I was able to sneak away from work on Friday October 18th for the last good riding weekend forecasted (temps at about 60F for highs) probably until April. I wanted to hit three states on this ride, so me and the trusty 2005 Honda Big Ruckus headed out at lunch time, taking the backcountry farm roads for a tour of the Mississippi River region and Wisconsin Dairy country. There would be two nightly stops, one in Clinton, IA on Friday and the other in New Glarus, WI home of the famous New Glarus Brewery, on Saturday. Sunday I would hit Beloit, WI on my way back to Chicago. Final mileage was 447 on the odometer with detours and side trips. You would be surprised how little people pull out in front of you when you have an orange helmet. Seriously, it makes a big difference. A WW2 half track sitting on someone's front lawn in St. Charles, IL Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, IL My trusty steed, 2005 Honda Big Ruckus PS250 Crossing back over the Mississippi River from Iowa. At Sabula, IA - Savanna, IL Galena, IL. A very cool historically preserved town. Gorgeous! Seriously, do some searches on this. This was at the end of the Mississippi River Road/Blackjack Rd., one of the best motorcycle routes in the Midwest. New Glarus Brewery, WI Beloit College. Really lovely town I hit on my way back on Sunday. It was a bit cold on the ride home, but luckily I had good touring gear and layers. All in all a great weekend ride!