps:

If you saw our pictures from the our Labor Day weekend you might have seen the picture of me looking at one of our paper maps:

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I have been using our maps in the Driftless Area this season and I find them to be an invaluable resource.  I have used them to see how close we are to towns for gas (and bathrooms).  I have also used them to find an alternative route around a closed road.  They are a great tool to show other riders and passengers when they want to know where they are on the route and what is ahead.  So, if you are heading out for a ride in the Driftless Area consider taking one of our maps along.

Driftless Challenge:

We are about 1/3 of the way through the September Driftless Challenge, so there is still plenty of time to enter.  September and October are the last two Driftless Challenge Months.

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

Driftless Area events are starting to slow down a bit, but there are still plenty of great events coming up.  Be sure to check out the Vitesnik Customer Appreciation event on Sept. 28th.  Driftless Road Adventures will have a booth and will be leading a ride in the afternoon.

September 14th:

September 21st:

September 28th:

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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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for August’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Labor Day Wrap Up & Sept. 4th Events Update

Labor day weekend holds a special place in our hearts because it is our anniversary.  We usually celebrate by taking a long weekend motorcycle trip, and this year was no exception.  This year we decided to return to the Driftless Area and ride a couple of our favorite routes; the Arcadia Route and the Buena Vista Route.

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The roads and the scenery were incredible.  We are always amazed at the variety of wildlife and changing geography we see in a relatively small area.  We had an amazing weekend!

Driftless Challenge:

Nat P. was the winner of the August Driftless Challenge.  Congratulations Nat!  With the end of the August Challenge comes the start of the September Driftless Challenge.  There are only 2 more Driftless Challenges left in 2019 (Sept. and Oct.), so don’t delay, and remember that the winners from each month are entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of October.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

The weekend of September 7th is another big weekend for Driftless Events.  These events are great opportunities to meet some other riders or to ride in a new area.  Check these out:

September 7th:

September 14th:

September 21st:

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!
  • Don’t forget to get your photos in for August’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee