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To any who might be interested. There is a mc camping trip I'll be attending. It is actually and ST-Owners forum STOC event (ST Owners Club). I'll be arriving at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green, WI (hope that link works for everyone) the afternoon (maybe by 3 pm) of Thursday, June 19 and staying through Sunday morning, June 22. Camping is paid to our host who then pays at the end of the event. We have 4 campsites to spread across. Just look for the line of mostly ST1300 bikes with some newer GW bikes and maybe one or two other makes, and one Blue Gray Metallic CTX1300 :D . I'll be camping in the same tent pictured in my Photo Gallery. Camping fee is $8/night. Free to stop by and visit.

dubbsrider, you might consider stopping by. We'll be just a day ride south of you. Most of the guys there ride up as far as Sparta and back during one of their day rides (either Friday or Saturday). If the lunch stops stay as they were the last 2 years there will be one lunch stop at the Log Cabin restaurant in Baraboo. I don't remember which day but will know as the time gets closer.

Don't remember who else might be in the area (or within a 2-3 hour ride). There seems to be a few members in WI or northern Ill (Shadowrider?). But let me know if you'll be by for a meet up and I'll be sure to be around the campsite. Or if preferred suggest a place to meet. If you want to camp, also let me know before and I'll be sure to look for you. Doesn't matter what day or how many days or hours but would love to see anyone here to make a connection. Doesn't matter what bike you have now either. Would be nice to see a few CTX1300 bikes at the campsite though. :)

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BTW- I'll be planning to attend the Davis Motorcycle Rally also the weekend after Labor Day so that is another potential meet up event. I'll be posting about that one as the time get closer. Camping is $3/night in the city park and $20 for the weekend for the rally.
 

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Bob,

I would love to do a meet up sounds like a good time. However i will be heading to Dallas that weekend for work. I'm hoping the event later in the year might work!

Thanks again for the invite!

Dubbs
 

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Wisconsin is a bit far away for me, but hopefully you can snap some cool pictures of you CTX1300 while your out camping. I'm sure there will be great places to take pictures with some nice backdrops.

Have a great time on your trip, and be sure to report back and tell us how things go.

Cheers.
 

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I actually know that area fairly well, though it's been a few years. My mother is from the Sparta area, and I have relatives in La Farge. We used to drive through Spring Green on 14 all the time. In fact, I once took the Wing up there and came back all the way on 14. (I live 1/2 block away from US 14 in Chicago). So this is something I think I would definitely like to do. It's a great ride up there and it will be good to see areas I used to visit often when I was a kid.

I'll check my calendar for conflicts, but barring something else that would have to be MUCH more important, I think you will see at least TWO CTX 1300s on that trip. Now I need to dig out the camping gear that hasn't been used in years...
 

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Considering my rusty camping skills and my getting-older-by-the-minute back, I'm actually looking at motel options in the area. I know I'm wimping out, but if I wanted to be uncomfortable I would have bought a crotch rocket...or a Harley. :D
 

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Motels are welcome also. Never deny a guy his comfort. :)
There are a few who have stayed in motels in the area and then went riding with the group or individually as desired and then stayed to sit around the campfire at night. It's a good group of guys and you would be welcome.

Warning: one of the picnic tables, or at least half of one, is usually reserved for bottles of a few favorite beverages that all get passed around during evening campfire time. Some can be rather potent stuff :eek:
 

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Motels are welcome also. Never deny a guy his comfort. :)
There are a few who have stayed in motels in the area and then went riding with the group or individually as desired and then stayed to sit around the campfire at night. It's a good group of guys and you would be welcome.

Warning: one of the picnic tables, or at least half of one, is usually reserved for bottles of a few favorite beverages that all get passed around during evening campfire time. Some can be rather potent stuff :eek:
Remember what the "C" in "CTX" stands for. I have to be sure to uphold the designers' intentions, right? :)

I would probably do something similar as far as activities. I am just getting back into group riding, though I used to do it (and M/C camping trips) quite a bit--25 years ago. Hanging out at the campfire on a nice summer night sounds like great fun. I just hope you and I aren't the outcasts of the group for being "traitors" to the ST product line!

As far as those "potent" beverages are concerned, they're all yours. I don't drink anything wilder than Cherry Vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper. Or maybe a regular (gasp!) Cherry Coke if my blood sugar feels like it's getting low. On the surface I probably sound like a pretty boring guy, but hopefully I can surprise you!
 

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Diet Coke guy here too. I just sit and watch the entertainment mount as the night goes along. :)
I have at times gone along with the group rides but prefer to ride my own way. Most of these guys are much more aggressive riders than I am. But they welcome me anyway. I like smaller groups or solo better (3 or less?). Usually I'll pick my own route and meet up with the group at the lunch stop of the day. There are a few riders who tend to just come for the camp out and just stay around watching over the tents and stuff all day and just go for meals with the group. I don't think not having a ST will matter. There are a number of other brand or model bikes represented here. Look forward to the meet up in person :)
 

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Darn work...this sounds like it would be a good time!!! :mad:
 

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I've booked Thursday and Friday that week as vacation days. Still haven't heard back from the place I asked about for lodging; they have you "request" a reservation. I think in the meantime I'll look at alternatives.

I also tend to be a somewhat conservative rider, staying within the speed limit and not taking too many chances. That probably explains how I've managed to ride since 1986 without any mishaps (knock on wood). Though I've noticed I tend to ride the CTX more aggressively, probably because it handles and responds so well, I think a group riding situation is fundamentally different and I automatically kind of shift into a "hall monitor" mode, looking out not only for myself but for others in the group. I usually ride in the tail position of the group and have gotten accustomed to keeping my eyes open for potential problems. The extra lighting I have on my bike is helpful, too, because it's really hard to miss me when I apply the brakes!

And I prefer smaller groups too, because the bigger the group the more likely you are to have a problem that will interfere with everyone's enjoyment. A smaller group can be more flexible about the destination(s), routes and timing. I've ridden in groups of a dozen or more and it has been OK, but the smaller groups have usually been more fun.
 

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Finally got a room booked. Will be arriving on Thursday afternoon, staying at the Spring Green Motel. I'll send you (Bob) a private message with my cell number so we can connect.
 
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I'll be there about 2 pm. Riding a slightly different route than I usually go. Getting tired of the same route through DBQ. I used to live in DBQ so know that way really well. Plan to go farther north and cross the river at Prairie Du Chien, then take WI60 over to Spring Green.
 

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Ironically I live about 1/2 block away from US 14 here on the north side of Chicago. I could take 14 all the way and I'm sure it would be a lovely trip, but it would take forever! So it looks like I-90 to Madison (passing by my home town of Rockford) and then west on 14 the rest of the way. That's a route I know very well, but at least I know what to expect!
 

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I will try and swing in for a visit. Depends on whether I get a run thats far away or closeby. Monday I head out of town but not sure where or what I will be hauling yet.

Either way, I'm sure I can swing by Saturday. Madison is not far at all from my house...maybe 1-1/2hrs tops.

I agree. I also drive the CTX1300 a bit more aggressively too. Not sure why, she just seems to want to be ridden that way....kinda reminds me of a woman I used to know...

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I agree. I also drive the CTX1300 a bit more aggressively too. Not sure why, she just seems to want to be ridden that way....kinda reminds me of a woman I used to know...

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She certainly doesn't seem to mind being flogged, does she.






And the bike likes being ridden hard, too.

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I have a suggestion for a couple of places to visit when we are in Spring Green. I have been to both of these places (which are basically next to each other) years ago and greatly enjoyed myself. I have never seen anything like these!

The first is Delaney's Surplus. When they say they have "oddities", they are not kidding. They have some of the weirdest and most interesting things on those shelves!

The next is the metal art sculpture park next door. It is so unique that it has a Wikipedia article of its own. You will not believe the wild sculptures in this park!

Anyone with the slightest techie mindset will get a kick out of both of these places. They are just a few miles up the road from Spring Green in Sumpter, across from the (now closed) Badger Army Ammunition Plant. And not too far away are two more attractions: Baraboo Candy to fix any sweet tooth, and the Ho-Chunk Casino is across the street if you feel like lightening your wallet a little...

I will be bringing along some good Sauk County Tourism information, so we can look for other things to do as well.
 
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