Wisconsin Trails 2020
Wisconsin! Farms, red barns, forests, rivers… and CHEESE! On our REVISED Wisconsin Bike Trails trip we’ll ride a series of bike trails that begin in Madison. We'll bike the Capital City Trail, the Badger State Trail, a selection of the Military Ridge Trail plus some very fun urban trails in the beautiful city of Madison. We'll visit State Street and get views of the Capitol. We'll have options for a day off, with walking, boating or more biking. And we hope to sample fine brews at the New Glarus Brewery!
New this year, we will stay at the same hotel for all 5 nights of the tour, making it more relaxed than ever. Join us!
*Note: Our itinerary shown below was created prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will attempt to ride the listed trails, but may alter several of our rides in order to eliminate time in the van.
Tour Leaders: Mark and Colleen Troy
- 5 nights lodging
- 2 dinners, 5 breakfasts
- sag support
- park passes for the State Parks we enter
- bike trail passes for the trails we ride
Meet riders in Madison for our introductory meeting and dinner.
23 miles – We begin our tour by cycling several of Madison's urban trail to reach the Military Ridge State Trail. We'll be on paved trails in Madison then change over to crushed limestone for the Military Ridge Trail. Our route takes us to Mount Horeb, a fun little town that's known as the Troll Capital of the World! Lunch on your own at one of several cafe's or at the brew pub. You have the option to van back or bike back to our Madison hotel, making it a 46 mile day.
We hope to take trip to Devils Lake State Park today, depending on whether or not it is open. The park boasts a gorgeous lake with towering stone cliffs on two sides, hiking trails, swimming and canoe rentals. There’s also a concession stand with ice cream and snacks. Bring a swimsuit or your hiking boots. We'll spend the day here, returning in the afternoon back to our Madison hotel.
38 miles – Biking again from our hotel, we will use Madison's urban trail system to reach the Badger State Trail. We'll ride south past the small towns of Belleville and Monticello, finishing the ride in Monroe. After loading the van we will take a tour of the New Glarus Brewery, have a snack and share a pitcher of their award-winning beer. Cheers!
30 miles - Today we stay in the greater Madison area and bike many of the local trails and bike paths. Included are the Capital City Trail, the Southwest Path and a mix of path and residential streets on the city's popular Lake Loop. Along the way we plan to have lunch downtown on State Street. You'll understand why Madison is known as a bike-friendly place after today!
Optional mileage - Today we don't have any scheduled bike rides but checkout time is not until 11:00. You might want to retrace some of our previous rides or explore one of the nearby parks on Lake Monona. We'll say goodbye for now; It's been a fun tour in Wisconsin!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Wisconsin's State trails are mostly crushed rock and are quite smooth. The trails are suitable for all bicycles. Madison's urban trails are all paved.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm (or larger)
$1550 per person (based on double occupancy)
$390 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$100 – Bike Rental (helmet, bike bag and lock included)
Your Travel Plans
For this tour we meet people on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm at Holiday Inn Express Madison Central.
Address: 610 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 709-5050
The trip ends on Monday, June 22nd.
If you are flying, you fly in and out of the Dane County Regional Airport, 4000 International Ln., Madison WI 53704.
There is shuttle transportation to the Holiday Inn Express hotel. Call the hotel at (608) 709-5050 when you arrive to arrange for pickup.
If you are driving, meet us at the hotel. You can leave your car parked there during our tour.
Your Lodging Plans
Your night’s lodging from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21 is included. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Monday, June 22) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility.