the Trans Wisconsin Adventure trail Wednesday 5-14-2008, 9:28pm: The sounds of coyotes howling their praise over a recent kill is the only sound that breaks the silence at our campsite at Perch Lake in the Chequamegon - Nicolet national forest in Northern Wisconsin. Dave and I listen to them howl as we sit and enjoy our basic meal of Spam and ramen noodles cooked over single burner camp stoves. We arrived at this campground at dusk after logging in a 320 mile day of exploring a route I mapped out that crosses the entire state of Wisconsin, mainly off pavement. Our route for the day started at my house in south central Wisconsin and our hopes were to see if this route I mapped out was worth a hoot. I know all the roads on my route that are south of my house, and most of the ones within 100 miles north, so we had the get some miles in and see what was out there. A 30 mile pavemnt blast started out our day to get to more interesting riding. Logging is a big industry in some of these areas and with the late spring, lots of rain and logging traffic, some of the "roads" were in rough shape. Dave on his trusty KLR on the Clark county ATV trails. We both rode 650 thumpers and they proved to be great machines for this route, very capable off road and not too bad on the highways. Daves KLR has a sweet set of Husky forks on it and Happy trails bags and my DR650 has Ortlieb bags over Happy trails racks. After riding a big chunk of ATV trails, we hopped on some fun, fast, straight gravel roads and kept pushing North.