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    WI 400 and Omaha Trail report

    Technically, it's not mountain biking but I thought I report back since so many of you offered advice prior to my trip.

    The original plan was to head out to Yellowstone, the Tetons and a few other places before circling up to Wisconsin Dells to hook up with the in-laws. The original plan also had me driving and bring bikes. Well, the original plan had to be scraped because the wife and kids were not interested in camping in the snow that was still covering the ground in this late running winter. We wound up getting some cheap tickets and flying up to the Dells ...which left me no bike.

    I had scouted out some place to rent bikes, but the most promising was Devil's Head ski area. This fell through because of the Tough Mudder foot race happening at the venue. I had really been packing in some miles leading up to this vacation, so I decided not to sweat the riding thing too much. It was with that attitude I showed up the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce to see what they had:



    I took a leisurely ride to Camp Douglas. There were tons of refueling options along the way, but these were the most interesting to photogaph.


    I love all the converted train stations.



    Typical WI 400 Scenery.



    There are actually a bunch of rail/trails that connect together. The route that I took only had this one tunnel, but it was pretty awesome.



    I'm not sure who they were expecting, but I saw a couple of these strategically placed in very small towns.



    These seemed to be the prevailing mood of the small towns. I would like to add "...and blessed be the cheese makers..."



    I was having so much fun stopping and taking pictures that I realized I was going to have to put the hammer down to get back to Reedsburg before the Chamber of Commerce closed up. I basically rode the three hours back without stopping. This shot was taken whilst riding. You may notice that they don't offer a helmet with the rental. And at the risk of being a whinner ...the bike was a total piece of crap. With Trek being headquartered about 35 miles away, would think they would be all over this. My bike did not have a functional water bottle cage and one of the crankarms nearly fell off ...among other issues.



    The point to point was 74 miles (according to the map) and I highly recommend it. I think it would be great for bikepacking because there are campsites and lost of food along the way.

    Also, I found a bar with $1 pints in Reedsburg after the ride.

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gomez_lakeraven/5913588550/" title="gravel bike tour 7/11 by ~gomez~, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5271/5913588550_cfd76c9348_b.jpg" width="1024" height="585" alt="gravel bike tour 7/11"></a>
    view on black

    I just returned from a bike-packing trip along the GreatRiver - LaCrosseRiver - Elroy-Sparta and found similar tankage along the way......[click the pic to see more]

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~ View Post
    I just returned from a bike-packing trip along the GreatRiver - LaCrosseRiver - Elroy-Sparta and found similar tankage along the way......[click the pic to see more]
    Nice pics. How many days were you out there?

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    3 days and only a dozen more miles than you did in one ride.

    I just cruise like a super slacker ... lots of dawdling, photos, taverns and gnats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~gomez~ View Post
    3 days and only a dozen more miles than you did in one ride.

    I just cruise like a super slacker ... lots of dawdling, photos, taverns and gnats.
    I don't remember the exact quotes from Bob Roll, but something like "you want to be groovin' and flowing not battling and conquering"

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