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johnstewart 09-06-2016 04:04 PM

Driftless Area Ride and Rever
 
So I've done rides up in the Driftless Area (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driftless_Area) for a long time, including a few Triples rallies (been a while though!). I did a long ride this weekend with the girlfriend (her first, she didn't fall off!) on the XS11. Thought I'd share...

So if you've never ridden the Driftless and get a chance, do it! It's fantastic. Due to the dairy industry in Wisconsin, most all roads are paved (they want to get the milk trucks into all the little farms). That said, especially when connecting between valleys, there will be some gravel! It varies from hard pack, to gnarly steep balls of death.

But it's worth it! You will be rewarded with endless twisties, and majestic scenery!

I also began using this year, after getting USB charger on my XS11 rolling, Rever. It's great. I hope these are readable.

Friday, first leg from Madison to camp. This takes us up out of the plains that Madison sits on, across the Wisconsin River on one of the few public free ferries still operating. If you're on a bike, you can always sneak between the cars. Then up through the bluffs to begin entering the Driftless, through Devil's Lake State Park:
https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/202544

Saturday morning, ride from camp to cabin. This takes us deep into the true heart of the Driftless. There was more gravel pucker-up here than I'd normally sign up for. I don't mind too much; I've done my share. But the g/f said it was making her motion sick, the drifting side to side (don't fight it!):
https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/203295

Saturday afternoon, cabin back to a B&B. This takes us down through Wildcat Mountain State Park, a legendary ride. Also many bridges over the Kickapoo river:
https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/203617

Sunday morning, home. Here I went south over the river, then east through the southernmost reach of the Driftless, finally emptying into the basin that Madison sits on.
https://a.rever.co/embed/rides/204221

Gorgeous!

donebysunday 09-07-2016 03:14 AM

SW Wisconsin
 
Have not been in this area in a few years.
Wildcat is cool, the area is too.
For 10-12 years went to the rally based in Westby, near Viroqua, stayed at the Old Towne Inn, restaurant is great too. A few months after the rally the wife and dog/s, me went for a weekend or week.
I'm near Milwaukee, seems we have a number of Wi. members.
Don

johnstewart 09-07-2016 08:15 AM

Don - the only Yamaha rallies I've ever done was with the Triples group. They used to do the North Central Rally, always in the area up there near La Crosse. It's been a few years; since having kids I didn't make it a priority.

Which rally was based in Westby? And is it still going?

cruiser 09-07-2016 10:19 PM

All good roads in that area. Almost my back yard. 179 from Eastman to Steuben then Cnty Rd E to Wisconsin river is a great stretch.
I ride that whole area from Lacrosse and south frequently.
We had a "Lost Rally" based at Priarie du Chein routing North to Lacrosse then down Mn and Ia side back in 2009 I think.
Did one of the triples rally's there around that time also.

donebysunday 09-08-2016 01:31 PM

Xs 650
 
it was but became, Virago and then you name it. Last I was there was 6 years ago (about).
Always great folks and great rides.
The restaurant is part of the motel, good food, good $ !
Don't know if it's still going on Labor day weekend, I guess the internet would know ?
It's still there
http://www.wildcatrally.com/wc_home.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnstewart (Post 490396)
Don - the only Yamaha rallies I've ever done was with the Triples group. They used to do the North Central Rally, always in the area up there near La Crosse. It's been a few years; since having kids I didn't make it a priority.

Which rally was based in Westby? And is it still going?


johnstewart 09-08-2016 01:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donebysunday (Post 490461)
it was but became, Virago and then you name it. Last I was there was 6 years ago (about).
Always great folks and great rides.
The restaurant is part of the motel, good food, good $ !
Don't know if it's still going on Labor day weekend, I guess the internet would know ?
It's still there
http://www.wildcatrally.com/wc_home.html

Hah, holy cow. I was riding through the same weekend they were out. Nice.


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