We are Dale and Renee, a couple of empty nesters who set out on a new adventure. One of our passions is motorcycle riding…we are a 2 up couple and our current ride is a BMW R1200GSW. Originally from Wisconsin, we now reside in Illinois. Missing the beauty of the Driftless Region of Wisconsin (and searching for any road that wasn’t flat and straight) we started returning to our home state on motorcycle trips. The beauty of the Driftless Region, and the fun roads that it provides, is a secret treasure that we wanted to share. So, Driftless Road Adventures was born! As we keep saying, we do the work so you can simply ride. Please, try out the site, download a route, take a trip and don’t forget to leave some feedback when you have completed it. Until then, follow along on this adventure we have embarked upon and have your own Driftless Road Adventure. For more information, please see the FAQ's below.
Frequently asked questions
What are "Lite" Routes?
We have created 33 new routes that we are calling “Lite” Routes. For those who want an adventure that is a little bit shorter, these are perfect. These routes utilize many of the same roads as the original routes, but we have included some new roads as well.
Are paper maps of the routes available?
Yes, just go to the Driftless Store to purchase the paper map of your choice.
Which is better, a GPS, or paper maps?
Are the roads all paved on these routes?
Yes, all of the roads are paved to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting. Keep in mind that we cannot account for temporary seasonal road construction or changes made to the roads since we traveled them.
Are these routes car friendly?
Absolutely! These routes and roads can most definitely be explored in a car…the amazing scenery is there for all to enjoy.
How do I view my downloaded route files on my computer?
For detailed instructions click Here.
What are the technical requirements for using these routes?
What are Wisconsin Rustic Roads
Please go to this site for more information: Rustic Roads
What is the difference between a route and a track?
What phone apps do you recommend?
For Android we recommend Kurviger Pro. There is a one-time fee for Kurviger Pro, but this upgrade to the free app will provide turn by turn directions. For iOS we recommend Scenic, OsmAnd, and Rever. All of these apps are free to try, but will require either monthly or annual fees for all of the advanced features.
Does it matter which direction I ride the routes?
Absolutely not! Some GPS units and phone apps have a function called “Invert Route”. This will reverse the direction of travel along the same path.