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Decided to stick with original bicycle tour plan for next week

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I was having trouble finding places to camp in Wisconsin between Whitewater and Stevens Point for our first self-supported bicycle tour next week. I was about to give up and almost bought Adventure Cycling Association maps for a ride around the upper part of Lake Michigan. After calculating the milage (785 miles) approximately, and thinking we would do about 50 miles a day...that plan would have taken two weeks to bicycle. While I wouldn't mind doing a two week tour as part of our preparation for our big trip, I didn't want to make it our first tour.

We went back to the drawing board and did some more research on camping. Hubby found a National Geographic atlas on Amazon that is for recreational camping etc in Wisconsin complete with very detailed maps. Between that book and knowing there are hotels along the way, we now feel much more confident about doing our original ride from Whitewater to Stevens Point and back. It's about a 300 miles and with a day off to spend getting our bike serviced at the Hostel Shoppe in Stevens Point, the trip should take about a week. We plan on beginning the ride on Sunday. It should be a manageable shake down ride for us.

More to come!!!!
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GAYEMC 7/11/2013 3:34PM

    I'm looking forward to hearing about this trip!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/10/2013 2:58PM

    Sounds exciting! I've never done a trip by bike.

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TRILLIUM22 7/10/2013 10:40AM

    Sounds great. I think you'll really like the trailer for the gear.

I've often wondered how a trip taken at my current age would differ from one where I was 21. As a "kid" there were frequently "mother" age people at the campsites that would offer us food and stuff. Maybe people do that with anyone on a bike when they have a car and camper.

Regardless I found that you interacted with people more when you traveled by bike than when you drive.

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LOPEYP 7/9/2013 7:08PM

    Exciting!!

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IMSMILEY88 7/9/2013 6:04PM

    Wow! What a trip! I hope you have a wonderful time.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/9/2013 3:56PM

    I'm so looking forward to hearing all about this ride!

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NINJALINDA 7/9/2013 3:27PM

    That is so exciting - can't wait to read your blog when you're done!

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