Memorial Day Honor Ride to the Highground, 2018

The Honor Ride
Motorcycle Ride to The Highground
Memorial Day
Monday, 28 May 2018

The ride is still in a planning stage. This is the information as I know it today, 15 May 2018.
Come back for any updates -- especially departure times from the pick-up points.
Ride Leader: Bob Frazee,

  • 2018 Memorial Day Ride to the Highgorund - The Honor Ride, Neillsville, WI, on Memorial Day May 28, 2018. This ride is open to all bikes, makes, and models. All Clubs are invited. The purpose of the ride is to honor our military veterans. It includes a ride from Minneapolis to the Legion Hall in Neillsville where we meet with other ride groups. We will then parade through Neillsville to the Highground for lunch and a Memorial Service. Our return to Minneapolis will be a scenic ride through the back roads of Wisconsin to the Mississippi River.

    The registration fee of $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. The fee includes a patch or rocker and lunch after the ride.

    For those of you with a CB we will be on Channel 1.

    This ride is being led by Bob Frazee, Chapter Q, GWRRA and will have four stops to pick up riders en route. The Ride will start from Chapter Q's ride point. The departure times for the other pick-up points are estimates but you should be ready to leave at the time stated. Everyone can help the process by printing out the Registration Form, fill it out, and have the exact amount available to pay for your patch/rocker and lunch. I will not be able to make any change. If you don't have the exact change you will have to wait until we arrive at the High Ground to turn in your registration.

    The Ride Schedule -- Pick-up Points:

    9:00 a.m. Depart GWRRA, Mn-Chapter Q's ride point at the mall parking lot behind Culvers on Quinwood Lane North, off Bass Lake Road (Cty Rd 10) just east of I-494. Our basic route will be to travel east on Bass Lake Road (County Road 10) to Hwy 169 and then north to I-694. At I-694 we will head east across the northern suburbs of Minneapolis and Saint Paul to I-94. We will then go east on I-94 to the second pick-up point.

    9:45 a.m. the second pick-up point is at Kwik Stop Station, 10100 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN (exit 251 on I-94). No stop is planned other than to join up with anyone at this ride point. We will then continue east on I-94 toward Eau Claire, WI.

    In the past, some riders have joined us in around Hudson, WI. There is no stop planned but we will be heading east on I-94 through Hudson after the second pick-up stop. Just wait on an exit ramps 2, 3, or 4 and watch us come through traveling east - about approximately 9:55 a.m. Just merge into the group ahead of our tail-gunner.

    11:15 a.m. the third pick-up point is at the Holiday station on the west side of Eau Claire, WI, on I-94 at exit 59. The pick-up will be at the Holiday station on the south side of Hwy 12 (east of I-94). After a short stop for gas and I will collect the registration forms and distribute patches and wriste band. We will leave the Holiday station at approximately 11:30 a.m.

    We will then head for Neillsville going south on US Hwy 12 to Fairchild and then east on US Hwy 10 to Neillsville. As we approach Neillsville we will pass the Highground Memorial on your right. (Just to give you an idea where it is). We will meet the main group of riders at the American Legion Club, 6 Boon Blvd, east of town. Honor Ride T-shirts will be available at the Legion Club: $10 for short sleeve and $15 for long sleeves. Before going to the Legion Club we will stop in Neillsville for gas in preparation for the ride home. Anyone who wants to may go directly to the Americian Legion Club east of town on Boon Blvd.

    The trip from Minneapolis to Neillsville is approximately 160 miles and will take 3 hours without the gas stop. In the past we have had plenty of time to meet the main body. After a brief ceremony everyone will leave the Legion Club around 1:45 p.m. for a parade through Niellsville - it will remind you of small town America around 1900. Quite impressive.

    At the Highground lunch will be served about 2:00 p.m. and then a Memorial Service will take place at 3:00 p.m. You do not have to watch/attend the Memorial Service but can walk around the veteran memorials if you have never been there before. Because we are taking the scenic route back to Minneapolis my group will leave the Highground at 3:30 p.m. Bring your cameras.

    The route home to the Twin Citieds has several options. It all depends upon how much time you have sent aside for the day:.

      1. I will first head west on Hwy 10 to Osseo, WI, for a gas stop; We will then take a scenic ride to Nelson, WI, on the Mississippi River -- In Nelson we will go north on Wisc 35 for a stop at Flat Pennies in Bay City, WI, for ice cream. We will then take Wisc 35 north to Prescott, WI, and head into the Twin Cities. This route is approximately 180 miles.

      2. For those of you in more of a hurry and want to see of the countryside, but stay off the super-slab, you can take Hwy 10 west from the Highground and go through Durand and Ellsworth, to St. Paul.

      3. Of course the fastest route returning home is to take Hwy 10 to I-94 and go north to the Twin Cities.

    For more information contact Bob Frazee at . It is always nice to have an idea of how many will be joining me on this ride so I can send you a registration form or contact you in the event the ride is canceled because of bad weather.