You are invited to participate in our
newest Shuttleguy Tours adventure, the Wisconsin Parks Ride, or as we
have come to know it, WISPRIDE.
We offer you six days of biking in some
of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin. We have also worked closely with
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Parks, to
secure camping accommodations in five of the "gems" in the crown of our
award winning state parks system.
We start and end our
six day loop t
our at Wyalusing State Park, located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. The park is
located high on a bluff above the confluence of the Wisconsin
nearby Prairie du Chien, tour the Villa Louis and experience Victorian life
during the 19th century as you visit the estate of one of Wisconsin's most prosperous families.
This will be our longest
day of riding with our final home for the night being Yellowstone Park. As we pass through the small burgs of Bagley and Bloomington
you will see dairy farms that have helped make Wisconsin
the "cheese state".
for a mid morning break. From there, go through Belmont, home of First Capitol State
Historical Site. Then it's on to Yellowstone
Park, our home for the evening.
Today we'll head
northeast towards Devil's Lake. It's on
to Barneveld and Botham Vineyards and Winery for a tour. Feel free to get some
will transport them for you. Head north to Sauk
City and Prairie du Sac,
home of Wollersheim Winery and another opportunity for souvenirs. Five local
wines are produced and carry the prestigious appellation, "Lake Wisconsin
Viticultural Area". From the winery it's on to the free Merrimac Ferry for a ride across the Wisconsin River to Devil's Lake
State park, our home for
We climb out of Devil's
Lake park and head though downtown Baraboo, home of the Circus World
Museum, a popular tourist
stop. We leave Baraboo passing through the historic
downtown area on our way to Reedsburg and the final ride to Mirror Lake
State Park, our home for
the next two nights. Get plenty of rest tonight because tomorrow will be action
Today is our layover day.
Take a loop ride along the Wisconsin River or
spend the day off the bike.
It's a great time to just relax around camp, take a swim in Mirror Lake or hike the trail system. For those
wanting more activity you will have a hard time deciding among the many
options. Of course there is Wisconsin Dells with scenic boat trips, waterslide
parks and the famous "strip". There is also the Ho Chunk casino, International
Crane Founda- tion, or visit the Aldo
Center celebrating the
life of the well known conservationist.
From Mirror Lake we head south towards Spring
Green, home of the world famous architect,
Frank Lloyd Wright. Tour the
of Spring Green with its
many quaint shops. For those interested, there are four types of tours offered
at the Frank
Lloyd Wright facility and lunch is available in
located in the Riverview Terrace. We'll have a few challenging hills left as we
climb out of the Wisconsin River valley towards Governor Dodge State Park.
As we head south out of
the park we'll ride through Dodgeville, home of the world class retailer
Lands' End. We'll ride by the huge order and shipping complex and for those
interested a tour has been arranged. (Sorry, no free samples!). From Dodgeville, we head south to Mineral Point. Mineral Point is a "must see"!
Reminiscent of a rural English village, and nestled in the beautiful rolling
hills of southwest Wisconsin, Mineral Point offers century old stone cottages
and downtown buildings now home to renowned artists' studios, galleries and specialty
sure to stop by Pendarvis, a cluster of restored stone houses located
on Shake Rag Street
and find out the origin of the street's name. From Mineral Point, it's a right
turn as we head back to Wyalusing
State Park. As you
ride the final miles from Union to Wyalusing
you'll think back over the week and wonder how it went by so fast! The memories
and new friends you made will be with you forever as you approach the final
surprise of the ride! At Wyalusing, it's time to shake hands, say goodbye and a
have a safe journey home. See you next year!
This will be a challenging ride but worth every pedal rotation! Be part of this inaugural ride!
Register early to insure you are part of this ride in 2010!