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Some of you may remember the Driftless area from when you attended the 2010 COG National Rally in Tomah and others are asking what is the Driftless area.

The Driftless Area is located in the American Midwest including southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois. This area’s name is derived from the fact that it was surrounded by glaciers during the last glacial period, yet remained untouched by passing glaciers. The area is noted by the deeply carved river valleys after having escaped glaciation in the last glacial period.

COG visits the area during the Gathering on the Green and the Hunt for Red October and on many of our day rides.

Below are a couple of websites dedicated to the area.

https://driftlessroadadventures.com is a free website created by a fellow rider designed to share pre-planned motorcycle routes in the Driftless Area of the upper Midwest. The website contains free GPS routes for 33 unique single-day trips covering the entire Driftless areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. It also includes historic and scenic points of interest on every route to help you plan your ride.

http://driftlessdestinations.com/ is a commercial website also providing points of interests, restaurants and a limited number of routes.
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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 03:22:33 pm »
Brian,
  What a fantastic site, thanks for posting. I've been on a lot of those roads but was unaware of some of the sites I should have taken in.

  Once again, thanks for the post.

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 11:15:35 pm »
Some of you may remember the Driftless area from when you attended the 2010 COG National Rally in Tomah and others are asking what is the Driftless area.

The Driftless Area is located in the American Midwest including southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois. This area’s name is derived from the fact that it was surrounded by glaciers during the last glacial period, yet remained untouched by passing glaciers. The area is noted by the deeply carved river valleys after having escaped glaciation in the last glacial period.

COG visits the area during the Gathering on the Green and the Hunt for Red October and on many of our day rides.

Below are a couple of websites dedicated to the area.

https://driftlessroadadventures.com is a free website created by a fellow rider designed to share pre-planned motorcycle routes in the Driftless Area of the upper Midwest. The website contains free GPS routes for 33 unique single-day trips covering the entire Driftless areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. It also includes historic and scenic points of interest on every route to help you plan your ride.

http://driftlessdestinations.com/ is a commercial website also providing points of interests, restaurants and a limited number of routes.


Brian, thanks for posting this.

I'm Dale from DriftlessRoadAdventures.com and I'm happy to answer any questions either here or through our website.

I just joined the forum.  I don't ride a Concourse (please don't hold it against me), but i did grow up on Kawasakis.

Anyway, I'm happy to be here and I look forward to getting to know a new group of riders.

Dale


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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 12:24:21 am »
We wanted to give everyone an update:

We have released 2 more routes bringing the total to 20 routes for over 5,000 miles of awesome roads!!

The latest 2 routes released are the Wildcat Route and the Winona-Whitewater Route.

The Wildcat Route is centered on Wildcat State Park and stretches from La Farge to Tomah, Wisconsin.

The Winona-Whitewater Route links Winona to Whitewater State Park in Minnesota and includes a generous amount of the Great River Road.

We hope you all enjoy them!

Dale and Renee

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 03:09:18 am »
Woot! MSTA national will be held at La Crosse, WI in June.

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 11:01:45 pm »
Hi everyone!  I just wanted to give a bit of an update.

We have been busy creating new routes as fast as possible and have just finished our 23rd route!

Our latest completed routes, which are in Iowa, are the Sabula Anamosa Route and the Balltown Dreams Route.

We have also been meeting with local motorcycle groups to spread the word about our website.

Stop by our website DriftlessRoadAdventures.com to get the latest news and to download the newest routes.

Thanks!

Dale

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 11:48:33 pm »

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I just spend this past Saturday riding the Wisconsin Triangle route with my dad and 2 friends. It started out a little chilly, but we pushed through and had a great time. Lot's of great curves and hills. On Sunday we met up with a bunch of guys that rode the Land of Lincoln route and they said that they had a great ride as well.

We are probably going to try another route this coming weekend, but we have not decided which one yet.

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 06:02:33 pm »
Hey everyone, I just wanted to give an update on our website:  DriftlessRoadAdventures.com

We have now completed 32 of the original 33 planned routes.

The 32 completed routes contain over 8,300 miles of awesome roads and over 500 Points of Interest!!

We welcome everyone to explore our site and download as many routes as you want.

If you ride any of our routes, we would love to hear from you.  If you are willing to share any photos, we are happy to add them to our collection.

We also want to thank all of our Patrons and Supporters and everyone else who has given us encouragement along the way.

Happy Riding!!

Dale and Renee
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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 12:47:10 am »
Hi everyone! It's been a while since we have given an update.

We are pleased to announce that we have finished all 33 of the originally planned routes.

To celebrate this event, we are having a Giveaway Contest. Please follow this link to see the contest requirements:

https://driftlessroadadventures.com/our-celebration-give-away-is-finally-here/

Thanks

Dale

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2019, 12:27:53 am »
Hello Everyone.

We have not posted for quite a while and we wanted to bring you up to speed on this past year and our plans for the future.

For those of you who don't know us, or don't remember us, we are Dale and Renee and we have created DriftlessRoadAdventures.com.  This is a website that offers free self-guided tour routes in the Driftless Areas of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

We launched the website in April of 2018, and since the launch we have been very busy.  We created 33 individual, single day routes covering over 8,500 miles of awesome roads.  We attended several events including the Rev It Up for Awareness Ride, the Triumph ATLAK event, and the BMWMOA Rally in Des Moines.  We also met with and shared our website with several motorcycle dealers throughout the Driftless Area.

Although we have not had a very big presence on individual motorcycle forums, we have spent a lot of time on other social media platforms by blogging regularly and sharing our blog posts on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.  We also opened a store and began to sell Driftless Road Adventure branded merchandise.

In addition to all of these activities, we still managed to ride 5 of our new routes and take a trip on the northern portion of the T.W.A.T and the Lake Superior north shore.

We had a lot of fun in 2018 and 2019 is shaping up to be just as busy and just as much fun.  Some of the things we are working on include:

Website Updates, including a calendar of area events and rides.
New challenges and contests.
Driftless area group rides.
Dual Sport recommendations.
Paper maps for those that like to go old school.

The new events calendar is already available on the website, and we are continuously adding events as details firm up.  if you know of an event, please let us know.  I'll also check the COG forum calendar to see if there are any rides/events in the Driftless Area.

Thanks for all of your support in 2018.  We hope you have a safe and fun 2019.

Dale and Renee

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Re: Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin Routes and Information
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2019, 09:59:54 pm »
Cool area. I usta spend two or three longish weekends a year in that area when I lived up near Red Wing.
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