Wednesday, November 29, 2023I visited Rustic Road 114 in Rusk county at the end of the second day of an overnight trip. It was a grey day in the middle of summer. Remnants of a storm had scattered around the region, and I kept finding sprinkles as I grazed its edges.
Wednesday, November 29, 2023Welcome back! Just as Rustic Roads content was about to fall of the front page of this blog, it's time to start Season 2.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023'DID YOU GO TO SPACE?!' It wasn't the last time these two 'road-grimed astronauts' were asked that question on our recent three-week, 3750 mile road trip. I can't imagine it ever getting old, seeing how much joy it brings children to meet motorcyclists. From excited questions to enthusiastic waves, their sense that something fun is going on is infectious.
Thursday, April 13, 2023In my mirror, I saw him immediately pull a U-turn. When the police cruiser passed me a few seconds later, I wondered how far down the road I'd catch up to them.
Thursday, April 6, 2023The Rustic Roads of Jefferson county are another case of several being so close to each other that it would be strange not to ride them all in one trip.
Thursday, March 30, 2023When I opened the map to check that I had the right recordings for this video, my heart skipped a beat. I rode R19, R20, and R96, but the map showed a fourth road. I clicked on it. R124?!
Thursday, March 23, 2023Rustic Road 22 is the main road through the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area. It's obvious that at any time other than early November, when the marsh was preparing for winter, the whole area must be a steamy green jungle.
Thursday, March 16, 2023Rustic Route 104 offered a short, fun diversion of corners and curves in the middle of a very long day of riding.
Thursday, March 9, 2023Waushara County is the first place I ever noticed a Rustic Road sign. This past November, nearly 20 years since I first became aware of it, I finally rode it. It's fun!
Thursday, March 2, 2023Rustic Roads 17, 57, 23, and 24 are all so close to each other that you can ride them all in less than 40 minutes. So, despite them being in two different counties, I've decided to drop them all in one video.
Thursday, February 23, 2023Rustic Road 45 is a short gravel stretch. The color and brightness in the video are odd because it was a cold, windy, drizzly day. The clouds mostly blocked the sun, but became giant patches of white, blowing out the light balance on camera.
Thursday, February 16, 2023Sixish miles west of the town of Kewaunee, on WI-29, you'll find Hrabik Rd. Actually, you'll probably miss it. Continue to County AB, then turn south for two miles. Turn left there onto Pine Grove Road, and you'll be at one end of RR7, where this week's video starts.
Thursday, February 9, 2023With the Super Bowl this weekend, what better Rustic Roads to visit than those near Green Bay?
Thursday, February 2, 2023A wonderful thing has happened. Tom Lehrer has released all of his music into the public domain. So, in this video, you get to hear some of what it actually sounds like inside my head while riding!
Thursday, January 26, 2023R78 starts out paved, but quickly shifts to gravel. Along the gravel is a neat cut through a rocky hillside, and a small bridge over the New Wood River, just upstream from where it flows into the Wisconsin.
Thursday, January 19, 2023The creature grinning behind me in video logo is the Hoday, a mythical creature first photographed in near Rhinelander in 1896. But the rides in today's video happen on the other side of Oneida County, near Minocqua.
Thursday, January 12, 2023Timm's Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin, at 1,951.5 feet. The road to it is Rustic Road 62, and it's the first ride in today's video of Price County.
Thursday, January 5, 2023Bike audio is finally back! We'll return to silent counties in a few weeks, but for now, you can listen to me apply throttle and shift. I was feeling pretty confident on this gravel, so there's a good bit of purring along.
Thursday, December 29, 2022To cap off 2022, we head to one of Wisconsin's favorite vacation destinations: Door County. If there is one thing I've learned in my travels, it's that a road that follows water is very likely to be a good ride.
Thursday, December 22, 2022I warned you all about Marinette County in the introduction to this Rustic Roads series. That warning was about Rustic Road 32. R32 is the longest Rustic Road, and can be accurately described in three sections: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Thursday, December 15, 2022Forest County is where the Rustic Roads series first ventures off pavement. Both R34 and R118 have significant gravel segments.
Thursday, December 8, 2022R60 was also one of the first rustic roads I tried. It was certainly the one that made me go home and really start plotting courses to the rest of them. It's the very definition of a winding wooded country road. Nothing really too technical, but also far from boring. Just a pleasant cruise.
Thursday, December 1, 2022Iron County is where my Rustic Roads series starts. Rustic Road 100 is a fully paved road. Half, along Iron County Road H, is two lanes, with a yellow lane divider painted down the middle. The other half, along Iron County Road G, is "two lanes" without paint.
Thursday, December 1, 2022A Wisconsin Rustic Road, "has outstanding natural features ..., is lightly traveled ..., is not scheduled for major improvements." Essentially, they're cute backroads, designated to remain as such. As of Autumn 2022's first snow accumulation, I've ridden 42. Starting today, and running for the next several weeks, I'll be releasing video footage of these rides on YouTube.
Monday, November 23, 2020Near the end of September, my wife and I took a spectacular motorcycle ride from California to Wisconsin. Nearly two weeks of spectacular views and interesting places.
Monday, May 27, 2013Two years ago, Amanda an I took our first multi-day motorcycle trip. Last week, we took our fourth. About 200 miles short of our longest trip, this one provided new challenges and new sights.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012The whole 1170-mile trip was great. The V-Strom is much more comfortable than the Bonneville was. The luggage works much better. Even the gas mileage was higher (~55mpg average). In short, this bike is going to see quite a few more happy miles in the coming years.
Sunday, October 23, 2011'Ooh, biker chick!' was the elderly man's reaction to our appearance in the grocery aisle. We had reached the mid-point of our adventure and were gathering supplies at the nearby Martin's Supermarket. At home we'd go out of our way to walk for groceries, but we had decided that the wind and impending rain were enough of an obstacle to render moot discussion of the fifteen-mile roundtrip.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Amanda knew that I had been itching to take a multi-day trip on my motorcycle for some time. What she didn't expect was that I'd bring her along on my first!