iPhone snapshots from a cycling vacation in Wisconsin.
This last weekend I had a wonderful getaway to Wisconsin for three days of biking winding country roads. With Meghan getting a new bike this summer, it has been nice to have her also pushing to get out and find some quiet roads. The Tempealeau County Wisconsin bike club has created great riding resource in a county map with 18 loops mapped out with cue sheets available online.
We spent out first night of the trip at the wonderful Oak Park Inn in Whitehall Wi. The owners are super friendly and really great advocates for the riding in the area, giving a discount on the rooms to cyclists. They also helped us choose our routes, printing the cue sheets for us, and sharing a little info not on the maps.
The winding roads of Trempealeau County were as good, if not better then I remembered. Many of the roads wound along the sides of the area's rolling hills, creating some amazing panoramic views. Our first day of riding took us from Whitehall to Independence before we turned onto twisty County X, which climbed up to Montana Ridge Road. Montana Ridge was a beautiful 8-10mile stretch of asphalt along the top of a ridge, surrounded by corn and hay fields with amazing vistas both to the east and west. The two mile descent off of the ridge was even more fun. Alligator SlideRoad dropped off the ridge, down between farms, weaving between fields and woods, before continuing along side the creek at the valley bottom. After a brief break in Arcadia for a snack, it was serious rolling hills back to Whitehall. Day 1 was nearly 60 miles of rolling hills and left me a bit tired after only one other 60 mile ride this summer. The following days we scaled back to 40 miles each to make sure our vacation stayed a vacation. Now the biggest question is when will I head back?