The Route Spotlight: The De Soto Shamrock (Missouri)
The De Soto Shamrock is a set of 5 short routes centered on De Soto, Missouri, which is just Southwest of St. Louis. These routes are designed to be half day routes so that you can ride 2 in a day, or just ride one if you only have a small riding window.
The loops are each between 75 and 110 miles in length and should take between 2.5 to 3 hours each to ride. The routes are designated North, South, East, West, and Northwest, depending on the direction of the route out of De Soto.
This area is filled with rolling hills and the roads follow the terrain features to provide for a constantly curving ride.
Since this part of Missouri has more paved roads, we were able to include a lot of smaller county and township roads, which are usually a lot of fun.
We want to thank C. Erikmann for help in scouting out these routes and providing the pictures.
For more information about the De Soto Shamrock and the rest of our routes, please visit our Route Index web page.
Driftless Roads USA / Northern Illinois BMW Zoom Call:
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, April 21st, Dale will be making a Zoom presentation to the BMW Motorrad Club of Northern Illinois. There will be more details available next week, so keep an eye on the NIBMW Facebook Page for more details.
We will also post the log-in information on our Facebook Page when it becomes available.
Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route (WYBDR) Screening:
The next night, Friday April 22nd, Chicagoland Dual Sport Riders is teaming up with Windy City International Cycle in St. Charles, IL for a screening of the Wyoming Backcountry Discovery Route.
Doors at the dealership will remain open after closing at 6 PM. A food truck will be at the dealership for food purchases and free popcorn will be flowing.
The film will begin at 8:30 PM and will be shown on an outdoor screen. The film's running time is about 2 hours. Here is a sneak peak trailer of the movie. Come early and peruse the bikes and the layout for a planned training facility at the dealership.
For more details, please follow this link.
Driftless Challenge - April Contest:
We are halfway through the April Driftless Challenge with only 2 entries. The more entries you send in the better your chance of winning. For more information on how to enter the contest, visit our Driftless Challenge Web Page.
Return to the Ozarks!!
Renee and I are really excited for our upcoming trip back to the Ozarks. It's the first of several trips we have planned for this summer and we are anxious to get started. We know someone else is also ready for another trip!
We will be staying a little longer than last time and have planned 4 days of riding in both Missouri and Arkansas. Hopefully we will have a chance to meet up with some of our new friends from the Border Riders.
Summer is coming and that means more riding!! Please ride carefully and stay safe.
Dale and Renee