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Dec. 11th Update – Arcadia Route Overview

Route Overview – Arcadia Route:

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.

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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 1st:  Madison Motorcycle Club New Year’s Day Ride – Madison, WI

Jan. 26th:  Madison Motorcycle Club Frosty Cheeks – Lodi, WI

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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Dec. 4th Update

Custom Routes Available.

Many people might not know that Driftless Road Adventures can create a custom route for your personal use, or your event.

We can create a single day ride or a multi-day experience anywhere in the country.  Although our standard routes are all paved, we can also provide dual-sport routes.

If you  are curious about what we can do for you, send us a note through the contact form and we can discuss your route needs.  We would love to help you start planning for next summer!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

We will be publishing a new 2020 calendar soon, but in the meantime, check out these Driftless Events:

 

Jan 1st:  Madison Motorcycle Club New Year’s Day Ride – Madison, WI

Jan. 26th:  Madison Motorcycle Club Frosty Cheeks – Lodi, WI

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. 27th Update – Interview – Happy Thanksgiving – Black Friday Sale!!

We Were Interviewed!!

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Last week we were interviewed for a new online magazine called “The Art is Alive Magazine”!

This magazine, created by Cindy Mich, will feature articles and interviews of Authors, Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Motorcyclists and many others.

The inaugural issue for “The Art is Alive Magazine” will be available on Black Friday (November 29th) and we are Super Excited to be in the first issue!!

Please visit “The Art is Alive Magazine” on Facebook to find out how to get a copy of this great new magazine.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Renee and I want to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We have many things to be thankful for and are looking forward to spending this Thanksgiving with our family and friends.  We hope that you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Black Friday Sale!!


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Black Friday is almost here!!  Be sure to visit the Driftless Store to save 25% on all of our merchandise.  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 are used to support the website.

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. 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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Nov 5th Update – Driftless Challenge Grand Prize Winner!!

One Last Ride?  Probably Not 🙁

If you read last weeks post, you know that we have been tied up at home with our puppy’s recovery.  This weekend is still a no-go because although her stitches are out, she is still healing.

Even though we can’t take a big riding trip, I’m hoping it will warm up enough to take a few day trips locally yet this year.

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Here is a gratuitous shot of my bike in warmer times!!

Changes on the way:

As we mentioned last week, we have begun to make some changes to many aspects of Driftless Road Adventures.  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.

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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 – October:

The October Driftless Challenge is over and the winner was once again Nat P.!  Thanks Nat for all the great pictures you shared with us this year!  Nat’s final entry was a picture at the Rock in the House which is located in Fountain City, WI, and is exactly what it sounds like…a rock in a house.  Here is Nat’s picture as well as one of our own:

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Driftless Challenge – Grand Prize Winner:

Our 2019 Driftless Challenge is over and we want to thank everyone that entered and congratulate all of the monthly winners.

Each of the monthly winners was entered into our Grand Prize drawing as well.  We are excited to announce that the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize Winner is Doug M. (below).  Thank you Doug for sharing all of your wonderful pictures with us.

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Remember that you can view all of the Driftless Challenge entry photos here.

When we created the Driftless Challenge, we wanted to find a way to get people to explore the Driftless Area, and based on the results and the feedback we received, we think it was a success!

We are looking forward to the 2020 Driftless Challenge and have begun to scout out new challenge locations.  Look for the 2020 Driftless Challenge rules and locations in the spring!

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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October 9th Update

BMW MOA Getaway:

 

Renee and I had a great time at the BMW MOA Getaway in Tomah this past weekend.  We met a lot of super people and got to talk about our favorite place to ride:  The Driftless Area.  Saturday was a bit of a washout, it poured all day.  But, we hung around and got in a wonderful ride on Sunday.

We chose to ride parts of the Wildcat and Camp Douglas Routes.  We saw many Amish buggies, rode over Wildcat Mountain, found the newest Rustic Road (#121), and had a close call on a sharp right hand corner at the bottom of a hill (yikes!).

This route will be shared at next year’s Getaway, but our Patrons will have access to it in the next week or so.

 

Driftless Challenge:

The last Driftless Challenge for 2019 is currently open.   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:

Last weekend was a one of the last big weekends for Driftless Events.  While there are still a lot of good riding weekends left (hopefully) this year, there are not many organized events.

October 12th:

  • October 12th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

October 19th:

October 26th:

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