Bug Burner Ride
Also Know As The Bug Drowning Ride
May 21, 2011
With a forecast of 75% chance of rain, wet pavement and showers already falling in some areas, 6 intrepid souls still showed up to ride. We met at the dealership, at the time specified and left on time. Rich phoned in a weather report from Menomonie that it had rained but appeared to be clearing, somewhat. Dave, Paul, Brian, Jackie and Tim left RLHD under cloudy skies and just south of Barron we ran into our first rain. Tim was the only one among us smart enough to start out in his rain gear so he's the only one who stayed dry. We did get stopped and the rest of us donned ours as well.
Dave led us down Hwy 25 to Menomonie, where we met Rich at the specified KwikStop. After gassing up and hitting the restrooms we headed south and west and ran into more rain, not far out of Menomonie. Pulling through Ellsworth the skies opened up and gave us a real bath. Not to be deterred, Dave led on and eventually the rains subsided. In Prescott we picked up Hwy 35 south and rode along the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful area but we were mostly concentrating on the roads. As we neared Alma, our lunch spot, the skies over Minnesota started clearing but the Big Miss seemed to be the dividing line between the good and the bad.
We stopped at the Pier 4 Bar-B-Que and just made it in the door before closing time at 2:00PM. They treated us well and served up some very tasty pork and beef. We got dried out a little and managed to warm up as well. By the time we left the restaurant the better weather had made it's way into Wisconsin so Rich led us up to Buena Vista Overlook Park for a panorama of the area. As Tim said, that alone was worth the ride. Gorgeous!!!! The only problem was, we couldn't keep Dave from getting too close to the edge.
After a little time viewing and chatting, we saddled back up and continued down to Centerville, where we found Hwy 93 north and the ride back to Eau Claire...with a stop at another scenic overlook along the way. The ride ended at a gas station south of Eau Claire where we said our good-byes and parted ways.
The overall opinion of the ride was "Fantastic". We braved the weather for the first half and were rewarded with beautiful weather for the return. Dave had it figured pretty well at 300 miles, though those from farther away had a few extra.
You Shudda Been Der!!!!