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Old 07-22-10, 06:49 PM
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September in Wisconsin

My wife and I are going to the Wisconsin Dells with her parents in mid September. I am probably going to stay 2-3 extra days and ride some trails in Wisconsin. Any suggestions? I've heard of the Elroy-Sparta Trail through the tunnels. Anyone done this? What are your experiences? I figured one day riding the 30+ miles, spending the night and then riding the Trail back to my car.

I hope this is OK in the Touring section. I will be credit card touring for sure carrying just a small load in my Topeak fold-out panniers. This is what I did last year with a couple of friends on the Katy Trail in Missouri.
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I have credit card toured in Wisconsin, and had a nice time. There were a lot of rural roads without much traffic, great scenery, lakes, rolling hills, and abundant wildlife. Cycling maps for the state are easy to find.
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Unfortunately there is not a master map that shows where these trails are. If you change your mind and decide to camp, you will be close to Devils Lake State Park which is one of the most popular parks in the State.
https://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/tra...e.html#touring

A lot of the county maps have not been updated for a few years but are better than nothing
https://www.dot.state.wi.us/travel/bi...countymaps.htm

September is a good time for such a trip.
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Here's a map of sorts of the state park trails. Elroy-Sparta is in the middle of a string of trails that stretches for 100 miles.

https://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/spe...indatrail.html

There's also the Omaha going north from Elroy, which is maintained by the county conservation board.

There's primitive camping on both ends of Elroy-Sparta, and many of the towns in between allow camping in their town parks. There's also motels (particularly in Sparta, which is on I-90).

Bring a flashlight with you. The tunnels are unlit.
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Can you tell me about the "wildlife" in the tunnels? Do you really need to dismount and walk?
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It's been years since I've been through the tunnels, but I never noticed any wildlife in them (which is fortunate, because otherwise you'd be walking through bat guano and other such artifacts).

DNR rule is to walk bikes through the tunnels. The tunnels are usually dripping wet, with a narrow walkway and two small ditches to channel the water out of the tunnel. When you're in the tunnel, the only light you have is the light at the end of the tunnel and whatever light you bring with you. If it's a humid day, you have fog in the tunnel and you often can't see the other end. Unless you have a big light, it's extremely difficult to keep your bike on the walkway, and if you have a big light, you're just blinding everybody else in the tunnel.
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