So it was friday afternoon and I got out of class early. What to do, what to do? I know, I'll go ridin.
Hadn't planned to leave until first thing Saturday morning, but like any good adventure rider I just told my self the sooner the better.
I didn't ride for too long, only for a few hours. Wanted to get a good camping spot (in the daylight) and find something to eat.
I stopped at the Snyder County Park. It was quite nice actually. I put up my tent and headed into Neillsville for some food. On the rode I passed the Highground Veterans Memorial Park
. I'll have to check that one out when I'm done eating.
I ended up being the only one at the park when I got there. It was one of the nicer State Veteran Memorial Parks I had been to. Good job Wisconsin.
Native American Memorial
Another interesting item at the Park.
Well, the sun was setting and I could tell why they call this the Highground.
I went back to the campground and started a fire. Other than a couple ATVs out on the trails for a little bit, all I could here was the crackle of the fire.
The KLR can't wait for the trails tomorrow.
First thing out on the trail in the morning was sand. It was great. I really mean that. Then it turned into some Forest Roads.
I did have to ride on some paved roads. They didn't peak out the fun-o-meter by any means. However, they were better than being inside a concrete and steel cave all day.
So I got to more gravel after just a short time. Then I saw this turtle. I named him Fred. My kids eat this stuff up. It seemed like I waited forever for him to stick his head back out, but he never did. Although, when I picked him up to move him to safety he stuck his head out. But wouldn't you know it, as soon as I put him back down his head was gone again.
The next few pictures were taken in Perkinstown Trail and it was within the boundaries of Chequamegon National Forest. It is not in the Wisconsin ATV Guide that I mentioned earlier in this thread. I did drop $5 in the donation box. I don't want to see trails like this disappearing.
It was a fun trail. A little tight in spots. You had to watch for ATVs coming around corners. Some corners were blind.
The fire roads just went on and on. Nice long swooping corners and rolling hills. You did have to watch out for a 90degree corner every once in awhile. They would cause the pucker factor to go up a little.
I took this trying to get a picture of the second bear that had crossed my path today. As you can see I did not succeed. This was in Northwestern Price County, west of Park Falls.
I rode back into the Chequamegon National Forest in Sawyer County and stayed in it through Ashland County and all the way up through Bayfield County to almost the Lake Superior shore. It was some great riding. It was sand, gravel and a mixture of both. You had to watch the sand, it would get soft and deep in a split second. I have to say that the Wisconsin sand never did get me.
I think you are all smart enough not to believe that. Also had sections that had some pretty good wash outs.
It was getting a little late and I had told my wife I would get her a picture of the sun setting on Lake Superior. How does that song go? "We've Got A Long Way To Go, And A Short Time To Get There" Jerry Reed
I just made it.
I ended up staying at the Little Sand Bay Recreational Area
. It is owned and operated by a the Town of Russel. It was nice and well kept. I got the last primitive campsite left. This campground is just West of Pt. Detour that most ADVers on here have stayed at and recommended. I was in a hurry and took the most direct route to the shore so I could get my wifes picture.
As I was setting up my tent a guy from the next site walked over and started talking to me. Ironically enough he was from Ohio and knew where my hometown was (that would be Loudonville). He was from Toledo. He was camping with three of his college buddies (I don't remember anybody's name). They get together every 2-3 years and camp somewhere. They all live in different states so this is the only time they actually get to see each other. I personally think it is their excuse to get away from their wives. Atleast that was my observation after listening to them for hours.
Anyhow, they invited me in like a long lost friend and gave me food and drink. We played some card games and corn hole well into the night. We did a pretty good job of keeping it down, for the most part. We were all sacked out by midnight anyhow. Like the noob that I am I didn't take any pictures of them or of our good time together.
The next morning I got up at 7am and my neighbors were already gone. I never even heard them leave. They had been there for a week. They had alot of stuff to pack up. I must have been tired.
I took a picture of my site as I was packing up.
I walked to the water and took some pictures in the morning.
Looking North and slightly East.
I rolled East and the South. I was looking for some fuel and some good and filling food. I ended up in the town of Bayfield.
Down by the shore.
I ended up eating here. Greunke's Inn
The food was great. I had a skillet with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, etc. Since I am a noob, I don't have any pictures of my food once again.
I sat, drank my coffee and ate my food. Also, I highlighted my route for the day on my maps. It was going to be a good day.