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May 13th Update: Black Hawk Trail (WI) Route + 4 Great Events Starting NEXT WEEK!

Black Hawk Trail Route:

This week we wanted to revisit one of our great Wisconsin Routes, the Black Hawk Trail Route.

The Black Hawk War was a tragic period in early Wisconsin History. The Black Hawk Trail Route includes a series of historical markers commemorating the events that occurred during the Black Hawk War in this area. In addition to following the trail of Chief Black Hawk, this route provides the rider with an opportunity to enjoy portions of the beautiful Mississippi Great River Road as well as part of the scenic Kickapoo River Valley.

The Black Hawk trail Route consists of a great variety of roads. Along the Mississippi river, there are some great open stretches resulting in a more relaxed riding atmosphere. You will also tackle small roads in a multitude of valleys that provide a more challenging riding experience. In addition to the amazing roads, the Black Hawk Trail Route also includes many tourist sites, monuments, parks and natural areas like the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Finally, this route provides access to Wisconsin Rustic Road #55.

For more information about the Black Hawk Trail Route, Click Here!

For more information about all of the routes in the Driftless Area, Click Here!

Upcoming Events:

Next week starts the first of 4 big events in May and June that we wanted to share with you:

May 19th - Route and Trip Planning Workshop - Windy City International Cycle - St. Charles, IL

The Ride Leaders from the Chicago Region BMW Club are excited to announce they are hosting a workshop at Windy City International Cycle in St. Charles, IL! They will be presenting basic information on planning routes using Garmin Basecamp as well as a variety of other programs. You will also learn how to get routes added to your Garmin GPS so that you may use them for motorcycle travel! All of your questions will be answered accompanied by hands-on assistance with the Garmin GPS units.

Please bring your cell phone, laptop, and GPS unit so that you can gain the most from this hands-on workshop!

Refreshments will be provided.

6:30 pm - Doors Open 7:00 pm - Workshop Begins

Limited seating available, tickets are FREE! You MUST register through the ticket link in order to attend.

Dale will be one of the presenters at this event and will be available to answer your questions after the presentation. Driftless Roads USA will also have some special discounts available for attendees.

May 22nd - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride will return after celebrating 10 years of riding dapper! Over 120,000 distinguished gentlefolk in 750 cities worldwide don their finest attire, ready their engines, and press their tweed before sitting astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health.

For more information about DGR, their goals, and their achievements over the last decade, visit the website -

This is a world-wide event that is conducted locally. If you are interested in participating, check with your local motorcycle dealers or riding groups.

June 11th - Illinois Bikers Against Bullying Ride/Rally - Utica, IL

Join the Illinois Bikers Against Bullying on the 1st Annual Awareness Ride and Rally. Take a scenic ride to Jamie's Outpost in Utica, Ill. There you will receive a complimentary burger and fries. The cost to ride is $30 per bike and all proceeds will go towards raising awareness of the effects bullying has on our children.

For more information about this event, please visit their Facebook Page.

June 18th - Battle Brothers Homeless Veterans Ride - St. Charles/Aurora, IL

The Battle Brothers event team have worked hard to put together a ride with more for less, More fun less money. This is also a great cause to support as all proceeds go towards the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, a Great Cause to Support!

Registration starts at 9:00 am at Evergreen Pub 1400 W. Main St Charles and is $25 with no passenger fee. There will be live music during registration, a Bike Blessing at 10:45 am and then Kick Stands Up at 11:00 am

During the ride there will be one stop. When you go inside to buy a drink, you will get a raffle ticket and winner will be chosen before the ride continues.

The ride ends at the Aurora Athletic Club and the afterparty begins. There will be more live music by Southern Jack, free food, and several vendors. Drinks are available and there are sure to be specials available that day.

Driftless Roads USA will be among the vendors at this event. We are happy to support this cause and we look forward to seeing you all there!

These are all going to be great events. We hope to see you there!

Until then, Ride Safe

Dale and Renee

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