Annual La Crosse Ride Coming Up!
LA CROSSE RIDE MEMORIAL WEEKEND- THE RIDE IS ON!!!! STARTS WITH A RIDE TO NEW GLARUS SAT. MAY 25TH...
Do you have lunch plans for Saturday, May 25? Would you like to ride to New Glarus, Wisconsin, the Swiss Village known for its Swiss heritage? Either ride with us from near Marengo, or meet up in New Glarus, for some good German-Swiss cuisine.
After lunch, either head back, or, why not continue north to La Crosse, and join us at Piggy’s Restaurant for fine dining on Sunday evening, May 26, on the scenic Upper Mississippi River?
YES! The annual ride to La Crosse, a mainstay of the CRBMWOA calendar, is ON, and you’re invited! There are no finer roads in the upper Midwest than the “Driftless Area” of Southwest Wisconsin, one road after another of great curves and beautiful scenery. It’s time to take off the training wheels, cut some grooves in your tires, and head for the open road! After all, that’s the reason you got that BMW, right? Not to let it sit in the garage and gather dust!
Here’s the plan:
When: Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. Meet at the TA travel center at the Rt. 20 Hampshire Exit 42 off I-90, Jane Addams Illinois toll road .
We’ll take scenic two lane roads to New Glarus, and after lunch we'll continue northwest on the some of the best roads in the upper Midwest, arriving La Crosse late afternoon.
Sunday we’ll have breakfast and head out on the twisties from La Crosse, returning in plenty of time to meet for dinner at Piggy’s, at around 6 p.m.
Return from La Crosse on Monday, generally in smaller groups taking the back roads, or if you’re in a hurry take the Interstate and you’re back in Chicago area in less than five hours.
Two Choices for Accommodations:
Camping: our good friends Ed and Kelly Koegel have invited campers to stay on their grounds a short distance north of La Crosse.
Ed & Kelly have hosted before and have the perfect spot for campers.
Hotel: we have reserved a block of rooms at the Radisson La Crosse. one of the finest hotels in La Crosse adjacent to the Mississippi, right on the beautiful Mississippi River front, King rooms at $119 per night and double queen rooms at $129 per night.
Radisson Hotel Reservations: YOU HAVE ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT MAY 10TH TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AT THE SPECIAL GROUP RATE, SO DON’T DELAY!
There are 2 different ways that guests may choose to make their reservations:
- Call the hotel directly at 608-784-6680 and ask for the CR BMW Motorcycle Group Block.
- Guests can also use the promotional access code as follows:
- Go to www.radisson.com and select La Crosse, WI.
- Choose the date of their stay and then enter “BMW19” in the “Enter Code or ID” area.
- You will then be directed to your guestroom options!
On Sunday you’ll have lots of riding options, through the fantastic Driftless Area, nonstop curves through the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota countryside. There are some great spots for breakfast or lunch or ice cream in, or near, La Crosse. Don’t feel like riding? Take a cruise on the paddlewheel on the Mississippi River. There will be ride leaders, or of course you can head on your own. Dale and Rene, at https://driftlessroadadventures.com/ have come up with some great routes and their maps are available or free or on paper for a small donation.
Sunday evening we head to Piggy's Restaurant, a short walk from the Radisson, and all are welcome at the campfire at Ed and Kelly’s, both Saturday and Sunday evening.
On Monday we head for home and it’s your choice of whether to stick to more two lane roads, or take the fast route on the interstate, about 4 1/2 hours back home. Ride alone or in small groups.