Exploring the Trans - Wisconsin trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rokklym, May 20, 2008.

  1. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    the Trans Wisconsin Adventure trail


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    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.
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    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.
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    Dave on his trusty KLR on the Clark county ATV trails.
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    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.

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    After riding a big chunk of ATV trails, we hopped on some fun, fast, straight gravel roads and kept pushing North.
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  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    This is great stuff. Can't wait to ride the route.

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  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to the pix of our home state.:thumb
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  4. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    One of the great things about traveling by motorcycle is all the great people you meet. At our first gas stop, we were approached by at least 3 different people wondering about our trip. they wanted to know about the bikes, where we were headed and to tell us a little about the trips they have taken.
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    We found this neat little cabin shortly after our gas stop.
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    One of my favorite areas to ride is the Perkinstown ATV trails. Very scenic area and great riding. We hopped on a small portion of the ATV trails then got back on route.

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    Don't get too cocky on those gravel roads, you never know what is around the corner!

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    We found this abandoned hunting cabin. Seems like someone up and left and never came back since there were alot of things left behind.
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    What a great day to not be at work and out enjoying the scenery!:thumb
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    The Jump River fire tower, no longer in use. There were once 38 of these towers within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, though today only nine remain standing.
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  5. BigDogAdventures

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    I never noticed those Husky forks on your KLR Dirty Dave-----I bet they make that a whole different feeling bike. Next time I see you I want to talk to you about those------maybe I could put the KLR forks on my 610 :huh :huh

    Hell--------those forks have brakes on them----what a novel idea !!!!!
    I could sure save a lot of wear and tear on my boot soles with that setup !!
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  6. jsrider

    jsrider Long timer

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    This ride looks like heaven on wheels. Any chance of getting a route map out of that Garmin?
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  7. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    thank you Chad. :thumb :thumb :lurk :lurk

    so which of you is TWAT #1 ? :ear :lol3

    "I rode the TWAT and all I got was this sticker"
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  8. GB

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    Wow.. great trails :thumb

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  9. willnevergrowup

    willnevergrowup Long timer

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    Very cool!!! I can't wait to try it out!!
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  10. tpunzy

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    T.W.A.T. :clap
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  11. dirty dave

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    usually i say improving a klr is like putting lipstick on a pig...but my fork seals were leaking and the stock brake works...kinda. all said and done a few hundred bucks needed to be spent(im cheap)

    i had this supermoto brake set up sitting around the garage and these husky forks. it ended up costly me $0 for the conversion and it can easily be put back to stock at any time.

    the only problem is with a well sorted front end, only makes the rear feel worse...what have i started!!!!
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  12. Hipster

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    Looks like a great ride, will there be a T.W.A.T. II this summer?:ear
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  13. Eugene

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    That's a very nice T.W.A.T!

    Good report and pics. :freaky
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  14. BigDogAdventures

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    Hey Chadd,

    I may put together an Illinois ride----of course it will be in Big Dog fashion and be called:

    The Big Trans Illinois Trail

    In Short

    The Big T.I.T.Ride

    People could ride the T.I.T. and then continue on down to the T.W.A.T:D :D
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  15. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Next up was a stop at Big Falls county park, one of the highlights of the trip!
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    This park would be a great place to camp!!
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    Found a nice classic to fix up.
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    Took a side trip to find another fire tower, but it had been torn down.
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  16. Hayduke

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    :lurk Great report Chad!
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  17. Hollow

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    Nice! I only get to see roads like that when Im hunting 4 hours north of me. Down here its all ugly subdivisions no matter which direction you look in :cry
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  18. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    Looking forward to the rest! :lurk
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  19. rokklym

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    The day was starting to wind down and we realized that we weren't going to be able to make our ultimate goal of Lake Superior today. The decision was made to find gas, food and a campsite. The only problem was that we hadn't gone through a town in over 100 miles! We were getting close to Drummond and I was sure we could get everything we needed there. We pull into Drummond and find a virtual ghost town. I guess Wednesdays before memorial day aren't very busy! We rode around a bit and found the gas station closed and it looked like the only place open was a bar / restraunt. We whipped into the gas station and used the credit card pumps and went to the back of the building and found a spigot to fill our water bottles.
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    What a dork!
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    One last look at the map to locate the nearest campsite and we were off.
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    We had to go a couple miles off route to get to the campsite but we were still heading in the right direction. We got to the Perch Lake campground with a little light to spare.
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    Since nothing was open, we had to rely on the food we had with which was I think, 1 can of Spam, 2 Ramen noodles, a can of Spaghetti ( which was rotten ), and some beef jerky.
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    Darkness came quickly and a bright moon shined down on us. The sound of the coyotes ( i hope ) was pretty wild. I've heard them and wolves before but these critters were going nuts, plus they were very close.
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    Dave found a little firewood and got a nice little fire going and we sat around and BS'd for a while.

    Some fun with multiple exposures!
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  20. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    We got a good early start the next morning and hit the dusty trail.

    This place would have been nice for breakfast had it been open.
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    The final 80 or so miles are extremely fun. Since the spring weather came late, its still pretty wet up there and it made some trails slick, and some about perfect.
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    Lots of sand! knobbies are your friend!
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    Our first view of Lake Superior
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