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I only live an hour from the finish so I may ride over there. I am not going to go all the way to Milwaukee so I can ride home again.

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just got back this afternoon. what a weekend.

quick summary: flew into chicago to meet the chivin host, rode the loaner foggy to milwaukee, raced the wisconsin backroads from milwaukee to minneaplois (437 miles?), rolled them same roads back to chicago and flew right back. 1000 miles ridden, 1000 miles flown, 2 days riding 1 day travel, about the same cost as a race weekend. Some of the best roads I've seen, great terrain, awesome and hospitable hosts, great trip all around. Big thanks to all the vinmoto folks who hooked me up and helped with the event!!
 

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Rosko,
Sorry I couldn't make it. I got tied up with some family stuff. Glad you had a good time. I have ridden many of those roads and there are some good ones.

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I don't know where to start...

As you may know I decided at the last minute to take Rick up on his M2M offer
instead of going to NH for the vintage races. So I bought a round trip flight
online for Friday am and set about gearing up for a grueling all day long cross
country RIDE. Yeah, ride. I tried to keep it as minimal as possible and rolled
with only carry on luggage to Guardia. A short 2 hour flight and I'm in Chicago
taking the subway to Rick's place. Meet the family, get the garage tour and meet
the machines. A very hospitable host, great family and cool machines to kick
tires over. Right at home if you know what I mean. The plan is to gear up and
hit the road to Milwaukee for an evening BBQ with MilVin folks then crash before
an early am start at the (in)famous FUEL CAFE. We load the bikes and hit the
road as planned, all goes well and I am getting a short order tour of the direct
shot between the two cities. Arrive in Milwaukee and BBQ spot to have a few,
kick tires, trade some stories with new friends and finally watch the 4th
fireworks from lawn chairs out in the front yard. I have to be honest and say I
did not miss all the NYC hoo-ha. Just relax and enjoy. Good times. At some point
during the finale one of our hosts points out that we will be stuck in gridlock
if we wait till the fireworks are over... so on the bikes and off to our home
for the night thanks to Brian from MilVin. Always great to meet more folks with
the affliction, talk bikes and trade ride stories. We stay up a bit have a few
before knocking off. At this point I am delirious from lack of sleep. Hit the
hay and wait for the early morning alarm.

Up early to make the short ride into Milwaukee proper so we can pick up route
sheets and directions from Fuel. We have 1 hr. to get our act straight before
hitting the road in earnest for the duration. Talk about nerves. It is daunting,
to say the least, staring down the barrel of a day long non-stop 'ride'. The
machines are as varied as can be 2 and 4 stroke, from modern sport bikes,
vintage triples, dual sports...you name it and it's there. As the time nears I
am frantic with the maps out on the grass and in my state I totally miss the
start! Rick gets my attention and I get it together the best I can and we are OFF.

Should I describe the melee or leave it to the imagination? Let's just say it
gets a bit hectic. The pack breaks up and for a while we are joined by an rd400,
I just had to give the guy a thumbs-up as we rolled. He was really going for it.
Crazy. The weather is perfect, 80 degrees and sunny with a breeze. Get a bit of
sunburn but not too hot. You know it couldn't be any better. Roll along and to
add some spice there is always a water crossing, a ferry to catch a few hours
in. When we roll up there is one rider there. "I think there were a few on the
last one but I couldn't see..." So they are still ahead of us. We push along the
Wisconsin roads which vary from the arrow straight, Midwestern roads one would
expect to the grippiest esses ever. Roads with names like "the cut" and
"wildcat" great GREAT roads which should be on everyone's short list of must
ride roads. Anyway, back to the event right? We ride, and ride, and stop for gas
only and ride. ALL DAY LONG. Rick has won this thing more times than one can
count and it shows, HE GOES. No joke. Lots of great bits all along, the whole
time we think there is a group ahead and we are dead set to catch them. To no
avail. With about 100 miles to go till Minneapolis we stop on the shoulder
across from a gas station. Do we gas up and stretch, give the last bit a relaxed
pace or do we catch those guys? We decide to go for it.

Hauling ass into Minneapolis we arrive at the finish, Diamonds Cafe, to find
only one rider standing there. One we had met at the ferry crossing earlier. So
we finish second and third respectively, although maybe a team second would have
been more fitting. burnt, bruised, sore... EXHAUSTED. What a blast. There's more
to it of course but when it's all said and done the REAL stories are for the bar
and the paddock right?

Without an instant of hesitation I will suggest that anyone who CAN do this
event DO IT.

HUGE thanks to Rick for taking me in and letting me flog his bike, Brian and
MilVin for hosting the visitors, Racer X and the mystery rider for setting up
the event and of course the Chi, Mil, and Twin VinMoto folks for generally being
friends of the highest caliber.

See you all next year!
-Rosko
 

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Rosko,
Great story. I can tell from your description some of your route. I have ridden almost all of the roads. How about the section of 33 through wildcat Mtn state park. One of the best sections of road in the state. Too bad it is so short. Next year you could fly into Minneapolis and we could take a more leisurely ride to Milwaukee the day before and then when we are done with the ride we won't have fr to go. I am sure that I have a bike or two that you can use.

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Funny, I have ridden most of those roads as well. Reading Rosko's story actually made me a bit homesick. Rosko, Ken and I will convert you into a Cheesehead before the end of the year.
 

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Funny, I have ridden most of those roads as well. Reading Rosko's story actually made me a bit homesick. Rosko, Ken and I will convert you into a Cheesehead before the end of the year.
 
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