Boscobel??? What in the world is Boscobel??? The Bulldog's dictionary defines Boscobel in this way.
Bosc•o•bel \'bosk-o-'bel'\ n: 1: an all-inclusive Jamaican beach & resort 2: a city which dubs itself as the wild turkey hunting capital of Wisconsin 3: Three days of beer-drinkin', brat-belchin', cheese-fartin', straightshot-shootin', seat-puckerin'/tide-ridin', dead-possum-kickin', kama-sutrin', Bull-rootin', bullshit-shootin', cattle-wavin', sheep-lovin', french-kissin', harp-lickin', bag-pipin', jap-crappin', vodka-guzzlin', barb-wirin', nekid NANMRA qualifying MUSTANG-SADDLE-TRASHIN' GOOD TIMES!
And now, a word from our host!!!
"Mustang Sally" and I had to head out early Sunday with 3 other compatriots to the start of some mild mist that quickly blew away and we arrived never wet with wide smug smiles planted plainly on our faces. Confident that the Mother Nature would grant good rides to our brothers and sisters still on the road from Boscobel we closed our eyes at the end of the day with memories of another great time in Boscobel. Until we ride again, you all did good and I thank you for your support. Final tally. Catering costs -$800, Patches cost- $300, Shelter Rental cost- $40, Port-a-potty cost-$132 (paid by campers) Memories costs - priceless. Total-$1140 Contributions $2090...."I need 5 more dollars....." . Contributed to Fire Dept.- $600, contributed to BHFW, directed to Rescue Squad,- $350
B4 Pictures by Steve "Hawkeye" Moore http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?m=88047654103&n=331969668
Boscobel-4 Attendees Ride Reports
It's very hard for me write about just how great of a time that this year was at Boscobel because words can't describe it easily, but I'll try. It's very hard for me write about just how great of a time that this year was at Boscobel because words can't describe it easily, but I'll try.
With the months finally passing since B3 and B4 finally arriving on Thursday it was time to try and make this years event better than the year before. For Deb and I, Thursday always starts with an early waking from a restless night before from the anticipation of the fun times we'll have and good people we'll see and this one was no different. We arrived in Savanna at Poopy's just in time to spot the Windy City group pulling into town from the south. After parking and the usual handshakes, hugs and hello's we went to have a bite to eat in the local bar and discuss a route to invade Boscobel. After lunch with a group of 15 Vulcans we headed northward toward our destination with D2 in the lead.
Friday morning after the group safety meeting in the Sands parking lot we were off on the Main ride to the Ho Chunk Casino and the Wisconsin Dells. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful morning for a ride and with the help of our blockers.... Fly, Stony, D' Animal and Bugsplat we made it through every stop with all 70 bikes in a group. Most times along the route there were bikes as far as you could see if you were in the rear of the pack. With our arrival at the Casino and a short meeting on a rendezvous time everyone was off on their own to the Dells or into the Casino to lose some money. ;-) With my group of riders in tow we headed for Paul Bunyan's for an all you can eat family style lunch then made the loop through through downtown and hit a few of the T-shirt shops. Meeting back at the Casino and regrouping we headed back to Boscobel for the Friday night bar-b-que and awards presentations.
On to the Sands we went after our events at the park to do some more BSing, to have a few more refreshments and check out bikes again. We had to do our partying out in front this year since the skeeters were extra hungry as they were at B2. Well the night wore on but I never heard NANMRA brought up and nobody did a run so when it got late with everyone else in bed except.... myself, Deb, Cap'n, Dave Smith and D'animal we decided that now was the time to do a qualifying run across the bridge and back. So to the back of the Sands we went to get nekkid while D'animal took the pics for proof. It was cold ride out and back and luckily an uneventful one. With the nude ride done and a couple more beers and laughs we retired to our rooms to sleep in for the local charity ride the next day at noon.
Saturday morning dawned clear and warm with most rising early and anticipating the charity ride with the local club BHFW. Everyone gathered in the Sands parking lot for a short meeting and a collection for a little more money for our donation to the Boscobel Rescue Squad. When everyone was ready we rode to the park for the preride meeting and sign up. From what I saw I think VROCers owned 1/2 the bikes there and we made an excellent showing and Cap'n Kirk donated $350 in behalf of VROC. Most went on the ride but some peeled off and went their own directions. On our first stop Furhead was trying to fix a broken toe shifter lever and the BHFW crew was happy to help out by finding someone to weld it up and I heard the Kawi dealer in Richland Center fixed it for free. Only one other incident caused problems on the ride and that was when a HD rider went into the corner too fast and dumped his bike. He faired fine and so did his passenger. In all the ride lasted for around 4 hours and was on some nice roads. After finishing the ride we all stopped at Snicks for the raffle drawing and door prizes of which many VROCers won then went to the Vale Cafe for dinner. It's good that B4 never lasted longer or I may have had to go on a diet from eating too much.
Back at the Sands I guess word had gotten around that we had done the nude run the night before because the skin activities started early sometime around 9:30 I think. There were in the neighborhood of 20+ VROCers that did a nude run on this night with I think damn near all the River Cities group including their SO's. Jim (Warthog) I still can't believe you just pulled up and sat there nekkid waiting for the others to join your group ride! You got ba..... well anyway. hehehe Needless to say the partying went on until the wee hours of the morning and we all had a blast for the third night.
Sunday morning brought the look of rain in the skies but that soon gave way to sunshine a little later. Some (or should I say most) VROCers had to leave and I tried to say my goodbyes but I missed some. Those I missed I'll be looking forward to seeing you next year or maybe at Eureka Springs in October. With the few folks that were left some of us went on a ride north up to Wild Cat Mtn. and other points for a last leisurely ride together before we were once again separated for possibly another year. At our last night at the Sands we sat and talked till late and discussed some of the weekends event's but in the back of our minds we all knew Boscobel was over for another year and I for one would miss the family of friends I'd made there. On Monday we met for one last time at the Unique Cafe to have breakfast and say goodbye.
I just want to say thanks to every last person that attended B4 because you are the reason these rallies are the success that they are and also to BC, Bulldog and Don Diehls for all their work in coordinating this event. I hope to see everyone next year at B5. Ride Safe til we meet the next time around.
Brillo VROC 1992
Evan Breyn ~v~ The Bulldog
Rolled into the garage at 2:30 this afternoon, dry, in one piece and and even got the front yard mowed before the rains started!
What a week! Met Jim Singleton in Elk River Thursday morning under very cloudy, foggy skies; but no rain. We rode down Hwy 10 and met up with Todd and Kathy and Dean and Lori in Prescott as the skies started to clear. A fantastic ride down 35 brought us into Fountain City, where we met Eric and Martha! By now the clouds were pretty much gone and it was looking like we were going to have great weather for our trip and rally. After a bit of highway, freeway and country roads, we found ourselves rolling into Boscobel at 4:30 amidst the whops and hollars from the crew hanging out in front of the Sands.
Thursday night brought us downtown for an opportunity to meet some new folks and see their bikes! Great to put faces with the names of many of the Sauk Valley and Windy Cities crews! And to see what they were riding! Lots of great work on these bikes!
Friday, Brillo led a large contingency of bikes and riders out of Boscobel through some beautiful countryside. This year we had designated blockers to help control traffic at major intersections! That worked out fantastic as we were able to get all the bikes through these areas without risking life or limb. Thanks to Fly, Stoney, Danimal, Ron and others for running interference for the rest of us. Really made for a nice ride!
Friday night was the catered BBQ in the park. The food was fantastic and the presentation of awards amusing. From there we migrated back to the Sands for a bit of socializing. Eric, Martha, Todd, Cathy, Paul, Nicki and I rode south of town for a leisurely ride down K Road. Beautiful road and a great twilight ride. The highlight of the evening was Sidewinder proving to everyone at the Sands that you *CAN* do a wheelie on a Nomad! Thanks Sidewinder, now I don't have to attempt myself!
Saturday we worked off hangovers by sleeping late, catching one of many fantastic breakfasts at the Unique, then riding over the the park for the local charity ride! Cap'n Kirk orchestrated a group ride from the Sands over to the park for all the VROC bikes. Let me tell you, VROC made a huge impact as over 50 bikes rolled into the parking lot and filled most of the lot with out bikes! Very cool! With such a large group and the fact that the ride looked to cover much the same territory as the Friday ride, the River Cities group decided it best to make our donations to the charity then catch a ride on our own. DJ and Pam were now in town, so I led the group out to Wyalusing State Park for the first of our two group pictures of the day! The scenery was fantastic and Martha even ventured down the trails to check out the caves below the look out.
From there we rode into Prairie du Chen, over the river and made a quick stop at the casino where DJ ended up giving Eric his $20 (albiet rather indirectly). On Brillo's recommendation, we followed the Great River Road south through McGregor, Clayton, Balltown and into Dubuque (no, we didn't stop to pet any kitties. We left that to Cap'n and his crew). Diner at the Shot Tower, then we high tailed it back to Boscobel and into what looked like a pretty good thunderstorm. With DJ's knack for timing, we only rode through about 5 minutes of rain just outside of Boscobel. Only my chins got wet (didn't get the engine guard chaps on in time), so in essence stayed dry.
From there it was back to the Sands for another evening of socializing. Things started getting exciting when three bikes rolled through the parking lot -- hey guys (and gals), thanks for the show! But the evening wasn't over. I think it's fair to say that the River Cities' Members were hanging out together at Sands that night. The River Cities boys (minus one - sorry guys) made an impact on the crowd with a unified ride around the parking lot to everyone's delight (amazement?). Pretty soon several more riders were either circling the parking lot or making a run across the bridge (dang that was a cold ride). This was followed shortly thereafter by the second group picture for the River Cities guys and gals! What a way to wrap up an evening!
Sunday, the potential for bad weather seemed to have scared off a few riders and the Sands parking lot was left pretty empty except for a few of us. Brillo and Deb led DJ and Pam, Paul and Nicki, JIm, and me through some beautiful countryside between Sparta, Wild Cat Mnt and Boscobel. Beautiful day that started a bit cloudy, but ended up with clear skys and lots of sunshine! Thanks, Brillo.
The ride this morning was a quick one up 61, through LaCrosse, across the river and home as we hurried to beat what was being reported as some pretty severe thunderstorms that were to move into the Twin Cities in the afternoon. Our timing couldn't have been any better in that as soon as I got home, the wind shifted to the east and the storms started popping around the area. A wall cloud just moved through and it's blowing like a banshee out there right now. Would have hated to have ridden in this stuff if we didn't have to (and we didn't).
So overall, a great weekend. Got a chance to really meet a few new folks, see some new country side and partake in a few of the extra- curricular activities! As usual, it was a friggin' blast. Thanks Blackchrome, Bulldog, Brillo and many others for all the work you guys put into this event! You made it all look so easy!
See you all again next year (or earlier, if possible).
Steve Molander '00 Deep Purple Nomad FI VROC ~2419~ : VRA #1-0-210A-1500G River Cities VROC : Sauk Valley VROC B.A.R.E Member #1
Along with Bulldog, Bludragon and myself a uneventful and even dry ride home, was my first Boscobel and enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks to Brillo, Blackchrome,Danimal and all else involved in making this a successful time. Even now after only 2 days hearing is coming back after following Bierkan back from Ho Chunk, see ya'll next year
I wanted to thank all those great folks that made the 3 days that Ms Pam and I got to spend at Boscobel so enjoyable. It was a great time, and even if we didn't get to participate in Thursday and Friday's events, it was wonderful.
Special thanks to Brillo and Deb for leading such a great route on Sunday, keeping us dry and showing us the twisty road to Wild Cat mountain, and the great view from the top. The entire trip that day was one that Ms Pam and I will always remember. Your map reading ability was never questioned (by me), and both of you are great ambassador's for our sport! I am really looking forward to seeing you two again this year, I hope that we can set up that group ride we talked about.
Steve, as always it is fun to be around you. However, I do have a bone to pick with you. Today, on my way to work I stopped by Ms Pam's office to see how she was doing. Her bottom is sore from all the riding, we rode over 1000 miles in the 3 days. Her comment that bothered me was "Steve's passenger seat seemed more comfortable than ours to me. Is that because it was a Nomad? Do they cost a lot more than ours? How much more, have you looked into it?" I'm seeing a trend here, and I really like my Classic. I admit, even with the short ride we took on your bike, it seemed pretty nice. See what you are getting me into??!!
Saturday night's events I'll explain like this. A group ride went by the Sand's. Steve, Dean and I talked about what you could do to be more impressive than that. We devised a plan and all agreed that this would be more impressive, but we weren't going to do it unless all of the attending "River Cities" members agreed to do it. Unfortunately, a consensus was reached and the plan was followed, sort of. And in the end on Sunday night, we gained a "associate" member from Milwaukee who finally decided that he couldn't stand to not be associated with River Cities 'cause we were so "distinguished". All those who were not in attendance can be assured that the River Cities chapter was well represented and that you can hold your head high as we are now known and respected by the rest of the attendee's of Boscobel.
Sunday's ride was in Brillo's hands and as I said above it was great. Sunday night the group was much smaller but very enjoyable as Capt. Kirk had us hooked and ready to defend a downed Vulcan riders honor. We had actually taken a step towards our bikes before he said "wait a minute" some of the story was true, the rider had gone down a casualty of the twisty ride, but how he described the cause of his going down was not. I haven't been had that bad in years! Good fun, and it did show that we were willing to defend the group.
Monday morning was a time to say good bye to old and new friends. I caught Don, Einer, Steve, and Fly on their way out around 8:00. The Capt. had left earlier. Jim, Steve, Ms Pam and I ate one last "Unique" Breakfast and gassed up. Brillo and Deb stopped by, so we had a chance to say goodbye to them also. Leaving town after gassing up, as we past the Sand's there was the newest member of River Cities, Paul and Nikki from Milwaukee, waving to us from their hotel doorway. I sure wish they lived closer, they would be a great addition to our group on a day to day basis. We rode straight 131 miles up 61 into Minnesota. A quick lunch at a deli and on to the house for an additional 112. Once we got to St.Paul we had some miscommunication and Steve took 10 out of the city, while Jim and the Minors took 280 to 35W to 10. Our way is quicker on the way to Boscobel, but I think Steve's 10 route is better going home. Jim stopped at the house for a couple of minutes to say goodbye, and then he was on the road to Zimmerman and home.
All in all a great trip!
dj (and Ms Pam) minor '99 1500 Classic B.A.R.E. Member VROC #3141 River Cities #2
A lot of ride reports from Boscobel properly documented the event and gave
due thanks to those that made it special. I would like to add a few words about
a turn of events that could turned the weekend to shit for me, but really ended
up demonstrating what our club and bikers in general are really about.
Made it home safe and sound no rain to speak of. Brillo, BC, Bulldog, Don, Cptn Kirk and The City of Boscobel, Thanks for another memorable trip. Had a great time. See you at B5.
Made it back home around 7pm tonight. Missed most of the rain except for the last couple of minutes. It was great riding with you all again, can't wait till Windy-Indy. For those of you that missed it, you missed one HELLUVA party! There were probably 20 new members into the NANMRA club, (SO and I were NOT one of them), a few days of great Wisconsin roads, and some of the best people around. Thanks to Brillo, Don Diehls, BC, Bulldog, and everyone else who put this bad boy together.
Brandon "Flip" Caldwell ~V~2620 Tecumseh, MI 1998 1500 Classic