Eric and I had planned to meet for breakfast in Westby and when I warned Steve that as a result we'd be late arriving at the campground, he told me that he and Scott were meeting for the same thing a few short miles away in Viroqua. By 8 the four of us were enjoying breakfast at Borgen's.
Eric left to take a more leisurely route with his rig, Steve and I headed directly to the campground, Scott went on to get checked in at his motel.
Here's a 10 minute video, very representative of what our SCR weekends are like.
Eric brought cheese curds so we had some.....
We ate in the campground Friday evening.....Rod, Pat, Tom and Kevin joined us by evening.
Kevin arrived on the Gen 2 KLR not long after we rode in from our loop, the other 3 guys had arrived earlier in the afternoon.
Tom, ever the one to surprise us, this weekend brought out his binoculars and was identifying birds around the campsite. Early Saturday morning, he'd been out in the forest and here was returning to camp.
Our campsite in 360 degrees....
More than one meal this time at The Center Cafe.
What we do every now and then......
Our first stop, the former site of the Vermont Cheese Factory
The Holum Cheese Factory, now a residence.
Stop number 3, the Ridge Cheese Factory, another current residence.
The crew stopped outside the old Ridge Cheese Factory....just before we went into Verona for lunch.
Our fourth cheese factory, the Malone and two different points in time. This photo was from Street View, recent but not current ......
This view as it appears today, a new home built where the former cheese factory stood.
Another one of our stops, this one before I decided to abandon Tom at our soon-to-be fuel stop ....can anyone blame me??
Coffee Saturday morning...
I could see my GS850 following this example...
Rob's group, always present and have been from the very beginning.
I'll always remember sitting down at the bar one quiet Monday noon with Junior and one of his Sausage and Cheese sandwiches.
Darrell's bike, saw him, didn't get a chance to say hello. Darrell Broten publishes a monthly newsletter, the Midwestern Motorcyclist and does a dandy job of it. Send me an email and I'll return the link.
We've met, we've spoken but I don't remember his name. He rides Italian, that I DO remember.
So, we left Leland promptly at noon and things were going well, a Rustic Road here, some more lovely scenery there. We stopped for gas in Loganville and about a mile west, I heard and felt a bang when forward motion stopped.
There were 3 of us, my brother with his loaded KLR, soon to be bound for Minneapolis. Rodney was on his KLR and soon we two were on his KLR, headed back to camp so that I could grab the van/trailer to pick up my disabled bike. I missed out on 25 miles of Himalayan riding, did an unexpected 25 on a KLR but got an extra 50 in the van.
Now that I'm home and have had a chance to look, I must have been negligent in getting the master link on my new extended length chain riveted properly. By the looks of things, my riveted pins must have worked "small" and allowed the side plate to come off. I'm lucky that the break didn't knock me down or ruin the bike. A new Master Link should see the bike and myself in Soldiers Grove in little over a week.
Our 3 daily loops.
Beautiful weather, a great time and lots of fun with good friends. We did well. Thanks once more to Colleen for putting up with us at Alana Springs and to our team that got along. I've put a video together but won't include it here.....it just may take until June to upload. It will be presented when fully ready.