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    Arrow TWT/Riding the Deals Gap of the Midwest/Wisconsin's Wildcat Mountain State Park





    From Soldiers Grove the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail puts you on arguably Wisconsin's best 5 miles of well maintained tarmac, namely Wildcat Mountain State Park and the small town of Ontario Wisconsin. This post is taken from my "Pictorial of The 30th State" thread as I already had nice photos of the ride and hey, why not take advantage of the Supermoto section of the trail and not think about using the camera.

    For the non-motorcyclist visitors to this site, Supermoto, or Supermotard is a cross-over of motocross and road racing. Races are commonly held on road racing or medium sized go-kart tracks with an off-road section in the infield. The motorcycles used are combinations of off-road motorcycles and road-racing rims/tires, known as 'supermotard' bikes. Unlike the TW*T which is 80% dirt 20% tarmac, most supermoto race tracks are typically configured with approximately 70% tarmac and 30% dirt.






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    Smile ...................................S&S Motor Company..........




    S&S Cycle.... just add salt... Salt Flats Record Holder/276.51 MPH


    The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail goes thru Viola Wisconsin, which is home to S&S Motor Company. It is best to call S&S first to make a Museum appointment.

    I took this photo a few weeks before the TW*T ride and grabbed it from my Ride Report Part 3, 2008 Photo Tour of Dual Sport & Rallies.

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    Have to say that your ride reports are some of the best ever. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    One small problem on the link: U Tube removed due to 3rd party claim to copyright.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    Great report...as usual. Your pictures and details are always an inspiration!

    Keep 'em coming!
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    I think we should abandon "Picture of the Week" and simple have "Beerteam's Photos".

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    Talking ..........................................The Sand Farm..........




    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    I think we should abandon "Picture of the Week" and simple have "Beerteam's Photos".
    Thanks Knary, I enjoy your work also. When I am having fun, the photos flow. The above snap shot of the sand, not so much fun...



    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Have to say that your ride reports are some of the best ever. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
    Thanks SIBUD.

    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Great report...as usual. Your pictures and details are always an inspiration!

    Keep 'em coming!
    Thanks Steve, Unlike you riders from Texas, we have world class snow going on right now (which gives me some time to think about riding and detailing out a RR. I enjoyed your ride you did yesterday titled "Foggy Texas day" and it made me envious. More and more of my friends are enjoying Texas.

    Speaking of snow, I am looking at this sandy two track and remembering that I was plenty sweaty riding my R100GS thru the powdery sand. I just poured the power on in first gear, using my front wheel like a ski and not going too fast as I could hurt myself.

    North of Wildcat State Park and south of Sparta is the "Sand Farm". As I am traveling dirt, I often think of the conditions millions of years ago that created the earth in front of my front wheel. This area is miles of sand, how far I have no idea (maybe 5 miles). From Sparta south, this section would be the only part of the TW*T you would need knobby tires. You can tell by the photo, I was getting tired.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Jack
    ...must try to explain the fun this trail was for myself and four other brushpopper club members. In two 1/2 days of smiling we manage to conquer the TWT, enjoying some of what has to be the best trails and roads Wisconsin has to offer.

    Riding three Husky 610s, a XT600, and my ride a Suzuki gs750 with Dunlop 404s (metric cruiser tire), Renthal bars,& a Kerker header. Yes that is correct a 1980 Suzuki street bike, my sanity is always in question. But with solid B enduro skills and a lot of experience with all types of bikes and terrain ... we set out from Milledgeville, Illinois on Friday at 8 am. Through the early light fog our hopes of an epic ride were very high.

    With the first day in southern Wisconsin things were easy cruising blacktops and mostly maintained gravel or "b" roads making our way to Wildcat State Park to camp before dark. Be careful of soft blacktop across from Tiny's bar though, one Husky leaning on the 'ol XT after a quick one. The ratcoons were very aggressive at the park....

    On with day two, the horse and buggie religion is thick in this area but all waved, just watch out for those "ROAD APPLES"... A light over night sprinkle kept the dust down in the morning. As the day wore on, dust was an obstacle to deal with as was more trails with sugar sand and rocky areas, along with our second closed road and ATV riders... By the end of the day I had taken terra firma samples twice with the big Suzuki but still made Clam Lake campground, darn no showers.

    Sunday showed us a cool sunshiny day perfect for riding except for the dust, but now being used to it and adapting to a wide spacing with waiting one rider at a time stopping to mark corners for the next rider in line all went smooth. We all hit our top speed of the trip on one very consistent surfaced long straight gravel road that begged you to twist it to the stops if you dare. At noon we were being splashed by waves of the big lake enjoying Zone bars and trail mix. Good Fun!

    Our adventure continued to rustic roads down the west side of the state into Minnesota. & Iowa but that's another story. My verdict FUNFUNFUN Do I recommend any one else to ride this with street tires? no the soft sand in a few areas was incredibly challenging as was the fist plus size rocks even if is only maybe 10% of the ride. Any fear of flattening down pipes or very soft sand should be used as deciding factor for any adventure like this. Well I'm late for supper... www.geocities.com/brushpoppers till next time; Mad Jack

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    Talking Photo of "Ben Bikin" on his old time cycle



    "Ben Bikin'" is the name given to this 32-foot-tall sculpture of a cyclist atop an old high wheel Victorian-era bicycles. It was built by hometown fiberglass gurus F.A.S.T. Corp. to mark Sparta's claim as Bicycling Capital of America.

    The Trans Wisconsin Trail goes past "Ben Bikin" in Sparta Wisconsin.


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    Arrow ....................The Route /Sparta to Hwy 10 Neilsvile........


    ********************The Route /Sparta to Hwy 10 Neilsvile



    This section was gravel and hard pack on routes with names like Hunter Haven Road. One area had some loose sand.






    Above: The Hatfield Canal
    Below: Black River of Black River Falls fame


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    different bikes or do you change gas tanks like purses?

    (love your trip reports)

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    ............TW*T/What others are saying.....

    Quote Originally Posted by wuli959 View Post
    different bikes or do you change gas tanks like purses?

    (love your trip reports)

    Same bike, I change accessories and socks when needed.
    The bike is a 1988 R100GS like this one: Here




    What others are saying about the Trans Adventure Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by rokklym
    Trans Wisconsin Adventure trail

    Wednesday 5-14-2008, 9:28pm:
    The sounds of coyotes howling their praise over a recent kill is the only sound that breaks the silence at our campsite at Perch Lake in the Chequamegon - Nicolet national forest in Northern Wisconsin. Dave and I listen to them howl as we sit and enjoy our basic meal of Spam and Ramen noodles cooked over single burner camp stoves.

    We arrived at the campground at dusk after logging in a 320 mile day of exploring a route I mapped out that crosses the entire state of Wisconsin, mainly off pavement.

    Our route for the day started at my house in south central Wisconsin and our hopes were to see if this route I mapped out was worth a hoot. I know all the roads on my route that are south of my house, and most of the ones within 100 miles north, so we had the get some miles in and see what was out there.

    A 30 mile pavement blast started out our day to get to more interesting riding. Logging is a big industry in some of these areas and with the late spring, lots of rain and logging traffic, some of the "roads" were in rough shape.

    We both rode 650 thumpers and they proved to be great machines for this route, very capable off road and not too bad on the highways. Dave's KLR has a sweet set of Husky forks on it and Happy trails bags and my DR650 has Ortlieb bags over Happy trails racks.

    After riding a big chunk of ATV trails, we hopped on some fun, fast, straight gravel roads and kept pushing North.




    Quote Originally Posted by WJL75
    A friend and I set out a couple of weeks ago to hit the trail from Millston north. We changed some of the route to speed up the trip. Now we know that we are not fast enough to do the whole trail in just a three day weekend.

    It was a very good weekend of riding. 1000 miles in two and a half days of road, dirt and gravel. Lots of nice people and great views of Wisconsin from a perspective few get to see.

    Somewhere along the route an the eagle has landed...and got a rabbit.




    Quote Originally Posted by rcniss


    The fall colors where just getting started

    You can read the full ride report here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rcniss/TWATRide908#

    This is such a great way to see all of what Wisconsin has to offer. From the winding hills of the south west to the big woods of the north and everything in between. Thanks Chad for the efforts - I had a ball!

    I'm working on a return track from Cornucopia back down to hwy 70 just east of Lorreta/Drapper. I know the area well and I thought it might be cool if some riders want a little more fun on there way back south. I need to ride it one more time to make sure all the bugs are out but hope to have it ready in spring.

    Cheers, Randy


    Quote Originally Posted by kleinergti1
    ... we just returned from the trail yesterday. We left Thursday afternoon. In all according to the GPS we traveled 1400 some miles from Dubuque. Great ride and also my first ever bike ride of more then a couple hundred miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajayhawkfan
    The sand at the ATV trails around Black River Falls were only a warm up for the sand. There is more sand in Bayfield County then all the beaches of the West Coast! The last 30 miles of sand was the toughest for me and my pig (1200GS) however we made it!

    Thanks for putting together such a great route!

    It was 560 miles and took 2.5 days.

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    Exclamation .......................Clark County Roads.............

    Snyder Lake Campground Road

    The Fall colors and temps were perfect, and no pesty bugs







    Above:Clark county gravel has the best maintained roads anywhere as most are crushed red granite, smooth, hard and dustless.

    Below:Clark county gravel has some of the worst maintained roads anywhere as many are sandy, muddy, soft and dusty




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    Arrow . . . Jackson and Clark County/west central Wisconsin

    Jackson and Clark are The Center of Off-Road in the Midwest!

    Jackson and Clark Counties’ beautiful wilderness areas have a combined 235 miles of trails open to ATVing and off-road motorcycling—100 miles in Jackson and 135 miles in Clark. The landscape’s rolling ruggedness and great natural beauty is truly unique in the Midwest. Riders will find 133,000 acres of the Clark County Forest and 335,000 acres of public forest, with hundreds of miles of designated trails in the Jackson County Forest and Black River State Forest but, the true beauty of the County and State Forest are the hunting roads that cut through the forest land. Thousands of wilderness acres just waiting to be explored.

    The terms licensed motorcycle & Off road motorcycles terms can be very confusing. ATV trails running along the sides of roads, hence requiring lights and license. I have seen signs posted as not allowing off-road motorcycles, but no signage about licensed motorcycles being allowed.

    Only licensed dual sport motorcycles are allowed on the ATV trails as of January 2008.




    Quote Originally Posted by KTM 300
    I know the singletrack up there pretty well.. The north loop is pretty open but, not nearly as fun as the South "new" loop.. IMO the south loop is perhaps some of the finest tight single track I have ever ridden on public land ..
    here's the camp site seen from space:

    http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en...h&om=1&iwloc=A



    Crawford Hills/Jackson County
    Motorcycle County Park & Campground.

    Primarily an off-road vehicle park is located approximately (10 miles east of the Trans Wisconsin Trail) 15 miles east of the City of Black River Falls on Highway 54. The park offers the opportunity to access over 100 miles of combination ATV/motorcycle trails.This county park offers visitors a chance to drive their motorcycles along single-track motorcycle trails through the park or to access other county ATV trails. 25 rustic campsites, a shelter building, drinking water, ATV/motorcycle trail access, fee or park sticker required.

    Directions: Hwy 54, East 10 miles of the Trans Wisconsin Trail


    Clark County ATV Trail Map .pdf


    I enjoy riding Clark and Jackson County trails and roads, and 3 hours from my home it is easy to get to. If you are doing the TW*T and have a very dirt worthy motorcycle and good off-road skills, use this area as a destination. The TW*T will give you a great sample of the area roads.

    Map below: When I rode TW*T route, I also rode the (west) green route of the Knobby Ridge Motorcycle Trail. I have a Street Pilot, and not a trail GPS so I just followed the Trail signs and once done with the loop I figured out where I was. Like I said, I got off track a few times and enjoyed each trek, next summer I am hoping to have a Garmin 60cs . . .

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    Arrow . . . . . . . . . . .Clark County Motorcycle (ATV) Trails




    Portions of the Clark County route are marked with numbered intersection "Brown Signs". I took photos of the sign for my navigational purposes. If you look at the map above you will see numbered sign icons starting with the lowest numbers on the south end of the trail heading north to Thorp.

    Below photos of numbered sign icons: 13,14,16,28 & 30.









    Watch for deer!



    Snow Trail to Thorp




    SandCreekBrewing.com

    Located at 320 Pierce Street, Black River Falls. The brewing company specialize in premium craft brewed lagers and ales. Tasting room and gift shop available 8-4 p.m. Mon-Fri. Tours are available by appointment.

    Black River Falls Majestic Pines Casino is well know for their breakfast buffet. I don't gamble, but I do sign up for the casinos "Players Card" as you may well be in for some perks. If you do gamble, I can bet that you will lose money.


    Black River Falls is under 10 miles from the trail.
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    "first bad sand is in Jackson county and its a road called Anchor ave"
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    Thumbs up The Highground Veterans Park



    This great Park is located just a few miles east of the trail at HWY 10, towards Neillsvile, Wi

    On this 140-acre Veterans Memorial Park from the point of the plaza one can see one-half million acres of spectacular woodland scenery and glacial moraine. Located three miles west of Neillsville on Highway 10 in west central Wisconsin, USA., The Highground is open to the public at no charge 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    The Highground is one Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail side trip that is a must see.

    Full "Highground" report here: Pictorial of The 30th State


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    Thumbs up Just off the Trans Wisconsin Trail-Rustic Road #76


    Rustic Road #76
    Near the Highgrounds
    Niellsville, WI
    Gravel

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