CannonTracks - Touring Wisconsin - Bayfield to Beloit, WI

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Cannonshot, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Bayfield, WI to Beloit, WI 616 miles

    This route is primarily pavement, suitable for big adventure bikes, and might serve as an entertaining return route for anyone who rides the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail.

    I developed the route after considering a run on the TWT and realized I didn't want to just slab it home.

    The route will take a minimum of two days but obviously that varies depending on how involved your sight seeing is.

    Attractions/Features of the Route:

    1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (HQs in Bayfield) http://www.nps.gov/apis/index.htm
    2. Big Top Chatauqua (live music tent near Bayfield) http://www.bigtop.org/
    3. Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center (near Ashland) http://www.northerngreatlakescenter.org/
    4. Copper Falls State Park (near Mellen) http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/Org/land/parks/specific/copperfalls/
    5. Rustic Road 95 (there are 8 rustic roads along the route)
    6. Scenic Flambeau River and State Forest http://dnr.wi.gov/forestry/StateForests/SF-Flambeau/
    7. Wisconsin Concrete Park (near Phillips) http://www.friendsoffredsmith.org/
    8. Timm's Hill (highest point in WI, lookout) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timms_Hill
    9. Rustic Road 62
    10. Rustic Road 78
    11. Travel along the Wisconsin River
    12. Rib Mountain State Park http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ORG/LAND/PARKS/specific/ribmt/index.html
    13. Paper Mills in Wisconsin Rapids, Port Edwards, Nekoosa area
    14. Shoreline rides along large Wisconsin River Flowages (Petenwell, Castle Rock)
    15. Wisconsin Dells
    16. Hwy A (Lake Delton) currently washed out - where recent news film of houses going in the river was made
    17. Rustic Road 49 that runs along a levee on the WI River
    18. Baraboo - home of the Circus Museum http://www.circusworldmuseum.com/visitorcenter/index.html
    19. North Freedom - Railway Museum http://www.midcontinent.org/
    20. Devil's Lake State Park http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ORG/LAND/PARKS/specific/devilslake/
    21. Free ferry across the Wisconsin River at Merrimac http://www.dot.state.wi.us/travel/water/merrimac.htm
    22. Prairie du Sac - eagle watching below the dam
    23. Rustic Road 21 near Leland
    24. Shot Tower at Tower Hill State Park (near Spring Green) http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/Org/land/parks/specific/findapark.html#tower
    25. Barneveld - wiped out by a tornado a while ago
    26. Blue Mounds State Park (nice views) http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ORG/land/parks/specific/bluemound/
    27. New Glarus - Swiss Heritage town http://www.swisstown.com/
    28. New Glarus Woods State Park http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/ORG/LAND/parks/specific/ngwoods/
    29. Rustic Road 81
    30. Rustic Road 94
    31. Monroe (visit the square, have a Swiss Cheese sandwich - big cheese country) http://www.greencounty.org/aboutus.iml
    32. Rustic Road 90
    33. The route ends at the interstate at Beloit.


    I also waypointed a few potential campsites along the route.
    Fuel is pretty straight forward as the route runs through many towns.

    An interactive map of the route:
    http://maps.innersource.com/GProject.aspx?pid=5302


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    If you would rather have the .gdb, PM me an e-mail address and I'll send it to you.

    The file contains one route, twenty-four waypoints, and six tracklines of less than 250 points each.

    For anyone considering this as a return route after riding the TWT, here is a picture depicting the proximity of the two routes. The TWT is yellow and this route is green. If someone wanted a 1170 mile loop, they could join either track anyplace proximate to their home, and then ride out the loop to complete both segments. One would have to map out a link from Monroe to the start of the TWT (easy deal).
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  2. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Very nice! I've always been in such a hurry to get back that I have just blasted out the 300 miles home in a sick slabfest, but this would be so much better.
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  3. WIthumper

    WIthumper The 610 guy

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    Hey rokklym -
    It looks like a good route. What is your plan to have the route/track available? Just checking your intentions...
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  4. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Its totally available, just email me @ chad@lonewolfexpeditions.com and I'll email it to ya. Its a gdb file that doesn't send through advrider, plus I kinda want to keep track of who has it just so I can do updates etc.
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  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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  6. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    These tracks are now available again for download. Many thanks to fellow ADVer deputyjones who offered some server space.

    Go to http://dsam-mi.org/GPS_Files/ and you will see a directory of folders that contain the files. You should be able to choose the proper directory without much trouble. The individual files will have names that are the same as or similar to the file names listed when the files were hosted on ADV.

    The files are listed as .zip files. If you left click/open the file, you will open it in your computer's temporary internet directory. Depending on how you have your computer set up, clicking on the .gpx will open the file with Mapsource so you can look at it. Remember, it is in your temporary internet files.

    To save the file in one of your neatly filed directories, "left click/save" or "right click/save target as" and put it where you want to keep it.

    Some of the files have an associated spreadsheet file with points of interest (Black Hills, Pony Express, etc). Same procedures apply.

    Happy to have quick and easy access to these files again. :thumb
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  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Replacing lost file.

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  8. ts3doug

    ts3doug Long timer

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    sorry for the thread jack. copper falls, worth a roll up from iowa for a night of tenting it? was just scrolling around on a map and came upon that, seems like at least somewhere to go.
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  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I think you could make a nice trip out of that. Lots to see along the way.
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  10. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    CANNON, Thanks for fixing the GPS links.

    Now can you do anything about getting rid of the snow and cold weather?
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  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    If I could, I would have been gone long ago. :D
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