Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail (NWAT)

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

  1. mhking

    mhking Adventurer

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    Thanks much cannon for the link helps alot.

    Also i cant wait for this ride and is awsome you took the time to map it for everyone.
  2. Schmittenhymer

    Schmittenhymer Adventure Tourer

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    Looks like a great ride Bryan, I'm definitely interested.

    Love the rocky hill climb! :clap
  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Lots of people are making plans for this ride this season.

    I have heard from two of the places where we motel it. They point out that during the tourist season they have a two night minimum for rooms. This is common and understandable since they potentially lose one night's lodging by only booking one weekend night. There should be no problem with single night lodging during the week. Well . . . except in Bayfield which is booked most of the summer. There is a city campground in Bayfield as an alternative.

    Might be handy to plan to camp weekend nights.

    Looks like the two groups riding in May booked lodging without a problem.

    Anxious for the snow to melt and the forest roads to open up so we can give this another lap.
  4. award900

    award900 Been here awhile

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    Cannonshot, thanks for all your work.
  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    You are quite welcome. Hope you get to enjoy this ride.

    I was just up in the area of this ride yesterday and today. It was snowing a bit while I was there and the woods are still full of snow. For anyone thinking about riding this early in May, there may be a delay before some of the trails are open due to wet conditions. I think we had a ten day delay in the past when it was very wet (from the normal 1 May date). Just so no one is surprised on an early trip . . .
  6. JaiDee

    JaiDee Petrolhead

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    Four of us from NW Arkansas returned home yesterday after spending last week riding the trail. It was generally in very good condition with reasonable mud holes (most seemed to have relatively little water in them), mostly compacted (due to lots of rain?) sand and hungry mosquitoes.

    We planned to ride the trail in 6 segments over 7 days, averaging a little less than 200 miles per day, then spending an extra day in Bayfield for a mid-ride R&R before looping back towards Mountain.

    Our first day (Mountain to just beyond Tipler...155+ miles) was rainy and made seeing anything on the trail very challenging. We were surprised how slow our progress was and ended up rerouting and having to slab many more miles than we wanted in the late afternoon to make it to our motel (Santa's Backwoods Motel) before it got dark. It was a great day for our "leader" to pick up ticks though. :lol3

    Unfortunately, a very large and powerful storm made us change our plans on the last day. We cancelled our ride from Antigo back to Mountain, loaded up the truck and headed south for home. 9 hours later, we finally emerged from the driving rain and got in front of the storm system and watched the outside temperature rise from 68 to 91 degrees.

    The NWAT is a great ride with plenty of variety in the riding. A full report of our adventures is posted in the ride reports as "Hog Wild on the NWAT."

    Many thanks to Cannonshot and any others who may have helped put the route together. Great fun!

    -JD
  7. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    WOW! Great stuff Bryan!

    Two of us snuck behind the Cheddar Curtain this past weekend and ran everything west of Eagle River and the a couple of other tracks of yours out of there.

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    Very much enjoyed the ATV trails near cable- as much fun as the mountain biking there.

    Of course, this trip was a test of man and machine. Men did mostly OK after a cold beer or two at night. Machines occasionally needed more help.

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    As per usual, many local residents knew exactly who we were and what we were up to. Just reminds us of all the work you put into these things. Definitely appreciated!
  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Great to see you getting to enjoy this stuff James! That adventure trail is one of my most favorites right now. :clap
  9. theBikeman

    theBikeman Dual Sport Rider

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    Monty that did the initial group run with CannonShot last year took 8 of us from Chicagoland Dual-Sport Riders (CDSR) on the NWAT in late June.

    Here's a link to my ride report and videos for each day:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21949595#post21949595

    Cannonshot, I cannot thank you enough for all the work you did to make this track a reality. It was really incredible.

    Monty, thanks for leading our group and doing all the logistics.

    RocketMan thanks for the raw video to edit, after I pulled the bonehead move of the century and had my lens rotated to portrait mode for the entire trip.

    To all my fellow riders. You are the best. Thanks for trusting I would not ruin the trip after dislocating my shoulder and smashing my foot twelve days before the trip. It was a pleasure and a honor to share this epic adventure with you all.
    -Bikeman
  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Looks like you guys had some challenges! Makes for a memorable experience. Glad you go a chance to enjoy this ride. This one of my favorites.
  11. f650gsa

    f650gsa De la Mobra la BMW !

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    I can't say enough about it ! Thank You Very Much for a great route that you put together . Just completed the NWAT on my 07 DRZ solo this past week . I was much surprised to see that it takes a lot of effort to do it as some trails aren't very easy . From deep sand to deep water and mud holes . Rocks and climbing logs , all for our best amusement . Overall it went OK lees Mount Valhalla that I could not climb it . Tried twice but the bike will sink half way trough as I couldn't get enough speed . Also due to a lack of time I skipped the section from Bayfield up North ( track 11 I believe ) and put a total of 1500 miles as I rode my DRZ back and forth from Chicago

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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad you had a great time on this ride. No surprise about Valhalla - that is a tough climb in the sand. I recognize the locations in you photos. Looks like you had a blast!
  13. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

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  14. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    Going to ride the NWAT the first week of sept. with my bud Jeff from Mi. Anyone interested in joining us?


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  15. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    I might be. I have a week off in September, but cannot remember which one. Been looking for something to ride and was thinking either the UP or Black Hills. This might be the ticket. Will look at the vacation schedule tonight.
  16. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    Doing it from Eagle River as a home base. Trying for 4 days, maybe 5


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  17. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    I am off the 1st week, starting Labor Day weekend.
  18. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Are going to make it to the Rally?


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  19. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Not sure yet. Last year, I found out the week before that I had to work overnight Friday and I do not want to tempt fate by making a motel reservation. I am pretty sure there is 1 week in August, maybe 2 that I work overnights....
  20. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    Ok I will get started and make some plans for motels and such. I think we can 3 in a room? I can bring a therm a rest if needed. Hopefully we can get one more person. This is a killer route there must be someone in ADV land who wants to go?


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