Friday, September 30, 2011

Kari's Bike

My wife Kari got a new bike this week. It is a 1982 Kawasaki KZ250CSR. Picked it up for cheap, wasn't running when I got it. The previous owner told me that they had the carbs cleaned twice on it and still never got it to run right. After some digging around it turned out that when they cleaned the carbs there is a little rubber plug that goes in the carb and it was missing. I plugged it with something that I had lying around the garage and the bike has been running like a dream ever since.

I think it is time to buy her some real riding gear.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nephew and I went for a Ride

My nephew put 110 miles on today, here are some pics from it. I showed him the pictures from my day trip and he wanted to see the windmills up close so off we went. It was worth it.

I didn't realize that the last time I went up there it was 50+ miles away. C.J. was on my 550 which isn't the most comfortable bike for long distance.

I took him to the windmill that I saw just one week ago and it was completely put together.

So we backtracked a bit to one we saw that was still being built.

If you were ever wondering what the inside of a windmill blade looks like here ya go.

Looking out from within.

The nose cone is huge.

The power station.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Random Saturday Ride

This morning I jumped on the bike at 7 am for a ride. I went out Hwy 33 and getting close to Beaver Dam I saw that they are building more windmills. So I stopped in for a closer look.

After that I planned on heading up to Wildcat Mountain State Park to ride the switchbacks of Hwy 33. That plan changed when I got into a small town called Hillsboro and accidentally took a wrong turn onto Hwy 80 South. At first I didn't even notice, the road was quite similar to Hwy 33 but after traveling for 30 or so miles I did notice that my shadow was in the wrong place. I pulled over to check a map and figure out what I did wrong. When I pulled over I saw this.

I checked my phone and found that I had gone about an hour out of my way to the switchbacks. I was disappointed but really didn't feel like backtracking to get to them. I punched La Crosse into the GPS and it suggested that I continue on 80 South to County Road D. I relieved myself, had a smoke and continued to D. This was one of the best mistakes I have made in a while. D was just a beautiful ride. It was curvy, cutting through hills, real back roads with hardly any traffic except the occasional horse buggy of the Amish. I was probably on the road for a good hour or so and I was still disappointed when it ended. I jumped on 14 and headed into La Crosse to visit a friend of mine.

After meeting with my buddy I headed back south to 90 and cut over to Minnesota. My plan was to ride the river on the Minnesota side down to Iowa. I got accorss and headed down by La Cressent.

When I got to La Cressent I missed the turn for 16 South and ended up going back across the river into the southside of La Crosse. Again with a bit of disappointment I continued on 35 South down the river on the Wisconsin side. I got down by Lansing Iowa and was able to cross over again. The bridge at Lansing is the worst bridge for motorcycles with knobby tires.

Once I was on the Iowa side I continued down to Praire du Chen to cross back over to Wisconsin. I really wish I would have stayed on the west side of the river. I have ridden down the east side many times and while it is a beautiful ride I would have liked to experience the west side. From Lansing to the crossing in Prarie du Chein was a wonderful experience and I feel that the entire ride would have been like that.

I crossed back over and got onto 60 east to start the trek home. 60 east was an alright ride but didn't really do it for me. I came upon Hwy 80 and decided to take that north, if nothing else I could take it back to where I got off of 33 in Hillsboro. While traveling on 80 I came across my good friend County Road D.I was so tempted to jump on it and ride further north west just to do it but then I found the D South. Again just a great road to travel on. I rode D over to Hwy 58 and 58 back to Hwy 33. From Hwy 33 I tried taking a shortcut and ended up running all the way up to Waupun. A bit out of the way. I zig zagged my way back down home and ended my trip 12.5 hours after I started with a total of 502 miles.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rustic Roads

Tonight after work I went out and found 9 rustic roads. I went through Waukesha County and got roads 10 and 86 then I headed down to Racine County and got roads 2, 5, 25, 30, 37, 42, and 43. It took a total of 203 miles to complete those. 9 down 99 to go.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rustic Roads WI

There are 108 roads in Wisconsin that are considered "Rustic Roads" as you can see on the DOT website. On their website they have .PDF files with information on the Rustic Roads in each quarter of the state along with each county of each quarter. I found out tonight that their maps are not very good at getting you to the start and end of each rustic road. They offer a rustic roads award program. If you travel 10 of the roads you are eligible for a Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour Patch. If you travel 25 Rustic Roads you are qualified for a special state certificate. You can see the awards program details here.

I thought this is a good idea and figured I would start collecting pictures of my bike in front of the signs beginning with the roads that are in my area. I went after my first one tonight and let me tell you that the maps provided are less than suitable for quick and easy findings of these roads.

So I am going to start remapping the roads on Google Maps as I do the roads and then post a link here for access to the roads. I don't think I will be doing all 108 roads anytime soon but as I do them I will find the starting and ending of each one and post a small review of the road.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Not doing the Iron Butt

I have decided against doing the Iron Butt this weekend. I am thinking I might take a ride up to La Crosse and see a friend of mine. If I take Hwy 33 there I get to go through some sweet switchbacks and then maybe take Hwy 35 down the Mississippi and back home.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Iron Butt

I think this Saturday I am going to go for my Iron Butt ride. The Iron Butt consists of many different styles of rides, the one I am considering is the 1000 miles in 24 hours. I think if I leave at 5:00 a.m. I can ride to just outside or Sioux Falls SD and back for the 1000 miles. My problem is I don't want to ride the freeway the entire way there and back just to make it. I rather take the back roads and enjoy the scenery. I don't know if I can do 1000 miles on all back roads and be able to stay awake the entire time. By freeway it would be about 18 hours, back roads would be about 23 hours which is pushing it for time spent on the bike along with my 24 hour mark.