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Cyber Monday…Last Day to Stock Up

Hey everyone, just a reminder that Driftless gear is on sale through today in the Driftless Store !  Remember that all sales help us keep Driftless Road Adventures free for all to use.  Fulfilling orders also helps us forget about the 13 inches of snow we got last night!!!!  🙂

 

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Flu Bugs, Tattoos & Black Friday Sale!

Hey everyone!  We know it’s been a while since you heard from us, but we are still alive and kicking…barely!  Dale and I have both been suffering with a rotten bug.  Life has also been busy and we recently enjoyed a great trip to Seattle to visit our son.  We are in the planning stages of a trip out there next summer to ride with him and his wife, and the more we talk about it, the more excited we get.  Hey, gotta have something to dream about during the long winter months.  Just want you to know that we are as committed as ever…in fact, check out Dale’s new tat!  Doesn’t get any more committed than that.  🙂

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Since the riding season has basically wrapped up here in the Midwest, we are beginning some work on paper maps of the routes.  We have had many requests for them so we have decided to give it a go and we hope to have some available in the Spring.  It’s an exciting new part of this adventure.

We also wanted to announce our Black Friday sale!  Everything in the Driftless Store will be 15% off this weekend!  So stop on by and stock up!

Dale and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We are so thankful this year for all of the support you continue to give us…our Patrons, our supporters, and our followers…thank you so much!

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Late Fall Ride…Will it be our Last?

Each time we ride in the fall it’s like a little gift.  If we can find a weekend without rain, without wind, and not too cold, we thankfully take advantage of it!  So today Dale and I delayed all the chores we had waiting for us, threw on the gear  and took off on a beautiful fall ride.  We spent a few hours winding along both the Rock and Mississippi rivers which were finally “almost” back within their banks after all the recent flooding.  Twice we were stymied and had to turn around (once due to a missing bridge, and once due to part of the river still running across a road).  But we didn’t care.  The sun was shining, the temps were awesome, the fall foliage was gorgeous and the roads were fast!

Here’s hoping that it won’t be our last ride of the year.  But, if it is, at least it was a wonderful afternoon spent together doing what we like to do most!  We hope some of you got out to enjoy the day as well.  Send us some pics or ride reports to share!  We hop you enjoy some of the sights on our adventure today:

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Hit the Road Now for Fall Colors

Here in Iowa the trees are going out in a blaze of glory!  Seemingly overnight (with the aid of cool nights and warm days) the trees have changed into amazing reds, yellows, oranges and browns.  Our own Dogwoods are amazing this year:

What better time to try out one of our routes…the scenery is always amazing, but add in the color and it will be a truly memorable ride.  Here is the latest fall foliage map showing peak color across the US:

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As you can see, now is the time in the Driftless Area.  Here’s hoping for good weekend weather…it has been difficult to find a dry day to ride recently.  Dale and I would love to get in another ride and take in the beauty that fall has to offer in the Midwest.

One quick reminder:  The Driftless Store is up and running and we thank those of you who have ordered!  It is through your generosity that we continue to keep the site free…and now you can get some cool stuff at the same time.  Right now we have T-shirts (both long and short sleeved, with some larger sizes in the long sleeved), knit hats, ball caps, stickers and micro SD cards that we will load with the routes of your choice!  Check it all out here.

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Will The Rain Ever End?

The Midwest has been plagued with seemingly endless rainfall in the last few weeks!  Here we have had flash flood warnings repeatedly over the past 48 hours and the Mississippi River is out of its banks.  Looks like we finally have a break in the rain just in time for a major cold front to come crashing in with WAY below normal temps.  Dale and I had thought of heading south…perhaps a ride in Missouri this weekend, thinking it might be a bit warmer there.  But, Sunday looks cold and rainy now, and call me a wimp, but I don’t ride in cold and rainy.  We will probably try to take a ride Saturday and see what kind of mischief we can get into…and how many flooded roads we find.

What does your weekend hold?  If anyone is riding one of our routes, please send some pics, a review, or even a ride report for us to share.  We love your feedback.  If you have ridden one of the routes, please go back to our website, visit the route page, and at the bottom rate and comment on the route.  It is the only way we get feedback for future plans, new ideas, what works and what doesn’t.  Hope you are high and dry and planning a fun ride for the weekend!  Ride safe!

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The river is usually 5 or 6 feet below this walkway!

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Well That Didn’t Go As Planned!

So we announced our new store and then had multiple failures with it in the first day!  Seems our website was fighting with the store and the website won!  We have totally redone the site and believe all issues with the store have been fixed.  So, please, if you tried to place an order and it didn’t go through, try again!  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope everyone will check out the new site layout, the new store, and support our cause…to offer FREE motorcycle routes to everyone!  We can’t do it without your support.  Thank you in advance!

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The Store Is Now Open!

The Driftless Road Adventures store is now up and running!  Your purchases will help us keep the site free for all to use, AND you can get some pretty cool items at the same time!  We have short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, knit hats and baseball caps…all embroidered with our logo.  We also have stickers and our newest idea…micro SD cards pre-loaded with the routes of your choice!  What could be easier?  Just load the card on your computer OR if your GPS accepts an SD card simply slip it in and go.  You can choose your routes and you can choose to receive either the route file or the track file.

Access the store by clicking here or visit our website and click on the link in the upper right hand corner.  We thank you in advance for your support!

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America’s Highways–Built for All of Us

We just wanted to spread the word about the BMW MOA’s national safety campaign called, “America’s Highways–Built for All of Us.”  The statistics are alarming:  In 2017 almost 5000 motorcycle riders were killed in highway accidents and over 60 percent of motorcycle fatalities involved automobiles.  The campaign’s objective is to remind ALL OF US that we must share the road.  It aims to reduce aggressive driving as well as educate all motorists on highway dangers.  The program launched at the Des Moines, IA BMW MOA National Rally this past summer where they released this cool design:

You can find out more about the campaign as well as request materials to use for your local chapters/clubs/groups here.  You can also donate to the cause either as a tax deductible gift OR you can get some awesome gifts depending on your donation size.  Every donor also gets a chance to win a 1999 fully restored BMW R1100R no matter what size gift they give!

So, please take a look and be safe out there…sharing the road goes both ways!

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Our Ride in The Flooded Pecatonica River Valley

Two thumbs up for the Pecatonica Route this past weekend!  Dale and I enjoyed sunshine and blue skies, temperatures in the 60’s, winding roads with tons of elevation changes, and amazing scenery. On Saturday we drove to Mineral Point, WI, unloaded the bike, layered on the gear, and started out on the route in a clockwise direction.

We were reminded once again of the beauty of southwestern Wisconsin (we actually met in high school not far from Mineral Point and grew up in the region) and were shocked when we came upon flooded areas of the Pecatonica River Valley.  We were not aware that this area had flooded, but it certainly made for an interesting ride as this route meanders along with the river for miles and miles.  The entire route was open, but we did see closed roads, and at one point we had to stay in a 12 inch path on the high side of a road to stay out of the flood water.

We made a stop in New Glarus, a wonderful little town also known as “America’s Little Switzerland.”  Dale had a chance to visit with both Team Power Center of Janesville, WI and the British Bike Cooperative who were hosting an event…Team’s Midwest Ride-In.  While he was doing that, I made some new friends:

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We found a lovely park for a picnic lunch in Argyle, WI.  The Argyle Legion Community Park had a really amazing veterans memorial and a giant cement turtle…not something you see every day!

We encountered some fierce wildlife along the way:

We got a later start the first day because we had to drive up to the route first, so by 4:00 or so we were ready for our hot tub, a good bottle of wine, and some food.  We headed back to the hotel.  Day two we headed counterclockwise from Mineral Point and had a lovely drive around Yellowstone Lake.

One nice thing about breaking this route into two parts was that Dale and I got to ride even more of the awesome roads in the area while cutting back to the hotel.  It seemed like no matter which road we took it was as fun as the one before it!  This is a great area to ride!  We also had a few laughs over signs on this route.  Here are a few of our favorites:

We highly recommend the Petonica Route!  Enjoy a few more pictures from our adventure: