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June Winner of the Driftless Challenge

Congratulations to this month’s Driftless Challenge winner, Nick G.!  Nick made a stop at our sponsor, and good friend, Roddy’s store and snapped some great pics.

Entries were slow this month but a bunch came in in the last few days and we want to thank you all for sharing your pictures.  Watch for them all to go up on our picture/video page soon.

The July challenge is now open so send your entries any time!

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Father’s Day Sale in the Driftless Store!

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!

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The Most Amazing Gnat Repellent

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.  gnat1.jpg

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Rider Submitted Photos and Videos

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  Ride Safe!

Husher Wayside Rt131 (1)

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Mayhem Ride Shirts Now Available

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!!



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Paper Maps Now Available In The Driftless Store!

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 Pp3mewaQOn16 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!

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Paper Map Update

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.