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Door County / Washington Island Adventure Weekend (3-Day Bike Tour)

  • Aug 15, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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Note: This is a 3-day weekend ride, starting Friday, August 15 and returning Sunday, August 17.

Enjoy an extended weekend outing on this self-supported bicycle tour in Door County, Wisconsin, riding along the shores of Lake Michigan! The ride is based out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where we will start Friday morning and return to Sunday afternoon. The routes for both Friday and Sunday are 60 miles on quiet country roads with rest stops planned at the quaint towns where you can refresh yourself with the unique treats that Door County has to offer. There will be time for sightseeing and "doing the tourist thing" for those who wish to do so, however the routes are designed to avoid the highly congested tourist areas.

Friday's ride goes to the Northern tip of Door County, where we will take a ferry boat to Washington Island. We will spend both Friday night and Saturday night on Washington Island.

On Saturday, we will have a very casual tour around the perimeter of Washington Island, stopping at many places along the way and including another ferry boat ride to Rock Island State Park, which we will tour on foot. We'll have group dinners both Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday, we will return to Sturgeon Bay via a different route than our outbound route. We can expect to arrive back in Sturgeon Bay by early afternoon on Sunday.

Door County and Washington Island offer an interesting assortment of things to do and see, and have numerous shopping and dining opportunities.

Please note that this is a self-supported ride and that 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!

Sturgeon Bay Accommodations
There are many motels in Sturgeon Bay, however the ride will start and end at the motel listed below. It is highly recommended that reservations be made ASAP for this motel for Thursday, August 14.

If you will not be staying Thursday night at this motel, plan to arrive Friday morning between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. We will push-off promptly at 8:00 AM.

Washington Island Accommodations
There are many motels, cottages, B&B's and even a campground available on Washington Island. However, most of these fill up several months in advance or require a 1-week minimum stay, so it is strongly recommended to make your reservation ASAP for Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 for your Washington Island lodging. Suggested places to stay include:

If you wish to stay elsewhere on Washington Island, 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 Washington Island website and the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce website.

*** RESERVE YOUR WASHINGTON ISLAND MOTEL ROOM NOW! The motels on Washington Island fill-up months in advance. * * *

Click on the years for photos from previous rides. (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

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  • Will C

    Hi Jeanette, Yes the last week or earlier depending on the color change,"all good " as our fearless leader says.Lets see how many people have the availability for this weekend sept 19- 20 or sept 26 -27?

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Ron

    Had a great time! We'll get our photos posted in the next few days.

    3 · August 18, 2014

    • Christine P

      Wonderful pictures ! The Edgewood Sculpture Garden was a delightful stop on the return trip. You planned a great route.

      September 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a meet up scheduled (Fox Valley Yakkers) the weekend of 10/4-5 at Wildcat Mountain SP. We will kayak/canoe the Kickapoo Saturday then bike the Elroy-Sparta trail Sunday.

    September 5, 2014

  • Will C

    Certainly there will be colors...I am just happy being there!Lets pick a weekend and do it.I considered Copper Falls but it is quite a drive.Please let me know who is interested and I will work on it.Let me know.Will[masked]

    September 4, 2014

  • Helene Z

    Turns out We're already scheduled for Copper Falls the weekend of the 26th for optimal fall colors, waterfalls and kayaking. There are 10 spots left for this MAOG (Madison Area Outdoors Group) meet up. Why don't you join us?

    August 30, 2014

  • Jeanette

    I have a group sit e rerserved at Hartman creek in Waupaca for the weekend of the 26th. Was possibly going to cancel site but if this is a possible location that we might want to go...will keep site....absolutely beautiful State park...again, just have not checked out bike trails in the area.

    August 30, 2014

  • Helene Z

    26 27 is only one I may make.

    August 30, 2014

  • Will C

    Ok y'all I was thinking about another meetup for this fall and wanted to get everyones thoughts.Since we all love to bike and some of us like to camp and others like to kayak and we all love Wisconsin I was thinking of going on the "400" trail at LaValle .That could be our central location to ride from.The trail goes along the Baraboo river and we could ride either direction and kayak down to Reedsburg. I will do some research if there is enough interest.The Fall would be great for this weekend adventure.I am going anyway so the more the merrier right? Will[masked]

    August 29, 2014

    • Jeanette

      Sounds awesome! How is the last weekend in Sept.?

      1 · August 30, 2014

    • Jeanette

      another place that is so awesome for kayaking and camping and I'm sure biking although have not researched trails there.....is Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, Wi. Hartman Creek Camp ground is a taste of Door County and the lakes are turquoise, spring fed and crystal clear...amazing place

      August 30, 2014

  • Christine P

    It was a wonderful trip! There were so many things to explore and enjoy! Thanks for hosting, Ron.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Will C

    Great Ride, I had a lot of fun with everyone.I have some pictures I will post soon

    2 · August 18, 2014

  • Linda C

    Terrific weekend! It was nice to see everyone, and meet some new people.

    2 · August 18, 2014

  • Jeanette

    Was Awesome trip! Loved being with you all!

    3 · August 17, 2014

  • Jeanette

    Was really a fun trip with all of you! Great spending time with you all and I hope we all get to do it again soon!

    2 · August 17, 2014

  • Ron

    For Sundays ride, please note that the Top of the Hill Cafe went out of business. Egg Harbor is 8 miles further and has plenty of places to eat.

    August 16, 2014

  • Jeanette

    Anyone camping Thursday night near Sturgeon Bay?

    August 12, 2014

    • Jeanette

      Any women I should say :)

      August 12, 2014

  • Teal

    Sorry Yolanda, I don't have a Facebook.

    August 12, 2014

  • Yolanda B.

    Sorry Teal, I saw from you but now I can't see it. Can you send message thru FB-

    August 11, 2014

  • Yolanda B.

    Hi Sarah and Teal, I'm wonderinutg if I can join you on the ride up there on Thursday? About what time in the afternoon?

    August 11, 2014

    • Teal

      not sure quite yet. Only concern is how we will transport 3 bikes.

      August 11, 2014

  • Sarah H

    What time and where is this Thursday dinner before the ride?

    August 8, 2014

    • Ron

      I'm working on the details now. I'll send out an email in a day or two. Hang tight!

      August 8, 2014

    • Sarah H

      Sorry, I'm just so excited!

      1 · August 9, 2014

  • Will C

    I am in for kayaking and if u need a ride back to Sturgeon Bay I may have one?let me know

    August 8, 2014

    • Jeanette

      Thanks Will, i do have a ride but I appreciate. Glad you will kayak with us. Will be a blessed weekend.

      August 8, 2014

  • Teal

    I'm staying at the camp ground in my 2-man tent. If there is another lady who would like to split the campground reservation fee and share the tent on the 15th and 16th, we could do this thing at minimal cost!

    June 13, 2014

    • Teal

      Oh, I actually don't use Facebook. I'll send you an email through Meetup and we can exchange info, etc. :-D

      August 7, 2014

    • Teal

      Woah! Looks like Meetup removed the email feature in favor of some sort of "Message" application. Hmm... Hopefully the message with my email and phone number made it through. Heh heh!

      August 8, 2014

  • Will C

    Hi, Jeanette, Tell me more about kayaking I am interested.

    August 7, 2014

    • Jeanette

      putting in at Rowleys Bay and going into the mink river or the lake....10 am on Sunday....so doing the bike ride Friday and Sat. but am kayaking Sunday. Will be a fun and active weekend

      August 8, 2014

  • Jeanette

    My friend Teresa and I will be kayaking with some other folks in the area on Sunday in case others want to kayak as well. Looking forward to seeing you all!

    August 7, 2014

  • Laurie

    Can you please post the queue sheets for this weekend? I may meet you further north into Fridays ride.

    July 28, 2014

    • Ron

      Laurie, the cue sheets and maps won't be available until our Thursday dinner before the ride starts on Friday. BTW, for all rides, cue sheets and maps are only available at the rides. Not before, nor after.

      July 28, 2014

    • Ron

      BTW, I agree with Mike. The route is very flat on Friday. Many people express concerns on various rides, thinking they'll be left behind. All rides are "ride at your own pace", but each rider needs to carefully consider whether they can ride the full distance and they should only sign-up for rides where they are confident in their ability.

      July 28, 2014

  • Will C

    Hi, I havent' been to Door County for a while! It will be good to see it by bike.Nice pictures from previous years.I am driving from the Chicago area with a pick up truck and room for 2 riders and bikes.Call me if you would like to pick up truckpool .Will[masked]

    July 22, 2014

  • Teal

    I will try to get this weekend off work. If it doesn't work out, I will cancel my RSVP early. Hope I can make it!! I've wanted to visit Door County for a while now. :-)

    1 · June 12, 2014

    • Norman M.

      If it has been on your list -- this is the trip to do it with...

      June 13, 2014

  • Mike

    I made reservations at Findlay's Holiday Inn (Holiday Too).

    May 30, 2014

    • Mike

      I always knew you were secretly a Vikings fan. :)

      1 · May 31, 2014

    • Ron

      I went for the Viking too.

      2 · May 31, 2014

  • Debbie M.

    Made my reservations!! Best Western on Thursday and the Viking on 15th and 16th!! Yeah!!!! I am with Norm....is it time to go yet? :-)

    May 31, 2014

  • Norman M.

    YAY!!! Reservations are made!!! Is it time yet, is it time???

    May 30, 2014

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