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Exploring the Trans - Wisconsin trail

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

  1. klrmtn

    klrmtn Been here awhile

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    There seems to be lots of tire questions about this ride. Bottom line, you could ride it with any tire based on your riding skills and the weather. It is a very gravel road and sand track based ride, so you will have much more fun and it will be easier as well, with a set of 50/50 tires. There is nothing impassable with street tires, it's just that a more aggressive tire will make the ride better. No, you do not need a full on knobby, but a 50/50 type tire is sufficient.
    Jason
  2. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    Finally got some time to finish up the track from Cornucopia south to hwy 70. I rode it last week and I think it will be fun for all heading south after completing the TWAT.

    I also added a loop to Bayfield and back. This way you can pick up the track in Bayfield or start in Cornucopia and do Bayfield as a loop off the main track.

    PM me and I will be happy to send you the tracks. Chad will have them as well.

    Some things to see along the way. . . .

    The Start - Coffee and free WiFi
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Ou687cfIckRBGVqhA1vJLg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2ofIhiOaI/AAAAAAAAE18/NplYmvIQXAE/s800/IMG_1374.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CWqhKIkxPxYMa1csjsb-AA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2ogBlWdFI/AAAAAAAAE2A/Xstp3r2xYvQ/s800/IMG_1376.JPG" /></a>

    One thing to keep in mind when riding off pavment north of Hwy 2 - When the trees get smaller the sand usually gets deeper. Just something I noticed while wandering the northern Chequamegon
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sA_pMeO3HH7E-TkxdImI2g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2oi82mb6I/AAAAAAAAE2I/ZC04SrZivJk/s800/IMG_1380.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Zb3c4C6BIRqrhgqhr__WTQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2oki_19MI/AAAAAAAAE2M/S5YXSZvCNTA/s800/IMG_1383.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/fKby7RAU5HZU2ryeZUTBYA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2oyr0LS9I/AAAAAAAAE20/f9lyKF4iNnI/s800/P6040010.JPG" /></a>

    If you like being alone, this is your place to camp. Bring your own water.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/40SCAFqIjKPlPPLvoVzFSA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2omLFgKeI/AAAAAAAAE2Q/aHLZVQYvTV0/s800/P6040012.JPG" /></a>

    Horseshoe Lake CG has crystal clear water with a natual sand bottom. Bring your swim suit!
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2j45Id5a6ZfGXXtvDREW0g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2onNYVuWI/AAAAAAAAE2Y/CPcv5rh4CcA/s800/IMG_1391.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/47WSq4kc_2WGtSe3imSa1g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2oohRQBSI/AAAAAAAAE2c/84i2skh4Iz0/s800/IMG_1396.JPG" /></a>

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jLSYxdfy_OMYzc4W_1yv2g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2or8lNmBI/AAAAAAAAE2k/zx4XrTBbuNw/s800/IMG_1404.JPG" /></a>

    Nice rocky two track
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qPKQsr54vwLgEjdUTTsuBg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2otkOZTeI/AAAAAAAAE2o/Q3xL7W33yEM/s800/IMG_1412.JPG" /></a>

    Stockfarm Bridge CG
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gTzsMpeKvgBnEHO8eMfwQw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_H7LD4wBvukY/Si2ovFZ_9QI/AAAAAAAAE2s/OYWLvFHxIhs/s800/IMG_1415.JPG" /></a>
    Enjoy!!
  3. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Here is a screen shot of the route rcniss created. The TWT route is in Magenta and Randy's route is in red.

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  4. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser Supporter

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    Thanks for the map Chad!
  5. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Last weekend a few of us rode the TWAT from central Wisconsin to The end and back. Collarbone, Killswitch Bill and I left after work on Thursday and rode north to meet Hipster at the Rock Dam campground.

    Bill at an ATV play area.
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    If you ever find yourself in Rock Dam Wisconsin, you owe it to yourself to meet Ernie from Ernies Pub, quite a character.
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    Tom and I had a pizza at the bar but Bill and Roger had MRE's at camp.
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    We took off in the morning towards Thorp and a few miles later the guys notified me I was off route. When I do the route, I rarely stick to the actual route, I need to explore a bit, even if it leads to a dead end.
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  6. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    You find some strange things on the ATV trails
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  7. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    We had a nice meal at the Delta Diner, this was the first time its been open when I've went by.
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    And we finally reach Lake Superior and find it shrouded in mist.
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    More pics and text to add soon, gotta get some sleep......:cry
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  8. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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    oh it can be crossed. cj racer did it with the petrie crew. i knew i had seen this crossing before.

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  9. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Leave it to Craig to try it! I really wanted to try it, I even walked in a ways and it got DEEP! The clear water turned to black in the center so I knew it would be at least seat deep, maybe more. I checked out the rocks on the side and it was shallower there but also so slick I couldn't hardly stand up.
  10. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser Supporter

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    I found out about the Diner being closed, even when it was supposed to be open.

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    Both of us were surprised and first-timers at the grill

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  11. rj95lss

    rj95lss still searching...

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    4 of us from Iowa City area did this trip last month on a KLR, DRZ400, F650, and a 990A.

    There is a bunch of photos:
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  12. Klasjm

    Klasjm R100gs

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  13. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    you guys see any problems riding this on big 'ol 1150 GS?
  14. rj95lss

    rj95lss still searching...

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    Oh yeah you can do it, there might be some sandy roads/trails that might not be to much fun. But isn't there a guy on here who did it on an old airhead?
  15. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Yeah, that was Klasjm who posted those last pics that did it on his R100GS. I've gotten emails from people that have done it on 1150/1200 GS's and Stroms and one guy from the Brushpoppers motorcycle club did it on a GS750 Suzuki. If you do it on a big bike, knobbies will make your life easier and bring a strong friend to help you pick it up. 75% of the route will be easy on a big bike, its just the sand up north that will be tough.
  16. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser Supporter

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    This past weekend would not have been a good weekend for a big bike. There were times my Faithful Little Steed was all I could handle.

    I did the northern half from Neillsville and the only people I saw on the roads were bear hunters and dogs-a-plenty. Where was everyone....home waxing??

    Sorry ahead of time for the extensive Corny pics; it's a place familiar to the family and the weather finally broke, so pics happened.

    Todd says "hi" Randy.

    Chad, thanks again for the route and everyone else for sharing your inspiring photos and stories!

    http://picasaweb.google.com/<wbr>coopdway/2009_08_27#
    http://picasaweb.google.com/<wbr>coopdway/2009_08_28#
    http://picasaweb.google.com/<wbr>coopdway/2009_08_29#
    http://picasaweb.google.com/<wbr>coopdway/2009_08_30#
  17. rcniss

    rcniss Not that way!!

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    Great pics and story Doug. Looks like you had a great wet time on the TWAT.

    Todd at the Delta Dinner has changed up his menu. If you have been there before you owe it to yourself to go back. :dg
  18. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser Supporter

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    Thanks Randy, the trip was high adventure for me and a great time.

    My first attempt at dining at the Diner was a couple of months ago on a Friday afternoon for fish. I made the trip up on the Tdub, accidentally riding a good part of the T.W.A.T. from Drummond north before I knew of any such thing, only to discover that the "due to conditions beyond our control, we're closed" sign was on the door.

    I overheard someone say at a recent, un-named BMW Rally that they were disappointed to discover that burgers were no longer on the menu but I don't think I'll ever miss them. Reading the menu on the board was luscious enough; hearing the girls verbalize and doing far greater justice to the choices was dam near intoxicating. I chose wisely but don't think I'd have gone wrong with any of the other choices. It was quite obvious that Todd and crew are taking good care of everyone.

    It was a really fun place to be Saturday morning and I may just have to find a faster track up there to make it an easier destination.
  19. ChuckHazzard

    ChuckHazzard Registered Lurker

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    Read this entire thread. Any chance somebody has created a file for the GPS tracks?

    If so please point me in the right direction.

    Thanks!
  20. Coopdway

    Coopdway Curiouser Supporter

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