Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail a.k.a. TWAT

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by rokklym, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    ***2012 UPDATE! **** This is the current file
    <IFRAME SRC="http://www.dualsportmaps.com/embedMap.html?id=105132" TITLE="Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail (TWAT)" width="800" height="600"></IFRAME>


    Here is a link to download the newest version of the GPS file for the route. If you can't get it to work, email me at chad@lonewolfexpeditions.com and I will send it to you as soon as I can. HUGE thanks to Cannonshot for getting the routes added to my track. Thanks Bryan!

    http://www.dualsportmaps.com/?link=100257

    ^^^Dual Sport Maps website link ^^^

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  2. Tinner

    Tinner Been here awhile

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    Thanks to you and cannonshot again!

    If I may ask. Why three different routes? And all three say 603 miles? I have NOT recalculated it or anything. (that I know of anyways) And they all look to be the same. Although I have not gone line by line to compare them.

    Hoping to ride some more of this, this weekend. I need to play some more with my TKC's and the sand! lol
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  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    One route uses a 2007 mapware, one uses 2010 mapware, and the other users 2012 mapware. Hence the route names that reflect the version. Just makes is easier for someone to select a route compatible with the version of City Nav in their GPS unit without having to recalculate.

    Keep in mind that some units like to recalculate a route as soon as you load it. Could be a problem. Also, never recalculate if you go off route as it could create a problem. Best advice is to use the track lines instead of the routes.

    I redrew the track lines to Chad's current version of the TWT to the 2012 map. Chad has two short sections on the path he developed that won't route. Both are minor and if you compare the track line to the route you can locate them ahead of time and make a note to ride them if you like.

    Hope this answers the GPS file questions.

    Thanks again to Chad for working out this ride for people to enjoy!
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  4. Tinner

    Tinner Been here awhile

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    Ahh now I see it.

    I do like running tracks but I think I will load both up.

    Thanks!
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  5. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    I have never actually tried to run this as a route, I have always used the tracks. I may have to give it a shot soon! I'm riding the full route again soon and I have been scouting some new options so I imagine there will be a 2012 version too.
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  6. kimzx1000r

    kimzx1000r Been here awhile

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    I might have to ride this again. I rode the original route and it might be time to check out the new changes. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    The route has lengthened out a bit now, used to be about 540 miles and now sits at 603 miles. A lot of that is due to the Iowa addition and the new stuff that I added between the Mississippi River and Soldiers Grove. There are also several fun roads near Black River Falls that I had to remove due to logging and a recently added fence.

    So most of the changes are on the southern section of the route. I plan on running the route again in a few weeks so I will see if there are any other changes that need to be made.
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  8. JessieRat

    JessieRat Been here awhile

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    Anybody ride this recently? What is it like now?
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  9. sledrydr

    sledrydr Adventurer

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    i'd also like to know if there are recent changes of any significance. Thanks
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  10. MMMOTORCYCLE

    MMMOTORCYCLE Been here awhile

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    Gonna ride the new route end of July....

    Any hotel/motel recommendations along the route?

    Thanks
    Mike
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  11. bluesbrush

    bluesbrush 2 wheel living

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    Hey Mike - A small group of us (6) are hitting the trail end of July also (July 31) but we are tent camping this trip with a possible one night reprieve in a cabin. I imagine the trail is pretty messy along the Mississippi, if not impassible, right now, with all the rain/flooding. Anyone know first hand? :kumbaya
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  12. MMMOTORCYCLE

    MMMOTORCYCLE Been here awhile

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    We are headed out 21st-26th. I would love to camp the entire route, but my sidekick for this ride is more of a motel/hotel kinda guy.

    I will keep an eye on the Mississippi and rain as we get closer, thanks for the heads up.

    Ill let you know what we find when we get back.

    Mike

    ****UPDATE****
    With the exception of the ATV trails south of Clam Lake, everything is in great condition. The ATV trails had standing water a shade of green I have never seen before...we rerouted on Black Lake Rd.

    Just a heads up, heavy logging operations from Black River Falls all the way up. It was the ONLY traffic we saw the entire trip on the trails! Not 1 ATV or motorcycle on the trail!!

    The Delta Diner...worth the entire trip! Todd and crew are top notch and this should not be missed. The Diner will be featured in the next 6-12 weeks on Drive In's, Diner's and Dives...

    There are plenty of ride reports so I wont do another, but here is some info that may of be of some use...
    Dubuque to Lansing 120 miles (gas)
    Lansing to Sparta 125 miles (gas/motels)
    Sparta to Thorpe 120 miles (gas)
    Thorpe to Clam Lake 137 miles (gas/motels-Clam Lake motel and Elkhorn Lodge)
    Clam Lake to End 110 miles (Delta Diner was about 50miles from Clam Lake if I remember correctly?!?) It was a great morning ride and perfect timing for breakfast.

    Temps ranged from 50 to 90...

    AT&T cell service was very limited along the entire route.

    We were riding:
    '02 Suzuki DR650 (Blue Mule), 5.3 gallon tank, Tires front-Pirelli Scorpion Rally/
    rear-Michelin T63
    '08 Honda XR650L, 5.8 gallon tank, Tires-Michelin T63 front/rear

    1300 miles round trip and there are still knobbies left on the rears. The fronts have another 1300+ miles left in them. The Scorpion Rally is my new favorite front DOT knobbie

    Have fun

    Mike
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  13. kstoo

    kstoo Adventurer

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    I made a track that goes almost the entire length of the Wisconsin-Illinois border on the different iterations of Stateline Road. You can enjoy this on its own or you can drop in anywhere along it to extend you TWAT experience because it does end just where the TWAT begins.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=24965869#post24965869
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  14. GoingSolo

    GoingSolo n00b

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    Headed out this afternoon from Hazel Green. Going the entire trail then on to the UP. Any trail reports?
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  15. FBR

    FBR Been here awhile

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    We ran the southern end of it (as far north as Yuba) last weekend. No road construction or anything weird on this end.
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