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Join us for a fun weekend outing, Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th, in Trempealeau, along the mighty Mississippi River.
Each day, we will have a group breakfast, then head out for a bike ride. Afternoon activities are on your own. Consider visiting Perrot State Park (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/perrot/) or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/trempealeau/), enjoying a walk along the Mississippi River, touring the town, going for ice cream or relaxing at your motel. Each evening, we will have a group dinner.
Click here for photos from last year's ride. (http://www.meetup.com/Wisconsin-Bicycling/photos/9616252/)
The Bicycle Club of Trempealeau County (BCTC) (http://www.ridebctc.com/) has compiled the Nation's Largest Connected Bicycle Loop System, consisting of 17 mapped routes over 382 miles of paved back roads. These are very low traffic routes, where you'll typically encounter only 3 cars per hour! They have also worked with the community and have gained the support of trail stewards to assist bicyclists. Click HERE (http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61067677/) for a county map, showing all of the loops.
Friday: Breathtaking Highs & Lows (33 miles)
For those who wish to arrive early for the weekend, Friday afternoon's ride offers some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery of the county. We will follow Loop # 2 (Cue Sheet (http://www.ridebctc.com/QueSheets/QSLoop2.pdf), Map (http://www.ridebctc.com/Loops/loop2.pdf)) from Trempealeau to Dodge and Pine Creek.
Saturday: Ridge Views and Alligator Slides (44 miles)
Saturday's ride will follow a combination of a variation of Loop # 16 (Cue Sheet (http://www.ridebctc.com/QueSheets/QSLoop16.pdf), Map (http://www.ridebctc.com/Loops/loop16.pdf)) and a variation of Loop # 7 (Cue Sheet (http://www.ridebctc.com/QueSheets/QSLoop7.pdf), Map (http://www.ridebctc.com/Loops/loop7.pdf)) from Independence to Arcadia. Highlights include Montana Ridge Road with spectacular views off both sides, refreshments at Hanson's Hold-Up (http://hansensholdup.com/) with an outstanding overlooking patio and an awesome winding 2 mile descent to the Trempealeau River on Alligator Slide Road.
Sunday: Sweet and Simple (24 miles)
Sunday's ride is proclaimed to be the simplest of all the loops. We will follow Loop # 1 (Cue Sheet (http://www.ridebctc.com/QueSheets/QSLoop1.pdf), Map (http://www.ridebctc.com/Loops/Loop1.pdf)) from Trempealeau to Galesville.
Suggested accommodations, close to the start point of our rides, include:
Inn On The River (http://www.innontheriverwisconsin.com/) - 1-608-534-7784 (pictured below) The Historic Trempealeau Hotel (http://www.trempealeauhotel.com/) - 1-608-534-6898 Little Bluff Inn (http://www.littlebluffinn.com/) - 1-608-534-6615 Camping at Perrot State Park (http://wisconsinstateparks.reserveamerica.com/r/campgroundDetails.do?subTabIndex=0&contractCode=wi&parkCode=perr) - 1-608-534-6409 If you wish to stay elsewhere, or if rooms are no longer available at these choices, you may check online for a list of lodging options. Two online sources are the Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce website (http://www.trempealeau.net/business-directory/listings/subcategory/33) and the Trempealeau County Tourism Council website (http://www.ruralexperiences.com/).
On Friday, plan to arrive by 1:00 PM. We will push-off promptly at 1:30 PM.
On Saturday and Sunday, we will gather at 7:30 AM to begin each day's activities.
An email will be sent to everyone who RSVPs with the specific plans for each day.
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