Wanna bike from Milwaukee to Minneapolis with me?
I did Chicago to Milwaukee last summer and I want to bike to Minneapolis now. Maybe from Chicago. Anyway, I’m not a pro. My three longest rides have been 91, 84 and 45 miles, so I’m not very experienced either. I have a heavy old Schwinn. My point is - everybody is welcome. I’d just rather share the experience than do it alone.
Depending on if we start in Milwaukee or Chicago, the ride will be between 340 and 370 miles. I’m hoping to do something like 100 miles a day, with camping or hotels at nighttime. I’m also hoping to hit a brewery or two... hopefully New Glarus just south of Madison I’m also hoping to take the stretch of trails that include the 400 Trail, the Elroy-Sparta Trail and the Great River Trail, all in Wisconsin. About 1/2 or 1/3 of the route would be on rails-trails paths and the rest would be country roads. I’m hoping to do this sometime in April or May, but I’m open.
Let me know if you are interested or know somebody who might be interested! We can meet up and maybe go over the logistics a bit and get to know each other.
Also, any advice on the route would be appreciated!
Hey Noah, great idea. I did this last June taking Amtrak to Twin Cities to start. Their roll-on service is great. Took Metra home from Harvard. Here's route we did. If you want any more info, message me. Good luck!
DerferMark thanks a ton for the route info! Did you all find the route by looking at county maps? I’ve used the Amtrak before (to start my Milwaukee-back to Chicago trip) and wish I knew I was supposed to talk with the ticketing people and put my bike on the train a half hour early, they seemed annoyed lol. Thank you so much for the info!
The route is a combo of lots of info from blogs, friends, Google Maps (bike mode), Strava Heatmap, etc. and adjusting for places we were spending the night. Lots of other ways to get from Point A to B of course! Elroy-Sparta trail was for sure the highlight. We even noted places to stop to eat, some include:
Thanks for the info! I'll definitely use your suggestions on route-finding
Looks like a great ride. Can I ask how the elevation was?
I love hills so it was great! ;) It's not bad really. Up and down bluffs along Mississippi River first couple of days you do get the heart pumping a bit. Elevation profile should be on that mapmyride link.
I don't know if I can tag along this time, but this is a ride I definitely want to do eventually.
Nice, hell yeah. Samuel, you think maaaaybe you'd be up for this in Summer or Fall?
The Fall might work, I'm not entirely sure. I'll be starting up a new job soon so it all depends. i do want to do that ride though. I've made the ride up to Milwaukee a couple of times and have been interested in getting up to Minneapolis at some point.
Ok! I’ll bug ou about it later in the summer if I still haven’t found a partner
Sounds great, I did the ride to Minneapolis a few years back, mostly trails, Chicago to Milwaukee ( Green Bay trail, McClory trail and Oak Leaf trails) to Madison (Glacial Drumlin trail) then up to Reedsburg and the 400 and Sparta Elroy and Great River trails) its a beautiful ride and loved seeing the eagles over the bluffs along the Mississippi.
The trails were great, the rolling country roads were tough since I'm used to the flat grid here in the city. I'm hoping to go Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison this summer.