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who are feeling lucky may want to roll the dice or pull the handle on the one-armed bandits at Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls, which also offers accommodations. Black River Falls sits near the northeast


reaches of the strip of southwest Wisconsin known as the Driftless Area. It’s called “Driftless” since it escaped getting mowed down and covered in “drift” by the last gla- cier, though as the glacier receded, its melt- water carved this area of Wisconsin into a maze of deep valleys, steep coulees and bluffs. This kind of topography has made southwest Wisconsin legendary for motor- cyclists seeking endless roller coasters of pavement through spectacular scenery. Just southwest of Black River Falls is Wis-


consin’s Cranberry Country. The weekend before the Getaway, something like 120,000 thousand visitors will converge on little Warrens, Wisconsin, for the Cranberry Fes- tival, a three-day gathering for food, music, parades, and over 1,000 craft, food and flea market vendors. If you’re curious about the cranberry culture of Wisconsin, you might like to visit the Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens, open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Just a ways east out of Black River Falls


on Hwy 54 is North Settlement Road, one of Wisconsin’s “Rus- tic Roads.” Heading south, it meanders for about 12 miles through the Black River State Forest’s pine plantations, marshes, and hardwood stands which should be in prime fall color at the time of the Getaway. The road was not in the best shape when I traveled it, with occasional potholes and patches of gravel where culverts had been replaced, but riders are bound to see a variety of wildlife and diverse plant life including sphagnum peat moss beds and native wildflowers. North Settlement Road ends at County


The Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum in Sparta, Wisconsin, features mementos from Slayton’s career as an astronaut, bicycles spanning centuries of history, and real-life and model airplanes.


O, and from there, the quickest route to the most popular Driftless Area roads is to take Cty O west to State Hwy 27 south. Hwy 27 passes through Sparta, where tourers may want to take a break at the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum. Slay- ton, one of our first astronauts, was a mem- ber of the Mercury 7 group and part of the crew for the U.S./Russian Apollo-Soyuz docking mission. The bicycle part of the


museum has over 80 two-wheelers that span centuries of history. Sparta lays claim to being “the bicycling capital of America,” and is the trail head for one of the first “Rails to Trails” programs, the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail. Called “the Granddaddy of them all,” the Elroy-Sparta Trail covers 32 miles through rolling countryside and three tun- nels, one of them three-quarters of a mile long (shuttles and bike rentals are available at both ends of the trail). There is also an


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