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« on: April 14, 2015, 01:17:22 pm »

2015 National Meet (current standings)

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LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Best Western is willing to reserve a block of rooms for us, at $79.95 per night, Sep 7-10.  Location is great- a mile or two south of I-90 on US53/WI35.  They have nice facilities, meeting rooms (already reserved one for Wednesday night 9/9), indoor pool, bar, restaurant, and outdoor deck.  It is on the river.  

Link to their website:  http://bestwesternwisconsin.com/hotels/best-western-riverfront-hotel

The conference room has a $200 fee, but every meal ordered by a guest at the dinner counts toward the fee.  So, it may be a week or two before you can start reserving rooms, but we now have accommodations.


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Tuesday September 8 through Thursday, September 10, 2015.  Arrive on or after Monday afternoon, Sep 7.

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2015, 04:21:45 pm »

Hope I can make it since I voted September  Crazy
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2015, 05:45:49 pm »

Hi I am a new member who joined looking for destinations.  This one will not be that far (Winnipeg,MB,Canada). Will try and make it , date does not matter.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2015, 06:03:26 pm »

Welcome to the bughouse.   As always, looks like Mrs DD has the making of a great meet shaping up.  Too bad for me that I will not be able to attend. Other plans take precedence.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 07:42:36 pm »

Looking forward to it.  Coming from Thunder Bay, WI is a great place to ride.  Won't confirm until I am sure that there are no conflicts.  
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 05:30:24 pm »

The proposed date (Monday of Labor Day and the following several days) do not work for me.

But hey, I voted for June.   Twofinger
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 07:40:56 pm »

Since I live in Wisconsin the only way I won't make it is if something drastic happens.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2015, 12:36:56 pm »

I'm relatively sure I'll be in the Smoky Mountains at this time, but if not, I'll be at this event.
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2015, 03:59:25 pm »

So, I have a quick question. Wisconsin (great), September (pretty good), but have we locked in the exact dates yet?
Is it the 7th-10th?..or are we still considering a later date.

Either way, I'm there, just wanted to make some other plans and need a start date..Thanks. (kinda pushy aren't I  Rolleyes...sorry 'bout that. Embarassment )
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2015, 04:05:23 pm »

My 2 cents how about Sept 1-4  instead of after Labor day as everyone wants the post laborday week off, making vacation a lot more difficult for folks.Or a week later.In any case I am a tentative In.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2015, 04:05:30 pm »

Someone needs to be pushy   :leghump:



I think that Dr Mikey is going to head things up, so I'll let him pick the dates. He should hurry up though, so people can start making plans...
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2015, 06:39:28 pm »


Someone needs to be pushy   :leghump:



I think that Dr Mikey is going to head things up, so I'll let him pick the dates. He should hurry up though, so people can start making plans...

I thought he already had made the dates!!!!!!!! The week after Labor Day, arriving on Monday.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2015, 10:24:13 am »



I thought he already had made the dates!!!!!!!! The week after Labor Day, arriving on Monday.


Well sorta kinda.....


September it will be. How about Monday the 7th (get there that evening, Labor Day) through Thursday the 10th?

  Alternately, if the second week (the 14th through the 17th) works better for more folks, I'm open to it. The Monday holiday makes for one less vacation day people will have to take, so I figure the 7th-10th is best.



Poor DrMikey is most likely too busy at the moment trying to figure out how to get himself out of this herding cats mess he' gotten himself into, to even think about nailing down the dates.  Lol  

Picking a central hotel can be a pain, especially if you are trying to find somewhere nearby to have a group dinner. Once you find a place that is large enough, is willing to put out a hose for a bike washing station, and maybe even set aside a motorcycle parking area, then they won't give you much of a discount on a block of rooms. But you go with it anyway and then the complaints start coming in that the place is too expensive and we should have stayed over here or there. A thankless job until some start actually giving you thanks and you learn to ignore those that complain about everything.

 THANKS DRMIKEY! u b da man! Now piss half the folks here off and pick some dates!  Bigok Lol
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2015, 10:29:18 am »


Picking a central hotel can be a pain, especially if you are trying to find somewhere nearby to have a group dinner. Once you find a place that is large enough, is willing to put out a hose for a bike washing station, and maybe even set aside a motorcycle parking area, then they won't give you much of a discount on a block of rooms. But you go with it anyway and then the complaints start coming in that the place is too expensive and we should have stayed over here or there. A thankless job until some start actually giving you thanks and you learn to ignore those that complain about everything.


 Lol  Sounds like you've done this before!
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2015, 08:21:23 am »

Keep in mind that Labor Day weekend it the time in Wisconsin when many people close their "up North" summer cabins for the winter and bring the boats home. The traffic will be abnormally heavy that weekend. Imagine cars with boat trailers. Lots of them.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2015, 07:17:39 pm »


Keep in mind that Labor Day weekend it the time in Wisconsin when many people close their "up North" summer cabins for the winter and bring the boats home. The traffic will be abnormally heavy that weekend. Imagine cars with boat trailers. Lots of them.


Hopefully most of that will be further east between the upper WI. northwoods area and the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor.  Still, if you are coming in from the east, it's a factor to be considered.
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 10:43:48 pm »



I thought he already had made the dates!!!!!!!! The week after Labor Day, arriving on Monday.


Yep.  Week after Labor Day.  Starting the search for the hotel.  Will post updates as I work out details.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2015, 01:10:32 am »




Yep.  Week after Labor Day.  Starting the search for the hotel.  Will post updates as I work out details.


If you post exact dates I can update the first post  :popcorn:
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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2015, 08:38:00 am »




If you post exact dates I can update the first post  :popcorn:


Tuesday September 8 through Thursday, September 10, 2015.  Arrive on or after Monday afternoon, Sep 7.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
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« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2015, 10:16:09 pm »

AAAAARRRRGGGHHH. I'll be back in 'childcare' mode.   Sad
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Tuesday September 8 through Thursday, September 10, 2015.  Arrive on or after Monday afternoon, Sep 7.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin.


Those dates sound great!  Any word on possible hotel options in Lacrosse?
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2015, 09:12:15 pm »

Basket and I have stayed at the Settle Inn in LaCrosse a couple of times on the way to Madison.  It's a nice hotel, right near an excellent Italian restaurant that has some of the best pizza in Wisconsin and a great selection of beers.  Might work.  
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2015, 10:10:16 am »

Consider me interested. I have that Friday off, so I only need to burn 3 vacation days to do this. I have always wanted to ride the alphabet roads...

Four days to get there via the UP (Sat-Tue), ride alphabet roads on Wed, four days to get home via Canukistan (Thu-Sun). Might be able to spend two days (Wed/Thu) riding locally if I can find a shorter way home that minimizes slab.
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Keep in mind that Labor Day weekend it the time in Wisconsin when many people close their "up North" summer cabins for the winter and bring the boats home. The traffic will be abnormally heavy that weekend. Imagine cars with boat trailers. Lots of them.


This is only going to be an issue if you're on the slab...I-94 from Mn/StP, I-39 from N Central WI, or I-43 from Green Bay...

Since "all" of the good roads north of the Cheddar Curtain are "Alphabet" Roads...there will (hopefully) few denizens of ST-N land found on the I system...unless they're making time / heading home.  Even less of an issue since most of the meet will be mid-week instead of the weekend.

(Since I'm at work / sitting in an endless conference call / bored silly, I'm going to list some "tourist - type" places to go / things to do...which "might" in turn become the basis for a days' riding hereabouts.  so...in "no" particular order...)
1.  Great River Road / C9Y:  Roads on the eastern and western shores of the Mississippi River.  From La Crosse down to Dubuque and back.  Great roads / great riding...great food, too.  Pizza at the Roadhouse and Pork Tenderloin sandwiches (as big as a Frisbee...but much tastier!)
2.  Bayfield:  Not exactly local...Bayfield is on the southern shore of Lake Superior...but it's very scenic, and might make a great place to do a pre or post ST-N gathering gathering...if you know what I mean.  County roads will likely be more "sweepers" than tight / technical strafing runs.  After Labor Day (and especially mid-week) traffic will be almost all locals (as opposed to crowds of tourists towing boats / trailer queens).  Lots of camping and dining options.  Can stretch this into 2 days (or more) by turning right at the Lake and touring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I'd highly recommend this route / option for anybody coming from the East Coast....especially since almost everything south of Lake Erie and north of the Ohio River is flat / straight / boring / lousy roads / toll roads / too much traffic density to be enjoyed.  Could also swing west to Duluth to call at Aerostich...those continuing east from the UP can also cross the Mackinac Bridge and ride the terrific roads in the NW corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  M-22 is every bit as good as it is reputed to be!
3.  Milwaukee / the Harley Davidson Factory and Museum:  OK...so lots of "ST-N-ers" don't own / ride / particularly like H-D's...still there is no denying that H-D is a dominant force in Motorcycling...and the museum is well-worth a visit.  Might be able to arrange something just for the ST-N group...as long as they don't ask what we'll be riding when we roll up, that is!
4.  EAA / Oshkosh:  90 minutes due north from Milwaukee, Oshkosh is home to the "Experimental Aircraft Association" and has a wonderful site.  Along with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Wright-Patterson AF Base, and the Kennedy Space Center, it's a "must-see" destination for anybody who has a passion for aviation...and who amongst us doesn't?
5.  Green Bay / Lambeau Field:  Home of the PACKERS.  'nuff said?  Great Museum and legendary "Frozen Tundra..."  (hopefully not quite frozen in early September!
6.  The TWAT:  For those who like to "...rub some dirt on it..." there is a route from the WI / IL Border up through to Lake Superior...suitable for D/S riders.  A mix of county roads / secondary roads / off-road riding.
7.  Road America / Elkhart Lake:  One of the finest "road courses" in NA...easily the best for 500 miles or more.  Looks like there is an "open" Track Day scheduled for the 6th, if anybody wants to come in early.  http://www.roadamerica.com/events.html
8.  Blackhawk Farms Raceway:  Looks like MotoVid is hosting Track Days at Blackhawk on Sunday 6 September and Monday 7 September.  Camping on-site is free...the facilities are excellent.  Many R4 members have run at Blackhawk each season.  Groups are limited in size / # of riders and are slotted by skills / ability level.  My personal # passes / # passed is something like 1 / infinity, but I had an awesome time and this would be a hoot to do with a bunch of ST-N friends.  Bikes need not be dedicated track bikes...or even safety wired...at least not in the "Clydesdale" / Tortoise group I rode with.  All that was required was to remove / cover brake lights / mirrors etc...

Meeting is about to end...and, from the funny look I just got, I'm sure I missed a question that was posed to me...oh well!

Finally...although I know that it is [email protected] near sacriligeous to suggest this...I'll do so anyway.  If anybody has interests in both street and trail / gravel riding, feel free to trailer in your steed(s) of choice.  I'm sure that I can accommodate a trailer or three in my back yard for several days...especially since I won't be there to listen to the whining 'cause I'll be out riding with you all!  I'm about 30 miles due west of Milwaukee, and less than two miles off of I-94 so access to / from will be easy - peasy!
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« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2015, 08:51:31 pm »

LaCrosse is an excellent start point to visit some of the best riding I've ever seen.  Between LaCrosse and Madison is filled with great roads and great places to stop.  The Great River Rd takes you to Potosi where there's an excellent local brewery and pub.  Across the ridges east of Potosi and to Ontario WI is an incredible ride.  There's no end to the really nice day rides that can be mapped from LaCrosse.
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2015, 01:10:45 am »

 :popcorn:

I'm ready to update the first post as soon as someone makes a decision. Why don't you (the proverbial "you") call up the Settle Inn and see what kind of rates they have. They *may* offer a discount for the group, but it would really depend on how many are planning to come.

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3.  Milwaukee / the Harley Davidson Factory and Museum:  OK...so lots of "ST-N-ers" don't own / ride / particularly like H-D's...still there is no denying that H-D is a dominant force in Motorcycling...and the museum is well-worth a visit.  Might be able to arrange something just for the ST-N group...as long as they don't ask what we'll be riding when we roll up, that is!

Might want to grab a drink at Iron Horse Hotel after #3 listed here.  Motorcycle themed hotel that has a great patio (it's nicer than a patio) for a brew.  
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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2015, 05:36:34 pm »

IT's about 4.5 hours away on the slab... I will do my damnedest to make the big dinner, assuming there is one, and a ride the following morning/day (hopefully, it goes south...)

THanks for setting this up.

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« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2015, 12:51:44 pm »


Basket and I have stayed at the Settle Inn in LaCrosse a couple of times on the way to Madison.  It's a nice hotel, right near an excellent Italian restaurant that has some of the best pizza in Wisconsin and a great selection of beers.  Might work.  



So, any other research on the Settle Inn?
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« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2015, 08:51:16 pm »

I can call them and forward some prices.  I still don't know if I can make it there tho, so I'm not going to take the role of organizer.  
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« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2015, 09:52:24 am »


I can call them and forward some prices.  I still don't know if I can make it there tho, so I'm not going to take the role of organizer.  



I'll be going to LaX multiple times this weekend and next week, I'll stop by.
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« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2015, 04:42:59 pm »

Allrighty then.  That's great.
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« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2015, 11:44:51 am »

Sudden turn of fortune, may be able to sneak over for a night.  Tuesday if all goes right.  Can we make sure the route on Wednesday goes SE towards Chicago.  Pretty please!

How many people usually show for the National?
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« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2015, 11:57:26 am »


How many people usually show for the National?


Between 0 and 73  Bigok
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« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2015, 08:24:02 pm »

So, I checked out a few LaCrosse motels.  The Best Western is willing to reserve a block of rooms for us, at $79.95 per night, Sep 7-10.  Location is great- a mile or two south of I-90 on US53/WI35.  They have nice facilities, meeting rooms (already reserved one for Wednesday night 9/9), indoor pool, bar, restaurant, and outdoor deck.  It is on the river.  

Here's a link to their website:  http://bestwesternwisconsin.com/hotels/best-western-riverfront-hotel

The contract has to be finalized, but the preliminaries are in place.  The conference room has a $200 fee, but every meal ordered by a guest at the dinner counts toward the fee.  So, it may be a week or two before you can start reserving rooms, but we now have accomodations.

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« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2015, 10:31:50 pm »

Ooh, water slides!
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« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2015, 01:35:19 pm »

First post updated with hotel information!!
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« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2015, 11:25:24 am »

The Black River Tiki bar at the hotel might come into play Beerchug
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« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2015, 04:51:07 pm »

At some points in the past, that patio bar even had live music. Looks like a good choice, not sure if my budget and/or available free time will coincide, but I'll be keeping an eye on this thread and hoping...
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« Reply #39 on: June 22, 2015, 06:08:51 pm »

...on the Calendar for me!
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« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2015, 05:16:54 pm »

Maybe.  We'll see how the question flies at the shop to take a week off.  
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« Reply #41 on: July 10, 2015, 02:49:57 pm »

Count me as a maybe for Monday & Tuesday night.   Is Chili coming? Chili
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« Reply #42 on: July 13, 2015, 04:29:10 pm »


Count me as a maybe for Monday & Tuesday night.   Is Chili coming? Chili


Chili-man!  Haven't seen him hereabouts in quite some time.


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« Reply #43 on: July 14, 2015, 12:19:10 am »


Count me as a maybe for Monday & Tuesday night.   Is Chili coming? Chili


Chili is planning to be there, even though I can't, if he can hitch a ride with someone like Gary or Ed in August.
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« Reply #44 on: July 16, 2015, 06:47:03 pm »


Maybe.  We'll see how the question flies at the shop to take a week off.  


Asked and answered.  Time off approved.  Now to make camping reservations.  This is an on the cheap trip.
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« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2015, 11:19:19 pm »




Asked and answered.  Time off approved.  Now to make camping reservations.  This is an on the cheap trip.



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« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2015, 12:36:02 am »

The contract with the motel is now signed.  The group rate is now available.  

Here's a link to their website:  http://bestwesternwisconsin.com/hotels/best-western-riverfront-hotel
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« Reply #47 on: July 19, 2015, 10:51:52 am »

 Chili
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« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2015, 09:04:54 am »

Reservation made.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #49 on: August 02, 2015, 09:24:52 pm »





Cheap is your middle name.


Nope, first name, but it's silent.   Twofinger
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« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2015, 08:17:27 am »

So, who's an artist?  Looking for someone to design a logo for the national.  Maybe we need to do it after, based on the event we create.  OTOH, I'm planning to put a printed program together- nothing fancy, just a sheet or two with some of the area's prime rides, restaurants, and motorcycle shops.  

Which brings up another question. How many should I print?  That is, who's coming for sure?  PM me so I can get a rough idea.
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« Reply #51 on: August 04, 2015, 12:55:59 pm »

For those of us who can't go for more than one night, when will the big dinner be? I'd like to come for a night, see as many people as possible, and hopefully take the long way home the next day on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night...

Would really like to make this.

Thanks!

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« Reply #52 on: August 08, 2015, 07:18:11 pm »

Well after the posts I made in the other thread, I'm not sure if I'm coming or not.   Embarassment    I'm going to go with a maybe.
I had a great time in Colorado at the COG National and then headed east to the MSTA National and when I rode the bike
from my parking spot over to the bike wash area at the hotel in Springdale (helmet less and no ear plugs) I could hear the knocking coming from "down there".
That should teach me not to wash my bike.  Rolleyes  I had to ride a friend's DR650 back home and then rent a trailer, tow the DR back and pick up my C14.
So, my bike is in the shop with a broke transmission. It's warranted work so they aren't going to put me ahead of paying customers for sure,
but even with that we are waiting on ordered parts as well. I don't know if it will even be ready for the trip, and if it is I'm not sure
I'd trust it enough to immediately take it on a 2000+ mile round trip. A lot of strange can happen right after the cases are split. I might just fly to Chicago and
rent a bike for two days. Then again I might just stay home. Regardless I'm glad the event wasn't scheduled for July or August like I originally wanted.

Regardless of my attendance, thanks again to DrMikey for setting the event up.
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« Reply #53 on: August 08, 2015, 07:37:08 pm »

Well, since I'm riding a KLR over to the other end of the world on the Saturday prior to the start of festivities....   Lol

I grabbed some of Cannonshot's gpx tracks for the area.  I'll be doing the slow, flower sniffing stuff, stopping frequently and checking out the touristy attractions.  BTDT on the sport touring end of the spectrum a few times in La Crosse already.  Tomorrow, the street oriented Kenda 270s are getting installed, a carb clean and re-jet done and freshen up the chain oil.  It's good to work in a real cycle shop with lifts and everythang.
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« Reply #54 on: August 10, 2015, 12:30:04 pm »


I might just fly to Chicago and
rent a bike for two days.

Regardless of my attendance, thanks again to DrMikey for setting the event up.


Peeps at MCC are great guys, relatively close to O'Hare.  Ask for Geoff, he'll take care of ya.
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« Reply #55 on: August 14, 2015, 06:35:15 pm »

It seems like this isn't as popular a choice as expected.  If commitments don't pick up shortly, I'll be looking elsewhere for riding entertainment.
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« Reply #56 on: August 15, 2015, 02:13:24 am »


It seems like this isn't as popular a choice as expected.  If commitments don't pick up shortly, I'll be looking elsewhere for riding entertainment.


I thought it was about the ride, not the destination?  Bigsmile
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I thought it was about the ride, not the destination?  Bigsmile


This one was about meeting good people. I'Ve ridden La Crosse a couple, three times already.   Bigsmile  Plenty of new place to ride still exist.
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« Reply #58 on: August 27, 2015, 09:58:59 am »

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« Reply #59 on: August 27, 2015, 11:30:47 am »

Well, I just saw this. Never been to an ST.N meetup/rally, what is the itinerary for this sort of thing?

I'm pretty close* to the location. Funny enough there's and FJR rally in town the following weekend.

I would be remiss if I didn't stop by the Wednesday night dinner, at the least.



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Well, I just saw this. Never been to an ST.N meetup/rally, what is the itinerary for this sort of thing?

I'm pretty close* to the location. Funny enough there's and FJR rally in town the following weekend.

I would be remiss if I didn't stop by the Wednesday night dinner, at the least.




There are a few threads over here to catch up on things. DrMikey is the man to message for details.
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Well, I just saw this. Never been to an ST.N meetup/rally, what is the itinerary for this sort of thing?

I'm pretty close* to the location. Funny enough there's and FJR rally in town the following weekend.

I would be remiss if I didn't stop by the Wednesday night dinner, at the least.






It's not too late.  Hope you can make it.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #62 on: August 27, 2015, 09:31:06 pm »

Oh I can make the trip, the question is if I need to do anything other than show up (and for showing up, when?)
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