**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED**
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Get ready for the second Big Driftless bicycle meet-up! This will be an opportunity to ride your bikes, meet some rad people, get out in it, and draw out that adventurous spirit which holds space within all of us... some a little deeper than others.
So the plan for this little shindig is to pick a spot on the map, for many of us that will be the places that we live (La Crosse / Decorah/ Viroqua / Rochester / etc), though some may want to choose a location closer to the meet-up location. Then, plan a bike route that will lead you to Blackhawk Park, pack your supplies for the evening onto your bike, grab your friends, and set off for an evening campout session in De Soto, WI, with other folks riding from other places.
It's that simple!
For some, this really will be "simple" and may be something you do for fun all the time, for others this may be an overwhelming task, against seemingly impossible odds, but we here at Big Driftless believe in you. Not only do we believe that you can do this, we also believe that you should do this!
It builds character, it won’t be as difficult as you imagine in your head, and you will feel like a badass after you have completed the mission. I promise.
Once at Blackhawk Park, camping consists of first come first served basic tent camping sites, but we have a section called Green Lake Campground that we’ll claim under the flag of Big Driftless for the evening. A $9.00 contribution will help pay for your spot as sites are $18.00 but can have two tents per site (it may end up being less than that, but no more). The good folks at Blackhawk Park have been super accommodating and flexible with spots and space, so show up and tell them, "Big Driftless sent us!"... or, you know, just look for us.
We'll plan to be there setting up camp around 5:00 pm.
There is no electrical hookups at this specific campground, but there are outlets in other parts of the park, so come fully charged, or plan to post up while your phone charges for the return trip.
There is a great place just down river from the Campground called, The Great River Roadhouse, and last year we ordered a few of their giant ass pizzas and ate them around the fire. It was great! We’ll shoot to do that again this year so bring a little cash if you’d like to throw down a little for a bonfire pizza party on the banks of the big river. Here is a link to the joint (https://greatriverroadhouse.com) so you can check out their menu options if pizza isn’t your bag, it’s totally fine if you’re weird like that.
Of course, if you prefer to stick to full on adventure style camp food, bring your cookware and grub along with you. Don't forget to stock up on snacks for the journey. There is also a convenience store close to the campground if you want to get any beverages for the evening.
There are so many forms of biking these days (road bike / fat bike / gravel bike / mountain bike / e-bike / etc.) and the truth of the matter is that all of these forms of two wheeled travel will get you to where you want to go in some way or another, your route should reflect the type of bicycle that you have to ride. Gravel roads will have less traffic on them but won't be good for road bikes with thinner tires, and any bike can ride on the highway but some paved roads have inadequate shoulder space and you may have to ride in the traffic lane. In these cases there is safety in numbers, so talk your friends into doing it with you, and wear bright / visible clothing.
Distances depend on how far YOU want to go so feel free to start from wherever you feel comfortable traveling from, and/or lining up a ride home the next day if you don't want to ride back.
That being said, for the full adventure experience, you should consider riding there and back. It'll make you more proud of yourself when you complete the mission. Bike shorts with padding in the butt were created for a reason; they will be your friend on this journey. You can get by without them, but t'aint a bad idea to have'm ... if you know what I mean.
Approximate Distances to Blackhawk Park:
Decorah, IA - 44 miles
Guttenberg, IA – 53 miles
Prairie du Chien, WI – 31 miles
La Crosse, WI - 30 miles
Viroqua, WI - 25 miles
Winona, MN - 56 miles
Lanesboro, MN - 78 miles
Rochester, MN - 100 miles
There are a lot of elements to consider in preparing oneself for activities such as this, more than can be covered in just this one page, so consult with the internet for questions about needed gear and what to expect along the way, but feel free to direct any questions that you may have to us and we will do our best to answer them for you. If you feel like you are going to want to partake in this excellent adventure, send us an email saying so, and we can add you to an email list for coordinating our efforts.
*Information may change and/or be updated as we get closer to October 16th, so keep an eye on the website, and Instagram if you have it.
Hope to see you out there, cheers!