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I was going to shoot you a PM, but you're not set up to receive them, so you'll just have to post a review for the world!

I think* you're pretty close to this town, and the Pedal Across Wisconsin site offers a weekend organized ride through the area. I'm confused, though, because it looks like a one day ride so I'm not sure if there's more area around there to sight see at and bike through.

What's your take on this? Have you ridden through this area at all?
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I turn off PM on every forum I frequent, because I never remember to check for messages. I find them 3-4 months after someone send them, leaving people wondering why I ignored them.

I've been to Pardeeville. That area is flats & gently rolling terrain. Lots of ponds and lakes. Good birdwatching country. Not heavily populated and off the beaten trail, so I suspect traffic would be light. Pretty sleepy little town.

Never ridden there as I never ride roads and they don't have any bike trails there that I know of.
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Hmmm. Thanks.

I'm dreaming about next season, and want to do some multi-day tours, but want to ease into it. I'm just not sure I could do 60 miles for several days in a row... I decided to start out slower, with rides for beginners or families. The PAW site has 4 rides I could manage, and there are some day rides in MN.

Someone on this forum did a cool trip in Quebec, but I lost the link to it....anyone remember that one?
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I see one of their other rides is in Door County. I love that area. It's like visiting New England, lots of rocky beaches, lighthouses, beautiful small towns, several state & county parks, dozens of artisans & studios.
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Have you been over to this trail:

https://www.chippewa-river-trail.com/

Durand isn't far from the Minnesota border. It's a mostly-paved rail trial that runs 30 miles each way. Runs along a river. Would be a nice ride with a riding partner.
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Yes, the door county one is high on my list. And thanks for the Durand link! Problem is, I don't have anyone to ride with, so I'd like to start out doing this with a group of some kind. I don't really like riding alone that much, but none of my friends ride. I have a couple that own bikes and are capable* of it, though, so I'll try and lure them.
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Tour routes, but unorganized: https://www.wisconline.com/attractions/biketours.html

Fully-supported multi-day tour in northern Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsinbiking.com/ridel...fm?eventID=177

500 mile Minnesota tour: https://www.habitat500.org/habitat500...t500/Home.html

300 mile Minnesota tour: https://bikemnm.nationalmssociety.org...z6s2ly1.app10a

300+ mile Wisconsin tour: https://www.grabaawr.com/Sagbraw/index.html

427 mile Wisconsin tour: https://www.grabaawr.com/Grabaawr/index.html

150 mile Lake Michigan shoreline tour: https://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all...?item_id=57271
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Oh! Lots of good links I didn't find on my own. Thanks. But, I'm just not sure about doing that kind of mileage every day. I could maybe pull off one day of 70 miles, but not multiple days. That's why the PAW site looks promising... they have all different levels in one tour. So you can kind of decide each day if you want a big day or an easy day. I'm surprised there aren't more tours organized like this.
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Another two-day 150 mile tour - the Best Dam Bike Tour:
https://www.travelwisconsin.com/event...Bike_Tour.aspx

Beautiful 50 mile tour along Mississippi River:
https://www.travelwisconsin.com/event...964&menuid=107

13 to 68 mile tour along Wisconsin Lake Superior shoreline:
https://www.travelwisconsin.com/event...2207&menuid=59

32 to 60 mile tour:
https://www.travelwisconsin.com/event...8143&menuid=59

34 to 71 mile Minnesota tour:
https://www.paulbunyancyclists.com/index.cfm?pageid=725

One day Minnesota Tour:
https://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy/
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OK!!!! Those are PERFECT! Exactly* what I'm looking for. I am going to have SUCH a fun summer. Thanks! I had planned on the Paul Bunyan one. I just got the OK from a friend to go on the Pardeeville one.

Tom, what search words do you use to find these?
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Simple stuff like

Wisconsin bike tour
Wisconsin bicycle tour
Minnesota one day bike tour

And the like.

Then I look through about 2-3 pages of results and follow the links.
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They do look like fun. If I were a road biker and if I could stay up with anyone, I'd think about doing a few.
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
Simple stuff like

Wisconsin bike tour
Wisconsin bicycle tour
Minnesota one day bike tour

And the like.

Then I look through about 2-3 pages of results and follow the links.

Hmmm. I guess, at that point, I was looking for "Guided Beginner Tours" which was a lot less effective.

I ride just like you do. Which is pretty much why I have noone to ride with. Like I said, the people I'll end up luring along are just occasional cyclists. It's actually kind of nice that I have friends who are fit enough to ride 40 miles but don't really have any personal goals about it. They're just out to do something a little different and see some place new. IF* I can get them away from their busy lives for a whole weekend. We could stop every mile for all they cared....
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I had some friends from Utah stop by in June of this year - they were on a two week tour of the Midwest and were riding trails almost every day. I rode with them on two consecutive days. That was the only time this year I rode with anyone. It was a blast. We rode at 10-12 mph and stopped whenever we wanted. Did 20 miles one day and 33 the next. Shopped in small towns, had some good meals.

I love a nice leisurely 30 mile ride. My slowest ride of the year was when I did 27 miles in 7.5 hours. Had two meals along the way, took a couple of hikes, did some birdwatching, bought an item from an antique store and strapped it to the back of my recumbent's seat.

Only took one ride of over 12 miles the entire year where I averaged over 10 mph in real elasped time.
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I turn off PM on every forum I frequent, because I never remember to check for messages. I find them 3-4 months after someone send them, leaving people wondering why I ignored them.
Tom - You can set the PM on BFN so that you get a notification email when someone posts a PM to you. This is what I do so that I don't ignore the very few PM's sent to me.
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Tom - You can set the PM on BFN so that you get a notification email when someone posts a PM to you. This is what I do so that I don't ignore the very few PM's sent to me.
Sounds like "IT" talk to me...
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Originally Posted by solveg
What's your take on this? Have you ridden through this area at all?
https://www.pedalacrosswisconsin.com/#white
I haven't been to Pardeville, but my wife and I, and several of our tandem friends, have ridden the PAW North Woods ride several times. If you're up for 60 mile days, Dr J's tours are pretty hard to beat.
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You should both join me on One Helluva Ride, Chelsea, MI. Run by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Solveg, I see Tom gave you a link to the Mesabi trail. Great trail, one of the best.
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While I won't be doing any of the tours, I do hope to get over to Lane, MN in 2008 to ride the Root River Trail. I was going to ride it this year, but after all of the flood damage, I switched that weekend to riding the Elroy-Sparta and "400" trails here in Wisconsin.

Will be riding several Wisconsin trails this year too.
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You should both join me on One Helluva Ride, Chelsea, MI. Run by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Oooh! I'd have to bring my Mondonico so we could compare once and for all! Not that I would be able to keep up with you...

Does anyone remember the chateau to chateau trip someone took in Quebec? That trip looked really attractive to me.

Tom, we should really meet up for bit somewhere... I bet we'd be good putzers together.
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Oooh! I'd have to bring my Mondonico so we could compare once and for all! Not that I would be able to keep up with you...

Does anyone remember the chateau to chateau trip someone took in Quebec? That trip looked really attractive to me.

Tom, we should really meet up for bit somewhere... I bet we'd be good putzers together.
I am trying to get faster, but I really love just tootling along.

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Originally Posted by solveg
I bet we'd be good putzers together.
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I am trying to get faster, but I really love just tootling along.
Putzing? Tootling? Where is your dignity, people!!!???

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Putzing? Tootling? Where is your dignity, people!!!???

Putzing and Tootling are VERY dignified! Whachyoutalkin' about, Big Paulie!
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I'm still working on getting up to Putzing and Tootling.
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