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Offline ecole

Crossing Wisconsin
« on: March 22, 2006, 04:57:47 pm »
I could use some advice on the best routes across Wisconsin from St. Croix Falls to Manitowoc.  I have some VERY detailed maps from the WI DOT that show bike routes, but there appear to be some more direct ways to cross the state- for example, Rt. 8 or 64 seem pretty good on the map, but are not color coded as good bike routes.  Any help would be very welcome.


Offline Turk

Crossing Wisconsin
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006, 02:22:32 pm »
I've driven those roads in a car. I think they get a good amount of cars and heavy truck traffic. I don't recall how good the shoulders are but I wouldn't recommend those roads for biking. Wisconsin has an excellect system of asphalt-paved secondary roads. I'd recommend those. The bike map should help you with that, though I haven't seen a recent one. You might check to see what roads they considered when making the map. Some I've seen have only looked at what I believe were called FAS roads, maintained by the state. There may be some good town or county roads not listed on the map.


Offline Turk

Crossing Wisconsin
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006, 03:01:04 pm »
I noticed that you can view traffic count maps for Wisconsin at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/counts/maps.htm

I believe for good bicycling you want around 500 cars per day or so. I say highway 8 has 5000 in spots. That's not good.


tofubicycle

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Crossing Wisconsin
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 11:06:23 pm »
I lived and biked in Wisconsin for 8 years but somehow never traveled where you're looking to. So I sent an email out on a Dane County, Wisconsin based email list and here is the only reply so far:

"There is wide range of tolerance among cyclists re: tolerance for high speed and high volume traffic. I'd consider the paved shoulder on Hwy 8 too narrow for peace of mind while biking along with high-speed traffic, including a fair amount of trucks. Hwy 64's shoulder is not wider and may be a little narrower.

I have a nice set of DOT county maps that show numerous routes parallel to those two major northern highways, beginning 1mile south of U.S. 8. They are a mix of county highways and town roads. Most of the town roads are paved (I'm not sure if the DOT map(s) show road surface type, but he/she can inquire locally), and due to the paucity of traffic, cyclists can much better enjoy the scenic streams, lakes, forests and pastures
along the way.  

There are some places where an east-bound road stops where there is no stream crossing or for some non-obvious reason, but in every case there are roads that jog south 1/2 mile to one mile, to get you going east again. He/she is going to have to gradually head south anyway to get to Manitowoc, (far to the south of even Hwy 64) and those little detours appear not to add up to more than an additional 20 miles over the slightly more direct major highways. Local roads are also a good to avoid major traffic messes in Wausau and Green Bay, with good avoidance routes to the south of both those cities.

Unless he/she loves being buffeted by the air curtain of trucks roaring by at 65 mph, that traveler will have a much more relaxing trek by avoiding those two major east-west highways."

I hope this is in someway helpful.

-Martin


tofubicycle

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Crossing Wisconsin
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2006, 07:40:50 am »
Another reply from a Wisconsin cyclist:

"Highways 8 and 65 are farther north than you'd want to be to get to Manitowoc. As I recall, auto traffic on 8 moves very fast. Wisconsin has good county highways; I'd pick mostly green and blue ones from the DOT maps to get you to Wausau and then take the Mountain-Bay state trail almost to Green Bay, County Highway U south to Wrightstown, and County Highways D, Z, W, and G and local roads into Manitowoc."



 

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Offline ecole

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2006, 05:24:51 pm »
Thanks to everyone- I'll stick to the convoluted route a plotted out on the DOT maps- EC