Wow, what a great weekend! 3 days of riding with old friends and and making new friends. Overall, I rode 600 miles in 3 different states!
Friday was spent riding to Wisconsin and exploring some roads and sights for the next new route we are working on (the Boaz-Caz Route). The diversity of scenery for the first day is typical on all of our routes. For the architecture buffs among us, this route includes a warehouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
On Saturday, our plan was to ride the Wisconsin Triangle Route. We started early and kept up a brisk pace all day. Life happens and we had many drop outs so our small group was made up of a BMW 1200GSW, a Versys, a Vstrom, a Valkryie, and a VTX.
Unfortunately Bill, on the Valk, had work commitments, so he could only ride with us for a short time. We started the ride in Blue River, WI and rode in a clockwise direction, winding through the hills and valleys until we made it to Potosi. In Potosi, we took side trips on Wisconsin Rustic Road #99 and the Potosi Recreation Area Pennisula.
We stopped for lunch in Cassville and then pushed on. After a few quick stops along the way we ended up in Woodman, where they were winding down the Dinky Days Celebration. The Dinky Days Celebration is a look into the past when the narrow gauge railroad ran between Woodman and Fennimore Wisconsin.
We visited with our friends and sponsor at the Dinky Store. We were close to the end of the route and it was getting late. A freshly paved road made for a great finish to a good day’s ride. The door to door distance for this ride was about 250 miles, traffic was light, the weather was good.
By Sunday, I was tired, but I had a planned meet up with the crew from Motoworks Chicago at the ATLAK event in Galena, Illinois, so I had to get up and start moving. It was a windy, cloudy day until I got to the event site at Chestnut Mountain Resort (Galena, Ill), but then the wind stopped and the sun came out. The setting was beautiful and the new Triumph Tigers looked awesome.
I met people from as close as Moline and as far away as Chicago and I had a great time talking to everyone I met. The highlight of my visit was meeting Johnny Scheff from Motoworks Chicago, John Panek from the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association, and Chad Berger from Lone Wolf Expeditions.
Motoworks Chicago was the local host for the nationwide ATLAK event. They have many events throughout the summer, so you should check out their website or stop in to their store.
The Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA) has the motto, Great Riders, Great Roads, Join Us! The primary purpose of this group is to bring together riders whose focus is sport touring, regardless of the type or brand of motorcycle. They host several events throughout the year including a major event every year. This years major event will be held next weekend (June 10-14) in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Chad Berger created Lone Wolf Expeditions, but he is also known as the creator of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail. This is a dual sport route that runs from Galena, Illinois to the north tip of wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. This is a must-do ride for any dual sport enthusiast.
Overall it was a fun, but tiring weekend. I found some great new roads for the Boaz-Caz Route, I decided to make some small changes to the Wisconsin Triangle Route, and I got to reconnect with some old friends and make some new friends.
Thanks for riding along.