Exploring the Trans - Wisconsin trail

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

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    The GPS file is solid. Both the trackline and the route match. However if you are using the route file and autorouting software and you choose to reroute along the way, the software will want to route you off of some short "cross country" sections to nearby roads in a coule of spots. The trackline is preferred for those that can use it. Submitting specific feedback about any questionable areas on the route is a great idea though - helps to make the file as good as it can be. :thumb
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  2. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I'm packed and ready to go. I'm leaving tomorrow morning and riding from KC to Dubuque, Iowa to meet my brother in law. On Thrusday the two of us we be starting the Trail. I can't wait!
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  3. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    This trip on the TWAT has been wonderful. The route has been increadible so far!!

    Late this afternoon we hit SAND. That has been my first experiance in sand with my pig. So far, I have kept the rubber down.
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  4. kleinergti1

    kleinergti1 Been here awhile

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    i am also planning on riding from dubuque on the 14th as well with 5 others as well.
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  5. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    The sand at the ATV trails around Black River Falls were only a warm up for the sand. There is more sand in Bayfield County then all the beaches of the West Coast! The last 30 miles of sand was the toughest for me and my pig however we made it!

    Thanks for putting together such a great route!

    It was 560 miles and took 2.5 days.

    Here is a picture of me at the end of the trail.

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    Pete along the trail. KLR 650

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  6. kleinergti1

    kleinergti1 Been here awhile

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    we just returned from the trail yesterday. We left thursday afternoon. In all according to the gps we traveled 1400 some miles from dubuque. Great ride and also my first ever bike ride of more then a couple hundred miles.
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  7. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Its great to see the Ol' Twat is getting some use! :lol3


    I'm not sure how many have done the route now, but its starting to add up now. Last night after work, I saw a KLR at the local Super 8 and it turned out to be kunadad, he was riding it solo.
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  8. Klasjm

    Klasjm R100gs

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    How bout some stories folks. Where did you camp or hotel. What and where did you eat? Where did you gas up?



    More photos if you have them.
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  9. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    Can this be done on a Ulysses with avon distanzias? Or do I have to be the dummy to take his Buell on the trail to find out....? :D
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  10. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    I'm thinking about 70% of the route would be great for your setup, but there are some sections.....

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    I've seen some people handle Ulysses in pretty rough terrain with street tires, so it is possible. Plus, the route I made is just a suggestion, almost all the roads are fun and you can make your own ride out of it.
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  11. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I started a RR here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=377944
    It will be more photos then story.
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  12. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack TOYS IN THE ATTIC

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    First I will admit to being noob all the way with posting but must try to explain the fun this trail was for myself and four other :D brushpopper :D clubmembers. In two 1/2 days of smiling we manage to conquer the twat enjoying the some of what has to be some of the best trails and roads wisconsin has to offer. Riding three husky 610s, a xt600,and my ride a gs750l with dunlop 404s ,renthal bars,& a kerker header. Yes that is correct a 1980 suzuki street bike, my sanity is always in question.:evil But with solid B enduro skills and a lot of experience with all types of bikes and terrain some have even called goat trails we set out from Milledgeville, IL on friday at 8 am. Through the early light fog our hopes of an epic ride were very high. :clap With the first day in the south things were easy cruising blacktops and mostly maintained gravel or "b" roads making our way to Wildcat State Park to camp be for dark. Be careful of soft blacktop across from Tiny's bar though,:cry one husky leaning on the 'ol xt after a quick one.:freaky The ratcoons were very agessive at the park befor morning,pick up trash and lost alittle food. On with day two, the horse and buggie religion is thick in this area but all waved. Just watch out for those "ROAD APPLES".A light over night sprinkle kept the dust down in the morning. But as the day wore on dust was a obstacle to deal with as was more trails with sugar sand and rocky areas. Along with our second closed road and atv riders after all it was saturday. By the end of the day I had taken terra firma samples twice with the big suzuki :eek1 but still made Clam Lake campground, darn no showers. Sunday showed us a cool sunshiny day perfect for riding except the dust, but now being used to it and adapting to a wide spacing with waiting one rider at a time stopping to mark corners for the next rider in line all went smooth. we all hit our top speed of the trip on one very consistant surfaced long staight gravel road that begged you to twist it to the stops if you dare. At noon we were being splashed by waves of the big lake enjoying zone bars and trailmix. Good Fun!:clap Our adventure continued to rustic roads down the west side of the state in to Mn. &Ia. but thats another story. My verdict FUNFUNFUN:clap :clap :clap Do I recommend any one else to ride this with street tires? no the soft sand in a few areas was incredibly challenging as was the fist plus size rocks even if is only maybe 10% of the ride. Any fear of flattening down pipes or very soft sand should be used as desiding factor for any adventure like this. Well i'm late for supper,but i would like to invite all to BRUSHPOPPERS AMA NATIONAL DUAL SPORT & ADVENTURE RIDE SEPT.20&21 for details www.geocities.com/brushpoppers till next time; Mad Jack
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  13. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in Supporter

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    fall colors would be nice on the TWAT.
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  14. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    1 month ago today I set out to do the TWAT. I have finally found some time to get my pics together, it's been a crazy fall but that's another story.

    Just a few of my favorites follow

    You can read the full ride report here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rcniss/TWATRide908#

    The start

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    Ernie goofing off

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    The fall colors where just getting started

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    A great day for a buggy ride

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    A nice sandy two track

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    For some reason I think I have seen this picture before :D

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    Fall color near the tower

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    My riding partner for Monday was caretaker (Paul)

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    And the end

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    Spent Monday night in Hurbster and got some nice shots of a great sunset.

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    This is such a great way to see all of what Wisconsin has to offer. From the winding hills of the south west to the big woods of the north and everything inbetween. Thanks Chad for the efforts - I had a ball!

    I'm working on a return track from Corny back down to hwy 70 just east of Lorreta Drapper. I know the area well and I thought it might be cool if some ADV riders want a little more fun on there way back south. I need to ride it one more time to make sure all the bugs are out but hope to have it ready in spring.

    Cheers, Randy
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  15. FearTheMuffin

    FearTheMuffin Adventurer

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    I recently moved from Wisconsin (Eau Claire) to Southern California.

    I'm definitely going to check this out for one of my trips back there!
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  16. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    That's a great photo :thumb......I'm want to do this ride one day.....

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  17. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    THANKS!
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  18. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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  19. byron555

    byron555 Lame Duck Adventurer

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    What a great ride! I live in Portage WI, I think that I will plan this ride for next summer!!!
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  20. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    That is such a great photo Randy!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the route, heck, I'm glad everyone that has ridden it had enjoyed it so much.

    I was lucky enough to be passing through Galena Illinois the night before Randy and Ernie were starting the TWT and I ended up camping with them.

    It was great hanging out with you guys!
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    Ernie had a visitor on his tent in the morning.
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    If anyone wants the GPS track, just go to the link on my signature and email me, I'll email it to ya.
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