Iowa County, WI Gravel Loop (SW Wisconsin)

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  1. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    This is a short 65-ish mile supplemental loop that takes in some fantastic gravel (rare) and pavement in western Iowa County, WI. The track technically starts and ends at my driveway in Mineral Point, but can be accessed from anywhere along the route.

    It wasn't designed to be any sort of destination ride. It's the result of my goofing around on a Sunday earlier this spring. I've had a few friends download it and they've deemed it worthy of sharing. So if you're out this way, perhaps doing the alphabet road thing on your own ride that might bring you to Mineral Point, load it up and run it. The track is a blast, and a fun way to get lost for a couple of hours on any size of bike. I've been known to ride it a second time later in the same day...backwards...on a different bike.

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    Note: Deer are plentiful along the route. As are small tractors & wagons tending to pasture cows. As much as you'll want to - up on the pegs and 'railing' the gravel portions isn't recommended. Spirited is fine at your own risk, race pace is definitely not. YMMV.

    Also: Depending on the mapping you use there are a couple of roads that may not show up on your screen. Go ahead and trust the track. It’s been proofed and run several times. The entire track is on public roads.

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  2. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    Nice pics uncle Taco but can you do me a favour? Don't post so many in a row, my finger is cramping from scrolling so much. :up




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  3. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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  4. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    I will be camping at Governor Dodge State Park labor day weekend and look forward to checking out this route. Thanks!!
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  5. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    I'll be leaving St. Charles, Illinois tomorrow morning on my way up to Dodgeville on the DR650 with plans of riding these tracks. Will report back with pics when I get a chance.
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  6. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Looks like a great time, good one to explore while down that way running some Rustic Roads perhaps.
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  7. AronW

    AronW Been here awhile

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    I'll have to put this on my list of routes to do.
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  8. Grizzmug

    Grizzmug Adventurer

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    I'll definitely have to check it out! I only live 10 minutes from Mineral Point! [​IMG]

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  9. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    This was a fun ride and conveniently on the way to where I was staying Labor Day weekend. Reporting back with pics but lost nearly all of 'em as my phone finally killed itself. (probably due to the incredible storms that weekend.) Here's a few I salvaged from Instagram: thanks again for the tracks!
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  10. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    My favorite stretch had to be Wilson Rd just outside of Dodgeville. Went back and rode it again a couple times when a friend showed up on my borrowed KLX250 the next day.
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  11. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    I think I met you on that stretch of road. You were headed north.
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  12. Three Crates

    Three Crates Been here awhile

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    Yeah! Thought I saw you although we've never met, ha! Told my friend, "I think that may be the guy that shared these tracks" from the bike in the pics and the quick glance I got as you rode by.
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  13. Gasdoctor

    Gasdoctor .......

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    Nice route Mitch! What a gorgeous day for a ride!

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  14. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    Thank you. Glad to see it getting used. I was on it yesterday. Today would’ve been a much better day.
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  15. Romet

    Romet Been here awhile

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    Anyone ridden this track lately? I’m planning on going this Wednesday.
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    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    Last I was on it was probably 2-3 weeks ago. It was fine. However this past week we’ve received a boatload of rain. So I’d expect some rain ruts on some of the grades, if not some soft spots where they’ve laid some new culverts.

    If the weather cooperates I may run it this weekend.
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    Romet Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reply Bultaco206. Ruts and other rain side effects duly noted. Most importantly that the roads haven't been paved. Have a great ride.
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  18. kstoo

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    Well, that was fun. Yesterday on a whim and a DR650 I thought that I would drive on to Mineral Springs and check this out. I took 81 from Beloit to Argyle and had breakfast at Irma's Kitchen. 1 pancake 2 over easy and 3 bacon. I don't know what is in that syrup but it is good. Leaving Argyle Co. H is a really fine road, watch out for Amish. I hooked up onto your track. I got really impatient on the way to Montfort but as soon as I got on Badger Hollow you were forgiven. As a note; unless someone is staying at your house I would say that anything south of 18 is not necessary. All the fun stuff is between Montfort and the end of Wilson Rd. at Co. Q.
    I ride a lot of gravel between home and work in Freeport IL but those are all square straight roads on a rolling prairie. These roads through hollows and over ridges, winding along creeks, .... big enjoyment. Some of the grades like Anderson Road, were nothing like what I ride to work. Anderson Road goes straight up a ridge and then right back down the other side. I was not fully prepared in that I had my commuting Heidenau Scout tire on the rear and a really worn out TKC80 on the front. I had just taken a road screw in the front tire and had put a spare wheel on just so that I could take advantage of the day and ride. (The front tire is fixed now.) There were some washed out ruts in some places and some soft stuff that was newly graded but the bad tire combination managed OK and all was fun. Something like D606 DOT knobbies would have been so much more confident.
    Here's a thought. I was looking for a fun way home and happened on the Cheese Country trail by chance. I have never ridden that as far as Mineral Point but that could be a nice long way to get to your track. Cheese Country was in really poor shape because of the recent rain and would have been more fun, again, with the right tires. I got off at Darlington.
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  19. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    Two things: First, I won’t publish a track that involves anything other than public roads. The Cheese Trail requires a WI OHM sticker from the DNR, as well as a Tri-County Trails sticker, in order to operate legally on the system. I don’t want to put something out there and force someone to buy stickers...or be responsible should a user choose to ride the trail illegally.

    And second: Due to all the recent rains, and subsequent damaged areas, the trail is officially closed until further notice, as stated on their website. There should’ve been an orange gate across the trail announcing the closure at the Ferndale Rd. crossing directly south of Mineral Point.

    http://www.tricountyatv.org/home.html
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  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    @Bultaco206 I missed the last poster's "thank you" for posting a track for others to enjoy.

    Anyway, I know what goes into it and I appreciate that you are willing to take the time and trouble to help others. Like any track, we can only work with what is available in the area and we try to build entertaining loops out of that. Great job and thanks!
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