Well like every road trip planned with MJ and Dbl_D give it 10 miles and they’ll change there plans. This time was for a great reason. The boys with their significants were going to meet us in Hudson, WI for lunch, but being an hour out of their way they invited us instead to an urban grilling at their downtown apartment. This of course threw laid driving plans of the back of the bike (you can’t throw them out the window on a motorcycle). So, a quick morning breakfast at the lake and jump on the cycle for lunch in urbania. After a couple hour county road drive we arrived in St Paul. The kids were ready to impress us all with their mad grilling skills. Speaking on behalf of Dd and MJ, it was awesome.
Party deck. finally getting some use
da boys grilling
husband and wife grilling it up
Our ride continued after lunch onwards to Sparta. If you’ve followed us before you know this is a favorite place to stay. The Country Inn Sparta has been a decent place to to stay the last few times we made this trip. This trip was a disappointment. The hotel is in need of some renovations and the breakfast selection has gotten so skimpy that you can hardly call it breakfast. On a bright note, DD liked the coffee. The ride there was full of twists and MJ as ALWAYS does an amazing job piloting the RT down the right roads from the back seat. She’d give my German/Amercican FB friend Laura Ruddy a run for her money on the back of a Beemer.
An interesting note about the roads this time…there was everything on them. We saw dead squirrels, raccoons, skunks, porcupines and birds. Sand, gravel from the inside corners(come on people stay on the road), loose gravel from freshly tarred roads (gross way to do a road for a motorcycle), and last but not least, welcome to Amish country where dodging horse manure isn’t for the fields, it’s on the highways. This is probably the worst road hazard I’ve ever dealt with. I was unfortunate enough to hit one last year in a corner going abou 50. Let’s just say it awakens your senses when you know it’s a hazard laying in the waiting.
Droppings in progress
Our mini cycle ride vacation started off Friday night with a quick 85 mile jaunt to MJs sister’s cabin. The bonus was being able to hook up with the kids. They all happened to be in the state this weekend so the cabin was a great place to hookup. Uneventful quick trip there and a great home fish fry by sis and family. We then proceeded out on a nice evening pontoon ride and Smores by the fire Breakfast consisted of some delicious fried flap-jacks and a great cup of Joe. Nothing beats family at the lake and riding two wheels to get there. Thanks for putting us up for the night.
Boy I missed this place! Or should I say I missed my rides with MJ and Dbl_D. Either way it’s good to be back after life got in the way this year of riding. No where fancy this year, but DD and MJ have a week to explore and so I get to ride along. There will be hooping up with family, riding along favorite two lanes roads in WI and maybe even driving 2 hours just for a piece of pizza. Follow along if you’d like I be here to keep you semi assumed. Btw, Dbl_d promised I wouldn’t have to ride in here the whole trip….
First, Dbl_D hasn’t found a road straight enough to keep it on. Side bonus, after 200 riding miles today we are running at 55 mpg. We’ll take that. Hello from Dubuque, Iowa btw!!
Trip started off the morning at 8:00. A plan for a drive but no hurries to get there. Seeing we didn’t eat breakfast we headed to Delta Diner. I’ve talked of this place before. The food is classic finer with an awesome twist. The two waitresses are machines when it comes to the menu. The recite every item with an awesome description of each. It’s a must stop in northern Wisconsin.
Next we were off to Hudson. Dbl_Ds son said that Agave was the place to eat, so after a 3.5 hour ride we were all hungry again. The two lanes through WI are as nice as they come and led us straight to Agave Kitchen. The food was awesome. And we’ll all be ready for what we really came for. Great county roads all afternoon. :).
Found a great place in town that doesn’t give Dbl_D any crap for buying his tires online. Most the local shops won’t mount a tire unless you buy it from them. So two cheers for Whisper Performance. Good service and great employee.
Also a shout out for www.rockymountainatv.com on their awesome pricing and 2 day standard service. Saved Dbl_D 20 bucks in shipping. :).
Out with the 3s and in with the 4s. We got 13k on the front and 10k on the rear. We’ll take it. :)
A great old fashion style drive-in worth a stop even if it’s just to see the car hops run around handling the patrons. They are light on their feet and quick and pleasant to serve. The food is drive in burger food but a good butt break and satisfying meal.