Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ScooterBob - Wisconsin 2

Another lovely summer day, on the warm side but isn't that what we upper Mid-westerners are waiting for every January?  A slight breeze and humidity that had backed off, it was a glorious day for riding.

Yamaha Day, the label in my head, is what we rode....Ben had the old reliable XS650 and I had the black streamliner.  My GIVI humpbag, an almost easy fit for SB in the pouch.  Both zippers didn't really need to be absolutely closed on such a nice day.

The worst part of our infamous needs to be graded once more and before we get more gully washers.

We just got going out on the highway when one of our local yahoo's passed us.  Never in pants, never helmeted, often shirtless.....on a Sportbike, I don't know how he does it.  I did secretly enjoy seeing his jowls flutter (old enough to know better) as he pulled back in.

In to Red Wing for some petrol....

 Waiting for the BNSF train to pass at Cty K and Wisconsin 35.

Yesterday's ride start was a late one so we hadn't ridden very far before it was time to get some lunch.  Taco Tuesday was my choice, Ben went with the Bacon Cheese Burger.

 We've driven and ridden past this place at the crossroads of Cty N and US 63 literally hundreds of times and never stopped.  I made a different choice yesterday.

Kenny's Lawton Bar, since 1894


We were on our way to Spring Valley, a place that we once rode to often, the we being my parents, Peg....a long time ago.  Spring Valley, tucked low between the hills suffered greatly from flooding so the Corps of Engineers built this earthen dam barely above the town and in so doing, created a public lake and recreation area.

We chose the Overlook Road.....

Here's the cut through the rock, source of most of the earthen dam material.

This from Spring Valley's Athletic Field, just below the earthen dam.

 On Cty Q passing beneath I-94 just west of Knapp, WI.

 Downtown Knapp, Boo'z Bar & Grill.  Two Ruckuses among the lunch time customers.

 Stopping for some water on the steep and curvy Cheney Hill Rd heading south out of Knapp.

Typical backroad......It dawned on me here, this route was one very close to the one I'd ridden with Rick a few weeks ago.  Such a pleasant, close to home, reasonable length loop with all of the things present on a ride that I enjoy.  This will be a Track and Route that I use again.

Lots of heavy traffic yesterday.  This must have been the 4th or 5th vehicle we'd met on the Named Roads since leaving home.

I slowed way down to get a better look at this big Gleaner harvesting what I'm quite sure was flax, not a common crop grown around here.

On to Menomonie and a Rustic Road.  We absolutely had to expose SB to one of Wisconsin's treasures, their Rustic Road Program.  Of the 117 current on the State's list, I've done just a couple less than 50.  There were just over 100 when I sought out the ones in the western half of the state.  I'm most deficient in riding the SE and NE corner routes.  Numbered in the order of creation, we stopped for and rode #89 along the Red Cedar River.


Back into its nest......

Down through Downsville and into Durand for some fuel and more water.  From there, primarily a route on Cty Z (should ride this more often) and then the old standby Cty S into Plum City.  Here an absolutely mandatory stop at the fish pond and park.

As my friend Tom used to say, ..."big fish, nice fish"....

Our last stop of the day (what did you expect??), ice cream at Flat Pennies.  In Bay City, Wisconsin, literally across the river from us is a store featuring treats of all kinds, the motif a Soo Line Railroad caboose, the BNSF tracks across the highway mere feet away.

165 miles of absolutely perfect weather, roads and most importantly, riding.  We had a wonderful, unplanned and lazy day.


  1. Yeah! More ice cream...and that fish looked as long as the scooter. How long did you have to wait for him to swim by?

    1. Actually most of the fish in the pond are almost twice as long. This went quick; I picked a spot along the edge where the fish were and there are 50 or so if I were to guess. It saw me there, hoping I'd been over to the Fish Food Dispenser. A slow swim to the right, then it turned and came back, almost in line, nose to nose.

  2. Wonderful for me to read about you and Ben spending the week together. Good for both of you.

    1. Thanks much Eric, it's been fun and I know you understand. I'm still hoping for the 3 of us to get out again.....seems like a long time ago that we had that chance.

  3. I look pretty perplexed by that little scooter...

    I remember seeing that "yahoo" many times while I was riding around the area last year, often with an equally inappropriately dressed female friend on the back. I understand why 16 year olds don't know better, but by 60(ish) I always think he should.

    1. You've been very patient putting up with so many stops, unpacking/packing and being around an old man and his man purse.

      Appreciated and more fun than you know!

  4. I take a few days off from the computer and come back to see that you guys have really given ScooterBob quite the tour!! Good job! I miss the area down that way. Nice to pics of some of my old favorite riding area!

    1. Hey Erik, thank you! Let's make this meeting happen. I or we will see you soon!

  5. Nice capture of the fish and ScooterBob in the same photo!!

    I like the idea of a list of rustic roads, sounds like they beg for the TW.

    1. Thanks Brandy! Wisconsin's Official Rustic Road program is quite fun; I get excited just looking through the book they publish. Of course their descriptions of things seen are appetite whetters.

      Many roads are paved, as many probably aren't. Sort of depends which part of the state they're in.

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