Adventure is always calling. The question is, will you go? Your chance has arrived as the annual experiment in intentional disorganization is back on the schedule. The Hugellandschaft Adventure Ride will be held May 30-31, 2020. Basecamp will again be at the Corps of Engineers campground Blanding Landing on the banks of the Mississippi River near Hanover Illinois. This is a two-day big bike friendly adventure ride encompassing numerous gravel, dirt and paved roads in Northwest Illinois, the bluffs of Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin. Many sights to take in, sporty pavement, water crossings, a ferry ride, elevation changes, rivers, lakes and awesome people. Last year I had access to a short stretch of off-road private property in Illinois that got washed away so it was deleted from the track. This year I am hopeful the weather will cooperate and we will get to ride it. A gracious individual in Iowa has offered up another private trail option so if things work out there will be some true off road each day. Mileage for each day will be in the 180 – 200 mile area with plenty of chances to take in some majestic bluff views, sleepy small towns, rural oddities, historical significance, pleasant scenery and photo worthy moments. Tracks will be posted here as time draws closer. A free Saturday evening meal at the campground will be provided sponsored by our good friend Johnny Moto at Motoworks Chicago. Johnny is the guy who wadded a rain jacket in his rear sprocket last year and left an 80-foot-long darkie on Loran Road. Be sure to ask him about the incident, he has video. Johnny also brings a few customers who wish to ride pavement only and he has enlisted the talents of Dale at Driftless Road Adventures to assemble a route for those who wish not to be on gravel. All three of us share resources this weekend so feel free to ride your preference and hang at the campground regardless. I’m sure he will chime in but you can learn more about Dale’s plan at his site; Driftless Road Adventures or Motoworks Chicago You are in charge of making your own campground reservations which can be done here; Blanding Landing Camp The campground has water, restroom with showers and most sites have electrical service. Be aware that this is not a large facility so if you wait till the week before to make a reservation chances are good it will be full. We filled the park last year but site host Charlotte was good about letting others share their site space with walk ups. Keep this in mind as there will be room, but you will have to sweet talk a camper into sharing and others should be aware of this and be generous. Every electrical site is very roomy, plenty of space for others with tents and/or single vehicles. Also be aware that the freight train track is next door, I mean right next door. Trust me, you get used to dealing with it but if you know it will be intolerable, other lodging plans will have to be made. Galena has a campground in town that won’t have trains but will have the parking lot lights of Wal-Mart to annoy you. If you are not a camper then closest lodging is Chestnut Mountain Resort where Johnny and his crew stay. There are a few hotels in the Galena/Elizabeth area also, let Google be your guide but note that most of these options are going to be a good distance from Blanding campground. The campground is far away from any services so plan your ice and provisions accordingly and finally if you have a large trailer or tall motorhome do not attempt to access the campground on Diggin Hill Road. That is a death wish my friend and Charlotte has many stories to back me up on that. There will be coffee somewhere in the campground Saturday and Sunday morning, I will have plenty of cold water at the shelter but adult beverage distribution subjects me to issues I wish to avoid so bring your own giggle juice. You have certainly read of similar events on this forum and Hugellandschaft is no different but I will highlight the obvious. This is a self-guided event so you are responsible for navigation. If you have no means to accomplish this then buddy up with another rider or group as everyone is happy to help. There will be two days of tracks and it matters none what track you ride on a given day but please keep with the direction of each track so we don’t have a head on collision. Motorcycles are dangerous but I know a guy who choked on a cocktail weenie last week so turns out anything can kill you. Keep that in the forefront, be safe, wear all the gear you have, follow the law, think and if by chance something ugly happens we will do what we can but that’s your bad and we all hope you have adequate insurance. The roads are not as lonely as one might think so don’t get a confident feeling that there will be no traffic on that sweeper you are hanging it out on. Hazards are everywhere and are too numerous for me to list so just be cautious. Please respect the locals and their businesses, the campers and campground policy and of course mankind in general. This is a gathering of like-minded individuals for the sole purpose of having fun. Nothing more is implied and as always there is no fee. Here is a link to last years ride to get a handle on what happens; 2019 Hope to see a smiling group of riders this May and rather that clog up web space with a lot of photo’s, here is a low budget under produced video of archived pictures.