Wisconsin Area Rides/Events

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Cannonshot, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. DSquared

    DSquared Thumpin' Along

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    They do. The single track hasn't been open once since I've been there though. It is in a lower land area so it remains closed unless things stay dry
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  2. Norsman

    Norsman ...a GSophile

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    I'm up for a big bike route in June if we can do the first weekend.


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  3. GoingSolo

    GoingSolo Been here awhile

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    Still says closed at Bong. Low ground must be wet still.

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  4. Westerly_Wind

    Westerly_Wind Adventurer

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    The ground is still frozen and will take awhile to get back into riding shape. I would guess you have months to wait for Bong to open.
    They are very conservative about letting everything dry; will remain closed for days after any amount of rainfall. Multiple reviews posted about the over policing -"I can confirm that the Rangers here are indeed tight assed children."
    I checked into going last year at least three times and it was closed every time.
  5. GoingSolo

    GoingSolo Been here awhile

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    Rode Bong in the pouring rain last year.....what a blast! Went today and walked the trails. No frost in the ground but the trails were extremely soft. Horses of course were allowed to rip the shit out of their trails. None of the trails are even close to being ready.

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  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Someday I'll take you aside and explain to you how many of the horse folks I deal with are our allies. Keep in mind that we will be sharing a horse trail at Sauk Prairie. The best thing our group can do is not take shots at other groups as it is pretty short sighted. :D
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  7. GoingSolo

    GoingSolo Been here awhile

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    I have multiple friends who ride horses and I do myself. My point was that the trails weren't in shape.

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  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I'm glad you weren't complaining about equestrians.
  9. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    I'll be in Europe early June so feel free to organize something in my abscence. I'll happily organize something but it'll have to be weekend of 23rd thru 25th. I have a pretty good route from Eau Claire to Herbster and back camping or Motels in the Herbster/Cornicopia area.
    Something to think on anyway!

    Cheers, MK-UK.
  10. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    5-6 of us so far, another couple of riders would see us as being a big of a group as we'd like. Any iterseted parties let me know!

    Cheers !

    MK-UK.
  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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  12. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    Hello All, ok we've pretty much decided on a route for our weekend getaway (May 6/7) and unfortunately it looks like our six may become five... So, if you are interested in joining us, please get in contact with me.

    We'll be starting in Eagle River, early on the Saturday morning and staying over in Republic, MI on the Saturday night. we're renting a cottage that can sleep 6-7 so... Thanks to Cannon for making his tracks readily available:-) but no apologies for the chopping and changing :clap. Obviously you'll need both WI. & MI. OHV permits

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    As stated, let me know if you're interested-cheers, MK-UK.
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  13. Fat Chance

    Fat Chance Adventurer

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    I can't make it that weekend but, hope to do many of those tracks later in May, June. Please post some pictures if you get a chance.
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  14. zora

    zora the explora

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    Saturday, May 6th

    Meet & Greet at Astico Park in Columbus

    1:00pm - 8:00pm / or overnight if you'd like to camp there

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    We will be in shelter #1, circled in pink on the map.

    We will be camping in sites along the pink line towards the bottom of the map.

    **EDIT** We will not be staying by the pink line on the map, after all. The sites #15-38 will not be ready in time, even though they show available on the reservation chart. We will be over by the shelter in #40.

    Part of the road is closed a few miles away, so click on the detour map on the link below to find the best alternate route or to reserve a campsite.

    http://www.co.dodge.wi.gov/community/visitors/parks-and-recreation/astico-park



    Please post on the Madison WI Area M&G thread or send me a PM if you plan on joining us.
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  15. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    Hi, we've had a last minute crash and burn situation so there's now an open spot on ride we're doing this weekend (see above). We're staying at and starting from Hi Pines campground in Eagle River this Friday night/Saturday morning and staying over in the UP on Saturday evening. If you have the correct permits and want to tag along let me know!

    cheers, MK.
  16. BLucare

    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    ^ I'll second that. Eagle River is my home town. Would be very cool to see what it's looking like up there lately.
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  17. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    Well, better late than never i guess (ha-ha, you won't say that after watching the video!) :lol3

    Eagle River/UP weekend 5/6-7/2017 ride report & video.

    So, the week running up to the trail ride was pretty frenetic. Josh, Todd and I went out the Saturday before to give the bikes a final shakedown. Sadly, after a paltry 3.5 miles my KTM 350 EXC spat the dummy and refused to start. After some late nights in the garage without getting anywhere with the bike I ended up making a decision to just get my other bike, a 400 KTM going, I've only owned the bike a couple of months and thought that she would be a long term project… hmm, luckily those RFS engines are built of indestrucium but even so a 450+ mile weekend out of the gate was a daunting prospect! Also in that week, one of our intrepid group, Iffkid found out that he wasn’t built out of indestructium or rubber for that matter and came off worse while conversing closely with Mother Earth and had to pull out or the ride all together.

    Anyway, Friday was soon upon us and 4 of the 5 remaining riders met up at Hi Pines campground in Eagle River (who, by the way still seem to be very friendly to the m/c community) That evening turned out to be a harbinger of the weather that we were going to have for the whole of the weekend… abso-bloody-lutely freezing but with clear skies and bright sunshine! We used the evening well by drinking beer, eating campfire food and lots of b/s-ing and laughter.

    Saturday morning saw us up and at it reasonably early, the sun was up but had definitely forgot to turn it’s heater on! Our last rider arrived right on schedule and we were off! We did have an early casualty when Todd took a little tumble on a tight bend when he low sided on some very loose sand/gravel… As it turned out, upon visiting the doctor when he got home he found that he’d broken and cracked a couple of ribs and a toe! Much kudos to Todd though as he carried on riding for the rest of the weekend even though he was in some discomfort.

    It some became obvious that my enforced change of bike was going to have some impact on us as the range on the 400 was nowhere close to that of the 350 which in turn meant that we’d have to make a few extra stops for fuel on the way. What this in turn meant was that we were taking longer to get around the very aggressive 250 mile route than I’d hoped. After a route that mainly consisted of blacktop, gravel but with some nice twin track we finally arrived at Silver Lake for fuel and then went on to the Porterfield trail. The single track was great but to be honest the whole area between 95 and 35 was a motorcycle playground and was well worth the trip and I will be going back at some point.

    Unfortunately, this was where the trip unraveled somewhat… Even though we were following the golden rule of not leaving a junction without making sure the next rider was behind you we somehow managed to become separated into 2 groups. I think that what happened was one of the riders thought that a junction wasn’t a junction but the main trail and didn’t slow. Unfortunately this coincided with the 2 riders behind being the only members of the group not having GPS’s… Things then got worse because I was unable to back track as my fuel was getting to a critical point of no return!

    Anyway, miracle of miracles we did have phone coverage and managed to eventually make contact with everyone and ultimately regrouped in Gwinn after Tony, with his larger gas tank went and found the guys who were lost.

    However, the cumulative effect of all of our issues meant that we were running around 2-3 hours behind (including the time change-doh!) and had to cut route as it was getting late and Todd’s earlier crash had mysteriously knocked out all of his electrics. So after a great day’s ride up to that point we had to cut and run around 50 miles on the black stuff to get to the resort where we were booked to stay for the night before a lack of light became an issue. Unfortunately that meant we never got to run the Bass Lake trails, which, was a bit of a downer for sure.

    The resort in Republic, called Pinecrest-was very picturesque and not a terrible place to spend the night for sure.

    Sunday morning came too soon and was another great "window weather" type of day, we were up early and eager to go… not! It was somewhere around 33 degrees but the strong winds made it feel much colder. I have to say that the trails for the most part on the Sunday were pretty mediocre, at least for small to medium engine dirt bikes and would have suited my Africa Twin much more. However, that all changed when we eventually got back in to Wisconsin and Vilas County for sure! By then the wind had died down somewhat and the weather definitely got warmer by a few degrees which made all of the difference. It was a great end to the trip and turned a so-so day into a good one.

    I want to thank Tony, Jim, Josh & Todd for coming and hope that you all had a great time and to let Frank & Jim (two riders that had planned on coming) know that even with our problems you missed a great weekend and hope that you can make it next time.

    Some good lessons to be learned from this trip though and they include:

    · In remote locales make sure you know where your next fuel stop is going to be before you leave the last one!

    · Take advantage of technology and take a GPS with you, even if it’s in your back pack, it could turn out to be a life saver.

    · Remember to include all time changes in your calculations when crossing over time zones!

    · Always give yourself some margin for error, if things go well you can always add mileage if an opportunity presents itself.

    Anyway, enjoy the following video and thanks for reading! I really want to go back to the UP on the Africa Twin so if anyone is intersted in coming along please let me know!



    Cheers, MK.
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  18. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Always glad to talk to people about what experience they want and what bikes they are riding when they go through my track catalog to make sure they get what they might prefer. I just did a custom 600 miler for some folks yesterday. I take care of locating the gas stops and the related intervals as well. Lots of options.
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  19. MarshkevUK

    MarshkevUK Alright Guv'na?

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    Hey Cannon, i hope you didn't take what as i said as a criticsm of your tracks because that's the last thing i intended. If it wasn't for you the trip wouldn't have even been an option. next time though i will reach out to you if needed. As for the fuel issues, we'd have been good if my 350 had been working as planned because the extra capacity of the long range tank was going to double as a fuel bowser if required!

    I for one really appreciate your track catalog and the time and effort that you put into them!

    MK.
  20. DSquared

    DSquared Thumpin' Along

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    In for the Big Bike repeat. I like chasing big bikes on my KLR.
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