Autumn riding is Wisconsin is amazing. The riding gear feels good in the cooler temperatures, the air smells cleaner, and leaves tumble lazily across the road. The first spashes of vibrant red and sunburst yellows will be coloring the treelines for this event with the birch trees wearing their pale yellow leaves among the deep green of the pine trees. This is my favorite time of year, and these are some of my favorite roads.
The $89 event fee includes the Friday night reception, Saturday night buffet, an event t-shirt and registration gift as well as your chance at some great door prizes.
You are responsible for your own lodging. We have a block of rooms set aside at the Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites (715) 284-9471. Rooms are blocked under "BMW MOA" at $79.99/night. This includes a continental breakfast. We encourage our participants to all stay at the same hotel (Best Western Black River Falls) to help nurture the camaraderie of the weekend. We will have our Friday evening reception and Saturday evening dinner there. You'll meet new friends, dine with all of us, and ride with some of us during the weekend. However, we understand if you choose a different hotel or wish to camp. (BMW riders are an independent lot.)
During the Friday night reception, we will have suggested ride routes which will include some of the local points of interest. We recommend Wildcat Mountain and Mindoro Cut, which both feature some great twisty riding opportunities. A little further south are the winding, rolling hills of Amish country with tremendous vistas and the occasional sweet little back road with no pavement markings. Also, this is cranberry harvest season, so a trip through the cranberry bogs might be on your list of things you want to see.
We are thrilled to once again offer the more challenging off-road riding opportunity via the TransWisconsin Adventure Trail. If you've ever wanted to try your skills off-road, this trail might be for you. With some parts more challenging than others, it is sure to be a great way for you to wrap-up your riding season in style. If you are a novice, it's reassuring to know there are many paved roads you will cross along the way so any time you are ready to get back on the pavement, you can.
CAMPING OPTION: The Parkland Village Campground adjoins the Best Western property, so for the campers among us, this might be your best option. 715-284-9700
Hope you can join us this fall; Black River Falls has a little something for everyone, including off-road. Space is limited and if the past two events in Tomah are any indication, we could fill this one up quickly. See you there. Email Sue Rihn if there is anything that you'd like to know.
Jackson County is the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. While it’s hard to beat walking, the colors can also be enjoyed by the road. Here are four suggestions for routes from Black River Falls that will show some of the great color locations.
Take a drive on a state-designated Rustic Road. Jackson County’s North Settlement Road stretches from County Rd. O north to WIS 54. This road travels through hardwood stands, pine tree plantations and grassland intermixed with flowages. It goes past the Pigeon Creek Campground and Dike 17 Wildlife Area, a 3,100-acre property located within the Black River State Forest.
Saddle Mound at 1,400 feet is the highest point in Jackson County and rises several hundred feet above the woods, a sandstone outlier from what was once a great inland lake. A great view from the top. Come back along Old Hwy. 54 and County K.
The western part of Jackson County has the classic coulees and ridges that are part of the Driftless Region. It is a mosaic of cropland and mixed hardwoods in between ridges that rise up to 1,300 feet. This route takes you through the farms and rolling hills.