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OK heartland riders, sign in. Woodlawn, Illinoisain here. I'll get it started. Ham and I have talked some on a ride this spring. Anybody interested? Arkansas Ozarks, LBL, Shawnee area in IL. ? What do ya think Ham? Its a little early yet but we can start talkin about it anyway. :wink:
 

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I'm about as far away as I can get, while still staying in IL. :lol:

I'm 3 miles from Wisconsin, due north of Rockford, IL..

My riding area tends to be southwestern WI/northwestern IL hill country.. Lotso gravel, hills, twisties, and bacon!!
 

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Beautiful Bourbonnais, nestled on the rollicking and roiling banks of the scenic and picturesque Kankakee river. :lol:

I'm all up for some rides in the upcoming year. Take it south or north, it all sounds good. I'll be riding my first actual dual sport event this weekend and if I like it, I'll be hitting more as they come up. The KLR is going to need a few mods done for durability and the yet to happen dropping of it. Gravity is no friend of mine.

Deerhntr, what are your thoughts about a good ride down your way? Got any favorites or are you up for somewhere you haven't been?
 

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Just west of Milwaukee.

Know of at least 3 to 4 others in this area that would be interested in a spring ride as well. Never to early for planning a spring trip. When you don't plan, nothing happens. What month you thinking? April, first or second week, some think else?

Any chance of fast forwarding thru winter...
 

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Well, I'm in Hallock, Minnesota. About as far north as you can get in the lower 48 and still be in the US. The nearest city to me is Winnipeg. I don't really understand why MN is classified as the Midwest but that's the way everybody does it. I live in the land of Harley's and ATVs. Even in warm weather, seeing another bike on the road is a rare sight. The Harleys don't actually go onto the road. The owners push them out of the garage and polish them.
 

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I'm up for going anywhere really. There seems to be a lot of you guys up north so we could ride there or you all could come on down here. I think a ride up by joeinthesnow would be nice when the weather warms. Somewhere around the Great lakes would be cool also. I'm really open to anything though. We'll have it all hashed out by sping time. :)

Joe that ice fishing sounds like fun. We used to go here when I was a kid but it hardly ever freezes enough to do it here anymore. Its be 4 or 5 years since we had a hard winter. We get a little ice then we'll get a warm week and it's all gone.

Well got to go my roofers are here. Time to get to work. :wink:
 

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If you like straight roads and barren flat farmland, up here would be great. :lol:
For decent riding, you can go west, north, or east, or a few hundred miles south, but this is fairly dull. The best riding in my opinion is in the northwest; Lots of public land and varying scenery. Here almost all the land is privately owned which means it's either got a building on it or it's been plowed.
 

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I was thinking the riding would be good that far north. I've not been there so I'll take your word on it. Yea the riding out west is great but I'm thinking something closer will be what most people have time for. Me,I could burn a week or so on a ride. LBL and Arkansas are said to have some great DS riding, but I haven't riden there yet so I couldn't say for sure. Any other ideas on where and how long of a trip we could get put together?
 

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I understand Superior National Forest is great. I haven't wandered that way yet. I'm a Northern California refugee and I've only been up here for about two months so my exploration has been limited. I know that riding for at least 75 miles around me is pretty sad. It gets more promising as you head east. Montana is Freak-ing outstanding but that's more of a trip for most of you guys. The Bismarck area of North Dakota has some cool but short rides.

There are lots of dirt roads up here but they are all straight. The entire county is a grid...something like Ohio. This seems to be the flattest place on the planet next to the salt flats in Utah. Every single promising trailhead ends up being someone's driveway.

My vote would be somewhere east of here.
 

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I'm in Lincoln, Nebraska. I grew up here, but have been living elsewhere (Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho and Kansas) for the past 12 years. It's good to be home! I know there were some other Nebraska riders on the other forum. Hopefully they'll find they're way over sometime. Might look some of you Wisconsin guys up in the future too. My wife has family up there, so we make the trek every once in a while.
 

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I'm in Lincoln, Nebraska. I grew up here, but have been living elsewhere (Wisconsin, Oregon, Idaho and Kansas) for the past 12 years. It's good to be home! I know there were some other Nebraska riders on the other forum. Hopefully they'll find they're way over sometime. Might look some of you Wisconsin guys up in the future too. My wife has family up there, so we make the trek every once in a while.
ANOTHER HUSKER FAN IN DA HOUSE???
 

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46moo, I met a guy from Lincoln earlier this year. He was on a KLR going to SC and had a flat in Mt. Vernon, IL. He had it fixed at a shop there and I was there when he came in. It was a green 2000 or 01 I think. That wouldn't have been you would it? Or someone you know?

Zrod, That ride looks like a good time to me. Nice country down there. Maybe we can get some of these fellas from up north to get in on that. I used to fish TableRock lake years ago. Is that the White or Buffalo river in your pics?
 

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I'm thinkin that was the Buffalo River Deerhntr.
The Eureka Springs ride is usually middle of March, watch the BTK site.
Here in Central Oklahoma we do rides in several areas, from N.W. Arkansas in the Ozarks, down through the Ouchita and Kiamichi Mountain ranges in S.E. Oklahoma.
Seems it's the closest place for us to get away from the windy flatlands.
You can't go wrong, DualSport Heaven with dirt, water and some of the most incredible paved twisties around.
I'll look forward to a Roost there most anytime, my yahoo photo album is full of adventures in these areas and look forward to many more.
See Ya out there somewhere, sometime, pretty sure, :wink:
Rod ,,,,,hatin I can't attend the simulated FCT ride with RL and the gang goin on right now I think? :?
Winery, Hotel, and he's lettin us have maps and everything!
Very Cool!
Damit!!! :twisted:
 

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Looks good to me also Ham I'd say its a plan. How much time are you thinking? Anybody else want to do this ride?

Zrod do you guys have a date set yet and how many days is the ride. I'm ready to take a week or so and ride that whole area.
 

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Hey ZROD, post a link to the BTK site.

Man I like riding the Arkansas Ozarks, what a blast! Looks like you might get a Deerhntr & a Ham! joining you all.
 
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