For those of you that want to get a head-start on planning your rides for the upcoming season, here’s the tentative 2008 COG Ride Schedule for the Wisconsin
Area. As always, we’re open to all brands, and non-members are welcome to join in. I’d like to hear from anyone who might be interested in leading rides,
particularly those of you that live outside of the Southeastern corner of the state. Call me at (262) 970-9801 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
on dates, times and gathering points, and I’ll get your ride on the schedule. Currently scheduled rides include:
Sat. - Mon. May 24-26, 2008 COG River Run 2008.
We’re doing the River Run over Memorial Day Weekend again this year. This three-day adventure begins on Saturday, May 24th with a ride west to the Mississippi, then north along the Great River Road to Wabasha, MN (just across the river from Nelson, WI). Dinner on Saturday night will be at Slippery’s, overlooking the river at the west end of Main Street in Wabasha. (651-565-4748)
On Sunday morning, we’ll meet for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at Beth’s Café on Highway 35 in Nelson, and then head southeast over the twistiest, most scenic roads in the Midwest. Sunday night will be spent in or near Viroqua, about 30 miles southeast of LaCrosse. Those interested in beautiful, but “rustic” (i.e. no showers) camping will be staying at Sidie Hollow County Park, south of Hwy 56, just a few miles west of Viroqua. (Follow the signs from Hwy 56) Motel options in Viroqua and Wabasha are listed below.
On Monday morning, we’ll meet for breakfast at about 9:00 a.m. at the Main Street Cafe on Highway 14 on the north edge of Viroqua before heading home. My group will be going southeast on a variety of great HFRO roads. Total mileage will be 250-300 miles each day. If you’re looking for a long weekend of intense riding sprinkled with incredible scenic overlooks, the River Run is for you.
Interested? Join us at the McDonalds at Hwy 83 & I-94 west of Waukesha at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2008, or pick up the ride in progress at the Merrimac Ferry (north side of the river) around 10:30 a.m. For those in the western part of the state, consider joining us for lunch at the Café Fiesta Fe at 130 South Main Street in Richland Center at about 12:30 p.m. or at the “Scenic Overlook” just off Highway 35 between Genoa and Stoddard at about 3:00 p.m. where we’ll meet some of our Minnesota friends for the last leg of the day’s ride to Wabasha. This overlook, marked by signs on the “Great River Road,” is high up on a bluff, and provides a beautiful view over the Mississippi. If you can’t get away to ride with the group on Saturday, feel free to meet us for dinner at Slippery’s on Saturday night, or for breakfast on Sunday morning at Beth’s Café in Nelson.
Lodging options in Wabasha, MN for the 2008 River Run include :
Wabasha Motel American Motel Coffee Mill Inn
1110 Hiawatha Drive 150 Commerce Drive Hwy 61 & 60
Wabasha, MN 55981 Wabasha, MN 55981 Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 565-9932 (651) 565-5366 (651) 565-4561
(also has campground)
Lodging options in Viroqua for the COG River Run 2008 include :
Super 8 Motel Midway Motel Hickory Hill Motel Sidie Hollow Co. CG
Hwy 14, North 850 Main Street Hwy 14, South South of Hwy 56
Viroqua, WI Viroqua, WI Viroqua, WI West of Viroqua
(608) 637-3100 (608) 637-2929 (608) 637-3101