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post #1 of 24 Old 09-10-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I FINALLY have the opportunity to do a long distance ride to sample suds from far flung places. The last time I was able to do this was way back in 2006 when I rode through Upstate NY into Canada, across Lake Erie (that is the one up there right??) to Montreal and Quebec, and then down to my brother's place in Maine. That was only a 6 day trip. THIS is going to be 12 days in the saddle.

The plan right now is to leave Northern VA and head west on US 50 to Cincinnati. There I will partake of 5 way chili and some kind of craft beer. The next day I head to Indy for lunch at a brewpub (and likely meeting up with a Strom rider. SHUDDER) and then into Chi-town for the over night. I will verify that their pizza is inferior to NY style and then the next day I head to beer central: Milwaukee. I plan to spend two nights here drinking any good stuff I can find. I might even go to Miller for the tour (not the beer. I hear the tour is great). After my two night here, I will head south in a hungover haze. I have no plan after Milwaukee. I am just going to ride south entering as many states as I can so that I can finally say I have been there. I do need to cross to the west of the Mississippi, if only for 10 minutes. I figure I will get down to around Arkansas and turn east and hit the bigger towns along the way, the ones that have brewpubs. Thinking maybe entering Tenn at Memphis and going towards Asheville,NC and jumping on the BRP for the ride home. I have not done the whole BRP since 2007.
I will be on the road from Sept 15 to 26th. 14th is for prep, 27 is for recovery. I don't really know what to expect weather wise. I have all mesh gear. I have non-mesh textile gear. I have a textile one piece. I will be bringing my Gerbings liner (heated grips not yet installed).Because I want to be able to use the Gerbings, I will not be wearing my leather jackets, they are too tight. So which should I wear??? I imagine I could get away with the mesh jacket and non-mesh textile over pants since I am bringing the heated liner. The one piece is waterproof so I wouldn't have to stop to don a rain suit, but it doesn't seem as practical at rest stops.

I have recently dropped a fair amount of coinage getting all sorts of goodies to bring along. I plan on staying in hotels for most of it (definately the first 4 nights) but I am bringing camping gear just in case. My tool kit has enough to handle tire changes and probably electrical issues. I will be reviewing Planalp's tool kit post to see what I might need. I have a decent first aid kit. Should I bring a spare rear tire?? The current Shinko 705 has almost 3000 on it, this trip will be almost 5000 miles. Not sure how easy it would be to find a spare tire of the correct type.

Appreciate the help. I will post pics once I hit the road on the 15th.

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-11-2011, 12:18 AM
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Good deal. Good deal, indeed. Wish I could do the same. Don't forget to sample a Milwaukee's Best (my beer of choice) while in Milwaukee. Enjoy your trip!



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post #3 of 24 Old 09-11-2011, 02:38 PM
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SteelB12, Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee offers some of the best local suds (IMO) and their tour guides are quite insane! My nephew is a brewmaster there. Others that get the nod include Water Street Brewery, Sprecher Brewery, Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewery. Drop me a line if you need help with anything (including a designated driver... I'm sure I could fine one!).

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And when you head West to cross the Mississippi, I'll gladly take the handoff from Sardog (or an excellent chance of us to ride together) and head to New Glarus http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/ for one of the hottest Midwest Beer companies for the last few years, and from there, to Potosi http://www.potosibrewery.com/ and the National Brewery Museum http://www.potosibrewery.com/museums_brew.cfm

From Potosi, we can do a short wander to Cassville where there's a nice ferry across the Mississippi River.



From therer, there's always the old Hielman's Brewery in La Crosse, WI which is now City Brewery http://www.citybrewery.com/ and then you can start back east??

The roads in SW Wisconsin are fantastic, with non-stop curves and hills, and while I know you'll be in a hurry, we can take you through some of the best ones in any direction you'd like..
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Who's the lady in the ferry?




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Who's the lady in the ferry?
More than likely a college girl from LaCrosse.. She was directing the cars onto the ferry and collecting the tolls..

Dirty old man thing..
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SteelB12, Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee offers some of the best local suds (IMO) and their tour guides are quite insane! My nephew is a brewmaster there. Others that get the nod include Water Street Brewery, Sprecher Brewery, Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewery. Drop me a line if you need help with anything (including a designated driver... I'm sure I could fine one!).
I was told I ABSOLUTELY had to go to Sprecher. Lakefront or Water Street were also on the list. Am planning on finding lodging close to the watering holes so that I can walk or have a cheap cab ride to and from the imbibing sessions.

Since I have zero plans for after Milwaukee, I think I shall take Paper up on that tour guide offer. I need to hit breweries that my beer guru buddy (he has quite the beer belly to prove his pedigree) has never been to and will likely never visit. Its a pissing contest kind of thing. I only have to hit about 800 more til I catch up to him.

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Well I made it to my first stop: Cincinnati. It was a greuling ride, heavy rain all through WV and it got really windy and a bit nippy. I had to wear my frogg toggs from winchest until here in cincinnati since I wore my mesh jacket. Got to cincinnati and just could not find a brewpub. I did manage to get the chili I came here for and I picked up ba six pack of locally brewed beer, so technically the day was a quasi-success. Crashing in a motel 6 for a very reasonable $35. Total mileage today was 510 miles. KLR handled it like a champ even with the super heavily laden ass. Got a chance to use the go-cruise throttle lock. I recommend it.

Tomorrow is Indy and then Chitown suburbs for dinner

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Not sure what time you're going to be in my neck of the woods?? Reason I ask is that I'm headed for Macon, GA on Monday morning and won't be back until Friday night.. Of course I was in New Glarus today, and was in Potosi yesterday... It would have been a perfect weekend to get you through the area on excellent roads and through a couple fantastic brewerys..

If you do wander my way, also consider the http://minhasbrewery.com/ in Monroe, WI (25 miles from New Glarus) It's the Midwest's oldest brewery, starting in 1845, and was formerly the Huber Brewery. AND, if you get into Monroe, 2 blocks from the brewery is https://baumgartnercheese.com/ which is a world famous tavern and cheese store.. Even Larry the Cable guy has visited.. http://www.history.com/shows/only-in...sehead-charity and, unlike Larry, I LOVE the limburger and onion sandwich..

If you have the limburger and onion sandwich there, while in New Glarus try the one at http://www.puempels.com/ Puempel's Olde Tavern, built in 1893... (I think the limburger sandwich is better there)(and I had one today)
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Hey, I am currently in Milwaukee. Going to meet up with Sardog and see the area. I was going to head westerly Monday morning, so looks like I will miss you. Thanks for those tips, will make for a fun day.

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