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Old 08-19-09, 10:02 AM   #1
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La Crosse to Milwaukee - route suggestons?

I'm doing a 4-day ride from La Crosse, WI to my home in Milwaukee, WI. Here's my planned route:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...3,4.235229&z=8

Does anyone have experience out on these roads? Any suggested routes, towns, places to stay, etc.? I'd value any input...
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Old 08-19-09, 10:20 AM   #2
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A few years back I took the bike trail from Trempeleau to the end at Reedsburg and then roads to Devils Lake. The highway from Reedsburg was a nice stretch. It was a Sunday for me on this section and traffic was HEAVY on 12, into Baraboo. Steep climb out of the park in the morning, then I went towards Madison, taking the Merrimac Ferry across the WI River
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I dunno about 33 and 175. Pretty fast traffic on those. I guess if you live in Milwaukee then you know the area on Fond Du Lac Ave ... I surely wouldn't ride it! (Bang - Bang - Stick 'em up! )
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I dunno about 33 and 175. Pretty fast traffic on those. I guess if you live in Milwaukee then you know the area on Fond Du Lac Ave ... I surely wouldn't ride it! (Bang - Bang - Stick 'em up! )
Ha - yes, that last leg will certainly need some adjustments. That's just a rough idea. I think it's probably worth the few extra miles to push east to Mequon/Thiensville area, and then plunge south.

As to Milwaukee, I can see the nice 'urbanscapes' any time. Although I think I'm more scared about the "what-are-you-doing-here?" local pickup driver with the shotgun in his backseat near, say, South Randolph.
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Old 08-19-09, 01:19 PM   #5
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I live in La Crosse and am very familiar with Hwy 33, esp. the western half. This weekend I'm biking down to Madison, using Hwy 33 for most of the way.

Hwy 33 is bikable. The worst stretch was near the end, between La Crosse and St. Joseph (it still shows as red on the state maps). That stretch has now been redone with a v. good shoulder. No problems at all.

Between St. Joseph and Reedsburg is OK. Traffic near Ontario is always light. Near Cashton and Ontario you'll see many Amish. Between Union Center and Reedsburg, if the traffic is too heavy you can always jump on the Trail. The Trail is pretty typical for Wisconsin. I don't usually ride on it, but it can be nice break. Traffic is mostly local with few semis, mostly milk trucks and the like.

While I would not want to bike it everyday, it is bikable. There aren't many alternatives unless you want to get into the hills and valleys (with the necessary climbs). Be visible and you won't have any problems, at least I never had in the six or so times I've made the trip.

If you want a neat way in to La Crosse, turn right (north) on Cty. F, just outside of La Crosse. The hill descent is much funner (but more difficult) than coming in on Hwy 33. It will also take you right in on Main Street, convenient to the University, etc.
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Old 08-19-09, 02:38 PM   #6
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Many years ago I took this route, it was great. Starts in Kenosha not Milwalkee.

http://www.wibikeroutes.net/wi_bikew...keway_west.htm
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You could save a few miles and once in Ontario continue to Hillsboro. Then from Hillsboro get on the trail and head toward Reedsburg. If you'd like to avoid Wildcat Mt. you can take a left on CTY ZZ off of HWY 33. There is no way around the hills here. Good Luck!
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