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Bike 4 Trails (3-Day Bike Tour)

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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.

Important Notes:

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.