A friend and i are taking a vacation this summer in Brodhead, WI. We're staying at this great place, http://www.earthridercycling.com/, which is both a bike shop and a hotel. It's located out in the middle of dairy country in Wisconsin. The challenge in planning a route riding from Chicago to Brodhead is mainly getting out Chicago and onto the country roads without having to spend significant time on major thoroughfares (sharing the road with semis, etc).
Has anyone ridden this route before? I can follow the lake front bike path north, and then take Sheridan Rd. all the way up into the suburbs, but from there, I'm stuck trying to tack west and I get stuck on huge, suburban 4 lane roads with 40 mph speed limits and very little shoulder (less than ideal). We're riding road bikes, which rules out the Green Bay trail.
Just looking for any tips for the route or for the ride. Thanks!
Have you considered following the Grand Illinois Trail to Freeport? From there you can go north on the Jane Addams trail and the Badger Trail in Wisconsin. I have not ridden it myself, but I understand it has been developed to avoid busy roads. Other people can verify wether this route is suitable for road bikes.
Find more information about the trail including cue sheets and detailed maps here: http://bikelib.org/git/index.htm Cue sheet 7 thru 10 tell you how to get from Chicago to Freeport
You may also want to post this in Regional Discussions > Great Lakes. Lots of folks from Chicago area hang out there
Last edited by duppie; 08-06-07 at 12:36 PM.
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