This being my first RR, I hope that someone may enjoy it during this wonderful winter we are having. I had never really spent much time on ADV except for recently. I have noticed that their is a certain theme to when, why and where to take pictures. That theme is pretty simple, take ALOT of pictures. I didn't really do that this past August when I was in Wisconsin. However, that will give me something to strive for.
I was at Ft. McCoy Wis. for some wonderful Army training for four weeks this past August. I decided to ride the T.W.A.T. (I personally don't care for the acronym, but it is what it is). I ran into someone I knew fairly well when I was up their and you should have seen their face when I told them I had brought my KLR instead of my HD.
Some people just don't get the Adventure riding thing. I have caught the bug.
Anyhow, I had two weekends off while I was there. I took one weekend(Aug. 14&15) and did the Southern half of the T.W.A.T. and then two weekends later(Aug. 27,28 & 29) to do the Northern half. I'm not a real big fan of GPS. I used it in Iraq because it was a valuable tool to go along with paper maps, landmarks, etc. However, I feel people rely too much on technology so I try to stay old school as much as possible. Wisconsin actually has wonderful detailed maps, they are in pdf, of each of their counties
, FOR FREE. I did the whole T.W.A.T. using these maps and every road down the the Fire roads were on the them. However, the ATV trails were not, but I picked up a wonderful (you can also down load it) Wisconsin ATV Guide
at a rest area on my way through the state.
Now Wisconsin had some pretty good storms for several days before I left to roll south. So the first few pictures show some of the damage.
This wash out was right in front of this Amish house.
These next few pictures were taken just North of Viola, WI.
I took this next picture because it reminds me of a good friends farm and valley back in Ohio that I grew up coon hunting in.
I rode through scenic country side all the way down into Illinois.
This is a picture that I tried to take of a tug boat for my kids while crossing the Mississippi into Dubuque, but my mirror got in the way.
Some Iowa country side. It reminds me of most of Ohio, too many houses.
These are pictures of Lock and Dam #10 at Guttenberg, IA.
This is looking down stream.
This kid was looking at me long and hard. At first I thought I had a booger hanging out my nose. Well, maybe he isn't use to seeing people taking pictures and talking on the cell phone at the same time. Plus I was talking to my five year old, so you might be able to imagine how that conversation might have sounded.
I did go back over into Wisconsin before the end of the day. Ended up camping at the Wyalusing Forest Park. It is just South of the Wisconsin River as it runs into the Mississippi.
Here is my camping spot the next morning.
Here is looking upriver of the Wisoconsin.
Here is where the Wisconsin runs into the Mississippi.
RightTop is upstream Miss.; RightBottom is the Wisconsin; Left is downstream Miss.
This is a tugboat that was going North. It had just pushed through Lock & Dam #9.
Looking West from Wisconsin to Lansing, IA, this is Black Hawk Bridge.
I ate lunch in Lansing. While eating at a restraunt on Main St. the town had a parade. You can tell I'm a noob, I don't have any pictures of my food or the parade.
I headed North into Minnesota.
I crossed back over into Wisconsin at La Crosse. I hit the back roads and made my way to Sparta for a photo.
Since I had time to kill before evening chow, I hit some ATV trails north of McCoy. I had a hoot.
This is the kind of trail riding I like. I couldn't wait until the next weekend.
When I rolled south on Saturday I stayed on the TWAT. Sunday I took my own way home. The TWAT was a mixture of asphalt, tar and chipped, gravel and very little dirt. The rustic road/routes in Wisconsin are great. I wish Wis. had more and all states had some. It was fun and I would do it again if the oppurtunity arose
Well, I hope you enjoyed it. I know I have to take more and better story telling photos. That will be a work in progress.
However, I do have some more photos from the trip North and I'll post those soon.