Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail (NWAT)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, May 21, 2012.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Just finished proof riding a new 950 mile adventure trail that loops the beautiful and rugged forests of northern Wisconsin. What a blast!

    This ride isn't for everyone. You need to be pretty handy riding off-road. Terrain and surfaces vary with significant sand on both ends and lots of rocks in the middle.

    This ride is intended for small-medium dual sports (must be street legal). There will be no big bike go-arounds mapped for this one.

    As usual, I will post a GPS file for people to download so they can get out and enjoy this wonderful ride themselves.

    GPS track can be downloaded here.

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    Version 2 now available for download. New Day 4 that is more trail intensive.
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    This map gives you some better references for cities in the vicinity of the ride.
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    I've posted a few thousand miles of dual sport tracks for others to enjoy including two other long adventure trails. Right now, this track is near the top of the list for me.

    I plan to host a CannonTrek on this in the near future.

    As I mentioned I have a couple of other long DS rides out there that are similar to this one.

    One is the Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (1250 miles).

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    Another is the Wisconsin-Michigan Adventure Trail (1,000+ miles).

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    If you've got some time to kill this season, you might take a trip to the north central US as there is some excellent dual sport riding that will keep you busy for a while.
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    OK, back to the details on this one . . .
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  2. jglow

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    I took the bait... :lurk:lurk:lurk

    In on this one!


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  3. Lutz

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    Me too, me too!
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  4. rokklym

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    Yeah buddy! Can't wait to get on this one!
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  5. Daamud

    Daamud Life is like a box of Old Milwaukee

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    I've had too much popcorn lately. :lol3
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  6. Cannonshot

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    Before we get going on the ride itself, let me cover some information that will help you out with your own trip.

    You can "clip and save" this gas card to plan for the gas intervals. The long 95 mile interval has a tavern along the way that may have gas (waypointed at 79 miles), but it is safest to plan using the intervals on this card. Some bikes may not have sufficient range without taking along something like an MSR fuel bottle for a little extra fuel on the long intervals.

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    There are a couple of options for lodging or camping near the start of the trail. (Of course, you can start the trail at any point along the route, but the way I have it laid out is that the final day will be a shorter one to allow for travel home.) On this ride we stayed at the Spur of the Moment Ranch the night before we launched.

    They have a variety of cabin options that you can view by following the link.
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    There were four of us in this inaugural group so I booked a bunk house for us to stay in the night before we started the ride.
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    Sleeps six. Bedding provided. Shower house.
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    This place is 4.4 miles from the start of the NWAT. The owner (Skip) has limited parking for a few vehicles. If you book at pre-ride room there, you may be able to leave your vehicle there while you are out on the ride. Since this is a small bike ride, most people will be hauling or trailering their bikes to the vicinity of the ride - hence the leave your vehicle part. Some may want to book lodging for the day they wrap up the ride and head for home the next day.

    I haven't talked to Skip about it, but you might inquire about buying some shower time after the ride if that interests you. I know some places do it but I can't speak for Skip.

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    There is also an option to get permission to park at the Mountain Town Hall which is also nearby. Call the town clerk to coordinate.

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    Keep in mind that much of this ride is in remote areas of the north woods. Don't count on reliable cellular coverage. In many of the towns we were able to get data service.
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  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks for tuning in Jordan. There are probably more tall trees on this ride than what you are used to in Texas. :D

    Glad to have you along. We'll be visiting the north coast of Wisconsin as well.

    Happy to have you along Chad. I think you'll like this ride. A long ride on rugged trails and two tracks.

    You might recognize some sections of this from west of Eagle River when you rode along on one of my scouting runs. I was thinking about you when I was running through some twisties in that area. :D
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  8. Unstable Rider

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    excellent topic and territory!
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  9. opt8low

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    Thanks for putting this together Cannon. Gives me one more reason to get out of the chair and do some riding close to home.

    I will keep an eye out for the Cannontrek.....



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  10. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    We are tuned in...:1drink
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  11. DocAxeYarYar

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    Bring it on! This part of the US looks incredible and I bet its an overlooked gem. THX!
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I was working on this long loop last year. Basically I was able to string together some sections of paths that I scouted out over the years for other rides along with some new material that I had to verify with a proof ride. I'm careful about verifying that the paths are open to licensed dual sport motorcycles before I share a track.

    I had it ready to go last fall but never got a chance to pull the trigger on it before winter set in. Dual sport riding in the Wisconsin woods is not very good during the winter so I had to wait until May when the forest roads and trails were open to motorized travel again.

    I thought a good way to do the proof ride was to assemble a small group of riders that would make for a fast, light, and fun ride. After putting out some feelers, three fine gentlemen volunteered and we were on our way!

    DR Zed was first to commit. He planned to ride a DRZ, but ended up riding his wife's (Zora) WR250.
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    Monty Burns, a former CannonTrekker, also joined in on a DRZ.
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    Rounding out the team was BENRON, another former CannonTrekker, who also rode a WR250.
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    These guys are all experienced riders who knew how to prepare for a trip like this one. They showed up ready to go with only minimal coordination ahead of time.

    I was riding a DRZ400 as well. We all navigated by GPS. I ran two units because I was recording any changes I had to make along the way. I ran a 60csx and an Oregon 450. I like the mass storage on the Oregon but don't like the touch screen so much. The 60csx is still my favorite for rides like this. I think Ben ran a 376 in addition to a 60 series as he likes some features it has.
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    The first segment from Mountain to Crooked Lake takes us through some sporty two tracks that allows us to get back into the swing of things as we get started on the ride. This map shows the link from the ranch as well.
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    These are fun paths that are mostly national forest two tracks.
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    Ben was carrying an empty gas can. He would only need to put gas in it for a single long leg. After an initial stretch of miles on that leg, he was able to empty it into the tanks on the two WRs.
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    Fun paths.
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  13. bigdon

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    Looks like a good time. :clap
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  14. Yooper_Bob

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    Looks awesome!!!

    Excellent work as usual from Cannonshot!!!! :thumb
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  15. LumpyOne

    LumpyOne Been here awhile

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    It is amazing country up there and very peaceful! Looking forward to another great report with awesome pics. Thanks Cannon for your level of detail.
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  16. Doctor Zed

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    Well I had a great time on this trip.:clap

    Thanks Cannon for putting everything together. It was a good group to ride with, everybody pretty evenly paced and well prepared made for easier riding. This ride may not be for everybody, but with the right equipment and skills, it sure made for a great ride.

    A couple of things I learned along the way: steer clear of Northwoods gas station chicken salad sandwiches and Warblers:evil
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  17. no_rice

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    im definitely going to have to check into this. ive spent many a winter running around that whole area weeks at a time on the snowmobiles. some of my greatest memories growing up.

    and within the last month my dad just bought a house on the river up outside of hayward, so id have a base camp to head out of!!! i like this idea!

    my main question is if the husky sm610 will get by with some decent dual sport tires or if you really think someone would have to have knobbies. taking into account that i gravel, sand road, and timber ride all my buells and the husky currently with complete street tires...
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  18. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Hope you enjoy this. Beautiful area and these paths take you through the heart of much of it.

    Thanks for joining in Dana. Much of this could be knocked off a few pieces at a time from where you are at.

    Hi Dave. :wave Some of your friends from the LP might enjoy doing this ride. Some new territory to explore.

    Thanks for tuning in. The northwoods are awesome and combined with a couple of the Great Lakes, even better!
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  19. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Hi Don! Thanks for riding along!

    Yo Bob! Another version of the UP ride with a Wisconsin background.

    Thanks Lumpy. Hopefully the detail will encourage some people out on this track for a grat trip of their own!
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  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks for coming along Zed! It was great sharing the ride with you. Anxious to have you share more about your experience as we go along.
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