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General Banter / Re: Amish restaurant.
« on: September 15, 2018, 01:59:33 PM »
You are talking about the Amish Ovens, just on the south side of I-90.  I stopped there two weeks ago on my way back from WI.  Good Food, friendly people.  It is also a truck stop with gas and diesel fuel.

Off Topic / Re: Hello? Are you there?!
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:37:54 PM »
Here is an idea:  I live in Owatonna, about half ways from metro MSP and Nick.  Well, maybe closer to Nick.  Anyway, my wife rides on the back with me.  Had here own bike many years ago, Honda 350 4cyl.  after adding a header and 400cc kit, then needed heavy springs so clutch would not slip, she did not like it anymore.  Sold it and she bought a new car, followed by two sons.  Now she says she like to relax on the back and tell me where to go through the intercom.  LOL

Anyway, back to the original story, sometimes when we take a ride now, many times we take off and just head East on county roads until we reach the Mississippi River.  Then decide where we are and go towards Hwy 60 or such and come back home.  We don't just go directly East, we add lefts and rights and generally head East, never using a map or knowing exactly where we are at times or where we will end up.  Can't get lost, maybe just not know where we are, and if needed, pull out cell phone and put in a town, such as Wabasha if headed that way and they go from there.

We have done the same going West, and pick out at major highway, such as Hwy 15, then either go north or south to New Ulm and return on Hwy 14.

New Ulm is about 70 miles direct route, last time we did the county road thing, it took us over 150 miles to get there.  And it was on roads that we have never been on before.

General Banter / Re: SW Wis getting hammered by floods again
« on: August 29, 2018, 08:53:40 AM »
511WI.GOV shows I-90/94 is still closed, plus a page of road closures.  Glad I am not driving that way today.

• I90/94 EB and WB, Closed, MM69 to MM79, water over road, (EB Detour: north on 80 (New
Lisbon), east on 21, south on I39) (WB Detour: North on I39, west on WIS 21, back to I94 near

General Banter / Re: SW Wis getting hammered by floods again
« on: August 28, 2018, 05:14:17 PM »
I went to Sun Prairie today and back and on the way this morning we saw water about 2 foot below the I-90 near Sparta with a house having water up to the 2nd floor.  Workers were checking the bridge for logs and such the way it looked to us.  On the way back, we saw water in a low spots between WI Dells and Mauston very high.  Two spots it was within about 2 feet from being on the surface of I-90/94.

Back near Sparta, the place we saw in the morning, was actually a road under I-90, not a stream and it was about 2 ft from going over I-90.

At the time, the radio station that I had on, was reporting roads that were closed in the Sparta-Mauston and to Coon Valley to WI Dells area, and the list went on for a few minutes.  Many after local functions are canceled for tonight also.

If that was not bad enough, when we got to La Crosse, more rain came.  And not just a little.  Everybody was driving about 45mph or less for several miles until past Dresbach, it was raining so hard.

Must be a H-D function somewhere east.  We met H-D riders in groups all the way from Madison.

Safety and Riding Tips / Re: Observations....
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:23:17 AM »
A young daughter of a friend of mine had a similar thing happen many years ago.  It was on a straight stretch of road during daylight.  She decided to go to the opposite lane as he was getting closer he was actually on her shoulder.  At the last second, he swerved back to his lane.  Hit her head-on and she died.  Her passenger lived to tell story.  The other driver was drunk.  He got off fairly easy, for killing someone, as his lawyer said she should not have been in his lane.

So, don't ever go to the other lane, as you never know if the other driver will wake up and go back to his own lane.  Which is happening more all the time with cell phone distracted drivers, and they finally see they have crossed the center line and pull it back.

I hate those center line rumble strips, but hopefully they are helping to save lives from idiots.

General Banter / Re: Colour me old...
« on: June 18, 2018, 07:25:57 AM »
Our son went on a ride similar to that last year, put on by a dealer in Lakeville.  It was not the dealer's fault, but the riders all thought that they were on a track day, and did not need to obey speed limits or street signs.  Everyone thought they had the fastest bike, and were trying to prove it.  He said he felt safer a few years ago, when he was driving a truck in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He never went on one of those rides again.  Guess he found something more dangerous than driving a semi-truck full of jet fuel in a war.

General Banter / Re: Volunteering at STAR 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:05:32 PM »
It is not that there is a shortage of volunteers, as there is always room for more, to make it easier for everyone.  I was informed a few months ago, and again by another person tonight, that has been involved with many STAR's, that most of the volunteers do the volunteering at the event.
Another words, when people register, they ask what they can do to help?

They find it a way to meet new people and learn more about MSTA.  That is how we got involved a few years ago at STAR, and now have friends from New Mexico and Texas that we only see at STAR and they will be in La Crosse, and helping.

But, back to a few comments posted, if you are from the MN-WI area and know the La Crosse area, then it is always nice to have you as a volunteer.  It not only shows the support of the MN MSTA Members, but you can also give some very helpful advice to people that do not know the area.

We will see you in La Crosse in a few days.

General Banter / Re: Volunteering at STAR 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:22:45 PM »
Thanks Vince.  There is always room for volunteers at any event.  It makes it easier for everyone.  We will see you in a few days in La Crosse.

Introductions / Re: New member - nickname is Mittens
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:46:17 PM »
Hello Mittens / Andy,
If you have any questions about STAR 2018 in La Crosse, you can check the national forum that naustin sent to you, or send a PM to me and I will answer your questions also.  Over half the people are arriving before the official start on Sunday night to enjoy the riding, and some are staying past Thursday morning also.
This link will take you to the STAR 2018 folder that has had posting since June 2017.
We hope you can make it to La Crosse this next week.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:28:51 AM »
Welcome to the group. 

You can make your first MSTA event in June at STAR 2018 in La Crosse, WI
Hope to see you there.  Ride the Driftless area with many twisty roads.
See other postings under Rides/Get Togethers on this forum.

General Banter / Re: Happy Equinox!!
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:15:16 PM »

Routes / STAR 2018 in La Crosse Routes
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:31:27 PM »
Routes are being posted for STAR 2018 in La Crosse on the National MSTA forum,

Check under Events then STAR 2018 folder.  As of now, there are 10 routes posted by Minnesota's Ray Kang.  More to come in the near future.

Great routes Ray.

If you have not registered for STAR yet, now is the time.  You will probably never have the opportunity to have another National STAR Event this close to Minnesota, where you can show MSTA Members from North America and some from the UK the great riding that we have near us.  Great Riding, seminars, great get-together's and much more.

General Banter / Re: HAPPY SOLSTICE!
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:34:56 PM »
I was listening to the TV news in the garage this morning when they announced Winter had begun.  It made me so happy, because we are getting closer to the Riding Season in Minnesota. :banana: :banana:
Thanks for the posting and Merry Christmas to All and Happy New Year!

Also, registration has opened for STAR 2018 in La Crosse, WI this year.  Check it out on the forum and register for a great time with the national group.


General Banter / Re: MS River Road Run Ride
« on: July 28, 2017, 11:34:27 AM »
22 days until the MS River Road Run Ride.  The route is not on interstate highways, and very little 4 lane roads.  It was ridden on a few weeks ago on a Saturday and had very little traffic.  Not like the roads in WI going south along the river, or east.

You can sign-up for the Ride at Leo's on Saturday morning, but it is preferred to register before hand to help plan for the food.

This "Ride at your Own Pace" provides a route booklet as well as signs marking the route and followed by a trailer in case someone requires assistance.

If you cannot make the whole ride, you can also sign-up for just the banquet at Hayward, WI.  There will be a silent auction with many great items to bid on to help support the MS Society.


General Banter / MS River Road Run Ride
« on: May 31, 2017, 04:17:21 PM »
The MS River Road Run, is a ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. This years date is Aug. 19-20, 2017, starting in Lakeville, MN at Leo's and heading to Hastings, then following the river on the Wisconsin side taking back roads to Grantsburg, Danbury and Solon Springs before ending on Saturday at Hayward,WI.  Sunday we head back to Hastings and then to home wherever that might be for the rider.

This is a "One of a Kind- Ride at your Own Pace"
Charity Event to Benefit the MS Society
For more details and Register Online At:

Or, contact me for more details.

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