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#933566 - 06/11/15 02:50 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Originally Posted By: Mike
Mitch's photos really capture the essence of the area. Great riding abounds. If you decide to go on a "ride-about," not following any particular route, I'd urge you to generally head west and south from TBL, where you'll find the most interesting landscape and the best roads.


More advice for free-roaming riders:

- US highways (e.g. US14, US61) tend to be the straightest, busiest, and most heavily patrolled roads.

- State highways (e.g. WI71, WI27) are a little less straight and feature less traffic/enforcement.

- County highways are named with one or two letters (e.g. county C, county DD), tend to have very little traffic/enforcement, and are the least grandma-friendly, i.e. plenty of curves and hills and blind rises. You may occasionally find an unpaved road, but these are pretty rare in Wisconsin. Unpaved stretches generally don't last more than a mile or so, but if you're free-roaming, you can always find a way around if you prefer sticking to paved roads.

-Roads with more colloquial names (e.g. Spring Coulee Road, Rognstad Ridge Road) are generally at least as fun as lettered county roads.

-As mentioned in the routes announcement, state, county, and even city parks all tend to have public restrooms (though not all have running water). Here and there you may also spot roadside picnic areas that have restroom facilities.


Excellent advice.

As a cheese head by birth, when you see a sign saying "Wayside" it's the same as a rest area in IL.

Wisconsin had a Rustic Road program and you can find info HERE


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#933567 - 06/11/15 02:52 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: eddd]  
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Originally Posted By: eddd
Originally Posted By: Mike
...If you decide to go on a "ride-about," not following any particular route, I'd urge you to generally head west and south from TBL, where you'll find the most interesting landscape and the best roads...



This is very good advice.

I also want to point out that areas to the east of TBL are not as scenic. That area is low with lots of marsh areas.

The route in my brain mentioned earlier will be west and south. You are welcome to ride along or get with me at the lodge and I'll share the routing information with you. As Mike indicated there is not one special route in this area. You'd be hard pressed to find a bad one, but Hwy 35, the Great River Road, between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien is one road that really stands out and should be included if you can fit it in.



The last time I was there, the road going North from Prairie du Chien was rough as a cob and the WI DOT put up a sign "Rough Road next 17 miles. Hopefully they have found funds to fix it.

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#933570 - 06/11/15 03:16 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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More fun awaits:





Into the woods:




Slalom across the valley:



Coming down off a ridge:




You can take a break on those backroads and not see or hear any traffic for ten minutes:


zig, then zag:


#933588 - 06/11/15 04:44 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Hwy 33 between La Crosse and Reedsburg is another great ride. Wish I was able to make this on, I put a lot of miles on these roads on my KZ900 back in the 70's.


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#933595 - 06/11/15 05:45 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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The GRR3 Rally is held in Soldiers Grove, WI, sponsored by the Madison club.

Lots of great roads around Soldiers Grove and I've tried to ride most of them.


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#933611 - 06/11/15 08:32 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

If you see this, you'll know you have arrived:





I thought that was a Cabela's when I first saw it.


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#933621 - 06/11/15 10:57 PM Re: Official UnRally XIV Announcement!! [Re: Burt]  
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Originally Posted By: Burt
Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

If you see this, you'll know you have arrived:





I thought that was a Cabela's when I first saw it.


Speaking of Cabela's...there is one of the nicest one I've been to located in Prairie du Chien, great location between the bluffs and the Mississippi.


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