Wisconsin 60 Along the Wisconsin River + ADD NEW ROUTE
3 in Wisconsin Wisconsin125077 Miles
By Dirk Howland
on September 1, 2002
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The route is in southwestern Wisconsin and runs E/W along the Wisconsin River. The west end starts in Prairie du Chien where the Mississippi River intersects with the Wisconsin River along the border of Iowa/ WI. The east end is Sauk City just NNW of Madison. All you need to do is get to Prairie du Chien and head east on Route 60 the whole way to Sauk City. From there you could head Southeast into Madison.
Parallels the Wisconsin River from Madison (Sauk city) to Prairie du Chien where the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin Rivers intersect. River on one arm and spacious river valley back dropped by foothills and bluffs. Visit Villa Louis, an 1800's villa and mansion on the Mississippi River right in Prairie du Chien.
The Road quality is excellent! Clean, and fresh pavement on about 50% of the 120 mile stretch. Alternating 5-7 mile sections of curves right along the river and straight sections inland a bit through towns. The curvies are pleasant and clean. Not too technical although there are several sections that tighten up a bit. The curvy runs can be tackled by modest riders and bikes at reasonable speeds pretty easily but step up the pace and you'll find the wide open super fast sweepers exhilarating...and there are plenty! smooth roads and little traffic make this a good chilled ride or great fast curve run. Lots of offshoots along the way...try one! 131N, 35 N to Lacrosse.
Not too much along the route. There is plenty of the basics...food, fuel, etc.. but its pretty rural. Taking the route eastward you end up in Madison WI. quite a nice destination for an overnight! Culture, arts, University, Great hotels and dining...with a warm atmosphere.
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