Since there are not many events or rides to talk about during the winter months, we thought we would spend a little time discussing each of our routes. For the next few months we will cover all of our routes from A to Z. This week we will start with the Arcadia Route.
The Arcadia Route is located along the Mississippi River, North of LaCrosse in Wisconsin. Dale rode part of this route during the 2019 Twistar 2.0 and we also rode this together at the end of August.
This route is named for the city of Arcadia which is a motorcycle destination in the area. Although Highway 95 is often listed as one of the best motorcycle roads in the area, we have found many more roads that should not be missed.
All of the county roads between Highway 93 and Highway 95 have wonderful turns and elevation changes. You might also enjoy Alligator Slide and Pretzel Pass. Their names are perfect representations of what you can expect from the roads!
East of Highway 93 is an area of hills and open expanses, so you can get a mix of tight twisty turns and faster sweeping curves.
In addition to the great roads and views, there are lots of neat things to do and see along this route. Check out the Rock in the House, Kinstone, and Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum in Fountain City.
There are quite a few large towns along the route, but pay attention to your fuel situation because some of the route segments contain fairly long stretches between towns.
Arcadia is among our favorite routes because of the great roads, many of which are secluded and very lightly traveled. We stopped for a picnic in a church parking lot in the country and we probably only saw 4 cars the entire time we were stopped.
One thing to be aware of, however, is the Old Time Farm Fest held every Labor Day weekend. Another big event in that area is the Ashley Furniture Arcadia Music Festival in early August. If you want to avoid heavy traffic on some parts of this route, check out the dates of these events before you head out. We managed to hit the Farm Fest two years in a row strictly by coincidence.
If you are new to the Driftless Area, or have not ridden near Arcadia, this is a great route for you to try.
Here are some pictures and video from the Arcadia Route:
Upcoming Driftless Events:
We will be publishing a new 2020 calendar soon, but in the meantime, check out these Driftless Events:
Jan 31st/Feb 2nd 2020: Progressive Motorcycle Show – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 7th/9th 2020: Progressive Motorcycle Show – Chicago, IL
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Hope you are having a great week! Ride Safe!
Dale and Renee