This track is a scenic tour in the SW corner of WI and a sliver of far NW IL. It is about a 240 mile ride through an area that holds a lot of history from the 1800s. The ride starts across the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA and ends in Galena, IL. Things to enjoy along the route include: -National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque (off the track but very nearby). -A tour of what once was a significant lead mining region. -A visit to a mine in Potosi, WI which Ripley says has the longest main street without a crossing in the world. -A ride through the Cassville area which has a small ferry to cross the Mississippi River, Nelson Dewey State Park, and Stonefield Village which is an exhibit of WI farm life at the turn of the century. -A ride along some gravel and asphalt roads winding along the east side of the Mississippi River. -Wyalusing State Park which overlooks the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers from 500 feet atop the bluffs. -Many routes through scenic hills, valleys, and twisties. -The House on the Rock (a well known attraction – check the web for info). -Governor Dodge State Park -Shullsburg (mining town with a museum) -Riding what once was a stagecoach road that ran from Galena to Chicago. Important line of communication in 1830s. -A visit to Galena, IL which once was a thriving commerce center (more important than Chicago at the time) which is now a quaint tourist town. -Camping is available in the state parks and Galena is a popular place for people to stay. <IFRAME style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none" src="http://maps.innersource.com/external/iframe/project/3217" width=400 height=400> </IFRAME> Google Earth Map Overview Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment 3 Segment 4 See post 6 for an updated GPX with a route.