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Governor brings Harley ride to Onalaska



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Every summer, Gov. Scott Walker takes a ride through Wisconsin on his Harley Davidson, bringing a few dozen with him.

The two-day trip this summer included a lunch-time stop in Onalaska at David Reay’s Modern Diner + Tavern on Sunday.

Walker pointed out that this year marks the 115th anniversary of Harley Davidson. And, even though the company has decided to move more production out of the U.S., he said he wants to see Harley continue to be strong in Wisconsin.

Walker says it’s not hard to get in on the ride — most people simply ask — but the hard part seems to be limiting the number of cycle riders who want to join the journey.

“Once upon a time, I think that first year, I put up on the internet but, you get to the point, where if you get any more bikes than this,” Walker said. “You start out about 100 bikers. If you get any more than that, even that is a little pushing it. You wanna make sure it’s a safe ride.”

The governor’s two-day trip began at Menomonie and included an overnight at Mondovi.

“The only challenge you get is a lot of those curves,” Walker said, “I find the closer I get to the river, the more my head is drawn that way and I gotta remind myself, ‘Look back, look back.’

“Just because it’s so majestic out there.”

After going through La Crosse County, Walker and his group also got to Prairie du Chien and Mineral Point.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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