1 to 1.5 day SW Wisconsin suggestions needed

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  1. jeepme79

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    Hi All,

    I am looking for some suggestions for a decent day to day and a half rides in SW Wisconsin. We are looking for good back roads and/or big bike dual sport routes, camping or cheap hotel options and must hit food or scenery stops. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Matt
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  3. jeepme79

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    Thanks for the tip. I've ridden the Wisconsin side of the river from Lacrosse down to Savannah a few times, so that's never a bad option. Now that I have the GS I'm looking to explore a bit more.
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    Buddy of mine and I are planning on doing the TWAT again at the end of September on GSs. You're welcome to join us.
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  5. jeepme79

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    With three kids in sports and band, my Saturdays are already shot. End of September I'm doing the Distinguished Gentlemen's ride on my cafe, then a leaf tour up the river on 10/8. I'm hoping to squeeze a ride in this Saturday too
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    Totally understand. Got 3 my self. Enjoy every moment with them. Ride safely.
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    Jeep, what part of Iowa are you coming from?

    I have several routes/suggestions for SW Wisconsin that are a ways East of the Mississippi River Corridor.

    All of them are paved or with short gravel stretches. I rode them all 2 up on a Vstrom, so you should be ok on a GS.

    I'll go through some of my other posts and copy some over to here.
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  8. jeepme79

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    I live in the Cedar Rapids area but we will likely be coming from Dyersville.
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    This is a route i did in May when I lead a group ride. I liked it so much i took it again with my wife a couple of weeks ago.

    During our May ride, one of our group had a breakdown so we cut the ride short and rode straight from Readstown to Muscoda.

    During the ride with my wife we wanted to make it a 2 day ride so I added onto the top end and we went to Sparta, Mindoro, and stayed overnight in West Salem. Coming back we hit some great roads, but I didn't follow the exact ride shown above either. I followed 131 down from Gays Mills almost to Steuben, then cut over the hill to Boscobel. Between Boscobel and Blue River, the road was closed due to construction so in actuality, i have not ridden the route beween I (Gays Mills) and G (Muscoda) lately.

    During our group ride we ate lunch at Blue Goose pizza. when I rode with my wife we started later and ended up having a picnic at Rock Bridge.

    This route also takes you through Wildcat state park, which is a very fun road.
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    Nice, we live in Bettendorf, but our son goes to UNI so we pass through Cedar Rapids now and then. We were up there last weekend in fact.
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    Ok, coming from Dyersville, you can cross the Mississippi in Dubuque. I rode a route a couple of weeks ago that was really fun.

    Out of Dubuque, I took Hwy 61 up to Dickeyville. You can look for some back roads that pass East of Hwy 61, which I would do personally because 61/151 is not very fun. Out of Dickeyville, take Hwy 61 to Tennyson/Potosi. In Potosi, take a side trip on the Rustic Road. it's a 3 or 4 mile loop that was pretty fun.

    Out of Potosi, take Cty U to Beetown. Then Hwy 81 into Lancaster. through Lancaster then take Cty K all the way to Hwy 133. Take Hwy 133 into Woodman and if you have time stop at the Dinky Store.

    If Roddy is there say that Dale Hoke said Hi. If you continue up Hwy 133 to Boscobel, you get into the range of the route I posted above.

    Cty K between Werly and Woodman is just a great road.
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    Blue Goose Pizza is now called the Goose Barn. good place.
    We stayed in hotels in Sparta, West Salem, Marquette various times. these were around $100 a night, but with a hot tub so we spent a little more. Plenty of camping areas all over, but I haven't done it lately so I can't recommend.

    Actually I forgot. My friend Roddy in Woodman also runs a little campground with both tent spots and small cabins. There is a shower and toilet on the site, so if you are in that area around camping time, it's a nice little spot off the road. Not the most scenic location, but flat and convenient to the route. I stayed in one of his cabins in early August when I rode up there for a band reunion.

    When you get near Viola/LaFarge, there are a couple of Rustic Roads that make fun little side trips. One is gravel, one is paved (although they were resurfacing a couple of weeks ago, so some gravel there too i guess). There are also a lot of Amish farms in this area and some of them have bakeries that are open on weekends.
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    We also had some great roads on our stretch North of the route I posted above. I'll try to create something to share for that also. I didn't make a googlemap mock up. I did it all in Mapsource which is on my computer at home.

    But some of my favorite roads were on that stretch so I want to share them also.

    When are you looking at going?
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  14. jeepme79

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    Perfect, this is the kind of route we're looking for.
    We are going this weekend sometime, either all day Saturday into Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon/Monday morning. I know Sunday afternoon we have a dinner in Buena Vista which is only a few miles from the Cassville Ferry, otherwise it's a easy ride to Prairie where we can jump on that loop.

    Most of the gravels/dirt roads around home are straight, flat, and boring. At least around the Cedar River and Coralville Reservoir we get some decent paved twisties.
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    Great. I have ridden through there from Dubuque up to Marquette, etc.

    if you want a little more bit of fun, cross the Ferry to Cassville, then take VV north. then take Closing Dam Road and take a right on Good Nuff Hollow road. You might need to put it in the GPS, because the last time i was there, there was not a road sign.

    But Good Nuff Hollow is a fun gravel road (almost a 2 track) that takes you through several shallow water crossings and then back out onto VV. this is also part of the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail.

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    .this is Good Nuff Hollow from our Sept. 2014 trip.

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    One of the water crossings.
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    If you think you will make it up near LaCrosse, I would recommend Cty MM. that is a great Rustic Road. Also a trip to Norskedalen. Not to visit the place but for the roads in and around it. Very hilly and curvy, but also paved and lightly traveled. Just be aware that they are farm roads and all the hazards that go along with that.

    I would not bother going for the Mindoro cut right now. We went through there 2 weeks ago and they put in a bunch of new culverts, so there is a 4 foot wide gravel strip every half mile or so. some right on the apexes of some tight curves. ok to ride slow, but you definitely need to be aware of that.

    We are actually heading out to the Loess hills this weekend, otherwise we would be riding in Wisconsin too.

    Have a good trip, let me know how it turns out.
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  18. jeepme79

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    Actually I've ridden most of those roads already. My girlfriend grew up on a farm about 3 miles south of your point "i", aND I've traveled to NE iowa all my life. One could spend all day just riding between dubuque, Guttenberg, and Luxemburg
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    Great, then Wisconsin will be all new to you.
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    The dumpy little motel in Ontario, WI is a great place to stay. Sure the beds are small and not all that comfortable, but the people make up for it. Our group ride was caught up in a pretty good rainstorm, we returned to excellent service. The lady that runs the motel met us at the door with fresh towels and immediately offered up her laundry facilities to start getting things dry. She had picked up a fresh supply of firewood for the outdoor pit as well. It was the single best customer service experience of my life and it got me to stay there again. Simply great people.

    The place offers off street parking behind the building, it's next door to a fuel station and within walking distance to two taverns. Pretty damn perfect for a bike trip.
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