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June 26, 2020
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  • Option 1: Double Occupancy$400 per personStart Time: 08:00Available: 0 spots
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2 1/2 days
Dates: June 26-28, 2020
Galena, IL
Shores of Lake Superior
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 8

Tour Overview

The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail is a route which begins just north of Galena, IL, traveling through the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin along curved country roads and gravel trails crisscrossing this beautiful part of the state. The area is dotted with small towns, winding streams and isolated forests.

The route then crosses the Mississippi River briefly entering into eastern Iowa and following the river north and crossing back over into Wisconsin at LaCrosse. Heading northeast, the trail traverses through Wisconsin’s Northwoods Region covering varied terrain including paved/dirt roads, two track and single track consisting of gravel, rock, grass and sand.

The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail arrives 650 miles, and 2 ½ days, later at the shores of Lake Superior. Primary lodging will be at hotels along the route. Riders also have the option of camping at the many spots along the way.

We will gather at Country Inn and Suites in Galena and leave the following morning morning and arrive late afternoon in Sparta, WI. The second day will take us from Sparta to Clam Lake, WI and we will reach Lake Superior about mid-day on the third day of the trip.

Itinerary Overview

The plan is for riders to meet in Galena, IL at the Country Inn and Suites. We will head out the next morning turning north into Southwestern Wisconsin then heading west to the Mississippi River, crossing the river into Iowa. We end up in Sparta, WI that evening. The following day finds us moving into more wooded areas and hitting some of Wisconsin’s ORV trails. We spend the evening of the second day in Clam Lake. The third day we make the final push to Lake Superior aiming to arrive by early afternoon.”

Tour Options

$400 – Double Occupancy

$580 – Single Occupancy

$200 – Camping

Fee includes guided tour, lodging in Galena, Sparta and Clam Lake, dinner on the first evening in Galena and breakfast each morning of the ride.

Riders can stay overnight in the Bayfield, WI area the final evening before heading home or get a start on the trip home immediately. There may be the opportunity to head over to Madeline Island on Sunday to tour the island and have dinner. These arrangements will be at the rider’s expense.

The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail is a route which begins just north of Galena, IL, traveling through the Driftless Area of Southwestern Wisconsin along curved country roads and gravel trails crisscrossing this beautiful part of the state. The area is dotted with small towns, winding streams and isolated forests.

The route then crosses the Mississippi River briefly entering into eastern Iowa and following the river north and crossing back over into Wisconsin at LaCrosse. Heading northeast, the trail traverses through Wisconsin’s Northwoods Region covering varied terrain including paved/dirt roads, two track and single track consisting of gravel, rock, grass and sand.

The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail arrives 650 miles, and 2 ½ days, later at the shores of Lake Superior. Primary lodging will be at hotels along the route. Riders also have the option of camping at the many spots along the way.

We will leave on Friday morning, June 28th and arrive late afternoon in Sparta, WI. Saturday will take us from Sparta to Clam Lake, WI and we will reach Lake Superior on Sunday, June 30th at mid-day.

Itinerary Overview

The plan is for riders to meet in Galena, IL at the Country Inn and Suites On Thursday evening, June 25th. We will head out on Friday morning, the 26th, turning north into Southwestern Wisconsin then heading west to the Mississippi River, crossing the river into Iowa. We end up in Sparta, WI for Friday night. Saturday finds us moving into more wooded areas and hitting some of Wisconsin’s ORV trails. We spend Saturday night, the 27th, in Clam Lake. Sunday, the 28th, we make the final push to Lake Superior aiming to arrive by early afternoon.”

Departure Location

Galena Il (Google Map)

End Location

Shores of Lake Superior (Google Map)

Departure Date & Time

June 26, 2020

End Date & Time

June 28, 2020

Price Includes

  • Guided Tour
  • Lodging in Galena, Sparta and Clam Lake
  • Dinner on Thursday Night
  • Breakfast Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Price Excludes

  • Fuel
  • Transportation to Galena
  • Lodging Sunday
  • Incidental Expenses

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Tour Specifics

  • Start / finish: Galena IL/Lake Superior
  • Distance: 650 miles total: Day 1, 250 miles. Day 2, 250 miles. Day 3, 125 miles
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Max number of riders: 8 riders
  • Skill: Intermediate
  • Terrain: Gravel, sand, water crossing, hills, asphalt
  • Highlights: Galena, Mississippi River, wooded trails in Wisconsin and Iowa, Lake Superior
  • Accommodations: Middle-class hotels or camping

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Country Inn and Suites. Dinner and discuss ride specifics.

Day 2

Galena to Sparta, WI (250 Miles)

Ride rural back roads of southwestern Wisconsin. This area is called the Driftless area. It is the part of the state where the glaciers stopped leaving this part of the state with beautiful, forested rolling hills. About 50% of this day will be pavement, but twisty and picturesque. The off road portion features forested roads connecting quaint Wisconsin towns. The route follows the Mississippi River in both Wisconsin and Iowa crossing at Prairie du Chein and La Crosse. We will make a stop at Soldiers Grove to see the Veterans Memorial. Dinner will be in Sparta near the hotel.

Day 3

Sparta to Clam Lake, WI (250 Miles)

The day will start with breakfast in Sparta. Day 2 of the Trans Wisconsin Discovery Route features about 80% off road through gravel, sand, water crossings, single track and ORV trails. You will need to obtain Wisconsin ORV trail permits to ride these sections. Otherwise, you will need to bypass these sections on blacktop. We will spend the night at Clam Lake Junction hotel having dinner this evening.

Day 4

Clam Lake to Lake Superior (125 Miles)

We will leave Clam Lake and spend the day in the varied off road terrain of Northern Wisconsin. One of the highlights of the day will be stopping at the famous Delta Diner for breakfast. We will then continue north towards the Lake. We will see a bit more sand as we get closer to the lake. Our first contact with Lake Superior occurs in the town of Cornucopia, at the local marina. We then continue north up the peninsula through the Red Cliff Indian Reservation. We will get to climb out on the rocks overlooking the lake and catch some sun. We will then head back south to the town of Bayfield and riders will have the option (at their own cost) of taking the ferry to Madeline Island to take a spin around the island and dinner on the island before taking the ferry back to mainland. Lodging Sunday night will be at rider’s expense. Riders will have the option of heading back towards home today or heading out Monday. The tour ends Sunday.

 

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Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail Motorcycle Tour

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FAQ’s

What Bike Should I Ride:

Any bike can manage the TWAT. Smaller dual sport bikes will handle the off road sections best but will be limited during highway miles and the ability to carry gear. Mid-sized bikes such as the KLR 650 do very well on the TWAT. Larger Adventure Type motorcycles can also do well with an experienced rider. 

What Type of Tires Should I Use:

At least 50:50 type tires such as Heidenau K60 Scouts or MotoZ Tractionator GPS. But more aggressive tires would be better such as Continental TKC 80s, MotoZ Tractionator Adventure or MotoZ Tractionator Rallz.

How About Gas:

Ideally you should get at least 75 mile range. This should be fine for most ADV bikes but smaller bikes may consider carrying extra fuel such as in a Rotopax. 

How Difficult is the Terrain:

It can vary with the weather as recent rains can drastically increase the difficulty with mud becoming more of a factor. Some sections have significant sand stretches, particularly sections of the ORV trails, such as Clark County. 

What About Carrying Luggage:

The options are using hard panniers or soft bags. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Hard cases offer security and protection of valuable equipment such as cameras. But a fall risks getting a leg trapped under a case and a hard impact can be transferred to the sub frame and damage it. Soft bags are not as secure but have a reduced risk of injury or damage to the bike. Personally, I have tried both and use soft luggage (Mosko Moto 35L Expedition bags) now. 

Is Camping an Option:

It is. There are places to camp on the route but for the tour we will be staying at hotels along the way. 

 

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