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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

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Oct. 2nd Events Update

Vetesnik Rendezvous:

We had a great time at the Vetesnik Customer Appreciation Rendezvous in Richland Center.  What started out as a cloudy, cold, blustery day gave way to sunshine, and we led an awesome ride.  Please enjoy our video of the ride below.  We met a lot of new people which is always fun for us.  Thanks to Garrett for inviting us!!

 

 

BMW MOA Tomah Weekend Getaway

This weekend we have been invited to speak at the BMW MOA Tomah Weekend Getaway.  We will give a short talk about Driftless Road Adventures on Friday night and, following, look for our table where we will be selling maps and SD cards.  We would love to meet you!!  Also speaking will be Chad Berger of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail and Motor Journalist Peter Egan.  Join us!

Driftless Challenge:

Nat P. was the winner of the September Driftless Challenge.  Congratulations Nat!!

We are now accepting entries for the October Driftless Challenge.  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:

This coming weekend is one of the last big event weekends in the Driftless Area.  Check out all of the events below:

October 5th:

October 12th:

  • October 12th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

October 19th:

  • October 19th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

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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Sept. 25th Events Update

This weekend is the first of 2 big weekends for us.  Saturday, September 28th we will be in Richland Center with a booth at Vitesniks 27th Annual Customer Appreciation Rendezvous.  Its going to be a full day of fun, food, and music.  We will also be leading a short ride on some of our favorite area roads.  Be sure to stop in!!

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The weekend of October 5th, we will be in Tomah, WI for the BMW MOA Getaway.  Renee and I are very excited about this event.  We will be speaking to the attendees as well as helping everyone with their weekend riding plans.   We will also be riding in the Driftless Area all weekend, so if you see us, be sure to stop by and say hello.  We would love to meet you!!

Driftless Challenge:

This is the last week for the September Driftless Challenge.  You can still win!!  Be sure to get us your pictures by the end of the day on Monday, September 30th to be included in the prize drawing.

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize in November!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

These next 2 weekends have plenty of events available, but they also signal the winding down of organized events in the Driftless Area.  Since there aren’t many events left, it is a great time to buy a Driftless Map and explore a new area on your own!!

September 28th:

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October 5th:

October 12th:

  • October 12th:  No Driftless Events Currently Scheduled

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 September’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Arcadia Route Video and Sept. 18th Events Update

Renee and I had a great time riding the Arcadia and Buena Vista Routes over the long Labor Day weekend.  Last week we shared some of our favorite pictures and this week we have some video.  Below is a very short video of our day-long ride on the Arcadia Route.

Driftless Challenge:

September is 1/2 over and we only have a few entries for the Driftless Challenge, so if you enter, you have a good chance of winning!

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

The next 3 weeks are jam packed with fun events.  Check out the list below, there is sure to be a fun event near you.

September 21st:

September 28th:

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October 5th:

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 September’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Sept. 11th Events Update

Renee and I would like to thank all of the First Responders who work so hard every day!

Thank You!!

Paper Maps:

If you saw our pictures from the our Labor Day weekend you might have seen the picture of me looking at one of our paper maps:

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I have been using our maps in the Driftless Area this season and I find them to be an invaluable resource.  I have used them to see how close we are to towns for gas (and bathrooms).  I have also used them to find an alternative route around a closed road.  They are a great tool to show other riders and passengers when they want to know where they are on the route and what is ahead.  So, if you are heading out for a ride in the Driftless Area consider taking one of our maps along.

Driftless Challenge:

We are about 1/3 of the way through the September Driftless Challenge, so there is still plenty of time to enter.  September and October are the last two Driftless Challenge Months.

Remember, all monthly Driftless Challenge winners will be entered in a drawing for the 2019 Driftless Challenge Grand Prize!!

Upcoming Driftless Events:

Driftless Area events are starting to slow down a bit, but there are still plenty of great events coming up.  Be sure to check out the Vitesnik Customer Appreciation event on Sept. 28th.  Driftless Road Adventures will have a booth and will be leading a ride in the afternoon.

September 14th:

September 21st:

September 28th:

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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 August’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee

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Labor Day Wrap Up & Sept. 4th Events Update

Labor day weekend holds a special place in our hearts because it is our anniversary.  We usually celebrate by taking a long weekend motorcycle trip, and this year was no exception.  This year we decided to return to the Driftless Area and ride a couple of our favorite routes; the Arcadia Route and the Buena Vista Route.

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The roads and the scenery were incredible.  We are always amazed at the variety of wildlife and changing geography we see in a relatively small area.  We had an amazing weekend!

Driftless Challenge:

Nat P. was the winner of the August Driftless Challenge.  Congratulations Nat!  With the end of the August Challenge comes the start of the September Driftless Challenge.  There are only 2 more Driftless Challenges left in 2019 (Sept. and Oct.), so don’t delay, and remember that the winners from each month are entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of October.

Upcoming Driftless Events:

The weekend of September 7th is another big weekend for Driftless Events.  These events are great opportunities to meet some other riders or to ride in a new area.  Check these out:

September 7th:

September 14th:

September 21st:

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 August’s Driftless Challenge!

Hope you are having a great week!  Ride Safe!

Dale and Renee