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4-states loop from madison wi

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 398 miles / 640.5 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $30.25
  • States Visited: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota
Submitted by:
frodrick261

dubuque is very tricky 52 zig-zags through town. wittenburg ia to be sure to follow great river rte. signs. short cut madison -dubuque 151 to platteville. hwy 81 to galena (changes to 84 in il) hwy 20 to dubuque. short cut lacrosse madison via i-90 many places to stop and gawk. great scenery. 3 gambling casinos, dubuque ia, marquette ia. near baraboo wi. pikes peak state park outside magregor ia.(highly recommended) wlldcat mt.(highly recomended) on wi 33 east of ontario wi. devils lake state park (again highly recommended) near baraboo, us grant memorial, galena il, lock and dam, wittenberg ia, ableman narrows just off rte. 1 mile west of rock springs wi on 136, more 1 day for iron-but, 3 days for sightseers.

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by frodrick261 in March. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by frodrick261

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

12RPilot says:

Two alternatives that may be of interest: As you cross into Illinois, head west out of Warren on Stagecoach Trail for less traffic than Route 20 and more twisties. You still end up in Galena, which is a town worth spending time in. Or, on the outskirts of Elizabeth, Illinois, take Elizabeth Scales Mound Road north to Stagecoach Trail. Again, this is for the twisty fans. It still leads you to Galena when you turn west on Stagecoach. I used to lead sportbike enthusiasts on these routes back in the day. I should add, however, that both of these alternatives will bypass a "lookout tower" viewing place along Route 20, just before Galena, that some may wish to climb.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

havlo says:

great route! trip for my journey was 754 miles. i started from wausau, wi. north of madison. bypassed madison to rural route to mt. horeb. go check out Tyrol Basin snowboard/ski area. great fun, lots of twisties. stay out of the pickers there tho! in all great planned trip. in debuque ia. have some food at the doghouse. mmm, go to all state parks mentioned in wisco. fantastic new roads and cornering fun. central/upper iowa was surprisingly great, illinois run was a bit boring although the hwy 20 section is very pretty view for 30 miles to both sides. in La Crosse drive up grandads bluff off of losey ave. fun and the view of the whole city and river valley is great. don't forget to stop at a driving range along the way...did the trip in three days, about all you want to fit in each day on a sport bike. would do it again and may this summer. Save extra time for La Crosse and go downtown for amazing nightlife and bars. good times!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM






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