Friday, May 24, 2013

2013 Memorial Day Ride Day 1

Isaiah came down and met me at work, taking off from work we jumped on the freeway for a two and a half hour ride to the start of the TWAT.

At high speeds my bike has a nice speed wobble. I have been fighting this for a few days trying to get rid of it with no luck. I finally found the issue three days before leaving for the trip so I was really scared that it could put a hold on things. It turns out these front tires are natorious for giving KLR's a high speed wobble. I ordered a replacement set of tires just in case I wasn't able to get the wobble out. I replaced the tube in case it had a kink or anything odd with it. The night before I balanced the tire one more time and decided that I was just going to ride it and hope it works out.

As soon as we got on the freeway I felt the wobble coming on. I just fought it the entire ride to the beginning of the TWAT.

We arrived at the start around 3:30, we were right on the border of Illinois, the starting point couldn't have been better.

Heading off on our litttle adventure I was taken aback by the great views on the west side of Wisconsin. We were heading through a lot of farm / ranch areas I was surprised that it just isn't flat land like our side of the state. I have been over to the west a few times but mostly around the Mississippi river which of course gives you the bluffs.

Our first night was at Wyalusing State Park and I was able to pick the worst spot in the campground. Apparently the good spots are exactly on the opposite side of the campground. It was so bad that I didn't even take a picture of our spot.

Let me show you the views from the other sites.

I will tell you that there is a super nice guy running the firewood store at the entrance of the park.

Most of the night was uneventful. Had some dinner, enjoyed a fire, and went to bed.