Wisconsin Death Trip 2006

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by rokklym, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    The Jackson & Clark county July 2006 DS ride:

    Nobody died... Actually there were only a few crashes, but nothing serious. This ride is called
    "Wisconsin Death Trip" in reference to the Static X song and the book by the same name which chronicles the secret history of life in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, circa the late-1800s and early-1900s. For whatever reason, the seemingly cozy hamlet of Black River Falls—its population largely comprised of Germans and Scandinavians—became a haven for the mentally ill, teenage random murderers, lovesick suicides, baby killers, a brick throwing, coke-snorting anarchist, and a host of other bizarre and aberrant behavior that ultimately said more about the populace than any sentimentalized portrait of earnest, God-fearing country people ever could.

    This ride takes place in the same area that the book talks about, so thats how the ride got its name.
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    The book is basicly a collection of photos and related newspaper clippings that document the strange happenings in this area and show that the "Good old days" may not have been that good at all.

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    Our ride was the result of a few PM's thrown around last winter between two strangers on this forum, rokklym and KTM300. Shawn ( KTM300 ) had a place for us to stay so we decided to get together in July and ride Clark county together. We finally met at the Enduraid Rally and Shawn talked to DruiD and I think he was thinking about throwing something together also, so the stars aligned and everything fell together. Jay ( DruiD ) said we could base out of his cabin and even ride some of his land too, this was shaping up nicely! We met up a few times for some pre-riding and got a route figured out and actually got our only death, a BMW!
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  2. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    We all met at Jays cabin Saturday morning for the ride. A bunch came up Friday and rode and a few met up later in the day.

    A few of the bikes. We had a total of 16 bikes start the ride Saturday AM, not a bad little group!
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    Jay was having a blast tearing around on the Elsinore
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    Jay giving his speach before the ride. This IS NOT a race and if is was you can only win if you finish, so make it back safe. Good advice!!
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    Bills sweet lowered 640 ADV
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    The other Bill on his Beemer before we hit the sand.
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    We started out on some sandy singletrack and then hit the Jackson county ATV trails which are quite sandy!
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    Jay was leading, Shawn was sweeping, and I was trying to play photographer. Heres Shawn and Greg cleaning up.
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  3. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Our first real stop, waiting for the rest to catch up.
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    This little Honda XR250 tore off its valve stem so we tore into it and replaced the tube.
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    A few miles down the trail I noticed what looked like a BMW divot :rofl
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    Twin Headlight Ernie cruising the ATV trails
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    MNwilly RIP, my friend...

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  5. rokklym

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    More in a bit
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    Must not have been hot, because most of you are wearing big heavy jackets.:D
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  7. Jack_

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    What a GREAT time!!! What a great group to ride with! I had a blast!

    A huge thanks goes out to all the organizers and helpers, from advice, to food, to lodging. Thanks everyone!!!

    This was my first time riding the trails with a dual sport and I'm so glad I rode with this group. If I would have tried it myself, I'm sure I would have crashed my brains out and probably gave up 1/2 hour into the trail. But with a few helpful hints I went from being intimidated leaving the driveway to feeling pretty good on the trails. Thanks!!!

    Thanks again for the invite and the camrauderie! I snuck out early this morning and got a loop in on the Crawford Hills trails before it started pouring. Holy cow those trails are tight. But still, had a good time.

    Hope to see you out there again!!!
    Jack
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  8. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Jeez Jack, You sure can ride for a noob!! Seriously, I though you had been riding that bike a while.
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  9. XRR-kat

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    Ernie,
    Can you say make & model of your fairing ?
    I'm DS'ing an XRR and considering a desert racing light setup; that fairing would work well with it.
    Learned new appreciation for lighting as it got dark before ride end.
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  10. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I Supporter

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    Did you ride the dr on this one? :ear
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  11. Jack_

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    Thanks. I picked it up last Sunday and most of the gear I had Friday before the ride. I hope to get the rest of the gear I need before the next ride.

    I bought a Honda 230 last year and I did Knobby Ridge once last year and once this year. I definitely like the single track stuff. I think the mountain biking I've done in the past and the road riding I've done helped. But honestly, the riding was pretty tough and I was lucky I didn't go down.
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  12. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    This explains alot about one of my favorite songs.
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  13. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Waiting for the rest of the group.
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    We all rode at a good pace and everyone got their chance to turn it up a bit if they wanted, but nobody felt they needed to ride over their head to keep up. The group was always waiting at intersection to make sure nobody got lost.

    Check out Shawns salute in the back!
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    A KLR hauling booty in the sand
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    Our feerless leader on KTM300's , KTM 300. His GSA was a bit under the weather so Shaun let Jay ride his sweet 2 stroke for the day.
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  14. rokklym

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    I'd sure like to see this lineup coming down the road!
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    We stopped for lunch and met up with Critic and Dirty Dave. Jay left directions at the cabing to our lunch stop just in case anyone came later in the day. After lunch we hopped on the Clark county ATV trails which are normally alot less sandy than the Jackson county trails.

    Screwing around
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    Nate (theGovernor )
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    Jack cruising on his new DRZ
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    BMWGSBILL, Druid, and Critic trying to fix Bills Beemer
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  15. Gasdoctor

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    The title pretty well sums it up. We had an excellent group of folks and a great ride. I met some new friends and was able to hang out with some old friends as well. :D


    The ride was a hoot!! When I offered to run the "broom" I thought it might be a drag.. Boy, was I wrong.. I was fortunate to have my good buddy Greg
    riding sweep with me. (Greg, did you ever get all the sand out of your shorts??):rofl I think Greg tried roosting me first however, an old mt21
    doesn't quite have the roostability of a half worn Terrorflex.:D


    Kudos to Michelle!! She put in one hell of a ride. Sand is not always the easiest thing to group ride on for a newbie!! :clap Tell Greg to save a couple brews for the Big Woods!!


    Chad, excellent job on the pics!! They look great!!




    And a great big thanks to Jay for allowing us to have the event at his cabin!! It is an excellent venue for an event like this!! Jay also prepped all the rollcharts and was able to get maps for everyone and cleared the five miles of trail @ the cabin. :thumb Outstanding!!


    Thanks everyone!!


    Until next time,
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  16. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Dude, where do you fing all these cool songs? How can I download that?

    Here are a couple pics that go along with that song.
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    I still need to pick up that book, I almost bought it once but it seemed expensive at the time. Now we head away from the morbid stuff to the dusty, sandy stuff.
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    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Sure!! :evil


    Well, the weekend before we had a little Pre ride and things went pretty good ( Check pg 4 of the End of July thread ) and we were about back to the cabin when we stopped at an old gravel quarry to play around. There was a nice pond there with an island out in the middle an Jay started heading out there but got a little too close to the deep side!
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    better leave that in there!
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    This ain't good :huh
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    Jay, do you wanna comment about the GS situation???
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  18. rokklym

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    TomC taking off
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    Yes, Thats a 500 Interceptor on a DS ride!
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    We rode some of the best trails and the sandiest trails but we finally arrived at our destination, Rock Dam.
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    Hot and dusty we were, so a bunch hit the lake behind the bar, much to the ammusement of the ladies sitting in the bar :D

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    After cooling off and getting something to drink, we hit the highway to the cabin.
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    The Interceptor. Check out the electrical tape!!! He rode that thing faster than i thought anyone possibly could in the sand. Its amazing to watch!
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    A quick stop at the Tittie bar for a photo op.
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    Look in the back ground
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    Yep, Greg and Tom are having their way with her
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    Then, back to the high speed gravel to blast back to the cabin. It was about 7:30 before everyone rolled in. The dust got really bad on the way back and I had to stay back a ways, but I got some cool pics!
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    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    The sweeper
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    Back at camp I realize my month and a half old bike looks shittier than my old bike!
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    The DR treated me well today, it sure doesn't handle in the dirt like Shawns KTM 620, but its OK. Today I felt like me and the bike bonded, there was one section of trail thats very sandy and I just got in the groove and then I decided to hit the worst trail that the group avoided, just becuse, and it was great!
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