Whether you want to treat yourself, your father, or just that special person in your life, now is your chance to get awesome items in the Driftless Store at 20% off! Simply use coupon code FDAY20 at checkout. Choose from our paper maps, SD cards fully loaded with routes or tracks, clothing or stickers. Also, we still have a limited number of Mayhem Ride shirts available! The sale runs through Sunday.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there. We hope your day is filled with family and fun…and maybe a good ride too!
This is one of the worst years we have experienced in terms of gnats, probably because of all of the rain and flooding. Any time spent outside becomes a flurry of swatting, waving hands, slapping and misery. Luckily, a few years ago I came upon the best recipe for gnat repellent that we have ever tried. This stuff really works! At last weekend’s Galena Adventure Ride, Dale shared some of our concoction with others at the campground where many were staying. It was a huge hit, so I thought I would share the very simple recipe. A little dab of this run through your hair and around your face and the pests really do leave you alone. So, here it is:
1 part Dettol (an antiseptic that I usually have to order online as you can’t find it in US stores)
1 part baby oil
That’s it! So simple and so effective. I make up bottles for friends and family and everyone raves about how well it works. So, give it a try, and let us know what you think.
We are so pleased to announce the very first winner of the Driftless Challenge! Nat sent us this picture of the VFW helicopter on the Maiden Rock Route. Awesome pic Nat! Thanks to all who entered May’s contest. Keep those pics coming as we begin the June contest tomorrow!!
Happy Monday everyone! Just a quick note to remind you that we have a page on the website dedicated to rider submitted photos and videos. A big thank you goes out to Roger K.for sharing some of his favorite Driftless Area photos from previous rides. As the riding season gets started once again we would love to share your photos or short videos as well. Check out the page here and submit your photos/videos at www.DrifltessRoadAdventures.com. Ride Safe!
Have you signed up for the Mayhem Ride yet?
Co-host and friend Roddy Dull has designed an amazing shirt to commemorate the event and we are pleased to offer pre-orders in the Driftless Store. These 100% cotton long sleeved shirts come in sizes Large, XL, XXL, and 3XL. Pre-orders are $15.00 and they will be ready for pick-up the day of the ride.
Shirts can also be ordered the day of the ride for $20.00 and will be shipped to your home. All profits from the sales of these shirts will go toward the construction of the Veterans Memorial monument in Woodman, Wisconsin.
So, sign up for the Mayhem Ride and order your awesome shirt today!!
After a huge push and a long weekend, we are so happy to announce that all 33 of the routes are available, in paper map form, in the Driftless Store! Remember, your purchase supports the cause and keeps the site free for all! Check them out and start planning your own Driftless Road Adventure.
With Spring quickly approaching, if you are like Dale and I, you have started planning and dreaming about upcoming rides. With that in mind we are pleased to announce that paper maps for 16 of the routes are now available in the Driftless Store! We are working on the rest of the routes and will be adding them as they are completed. We had to overcome a bit of a hiccup this weekend when my computer, with all the completed maps on it, decided to crash. Lesson learned! We were able to retrieve them and they are now backed up in several places. Now the work can continue and we hope to have them all in the store by month’s end. So please, check them out and remember that any purchase you make helps keep the site free to use!
Hey everyone! Well, it’s been a very frustrating few months trying to figure out a way to provide paper maps to those who have been requesting them. We have gone through many, many prototypes. The problem? We need a great deal of detail because our routes utilize so many small roads and bob and weave their way through very rural areas. Other problems? Figuring out how to provide a quality we are happy with, figuring out how to provide that quality at a price that will encourage people to buy them, while not losing money ourselves, figuring out which paper will hold up best, figuring out why our new special printer started printing all black lines in purple instead, figuring out how to combine different aspects for the maps from three different types of software…I could go on and on. Dale and I have done endless brainstorming on these and many more issues. I have been working on maps so much I dream about them at night!
BUT…Dale and I are happy to report that the first few routes that I have finally completed will be available very soon in the Drifltess Store. I will be adding them one by one as they are ready so if you are looking for a particular route, please check back often. We have chosen a paper that is both waterproof…and let me tell you, I have soaked it in my sink and the ink never budges and it dries out flat and smooth…and tear resistant. Each map is 19 X 13 inches (folded dimensions are 6 1/2 X 5 inches so they are easy to stick in a tank bag) and I have labeled all those small roads so no one should get lost. 🙂 Some of the routes are too large to print in their entirety and still keep the detail up, so those will be split and printed with one half on the front and the other half on the back. Although it is well below zero here today, we know that spring is right around the corner and we are so ready to ride. I hope to have all the route maps available this month so everyone can get out there and ride our routes this spring. I will send out a quick post each time a new route is added to the store. We hope you are as excited about this new addition to Driftless Road Adventures as we are.
Dale and I just had a great weekend getaway and got to combine some of our favorite things…motorcycles, food and networking. On a rare sunny day we made to the drive to Rosemont, IL for the International Motorcycle Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
We arrived fairly early and it was just starting to fill up. This was a great decision because 2 years ago when we attended this show we arrived later in the day and it was almost impossible to move in the vendor areas. We had a few things on our agenda for the day so we headed to our first stop immediately.
I needed to have some new ear plugs made and we wanted to beat the crowds to that particular vendor. We got in immediately and within a few minutes my ears were plugged! With that done, and a receipt in my hands to come back and pick them up later in the day, we were off to explore and look for a few people we were hoping to meet up with while we were there. We had a great time looking at all of the incredible custom bikes that were on display. Here are a few of our favorite custom and vintage bikes:
This year there was a track where you could try out electric motorcycles and electric bicycles, and that was fun to watch, but strange because it was so silent! We also enjoyed seeing a good variety of vendors and had some great conversations with a few of them. The Chicago Area BMW Owners Association had offered to let us put out some fliers to promote Driftless Road Adventures and, after a bit of wandering, we finally found them and hopefully we got a few more people interested in the site. We got a few really fun pieces of swag, including this street sign that State Farm Insurance let us make for free: A couple of hot dogs and beers later, we had seen and done all we wanted to and were ready to kick back at our hotel. But for me the best was yet to come…dinner at my favorite Pizza place…Gino’s East! I had purposely booked a hotel right next door! 🙂
That evening Dale made a stop at an “after show” meet and greet with MSTA, Motorcycle Sport Touring Association. We have been asked to create some routes for the Twi-Star 2.0 Lacrosse Revisited Just For Fun Ride in August. Dale got to talk to some of the guys about the ride. He also had a great surprise when he was approached by someone wearing one of our Driftless Road Adventure hats who recognized him! So great to meet Doug, one of our followers and supporters!
So all in all we had a great time…until…we had to come home the next day in yet another snow storm. At one point 4 plows lined up abreast blocking all four lanes of the interstate ahead of us and drove about 30 miles an hour for 30 miles! The sad part was they didn’t seem to be making much difference to the road surface…they just slowed us down. But, as with most unexpected events in our lives, we just looked at it as yet another adventure! Crossing our fingers for an early spring!
Dale and I are super excited because we finally figured out how we are going to create paper maps for those of you who want to go “old school.” It has been our most requested item, and trying to find a way to do it has been a real challenge. Getting enough detail to make the route easy to follow while keeping the overall map size small enough to stick in the tank bag was not an easy task. BUT…we have just completed our first route on paper! We started with the Pecatonica Route because it was the most recent one we rode, therefore more in our minds. We are pretty pleased with ourselves right now, and while we are in this celebratory mode, we will be sending anyone who is a Patron of ours a free map in an effort to get some feedback. So, if you want to get in on that, just use the Patreon button on the site. One down, thirty-two to go! Now that we have the basics in place it should go a lot faster from here. We will be adding them to the store as we go. Let us know via our contact form, Facebook, or email@example.com if you have a particular route you would like us to work on next!