Trans Wisconsin Adventure Ride Oct. 1-4, 2009

Posted: October 19, 2009 in Motorcycle
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Crisp, cool October 1st morning, sun shining...for now!
Crisp, cool October 1st morning, sun shining…for now!

 The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail is a dual sport riders dream come true – a south to north route across Wisconsin that incorporates as much off-road, gravel road, and atv trails as possible to traverse the state.  I had heard about the route last year and had been planning to ride it this year and the first time that Craig (from C.J. Designs) and I had a chance to ride it was October 1-4.  We felt we had a pretty good chance at good weather since most of September had been pretty nice weather and not much rain.  We enlisted one other rider, Harrison on his KTM 950 Adventure, Craig on his heavily modified KTM 950 Adventure and myself on a KTM 690 Enduro R.  Craig had ridden various parts of the trail and I had ridden the first 50 miles or so of the southern end but we hadn’t put the whole thing together in one trip. 

Ready to ride, start point at Petrie Motorsports, Elkhorn, WI

Ready to ride, start point at Petrie Motorsports, Elkhorn, WI

Point of Begining for the trail and for surveying the state of WI

Point of beginning for the trail and for surveying the state of WI

We had originally planned to camp along the route but at the last minute we decided that we would lessen the load of gear we had to carry and stay at hotels.  We headed out on Thursday October 1st and as I rode to my shop early that morning it was looking like a beautiful start to the trip.  It was cool, in the 40’s, but the sun was out and it looked clear.  I met Craig and Harrison at Petrie Motorsports at about 8:30 am and by the time they arrived it was already starting to cloud over.  We made our final checks and headed out for a two hour ride to the starting point of the route which was mainly just freeway but we did hit a few fun roads at the end of that section that got the blood flowing and made us eager to hit some dirt roads.  We made a quick gas stop and checked the weather on Craig’s Crackberry and it didn’t look good!  Rain was coming and soon, so we decided to get some extra rain gear on before we left the gas station.  The starting point of the trail is a historical monument marking the “Point of beginning” survey marker that is on the WI – IL border and was the original mark used to lay out all of the state of Wisconsin counties.  Fitting that it is also the beginning of the trail.  We stopped there for a couple pictures to note our official start of the trail and that’s when the rain started as well.  We knew from that point we were in for a wet and cold ride.
Scenic bluff near the begining of the trail and out of the rain!

Scenic bluff near the beginning of the trail and out of the rain!

This road runs next to the Mississippi river and a train track between the road and river.  A freight train ran by while we were stopped.

This road runs next to the Mississippi river and a train track between the road and river. A freight train ran by while we were stopped.

 
 
 
This bluff is near the southern end, just a little north of Cassville, and it was a good place to stop and get a couple pictures and get out of the rain.  We had a long day planned for day one with 370 miles to make it to our planned stop at Black River Falls so we had to keep moving.  370 isn’t any huge mileage but when you’re doing half of that off-road and in the rain it takes a while and is a pretty good work-out.  The temperature wasn’t helping us out any either hanging in the mid-forties.  I was wearing more gear than I wear for ice riding in below zero temps and was still feeling the cold wetness  creep over my body.  This was a true test for any waterproof gear and proper layering of our gear. 
 
On this section we ran into several gravel roads that were marked as closed due to construction but we figured that didn’t apply to us – we’re on dual sport bikes!  So we forged ahead  and we did come across a bridge that had just been finished so we were the first ones to use it.  Craig and Harrison hesitated so I went ahead and they later said they thought I was going to sink into fresh cement, but it was all good.  The next one marked closed was really torn up and with the rain it was really muddy.  Craig and Harrison struggled in that mud with the big 950 Adventures that have more front wheel weight and I got to watch them kind of slither around wherever the bike wanted to go but we all made it through in one piece.
Slimey mud in road contruction area, the fire was pretty inviting in the cold, wet rain!

Slimey mud in road contruction area, the fire was pretty inviting in the cold, wet rain!

Gas stop somewhere in the wet world! We drained out our gloves and let out jackets drip for a while.

Gas stop somewhere in the wet world! We drained out our gloves and let out jackets drip for a while.

  We stopped for gas mid-afternoon and we were wet, dirty and struggling to stay warm.  We were tempted to put our soaked gloves in the microwave to dry them out!  We kind of huddled in the gas station for 15 mins. or so and let everything drip for a while before heading back out into the rain.  Shortly after that we hit route 33 through Wildcat Mountain state park which is a great twisty paved road but with the rain it was best to restrain ourselves a bit so we would live to tell the story.  We ran into a group of cyclists (pedal variety) that were staying a little warmer than us thanks to having to put out more energy pedaling.  They were near their destination for the day, camping at Wildcat. 

We were making pretty good time heading into the late afternoon and most of the trail in this area was actually on paved roads.  I was a little surprised that about 50% of the route was on paved roads since I was expecting it to be more gravel and off road.  This lead up to our first real problem of the trip.  We were on “Ideal” road (ironic name) just south of Sparta with Craig in the lead, Harrison second and me third, rain coming down, on a down hill, gentle left hand curve.  Craig met a pickup and made a minor line correction and barely tapped his brakes and was instantly down and sliding, sparks flying off his bike.  Harrison had to correct to miss Craig and must have hit the front brake and he highsided and was down and sliding as well!  I was in the rear watching all this and had the most time to react to the situation so I was being extremely careful but still had to hit the brakes to avoid both of them and the truck.  I barely touched my rear brake (stayed off the front to avoid the high side I just watched Harrison do) and I also was instantly down and sliding!  We all slid for about 40-50 yards on the pavement and into the ditch line which fortunately was a grassy, sandy ditch, no trees.  Craig popped right up, Harrison was still down and I had my left ankle (which I’ve broken twice before in bike on ankle incidences) under the bike for the duration of the slide but I was ok and up right away.  We both went to check on Harrison who had the harder hit and had the wind knocked out of him and he had hit the left side of his helmet on the pavement, but he didn’t have any serious injuries and with little time he was up and ok.  Thank goodness!   

Very bad road in the rain, not safe to ride on a motorcycle!

Very bad road in the rain, not safe to ride on a motorcycle!

All three of us are experienced riders in varied conditions and we’d been riding in the rain all day on all types of roads, gravel, mud and pavement, but none of us has ever seen a road this dangerous in the wet!  We went back to check it and see if there was some gas or oil on the road, there wasn’t.  It was a tar and pea gravel road but there was no pea gravel left so it was basically one big tar snake and gave no traction what-so-ever.  The locals that stopped to help (thank-you) said there are accidents there all the time and the fence you see in the background is getting torn up all the time.  If it wasn’t such a dangerous and scary situation it would have been funny watching three bikes go down one after the other like bowling pins.  We were all trying to figure out what we did wrong but ultimately it wasn’t anything we could control.  I would definitely advise anyone on a motorcycle to avoid that road, especially in the rain.  It was so slick that none of us has any damage to our gear after sliding 50 yards on pavement.  No tears, abrasions or wear of any kind other than Harrison’s helmet that hit fairly hard.  Even the bikes had nearly no damage.  Harrison’s had a broken blinker and some scuffing but that was because he high-sided, Craig and I both low-sided. 

The Monroe county cops showed up and basically had nothing to say about the extremely dangerous road, but they proceeded to check all of us out (as if we did something wrong) and had a problem with my bike with a dealer plate on it.  That’s another long story that I’ll spare you all the details on but basically he had us sitting out in the rain after crashing for nearly two hours before he’d let us go.  By that time it was dark, low 40’s, raining and we still had 35 miles to go to get to our hotel!  Talk about miserable.  We pulled into the hotel in Black River Falls at about 8:30 pm and unloaded our gear, covered in mud and sand, and soaking wet.  I’m sure they were excited to see us.  Harrison was starting to not feel good, headache, nausea, etc. and we were concerned he may have a concussion so he went to the hospital (by taxi) to get checked out while Craig and I sorted out our wet stuff and tried to start drying some of it out.  We were on the road for 12 hours in cold & rain the whole time – it felt like forever and it was nice to be in a dry hotel instead of camping.  That would have been extremely miserable.   Harrison got back as we were eating some dinner, he had checked out ok and with a couple ibuprofen he was starting to feel a little better.

Craig's bike the morning after, still raining!

Craig's bike the morning after, still raining!

Harrison's battery was dead, fortunately we brought an extra!

Harrison's battery was dead, fortunately we brought an extra!

The morning of day 2 brought…more rain!  It was about 45 degrees again and steady rain coming down so we ate some breakfast and contemplated how to attack the day.   Harrison decided that he was going to head back home because he was still feeling some pain from the crash the day before and there was some damage to his bike.  Harrison had some trouble starting the bike the day before due to a low battery and after the crash it was just not up to the task anymore.  Fortunately he had the foresight to grab a new one at Petrie Motorsports the morning before.  When we finished breakfast and started getting the bikes ready his battery was dead so he had to install the new one.  Definitely a pain but it was a good thing he came prepared.
 
Harrison  just didn’t feel comfortable continuing so we packed up our bikes (kind of slowly, hoping the rain would stop, it didn’t) and decided to head for a local dealership in Black River Falls to see if they had any rain riding gear to replace my ratty old stuff.  I did manage to find a Thor Mud suit and I threw that over the top of all my other layers and Craig and I headed north while Harrison headed south-east. 
Load back up and get ready for another wet day

Load back up and get ready for another wet day

Quick stop to find some more rain gear!  Last shot of with 3 riders.

Quick stop to find some more rain gear! Last shot with 3 riders.

Craig and I headed for the atv trails and we quickly found out we were in for a muddy day.  Every pothole was full of water and there were crews out working on the trails in this area spreading sand in the corners that was soft and sticky.
Good morning. You're going to get wet!

Good morning. You're going to get wet!

I'm going to stay dry - yah, right!

I'm going to stay dry - yah, right!

A little break at a muddy intersection

A little break at a muddy intersection

Our noon-time destination was the Thorpedo restaurant in Thorpe, WI to meet up with Craig’s parents for lunch.  They live in the area and were on their way to the “Big City” otherwise known as Eau Claire, WI.  It wasn’t a terribly long ride but it was wet, muddy and cold, still hovering around 45 degrees.  That was when my headlight decided to burn out so we decided we would head for Thorpe, get  some lunch and search for a headlight bulb but I really didn’t expect to find one because it’s an unusual bulb and even KTM stores usually don’t have them in stock.   The riding wasn’t so bad but you had to pay attention or you’d easily wipe out in the muddy trails.  The plus side of that was that when we were riding in the atv trails we stayed much warmer because of the effort required to keep things upright and pointed forward.
 
We pulled into Thorpe right around noon and had a good lunch at the Thorpedo.  And it was dry inside!   Outside the wind was blowing, the rain was falling and it was just a generally nasty day.  People at the restaurant looked at us like we were nuts.  Craig’s parents took one look at Craig and I and said “you guys look tired” which we couldn’t really deny seeing as we both had not had much sleep before the ride and the weather was taking its toll.  They offered to let us stay at their place about an hour away and I saw the wheels turning in Craig’s head.  He had just come off a 6,000 mile trip to the west coast and back two weeks earlier and he really wasn’t enjoying the crappy conditions we were encountering now.  Craig has nearly 60,000 miles on his 2006 KTM Adventure and these were some of the worst conditions either of us had ever ridden in.  I quickly intervened with a little pep talk that kind of went like “we aren’t quitting now, this is the only time we can do this ride so lets man up and keep going”.  Not very convincing but it worked and we decided to stay the course and head for Drummond, WI where we had a room booked at the Black Bear motel. 
 
We poked around Thorpe looking for a headlight bulb with no luck so we headed out with me running on the little DRL that was enough to make me visible to traffic but was going to be absolutely worthless as far as lighting up anything once it got dark.  We still had nearly 200 miles to go in some pretty nasty conditions so we high tailed it out of there at about 1:30 pm to try to cover some ground before darkness set in.  We hit a lot of gravel roads, some paved roads and crossed over the North Fork of the Flambeau river and unfortunately had to pass up some great atv trails, the Dead Horse trails, due to lack of time and daylight with evening closing in on us.   Nearing Clam Lake we ran across some other idiots riding Harleys, two up, in the same lousy weather as us.  Those were the only other bikes we ran across in four days and there weren’t any atv’s on the trails either.  Lots of them in the campgrounds and motels but nearly all of them were parked!
Picnic shelters come in handy for getting out of the rain after a cold wet ride

Picnic shelters come in handy for getting out of the rain after a cold wet ride

We made one last gas stop for the day at Clam Lake and then headed for Drummond and the Black Bear motel for the evening.  It was cold and the rain was coming down steadily and we were ready to call it a day so when we rolled into Drummond around 5:30 pm it was with some relief that we checked into the motel.  The Black Bear was not what you would call luxury accommodations but it was a good sized room, it had heat – which was a major concern at that point – and it was attached to a restaurant/bar and had a gas station right across the street so it had all the essentials that two guys on a bike trip needed.  We peeled off our layers of wet gear and started the whole drying process once again, cleaned up and headed over to the bar to enjoy a couple of Guinness and talk over our 2nd wet day on the bikes.  Being Friday night in Wisconsin means that fish fry is on the menu and we munched down our share of the little swimmers while we recovered from the long, wet day on the bikes. 
 
It’s always good to compare notes and swap stories of the ride and other experiences with your riding buddies and I got some of the details on Craig’s ride out to Idaho for the KTM Adventure Rider Rally.  He rode out with Bill, Andrew and Jeff and then on the way back Craig and Bill ended up taking a slight detour thru Washington and Oregon and ended up at the Pacific ocean!  They covered 6,000 miles in 14 days on their 950 Adventure bikes.  I think Bill is putting together a post on that trip and I’ll link to it if he gets it posted up.
Black Bear Motel in Drummond, WI.  Start of Day 3 - Wet again.

Black Bear Motel in Drummond, WI. Start of Day 3 - Wet again.

My C J Designs custom designed, protype rear rack was working out great

My C J Designs custom designed, prototype rear rack was working out great

 
Day three started on a familiar theme – raining, about 40 degrees and we knew it really wasn’t going to let up all day.  We got rolling by around 9 am and had a short 15-20 mile ride to our breakfast destination, the Delta Diner in Delta, WI.  By road it’s about 12 miles but we took the trails and it was a nice ride through some forest roads and atv trails so that stretched it out a bit and got us warmed up for the morning.  Of course mud holes and rain were pretty much the norm!
Our constant companion on this trip - Water!

Our constant companion on this trip - Water!

 
Lots of opportunities for mud puddle shots

Lots of opportunities for mud puddle shots

Beautiful day for a bike ride

Beautiful day for a bike ride

The Delta Diner is definitely a unique place in the North Woods.  It’s a train car style diner that has a long history and offers an unusual but very good menu.  We rolled up all wet and muddy as usual on this trip but we were greeted at the door and welcomed in by an enthusiastic staff.  They made us feel welcome even in the condition we were in, served us a great breakfast  (that included home made pie), asked us about our trip (they were aware of the Trans WI Trail and were eager to have others stop in) and even took our picture to note the occasion.  Here is a link to the Delta Diner:  www.deltadiner.com

Delta Diner is a great stop if you're in the Delta, WI area

Delta Diner is a great stop if you're in the Delta, WI area

Bluebberry pie for breakfast - breakfast of champions!

Bluebberry pie for breakfast - breakfast of champions!

After a filling our stomachs at the Delta Diner it was time to make the push to the tip of Wisconsin and Lake Superior.  Our destination was in our grasp.  Of course that meant riding in more rain but we were way beyond even caring about that anymore.  We had somewhere around 50 – 60 miles from the diner to Lake Superior so we saddled up and took in the sights through Cornucopia, WI and on up to the campground destination where the Trans WI Adventure Trail ends on the edge of Superior.  It was pretty sloppy getting in on the muddy forest roads but we made our destination and spent some time on the rocks at the edge of of the lake.  Getting down to the lake is interesting – a rickety and rotting staircase drops down to the rocks and I could just envision riding 600 miles to get there and falling down the wet rotten stairs and breaking a leg.
The end of the trail - Lake Superior

The end of the trail - Lake Superior

Be careful - the steps down to the lake are all rotting out!

Be careful - the steps down to the lake are all rotting out!

Craig negotiates the steps

Craig negotiates the steps

 
Lake Superior was cold and wet, just like everything else on this ride!
Lake Superior was cold and wet, just like everything else on this ride!
Dogs appeared and then the camp ground manager and we talked for 20 mins or so out on the rocks
Dogs appeared and then the camp ground manager and we talked for 20 mins or so out on the rocks
My artsy shot for the day, kind of captures how wet it was.
My artsy shot for the day, kind of captures how wet it was.
Apostle Islands in the background on a cold, blustery, gray day at Lake Superior.  The day before the waves were breaking over these rocks.
Apostle Islands in the background on a cold, blustery, gray day at Lake Superior. The day before the waves were breaking over these rocks.
At the tip of Wisconsin, Lake Superior
At the tip of Wisconsin, Lake Superior
Now that we’d spent about an hour out on the rocks on the edge of Lake Superior we were sufficiently chilled enough to climb back on the bikes and see if we could really freeze ourselves.  We had accomplished our goal of riding the T.W.A.T. but that was only half the story – now we had to get back home at the very southern end of the state!  And being dual sport/adventure riders we certainly weren’t going to ride roads all the way back.  Our destination for the end of the day was my cabin in Minoqua, WI and that was about 175 miles away by road/trail and it was still raining steadily and not getting any warmer than 45 degrees.  And of course I had no headlight.
Craig had laid out some tracks through various atv and snowmobile trails that ended up being a lot of fun and challenging.  We went through Bayfield where the “Apple Festival” was going on and a friend of mine was there so we swung through to try to find him but once we got there we realized that was never going to happen.  The Apple Festival is a huge event and there were thousands of people in this town and basically most of the streets were shut down so we just kept on going and hit some trails.
This was probably the biggest water hole we hit.  It was almost up to  the seat in the middle.

This was probably the biggest water hole we hit. It was almost up to the seat in the middle.

Guess What?  More mud.

Guess What? More mud.

Have you got the idea yet that this was a very wet ride?

Have you got the idea yet that this was a very wet ride?

We pushed on through Hurley, Presque Isle, Manitowish Waters all the while jumping on and off of various trails and then hit the road to get to Minoqua and stopped at the Little Muskey bar for their famous sirloin burger.  The time was pushing 5:30 and we had to get some dinner, gas up and head for the cabin before dark at about 6:30 with all the dark clouds.  It ended up that we were running in complete darkness by the time we left the gas station so I went in front and had Craig fire up his H.I.D. headlights so I could see where the heck I was going.  It’s always interesting running with no headlights in the dark out in the woods where it’s really dark.  We managed to safely get to the cabin at around 7:15 pm and once again we had to strip everything down and try to dry out.  We built a nice fire and relaxed for the evening getting our bones warmed back up.
Loading up for day 4 at Minoqua, WI.

Loading up for day 4 at Minoqua, WI.

A little shelter for the bikes under the deck

A little shelter for the bikes under the deck

 
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Lots of North Woods sand and mud along for the ride

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Ready for Day 4

 
Posting up this last day has been a real challenge for me (blog newbie).  I spent 3 hours writing  it all up, posted all the pics and then lost the whole thing!  Last night I gave it another attempt and same result – just a big mess.  But anyway, here goes one more attempt to finish it up – it better work 😦
 
Our 4th and last day of the ride we planned to ride a mix of trails, forest roads, snowmobile trails and a pipeline riding area and that would get us from Minoqua to a little bit north Appleton.  From there it would be highway home.  We checked the weather forecast and it looked like we might actually see some breaks in the rain for the first time in four days and temperatures holding in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.  We got a little bit later start, up at 8 am instead of 7 am like the previous days and planned a short 40 mile ride to breakfast in Three Lakes.  We hit some nice roads, some obscure trails that we had to hunt  to find, some rain and a peek of sun on and off!  We had a nice Sunday brunch in Three Lakes, gassed up at the station and headed out on to some great forest roads.  It really is suprising how much difference it can make not having it pouring down for 10 hours straight.  It’s much more enjoyable riding when it’s only raining about 30% of the time!
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Sunday brunch at Three Lakes, parking out of the rain!Some nice single track through the woods

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Some real woods riding

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The big 950 Adventure making its way through the woods
 
We rode near Argone, Crandon and Wabeno (where the Big Woods 200 ride is held) and hooked up with some of the trails that the Big Woods ride uses.  Some nice single track and beautiful scenery.  It had some nice challenges and we really enjoyed that area of the state.  We finally were getting some decent fall colors on this eastern side of the state.  The north-west side of WI wasn’t showing much color yet even though we had been having very cool weather?  With the sun finally showing its face part of the time it helped to highlight some of the amazing views.
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This was a tight squeeze for both bikes to sneak through

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Lots of trail obstacles in this section

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Some nice single track through the woods

 
There was some slow going in some sections to get around, through or under the obstacles but this was a nice change of pace from sloshing through mud puddles like the last three days!  This was what we had hoped the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail would be like – only problem was that this section on our way home is not part of that trail.  This was a route that Craig planned out from previous experience in the area and I have to say he is really good at plotting out a GPS track and working with it on the fly.  He seems to know a lot of the area pretty well and it makes it easy for anyone following him – just follow!
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Fall in Wisconsin - Notice there is almost a little sunlight!

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Craig leading the way down a forest road

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Some beautiful, secluded views.

We were hitting some rain showers and then the sun would break through and it really was a pretty day with the clouds, the colorful trees and sunlight.  We headed south to the pipeline trail east of Mountain, WI.  This trail is a popular 4WD truck area and it’s littered with big mud holes, big and small rocks and lots of ruts.  As we turned onto the trail the first thing we saw was a pickup buried up to the doors in a mud hole attempting to get out with a tow from another truck.  Good luck!  We picked our way through and around the obstacles and came to a rock strewn, muddy hill that we had to climb up so Craig headed up with me on his tail.  He picked a left side route and I ended up going to the right and got hung up in a rut leading into a big rock.  No big deal, just rock the bike out and gas it, right?  Well, that worked until I planted my foot on top of the big mud covered rock and my foot slid out and twisted my knee at a 90 degree angle to the right (not the way it’s supposed to go).  I got pitched off and the bike landed on the rock (no damage!).  It felt like I was going to be in trouble with my knee getting wrenched like that, but after walking it off for a couple of minutes it was feeling ok so we saddled back up and kept on going.
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Pipeline trail east of Mountain, WI

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The easy section just before the rock climb where I crashed

 The pipeline section was the end of the dirt for us on this trip, from there it was back roads to the Appleton area and mainly interstate highway from there south to our homes.  Again, we had to keep track of our time and try to beat the dark because of my headlight being burnt out so we didn’t waste any time.  Just after getting on the pavement we were cruising along a country road when two deer came running across a yard heading straight for us and just at the last second turned back before running right into the side of us!  This was the middle of the afternoon in someones back yard.  Deer are dangerous!

As we got about a half hour out from the end of the trip Craig and I split our paths as he headed for Mukwonago and I headed for Elkhorn and it was about then that I realized I was not going to get back to my shop before it was dark.  The darkness was creeping in quickly due to the heavy, dark rain clouds and it wasn’t more than 10 minutes down the road that I was struggling to see.  You know it’s not good when you have to watch your GPS to know when the turns are coming!  I had a couple deer run across in front of me and I never saw them until I just caught a glimpse as I passed them out of the corner of my eye.  It was pretty interesting for the last 30 miles of the trip, no site-seeing because I couldn’t see anything. 

As always on a long trip, I was happy to see home base.  The last 150 miles pounding out the pavement was pretty boring and I was ready to be home but overall this fourth day of the trip was probably the best day in terms of variety of trails and roads, weather and scenery.  We travelled 1,150 miles on this trip in about the worst possible weather conditions which definitely made it challenging and not enjoyable at times but overall I have to say we had a good time and met the challenge head on.  The next time we do a trip like this it will seem like a piece of cake – assuming we have better weather!

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The day after - Craig's mess! You don't see a winch mounted on the back of a motorcycle often.

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Compare this to the nice clean, shiny bike at the top of this post!

 Once I got back I stripped off all my wet gear that smelled…well we won’t go there!  My poor bike. It had survived 4 days of pretty much endless rain, one road crash and one off-road crash and really was none the worse for wear. The proper rain gear, protective gear and accessories made the trip a success and both Craig and I had some serious cleaning to do but once that was done the bikes looked good again and we were out riding again in a couple of days.

 I hope you have enjoyed reading about our Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail ride as much as we enjoyed riding it.  I will post in a seperate post some more information on the riding gear and bike gear we used on this trip and our evaluations of how it all worked so you have an idea of what things you would want to have on a similar trip.  From our riding gear, boots and gloves to our gps units, racks and bags I will let you know what works and what doesn’t. 

Thanks for visiting and please leave some comments on our experience or any notes you may have from riding the T.W.A.T yourself.

 
 
 
 
 
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Comments
  1. chris smith says:

    Wow, tough ride, way to hang in there. Sorry about your bud hitting his head.

  2. Great report Wayne. I had a great time and look forward to doing this loop again in the spring w/ more ATV trails added in. 😉

    My gear worked out well.

    Heine Gericke “Toureg” Jacket kept me warm and dry. I had a Gerbings heating liner that helped a TON. Spring and fall in Wisconsin you never know. Keeping your core warm really makes a difference.

    My new KLIM “Dakar” Pants held up to a 100ft slide on my butt very well, over the boots pants keep the water out of the boots.

    I bought a new set of ADV-touring boots this year. Aplinestar “Scout”

    I needed a boot that was Waterproof, durable, and safe for offroad use. To say I am very happy w/ these boots is an understatement. Out of the box they fit well and were comfortable. 1st trip I headed to Indy GP races “In the Rain”. Out of the shop and onto the road. they were comfortable all weekend and I even used them on the MX track at Red Bud for the KTM dealer Test ride.

    When I got home I headed to Idaho for the KTM rally.

    2 weeks and 6,000 miles on and off the road, touring and living in these boots. Loved them.

    Then I brushed off some of the dirt and headed out on this trip.

    I was lucky enough to be able to put about 8,000 miles on these boots in one month. That’s as much as some riders do in one year. Overall I’m very happy w/ the fit and finish of he boot. All the buckles are still working well. The sole has a DS type tread, unlike a full MX slick bottom. It has held up very well and looks like it should last me several years. My feet stayed “DRY AND WARM” this entire trip, unlike Wayne that had to ring out his socks a few time. 🙂

    Check these out at Wayne’s shop. I highly recommend them. “CJ tested and approved” 😉

    Keep an eye on the blog for more updates on our gear.

    Safe travels,
    Craig Johnson
    cjdesignsllc.com

  3. charlie chapman says:

    hey , Wayne. Great reading. I met u guys in Three Lakes at the Onieda village. Then again recently at your shop, with stsve flinn. Steve and I hope to do the northern part of the ride this summer. we have a house in 3 lakes, so we can make it just a day ride. talk to u later, charlie.

  4. Jeff Frost says:

    That was really an enjoyable read…have you ever thought of writing for a mag.I just met Craig at the Warrens Mall today and he told me a few details about his bike…WOW I just happened to see that he was geared up for a long ride and had to stop and meet him…As I told him SO AWESOME to see People LIVING OUT THEIR DREAM!!!I am glad you guys took the pics and I will attempt to keep up with your adventures. One day I shall report on my trek by horseback..not sure yet where it will start and end! Meanwhile LIVE the DREAM, GUYS!!

  5. […] Craig from CJ Designs and I were the only ones to make this ride.  We had planned on a couple of other riders but we were originally intending to do this ride Sept. 23-26 and that is the same weekend as the Wabeno dual sport ride and a lot of the potential riders were at that event.  As it ended up Craig and I both were rebuilding bikes from the ground up to take on this ride and we both kind of ran out of time to be ready for the planned weekend.  Fortunately we had the next weekend as a backup plan and we both were able to get on the road by Sept. 30th and rode for 4 days through Oct. 3rd.  We were a little hesitant about that date because that was the same weekend we went last year and we had 4 days of solid rain and 45 degree weather (see my post from last years ride https://petriemotorsports.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/trans-wisconsin-adventure-ride-oct-1-4-2009/ ).  […]

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