This is a collection of routes I have taken from the various towns in the Wisconsin Hills. It is a work in progress.
Any route I use is now based on the use of RideWithGPS, from which I also now derive cue sheets, with cues like “8.7 (L) 785th St (unmarked?)”, “31.3 (L) 840th St”, or “47.0 (L) 830th/850th St”. I also make a map of the route, indicating some of the key lines on the cue sheet.
After hundreds of rides in the Wisconsin Hills, I am able to check the cue sheet and correct or supplement it as necessary. Street signs may disappear for a while (turns becoming “unmarked”), street numbers may change (“840th St” might have formerly been “350th Ave”), and signs can simply vary. Over time, any given map and cue sheet likely needs modification. And in rural Wisconsin, the Garmin isn’t perfect, perhaps fumbling on a few percent of the cues on average, relying on the same imperfect data as RideWithGPS. Then there is road repair, which if unexpected, may necessitate an elaborate detour. Thus the maps I make can come in handy at times.
Not all roads are paved. So it does pay to have a sense of adventure, do some exploring, and take advantage of riding with others (check that TCBC Calendar–TCBC Wisconsin rides usually reference a downloadable Garmin file).
Here are a few samples of maps and cue sheets for rides in the Wisconsin Hills. In time I will add a lot more. The map images are designed to be viewed online, and allow for enlargement. The downloadable files are in MS Word format.
Rides from Maiden Rock start at the park on the river in Maiden Rock, WI. Directions: From the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, cross into Wisconsin at Prescott or Red Wing and take WI 35 south to the town of Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin, then turn towards the river on Chestnut Street. (There is also an alternate parking lot at 35 and County Road A, just before one enters Maiden Rock.)