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    Cool Wisconsin Ride Report

    Here is the link for some my photos of the area

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    A brief Wisconsin history


    Before 1830 just Indians and a relative few settlers & southwest Wisconsin miners

    1832 Black hawk War ends and the signing over of the Indians land

    Mid 1830's opening of Land Settlement offices in Wisconsin

    Mid 1830, the opening of the Erie Canal. Travel for immigrants made easier, Ellis Island, Hudson River, Erie Canal, Great Lakes and on to Wisconsin. Some immigrates port of entry was Quebec City, then Great Lakes to Wisconsin Harbors

    1840-50 mass advertising & letters home in Northern Europe of settlement land in Wisconsin

    1848 Wisconsin becomes a State

    In 1857, the first east-west railroad from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi was complete. Soon after, a line from Milwaukee to La Crosse opened, and other lines were extended north from Chicago. 1869 America's first transcontinental railroad is completed with a ceremony at Promontory, Utah

    "largest concentration of 19th century old-world settlements in America is found along the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan" -- Wisconsin's Ethnic Settlement Trail (W.E.S.T.)

    Milwaukee evolved as a port city. Started out exporting leather & grain back east, then importing shoes & flour at a much higher expense. Having a large amount of Iron just west of West Bend, Milwaukee decided to make their own finished products, so they created industrial foundries and machine shops to make the gears and tooling to grind the grains and make the shoes and so started the industries, besides beer, that made Milwaukee famous.

    .............




    Between 1840 & 1880, 400 families (including my relatives) of Luxembourg decent settled 20 miles east of West Bend in the Port Washington/Belgium area. Making it the largest settlement of Luxembourgers in the Americas
    Buddy posing at the corner stone of my kin's homestead barn





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    Cool Wisconsin Ride Report

    The dog is a 9 pound Toy Poodle mix named Buddy. Buddy has been a tank bag dog for 10 years.

    The Church on the (It's Not Flat) hill is Holy Hill. Holy Hill is about 20 minutes southwest of West Bend. Holy Hill ranks as the 30th highest point in the state.

    This Picture is taken a couple of miles west of the Hill where Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive crosses State Highway 167.



    When a Wisconsin Biker says they are going to Holy Hill, They not only mean they will be going up to the Historical Church, but that they will be riding the curvy Wisconsin Rustic Roads that network around the Church.

    This Picture of 1880 Saint Mathew Church was taken about 4 miles south of Holy Hill on Saint Augustine Road, Rustic Road #33.

    Wisconsin's Rustic Roads are the only type of this road system in the United States. It is not only the destination, but it is the journey. The 70 roads were picked because of heritage & nature.


    Click Here: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/...sticroad33.htm






    Tour: Kettle Moraine Drive (South)

    Follow the KMS Drive signs south thru the Kettle Moraine Sate Forest. A nice stop along the way is Delafields Hawk's Inn, which was a 1840 Stagecoach Stop & Old World Wisconsin, then on to Whitewater Lake which is the end of the Drive. At the end of KMS Drive you will have some options, one will have you riding the Lake Geneva and Southern Lakes area, the other would be heading north to Oconomowoc (Newport of the West) & Okauckee Lakes area. Another option area is East Troy, and when there visit Thoroughbred Motors and also the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum.




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    Cool Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

    Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive
    The 115-mile KMS Drive traverses six Wisconsin counties. Its northern end is near Elkhart Lake in northern Sheboygan County and its southern end is at Whitewater Lake in southeastern Walworth County. Here is a PDF File that gives you directions for the Route: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/...Directions.pdf


    Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive travels North and South of the Rally site. West Bend is in the middle of the KMS Drive

    Before you leave the Rally site, you should find out where you want to get on the KMS Drive. You will need to go West, N/W or S/W to find the Drive. Once you are on the Drive, you will have the green & white Acorn KMS Drive signs marking your way. In my humble opinion, North & South KMS Drive is much better than the route in the middle.






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    Cool Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive North

    Elkhart Lake is on the northern terminal of Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.

    Elkhart LakeÔÇÖs early growth as a resort destination was helped by the arrival of the railroad to the village in 1873. The Depot is now a Museum, and the admission is free.








    Elkhart Lake is an old resort Town








    Well known for its shops








    And Gessert's Ice Cream






    And also very famous for its Road America Road Race Track


    And at Elkhart Lake, make sure you ride the 1950 track that uses the County Highway P and J for it's course.



    The KMS Drive north start/finish at the Sheboygan (Broughton) Marsh Park. The Park has a great place to eat.

    After the KMS Drive head east to high 57 South and 30 minutes you will be back at the Rally. You also have the option to go visit Sheboygan and check out the Beach & Harbor. After Sheboygan head down 43 to Port Washington & touring historic Port back to the Rally.




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    Cool Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake


    The 3.35 mile 1950 circuit followed a closed loop immediately north of Elkhart Lake beginning on CTH P midway between CTH JP, J proceeding north to the corner of CTH P and J, turned right and proceeding southeasterly on CTH J to CTH JP, turned right onto CTH JP and proceeded west to CTH J where it turned north on CTH P to the start/finish line.

    The 6.5 mile 1951/52 circuit began on Gottfried St. across from the feed mill in Elkhart Lake and proceeded to Lake St., followed Lake St. to CTH J and A, then south to the corner of CTH A and turned west on CTH A to CTH P. It then turned onto CTH P and preceded north to CTH J, turned southeasterly on CTH J and back to the start/finish line at the feed mill.

    Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake listed on the National Register of Historic Places. February 17, 2006











    Historic Elkhart Lake Chapel in the Woods
    , Located on the west end of the Lake, across from the boat launch







    Turn of the Century Elkhart Lake stone Guesthouse, Stable, and Carriage Barn. Located on HwyJP





    Elkhart Lake Resort







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    Cool Kettle Moraine Drive Churches

    Saint John Lutheran Church, New Fane, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive was erected in 1871 of field stone found in the local Kettle Moraine area and marked as a National Landmark in 1986.
    It is one of two outstanding examples in Wisconsin of the Celtic Gothic architecture of Ireland and Scotland. The Church tower has a 1200 lb. Copper alloy bell purchased in 1886




    New Fane 1880 Catholic Church KMS Drive






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    Cool Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

    In Spring 2006, this New Prospect 1876 General Store (Zahn's Trading Post) had scences from the movie "Legend Trip" filmed here. The Movie was a horror flop.

    This General store, much like many of the old building in Wisconsin, have been "modernized" in the 1920-40 era with siding, windows and new interiors. I have talked to many Eastern Wisconsin residents whose home are 100 plus years old and have log and mortar frame work, but, by it's exterior looks, you would think that the house was built in the 1940's.



    Extreme Home Makeover helped restore the floor in this historic 1855 Dundee Mill and they also built a $300,000 home down the road. The show aired November 19, 2006.

    This 1855 Mill is on Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. It is on the south end of Long Lake State Park, and uses the spring fed lake to power its turbine. The Mill produces about 3-4 thousand dollars of electricity per year.






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    Cool Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

    Dundee Mountain, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive



    Dundee Outhouse



    Long Lake, Dundee











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    Cool Kettle Moraine Farms

    Hwy 45 Farm
    At one time in Wisconsin history, barns were tools to make a living, and were very well maintained. In the present, barn have lost much usefulness, as more modern building have replaced them. Many barns lay vacant, while others are used for storage.



    A survey by the American Farmland Trust ranked the Upper Midwest as the third most-threatened agricultural region in the nation, after central California and parts of the Northeast.


    North Branch Milwaukee River












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    Cool Sheboygan County

    Rubber Cow
    Kettles Area
    Plymouth, WI


    Gummikuh
    Plymouth, WI

    Rainbow Sunset
    Stone Six Arch Bridge
    Pine Creek
    Chilton WI



    Saint Cloud Stone Bridge




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    Cool West Bend

    The Washington County Courthouse is a few Miles North of the Rally site is West Bend, WI

    The Courthouse will be the first large building you see to the west





    The Washington County Museum is next to the courthouse

    Touring Historical Museums is not for everyone
    but admission is free and that is for everyone








    Justice is Blind and Half Naked
    on the side of the West Bend Historic Courthouse






    1894 West Bend Building






    West Bend City Hall






    Historic West Bend Home






    Downtown West Bend














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    Cool West Bend after dark

    West Bend at Night








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    Cool West Bend Rail to Trails


    Wisconsin has more Rail to Trail Miles than most States. This trail would be great for a nice morning run, as it is only a few miles from the Rally Site

    "No matter where you live in Wisconsin somewhere nearby is a woods or a prairie to walk in, a stream or a marsh to paddle in, a lake to fish in, a hill to climb, a trail to bike. The natural world seems always just outside the door and up the street."
    --Ron Seely








    Barton
    Two mile north of downtown West Bend





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    Cool Urban & Rural West Bend

    1878 Church (now private) 5 miles south of Rally on Hwy "P"





    Old Schoolhouse/5 miles south of Rally off of Hwy "45"






    One Mile North of West Bend





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    Cool Wisconsin Ride Report

    Here is the Heart of Luxemburg Tour in a nutshell:


    You leave the Washington County Fair Park at West Bend, Wisconsin. Travel 12 miles to 5 Corners (intersection), turn north on Covered Bridge Road, travel one mile to the Last Covered Bridge in Wisconsin.





    Directions: Return south on Covered Bridge Road to 5 Corners, south on Washington Avenue, to downtown Cedarburg. At the downtown three way stoplight you will see this.



    Cedar Creek Settlement and Winery is down the street



    A few miles from from downtown Cedarburg you can take one of the optional tours, Hamilton Settlement, or go to Grafton for the Lime Kiln and Blues Monument.

    From downtown Cedarburg, you will travel east to Lake Michigan & Lion's Den Natural area. Take Washington Ave south, about two miles, and turn left on "C" and travel to Lake Michigan and make a Left (north). From Cedarburg there is only two ways to get to Lake Michigan, as Interstate 43 has only has a overpass at Hwy 60 and Hwy "T".

    Lion's Den County Park





    From The Lion's Den turn north, (keep the Lake to your Right) and travel 3 miles to Port Washington. Enjoy this New England Style Town!




    From Port Washington, travel north up the large hill past Saint Mary's Church, and take Hwy "H" 9 miles to the sleepy town of Waubeka and enjoy Stoney Hill School, the home of Flag Day. If time permits, take the Lake Michigan circle (north) tour from Port Washingon



    From Waubeka stay on Hwy "H" for about 10 miles. When you cross Hwy 144 travel 3 miles and look for the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive Sign . Take KMS Drive North for about 20 Mile to Elkhart Lake.



    From Elkhart Lake, you can take Hwy 57 south and be back to the Rally in 40 Minutes. Or you can backroad it back on various roads of your choice.



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    1 2008 Spring "Ride 4 Research" (Wabeno) Wisconsin Dual Sport Ride

    2 2008 Road America Bike Week

    3 2008 S & S Stroker Engine 50th anniversary

    4 2008 Kettle Moraine Sport Riders Field and Forest Dual Sport Ride

    5 2008 Field and Forest Dual Sport Ride/ Two Wheel Tuesday

    6 2008 Very Boring Rally@Aerostich/AMA National Observed Trials Championship

    7 2008 Brushpoppers Cow Patty Dual Sport Enduro

    8 2008 Great River Road Run - 2008 Wild Goose Run

    9 2008 Wisconsin Guzzi Rally/WI Dells Rally/BMWRA National Rally/Spring Crud

    10 2008 - Wabeno's WI Big Woods Dual Sport Ride/ Pecatonica BMW Flea Market



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    1. 2007 Wisconsin Guzzi Rally and Adventure Rider Doohickey Daze


    2. Buell Homecoming


    3. Wabeno's Ride 4 Research Dual Sport Ride


    4. 2007 Wisconsin Dells Rally


    5. Kettle Moraine Sport Riders Adventure Field and Forest Dual Sport Ride

    6. Wisconsin Airhead Rally and Spring Slimey Crud Run


    7. 2007 Great River Road Run and Fall Slimey Crud Run


    8. 2007Hiawatha Rally


    9. Tomahawk Wisconsin Fall Colorama Ride


    10. Big Woods 200 Dual Sport Run


    10. Uke's Harley Davidson Museum



    2006 Ride Report


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    1 2006Two Wheel Tuesday/Milwaukee
    2 2006 Slimey Crud Run
    32006 Great River Road Run
    4 2006 Pecatonia Swap Meet & Wild Goose Run
    5 2006 Hiawatha Rally
    6 2006 Iowa Rally & Port Free Rally
    7 2006 Wisconsin Dells Rally
    8 Yankee Beemer Rally
    9 Yankee Beemer Rally
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