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Note: This is a 3-day weekend ride, starting Friday, June 24 and returning Sunday, June 26.
Bike 4 Trails (http://bike4trails.com/) is 101 miles of 4 connected trails in central Wisconsin. Our ride will cover the entire 101-mile length of these trails as a 1-way self-supported bicycle tour. The ride is based out of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, where we will meet Friday morning and return to Sunday afternoon. We have reserved a shuttle that will take us, our bicycles and our gear from Reedsburg to Marshland. We will average 34 miles per day on our 3-day bicycle tour from Marshland back to Reedsburg, so there will be plenty of time each day to see the sights, do a little touring, or just to relax at the end of the day at the motel.
The shuttle can accommodate up to 14 riders and the cost for the shuttle will be divided evenly by everyone on our ride. With 4 people on the ride, the cost would be $55 per person. With 14 riders, the cost would be $26 per person. All of the trails on this ride have crushed limestone and/or clay surfaces and are suitable for hybrid bikes or road bikes with wider tires. All of trails run along abandoned railroad lines and are very flat. This is a self-supported ride and no luggage transport is provided. Each rider is responsible for transporting their own supplies for the weekend. Pack light and use a large saddle bag or panniers. Enjoy the ride at a more moderate pace and experience a great sense of independence! Friday: Shuttle from Reedsburg to Marshland; Ride from Marshland to Onalaska (24 miles)
On Friday, we will gather at the Reedsburg Depot Trail Headquarters at 9:00 AM and prepare for loading our bikes and gear on the shuttle. At 9:30 AM our shuttle will take us to Marshland, where we will arrive around 11:30 AM. Once in Marshland, we will load our gear on our bikes and begin our ride along the Great River State Trail (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/parks/specific/greatriver/) which parallels the Mississippi River. We will stop for lunch in Trempealeau (http://www.trempealeau.net/) and then continue with the rest of the day's ride to Onalaska (http://www.discoveronalaska.com/). We'll have dinner and an overnight stay in Onalaska.
Onalaska Accommodations – Friday night
Onalaska Inn (http://www.discoveronalaska.com/stock/functions/VDG_Pub/detail.php?choice=5814) – Located in Onalaska, right by the trail. 1-608-783-2270 $59 per night
If you wish to stay elsewhere in Onalaska, or if rooms are no longer available at the Onalaska Inn, you may check online (http://www.discoveronalaska.com/stock/functions/VDG_Pub/display.php?CatNavClicked=342) for a list of lodging options. Please make your own motel or B&B reservation ASAP.
Saturday: Ride from Onalaska to Wilton (40 miles)
On Saturday, we'll have a group breakfast and then begin our ride along the La Crosse River State Trail (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/parks/specific/lacrosseriv/). We'll stop for lunch in the town of Sparta (http://www.bikesparta.com/), where the La Crosse River State Trail ends and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail (http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/) begins. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is America's first Rails-to-Trails conversion, known for its 3 tunnels. You'll need to have a headlight for your bicycle or bring a flashlight to make your way through the tunnels. We'll have dinner and an overnight stay in Wilton (http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/wilton.htm), at the mid-point of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail.
Wilton Accommodations – Saturday night
Mid-Trail Motel (http://www.mid-trail-motel.com/) - Located in Wilton, right by the trail. 1-608-435-6527. Very limited availability!
Trail-Side B&B (http://www.trailsidebnb.com/) - Located about 4 miles further down the trail from Wilton, right by the trail. 1-608-435-6525.
Sugar Maple Inn (formerly Country Livin' Motel) (http://www.countrylivinmotel.com/) - Located in the neighboring town of Kendall, about 9 miles further down the trail from Wilton, right by the trail. 1-608-463-7135 $67-72 per night.
If you wish to stay elsewhere in Wilton, or if rooms are no longer available at these locations, you may check online (http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/wilton.htm) for a list of lodging options. Please make your own motel or B&B reservation ASAP.
Sunday: Ride from Wilton to Reedsburg (37 miles)
On Sunday, we'll have a group breakfast and then continue our ride along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. We'll stop for lunch in the town of Elroy, where the Elroy-Sparta State Trail ends and the "400" State Trail (http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/400/) begins. The "400" State Trail will take us back to the town of Reedsburg (http://reedsburg.com/), where we parked our vehicles at the beginning of our trip.
Note: A Wisconsin state trail pass (http://new.dnr.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=dd5d16d1-5c93-4752-8ae2-92135874ddf6) is required to ride on these trails. Trail passes are available for purchase at the Reedsburg Depot Trail Headquarters.